Local Walks

Here are a collection of walks which can be done from Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton railway stations.

A Walk Around Foxton
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 you can take a walk past the 300 year old Foxton Dovecot, from here carry on along the High Street into Caxton Lane and visit Foxton Wood, planted in 1995 and maturing nicely. The path to the wood will take you all the way to Fowlmere and the RSPB reserve, but returning to Foxton you can visit Grade I Listed St Laurence Church. Returning to the station, you will pass the White Horse pub, a friendly, local pub with a games area and pool table.

A Walk Around Shepreth
From Shepreth station 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. From there take a stroll to 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. Just along from the Crossing House Garden is the 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. Walking the path through the Moor will bring you to Shepreth Church, an ancient edifice of brick and flint in the Early English style, Grade II * Listed. From the Church it’s a short step to the Plough a village pub with big ideas. Live music, art exhibitions and a fresh seasonal food are all on the menu. Alternatively, visit the Teacake, a traditional, quintessentially English tearoom set in a 1660 thatched cottage with walled tea garden. Return to the station, and you’ll find the home of Shepreth Wildlife Park.

A Walk Around Melbourn and Meldreth
From Meldreth Station take the path which crosses the field towards Melbourn, here you can visit the Grade II * Listed All Saints Church. From the Church take a walk through the village to the Hub a community run café offering hot and cold food, and great cakes. From Melbourn you can access 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, 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.

Barrington and Shepreth Circular Walk (about 2 hours – passes close to Shepreth Railway station)
http://shelford.org/walks/walk27.htm

Walks Along the River Shep
http://www.shepreth.org/images/documents/forshep/ACharmingWalkLeafletAugust2014.pdf

Circular walk from Shepreth via Barrington and Harlton, in the Upper Cam Valley (7.5 miles starting at Foxton Railway Station)
https://www.ramblers.org.uk/route-detail?routeuid=1846-Shepreth-Cambridgeshire

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)
http://shelford.org/walks/walk42.htm

10 miles of Meldreth footpaths.
http://www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/page_id__162_path__0p21p.aspx

For a map of places to eat and buy food on these walks check here, but please check opening times first:
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=207994731128425822837.0004ccccb59ca3dff697c&msa=0