Enjoy chocolate box villages with thatched cottages, listed churches and traditional pubs as you explore this picturesque line.
The line runs from historic Cambridge to bustling market town Royston, through prime agricultural land and past three rivers, the Rhee, the Mel and the Shep.
Each village has local nature reserves and walks to discover, and each has a traditional English Pub to rest in.
Discover the area on foot and choose from a selection of circular walks here.
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Meet tigers, red pandas, birds of prey, otters and lemurs at Shepreth Wildlife Park
Meet local wildlife in our nature reserves including rare chalk stream habitats
Sample home cooked food in traditional village pubs
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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.
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, but 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.
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.