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MetiNews.Com - Enjoy a warming cup of tea after a walk around some of the county's finest places
Breaking News ! Autumn shows off the very best of Cambridgeshire. With hues of gold and amber, everywhere you look, it's the perfect time to get out and explore the wonders of our county. From walks around lakes to country parks and woodlands, there's something for every walker. So if you're thinking about blowing away the cobwebs today - and taking in some of Cambridgeshire's autumnal views - we've got a list for you. Our guide to great walks in Cambs Lovely walks in and around St Ives Walks that end with a café Comprising of eight glorious walks which show off some of the finest parts of the county. AND they all have cafés too - because we know walking can be hungry work. Don't forget to take your face mask, in case you fancy popping into one of these lovely cafés for a warming cup of tea and well-earned slice of cake. Let us know if we've missed off your favourite so we can add it into our next guide. Join our Christmas group! Oh it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go... If you can't get enough of the most wonderful time of the year then we've got the group for you. Join our Christmas in Cambridgeshire Facebook group for all the latest festive news including recommendations, event listings, recipes, advice and more. Think of it as your go-to place for all things festive. To join the group click on the link or search for Christmas in Cambridgeshire on Facebook. We also have a dedicated email address for everything Christmas. So if you have anything you want to send in use: email@example.com 1. Grafham Water What will I see along the way? Wild and windswept, the reservoir at Grafham Water is a dramatic place to visit in autumn and winter. Nine miles of shoreline with around 170 species of bird recorded each year makes it one of the prime bird watching sites in the county, with rare and scarce birds such as osprey and the occasional Slavonian grebe alongside the more familiar resident mallards and greylag geese. If you love wildlife, there is always something to see here. Can I bring my dog? Yes dogs are welcome but they must be on a lead at all times. Please keep them out of the water as blue green algae, which can develop along the margins, can be harmful if ingested. What's the café like? You'll have your pick of cafes here as there are two on site. The first is attached to the Grafham Visitor Centre situated by the Marlow car park. There is a wide selection of hot and cold snacks. The second spot, the Harbour View Café Bar, offers lovely views from its balcony above the fishing lodge. Cafe address: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0BX (Image: Alan Batterbee) 2. Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire What will I see along the way? Although Wicken Fen may not have vast amounts of woodland, it's still possible to see stunning autumn colours on a walk around the reserve. During this time of year the sedge turns a beautiful chestnut colour, which becomes golden in the evenings as the sun sets and lights up the leaves. Can I bring my dog? You are more than welcome to bring along a dog but they will need to be kept on a lead. There are several bins for you to dispose of your dog’s waste beside footpaths. What's the cafe like? The cafe at the nature reserve is The Docky Hut cafe. It is the perfect spot to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Fen as you enjoy the tasty treats available inside. The cafe staff ask customers to bring their own cups to cut down on waste but there are also bamboo EcoCups for sale if you need one. You’ll get 25p off your cuppa if you bring your own cup. In October 2019, a temporary cafe will be running as the existing cafe undergoes rennovations. Check here to see the revised opening times. Cafe address: Unnamed Road, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP Sign up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter If you're looking for a way to stay up to date with the latest breaking news from around Cambridgeshire, the CambridgeshireLive newsletter is a good place to start. The daily update will deliver the top news and features to your inbox every morning and evening. We choose the most important stories of the day to include in the newsletter, including crime, court news, long reads, traffic and travel, food and drink articles and more. Signing up to the newsletter is simple. Just put your email address in the box at the top of this story and click 'subscribe'. It's one of the many ways that you can read the news that matters to you from CambridgeshireLive. 3. Milton Country Park What will I see along the way? Milton Country Park is located just a few miles north of Cambridge's city centre. Created from old gravel pits, the 95-acre site offers a varied natural habitat with woodland, lakes and grass.
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Migratory birds increase as they take up residence for winter, particularly on Dickerson's Pit lake. Look out for cormorants, tufted ducks, gadwall, widgeon and the noisy call of greylag geese as they swoop onto the water in flocks. Can I bring my dog? Yes you can walk your dog off-lead anywhere north of the 13th public drain, which runs the length of the park. Dogs must be on lead in all areas south of the drain. What's the cafe like? The on site cafe called Grounds had a makeover last year complete with copper light fittings, white washed tables and chairs and even a cosy woodburner to warm you up after a chilly walk around the park. Café address: Cambridge Road, Milton CB24 6AZ
4. Fowlmere What will I see along the way? The nature reserve is an ideal place for a relaxing walk and bird watching. The reedbeds and pools are fed by natural chalk springs and a chalk stream runs through the reserve. In the late afternoon, the reeds take on a golden glow. If you stay until dusk, you have a good chance of watching barn owls hunting. Can I bring my dog? Registered assistance dogs on leads are welcome at all times. Other dogs must be on leads only along the private track along the eastern reserve boundary. What's the cafe like? There is no cafe on site but a short drive will bring you to The Chequers restaurant and cafe. It has a nice open fire, creating the perfect atmosphere to warm up after a brisk walk. Café address: High St, Fowlmere, Royston SG8 7SR 5. Shepreth, Cambridgeshire What will I see along the way? Starting at the train station, the nice circular walk takes you via Barrington and Harlton as you walk through the Upper Cam Valley. You'll see a combination of scrub areas, a chalk stream and pollarded willows along the boundaries. It's also near the Shepreth Wildlife Park where you can see all sorts of animals, including Egyptian fruit bats, tigers, otters and more. Can I bring my dog? Yes What's the cafe like? A great stop off would be the Teacake at Shepreth. It's an adorable traditional tea room set in a 1660 thatched cottage where you can warm up with a cuppa and a filling scone. Cafe address: 8 Meldreth Rd, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PS 6. Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk What will I see along the way? The RSPB transformed former carrot fields into a magical wetland home for kingfishers, cranes, otters and watervoles. The reserve comprises a mixture of wetland and woodland south of the Little Ouse in Suffolk. Autumn is the best time to spot an elusive otter and you can also see barn owls hunting silently over the grassland at dusk. Can I bring my dog? Registered assistance dogs are welcome and other dogs should stick to the public footpath along the riverbank. What's the cafe like? Bloomsberries farm cafe is the nearest place to warm up after you explore the nature park. The husband and wife owned eatery is located in a converted barn on the Christmas Hill farm which is a perfect setting for a relaxed lunch. All food is made from scratch and changes seasonally. Cafe address: Christmas Hill Farm/Station Rd, Brandon IP27 9AB
7. Ouse Washes What will I see along the way? Ouse Washes, the largest area of washland in the UK, has nature trails of varying lengths for people of all ages and fitness levels. The real action starts at the end of October with the return of migrating wildfowl, and the first of the Bewick's swans returning. Cranes are another regular autumn feature, most easily spotted late in the afternoon. Can I bring my dog? Registered assistance dogs are welcome. Other dogs must be under close control due to presence of cattle. Telephone prior to your visit for advice. What's the cafe like? Hot drinks are available in the visitor centre and for a more extensive menu visit the Bridge House Cafe. You can enjoy everything from pancakes and bacon to a full afternoon tea. Cafe address: 15 Bridge St, Chatteris PE16 6RJ 8. The Lodge nature reserve, Bedfordshire What will I see along the way? You'll need to venture out of Cambridgeshire for this one, but it is less than an hour drive. The lovely nature reserve has woodland, heath and acid grassland to explore. Some of the most popular species of birds at the reserve are the great spotted woodpecker, the green woodpecker and the nuthatch. Can I bring my dog? Dogs are only allowed on the bridleway, strictly not on other paths due to the sensitive nature of wildlife. What's the cafe like? After a rousing walk, relax with a cuppa at The Lodge coffee shop on site. It offers hot drinks (from a vending machine) and a range of delicious, locally produced sandwiches, wraps, salads and cakes. Cafe address: The Lodge, Potton Rd, Sandy SG19 2DL *An earlier version of this article was published in 2019 but it has been updated.