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  • Writer's pictureGavin Human

Whistlestop tour of Whittlesford #FocusFriday

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Whittlesford is 7 miles south of Cambridge on the Granta branch of the River Cam and is set in a lovely area with numerous country walks and local amenities to provide everything you need. There is a post office and convenience store, and Whittlesford Parkway which puts Cambridge just 10mins away and London just over an hour away.

(A map of the area is at the bottom of his page along with a list of nearby schools, dentists, and GP surgeries.)

Let's start with a little bit of local history in the area. The Imperial War Museum is a 30min walk from Whittlesford Parkway and just a couple of minutes in the car. The site would take up up a whole day to look round properly with not just a larger number of aircraft, but also HUGE aircraft. After all, this is the largest aircraft museum in Europe. RAF Duxford played a key role in the Second World War when it was a base for many hurricane and spitfire pilots. They also have a permanent exhibition for the American Air Museum as well as numerous historical exhibits from land, air, and sea. You might want to time your visit to coincide with one of their spectacular air shows or go on a quieter day to take advantage of the range of activities you can take part in - such as trying out a cockpit.

The other - slightly obscure - historical reference for Whittlesford that I want to mention is the connection to royalty and Queen Elizabeth I. Whittlesford was once the home to the scholar Roger Ascham; he is best known for being teaching one Princess Elizabeth, who personally requested he take over her studies when her previous tutor died of the plague in 1548. He was said to be impressed by her intelligence, her language skills, and her political understanding. Ascham Lane in Whittlesford is named after him.

The Tickell Arms is a gorgeous pub/restaurant in the village with an extensive menu and two lovely gardens. What better than enjoying a bite to eat and sampling one of the local ales on offer whilst enjoying the rose garden and pond? It's a great spot to stop off if you're exploring the area, and is dog friendly so ideal if you sometimes have difficulty finding a suitable place to stop with your canine companion. The Cambridge News called it "your new summer destination", but there's no reason it can't be your spring, autumn and winter destination too.

There are some great outdoor spaces in the village such as The Lawn - a large open space with sports fields and places to sit whilst taking a breather from your walk. You also have an extensive play area at Whittlesford Play Park.

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Distances are approximate from centre of the village.


Trains from Whittlesford Parkway in the village will egt you to Cambridge in 10mins.


There is a a primary school in the village:

The nearest secondary school is 1 mile away:


The nearest GP is less than mile away:

There are three dental practices within a mile:

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