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  • Writer's pictureGavin Human

Show me the way to Swavesey

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

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St Andrew's Church, Swavesey

With a proud history and significance as one of the larger villages in South Cambridge back in Norman times, Swavesey is now a forward thinking area situated 9 miles to the north-west of Cambridge and 3 miles south-east fo St.Ives. Let's take a look at some of its history and what it has to offer today. (There is a map of the area and links to local services at the bottom of this page.)

Despite not being on the coast, Swavesey actually had a port prior to the Fens being drained. The waterways were wider and deeper and with roads often flooded, the water was the fastest and cheapest way to transport goods. This was used up until the first part of the 19th Century and the main exports were eels and grain - which was provided by the numerous windmills. The village also had a thriving market. Indeed the name Swavesey is derived from Swaef's Ey, which meant "landing place."

Bus pulling up at stop along the tracks of the Busway
Swavesey Busway Station

The train station was closed in 1970’s but the old track now forms part of the guided bus route and has an actual “station" and car park. This is really popular and many commuters from surrounding villages drive or cycle to the station and then hop on the bus as a quick and efficient way to get into the city. It is the longest guided busway in the world, with two sections making up 16 miles of the route.

The future of planning of Swavesey has been carefully considered and a 2020 planning document was agreed that was sensitive to village life whilst taking into account transport and the environment. Funding was secured to implement best sign practice that guides all planning including any potential new homes and has taken on board the input of residents.

Home to top level coaches for people of all ages, Swavesey Squash Club caters to all abilities across its 20 boxes. "You don’t need to be an expert player to play at Swavesey; we have lots of different activities and events for all levels, even if you have never played before." Membership details and how to join can be found on their website.

Perhaps a rather usual attraction in Swavesey is the somewhat famous MG Owners Club and showroom! In existence for nearly 50 years ow, the MG Owners club has grown to be the World's largest single marque car club.

As well as a couple of convenience stores and a newsagent, Swavesey is also home to The Nook coffee shop, which has to be visited even if just to see what confectionary delights they have on that day! If you're in need of food and drink in the evening, you're lucky that the only pub in the village is one as good as The White Horse Inn. Praised for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, this traditional pub can offer a wide range of food from fine dining to pizza and a cosy fire as well as a large outdoor family friendly garden.

The Nook, The White Horse Inn, food at the White Horse.

I spoke to a client of mine who made the decision to move to Swavesey a few years ago. Here is what Peter Howard had to say about their move:

"Having been a city boy most of my life it was a big decision to move out to a village, but as you said when we first met, Swavesey really is on the doorstep of Cambridge but offers the peace and quiet that we so wanted from a village. We have made some great friends and this has been so needed over the last two years. We have made more friends in the last two years, than in the whole 15 years at our last house. Anyone coming here would be made to feel welcome, the guided bus route really does put Cambridge or St Ives on your doorstep. I have to say the local pub is excellent and is such a nice place to enjoy good food and a catch up with friends, family and neighbours. My wife has has joined various clubs and is kept even busier in retirement than when she was working full time. Swavesey really has something for everyone and all ages. "

If you're thinking of moving and would like some assistance selling your current home, of finding your new one, don't hesitate to get in touch via my contact page.

Distances are approximate from the centre of the village.


Cambridge North train station is 8miles away.


There is a primary school in the village:

There is a secondary school in the village:


There is a GP in the village:

The nearest dentist is 2 miles away:

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