Top tearooms, and related walks


Regular readers of Cambridgeshire Walks will know a strategic snack somewhere along the route is a must. And if not packing a picnic, an attractive tearoom makes any walk all the more enjoyable. So here are Cambridgeshire Walks favourite stopping off spots. Even better, below each are links to walks that take you right to them.

Wander down the road towards Colne into Cranbrook Plants and you'll find one of the best value and most English of tearooms around. Prettily located, surrounded by flowering plants. All lovely tablecloths and fine bone china. The smoked salmon bagels are a bit classy and only £3.50. Ciabatta with two fillings is a similar price. Cakes, quiches, pies, sausage rolls and quality tea and coffee round off the treat. Highly recommended. Try any of the following walks.

Somersham Nature Reserve and Lake  (2.5 miles, 5,500 steps)
Somersham to Colne (4.5 miles, 9,900 steps)

Houghton Tearoom
One of the best around for quality and value. Great range of cakes, some unusual. The cheese on toast or scrambled egg on toast are filling and fantastic value. Only ten seats, so if full bag a takeaway and sit under the Clock Tower to watch village life drift by. Try any of the following walks.

St Ives to Hemingford Abbots (6 miles, 13,200 steps)
Houghton to Godmanchester (7 miles, 15,400 steps)


Don't already know of this little gem run by happy volunteers? Peaceful background classical music, great service, serene surroundings, free newspapers and happy chatter. The food is high quality and reasonably priced. Lounge on the leather sofas in the conservatory, or sit in the garden. A perfect break on any walk. Try any of the following walks.

St Ives to Hemingford Grey (3.5 miles, 7,700 steps)
St Ives to Hemingford Abbots (6 miles, 13,200 steps)


The shop is located in a 19th century former toll house that has been very stylishly renovated. Also seats outside to watch the world go by. Great range and quality of cakes, snacks and coffee, all at reasonable prices. Try any of the following walks.

Hemingford Meadow (2 miles, 4,400 steps)
Wilhorn Meadow to the Guided Busway (3 miles, 6.600 steps)


The warm cheese scone with chutney and butter is a meal in itself. Great home made sausage rolls. Wide range of delicious cakes. The garden is particularly nice and cosy to sit in. Try any of the following walks.

Brampton Wood (up to 3 miles, 6,600 steps) 
Brampton Circular Walk (4 miles, 8,800 steps)


St Ives Parish Church
This one is for Sundays, summer months only, when tables and chairs are set out in the churchyard and cream teas served. Great value, and a serene location to while away part of an afternoon after a good walk. Need to time your walk carefully, since only open from 3pm to 5pm. Try any of the following walks.

The Thicket and Houghton Meadows (2 miles, 5,000 steps)
St Ives to Hemingford Abbots (6 miles, 13,200 steps)

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