Here are a collection of walks which can be done from Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton railway stations.
A Walk Around Foxton – about 1.5 hours
Foxton Station is the home of the Foxton Signal Box, built in 1878 and still in use today as a crossing control box. From the station walk towards the village along Station Road.
(1) Turn right along Foxton High Street and visit the 300 year old Foxton Dovecot. Then carry on along the High Street.
(2) Turn left into Caxton Lane, walk up the hill and visit Foxton Wood, planted in 1995 and maturing nicely.
(3) The path to the wood will take you all the way to Fowlmere and the RSPB reserve. Return to Foxton and walk back along the High Street past the White Horse pub, a friendly local pub with a games area and pool table, until you reach Grade I Listed St Laurence Church.
(4) Look for the footpath sign opposite the church, which will take you back, through a kissing gate, to Foxton Railway Station.
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A Walk Around Shepreth – about an hour
From Shepreth Station, walk towards the village along Station Road. Turn right onto Meldreth Road and visit Docwra’s Manor Garden, where an old farmyard has been converted into a series of enclosures, overflowing with plants, open Weds & Fridays 10am – 4pm, and the first Sunday of the Month. Continue along Meldreth Road until just before the level crossing. Here you can enjoy the Crossing House Garden, open every day. These were the gardens of the crossing keeper. When the crossing was made automatic in 1959 the house was sold, but the garden continues to be cultivated – a delight in Spring and Summer. Continue over the crossing, along Meldreth Road.
(1) Turn left into Shepreth L-Moor, a site of special scientific interest. A combination of scrub areas, a chalk stream and pollarded willows along the boundaries, has led to the rich diversity of flowers and insects that makes the site so special. Cross under the railway line in the brick built tunnel. Continue diagonally across the L-Moor and exit through the kissing gate, then follow the lane towards Shepreth Church.
(2) All Saints Church is an ancient edifice of brick and flint in the Early English style, Grade II * Listed. Past the church, turn left onto the High Street. It’s a short stroll to the Plough, a village pub with big ideas. Live music, art exhibitions and fresh seasonal food are all on the menu. Alternatively, from the Plough, continue on to the junction of High Street and Meldreth Road, where you will find the Teacake, a traditional, quintessentially English tearoom set in a 1660 thatched cottage with walled tea garden.
(3) From the triangle junction, take Station Road back towards Shepreth Railway Station. Here you’ll find the home of Shepreth Wildlife Park.
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A Walk Around Melbourn and Meldreth – about 1.5 hours
From Meldreth Station take the path which crosses the field towards Melbourn. The path eventually joins Station Road and leads to the Grade II * Listed All Saints Church.
(1) From the Church take a walk through the village to the Hub, a community run café offering hot and cold food, and great cakes.
(2) Turn left at the Moor and follow the road past Melbourn Village College.
(3) Turn left along a footpath, then right and pass under the major A10 road then head across the field towards the railway track.
(4) Cross the railway track over a stile, and continue into Melwood Nature Reserve. The path runs through woods and along the chalk stream river Mel. At the end of the path is Grade I listed Meldreth Church.
(5) Turn left at the church from where you can return to the station through Meldreth Village passing the British Queen Pub a quaint traditional freehouse with homemade, locally sourced food.
(6) Look for the footpath sign on Meldreth High Street which will bring you back onto the station platform through a kissing gate.
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Three Rivers Walk – about 4 hours
Leave Meldreth Station via the footpath on the Cambridge Platform, and when you reach the High Street turn right.
(1) Turn right into Flambards Close, and at the end of the road cross the bridge into the Melwood Nature Reserve and turn left, following the path along the river Mel all the way past the water mill to Meldreth Church.
(2) Turn right onto North End, and follow the road out of Meldreth.
(3) Turn left at Malton Lane, and look out for the footpath sign on your right.
(4) Turn right onto the footpath and follow it through the woods and along the river Rhee to the Riverside Meadows.
(5) At the car park turn left and follow the road through Barrington, past the Royal Oak pub and on through one of the longest village greens in England. Continue to the end of the green to see Barrington Church.
(6) Return along the High Street and at Boot Lane turn left and follow the road to the end to pick up the footpath. Cross over two bridges.
(7) Turn right and follow the path along the river Rhee and the field edge, eventually turning left along the river Shep. Cross the railway line and walk down Angle Lane around the back of Shepreth Wildlife Park. You may catch a glimpse of the wolves through the trees. At this point you could turn right to return to Shepreth Station.
(8) Where Angle Lane meets Station Road, follow the footpath to cut the corner onto the High Street. The Plough pub will be just ahead of you.
(9) Opposite the lane leading to Shepreth Church Look for a footpath sign to your right, and follow the footpath to the busy A10.
(10) Cross the A10 and turn right, following the track down to Dunsbridge Turnpike.
(11) Opposite the Green Man pub, turn left down a footpath, and follow it all the way to Fowlmere. From here you could turn left and visit Fowlmere RSPB.
(12) When you reach the road, turn right and walk down the road until you see a stile on your left.
(13) Cross the stile and walk along the Kingsway Golf Course, admiring the Jurassic Links Crazy Golf, then cut diagonally across the field to reach Cambridge Road into Melbourn. You will pass Melbourn Hub – a community cafe serving hot and cold drinks, home made food and cakes.
(14) By Melbourn Church, at Station Road turn right and go past Sheene Mill, a magnificent 16th Century Mill House set on the River Mel with outstanding views over the old mill pond and Cambridgeshire countryside.
(15) Where Station Road turns left, look for the footpath sign and follow the footpath all the way back to Meldreth Station.
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Other Local Walks
Barrington and Shepreth Circular Walk (about 2 hours – passes close to Shepreth Railway station)
Circular walk from Shepreth via Barrington and Harlton (7.5 miles starting at Foxton Railway Station)
Foxton, Fowlmere, Newton and Thriplow; a round of war memorials (around 8 to 9 miles – starts from Foxton village, a short walk from Foxton Railway station)
Places to Eat
Here is a map of places to eat and buy food on the walks, but please check opening times first.