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MetiNews.Com - It's about time we got out to see some of the most beautiful places Cambridgeshire has to offer
Breaking News ! Getting out and exercising has never been so important as it has been this year especially when most of us are stuck at home for most of the day. The government is still encouraging people to get out, but with the nights still getting darker and the weather being less than perfect it can be hard to muster the courage to brave the outdoors. And when you do finally get outside, it's hard to know where to actually go. If you're looking for somewhere to walk or spend some time outside then the three stately homes and one nature reserve below, all run by the National Trust, are great places to go. With current lockdown rules, you are allowed to make short drives for exercise, so it's well worth going and seeing somewhere nearby that perhaps you've never had time to see before. There are ticketing systems at these five properties below to help with social distancing. While the five places below are open through lockdown, some National Trust estates in Cambridgeshire are closed, and many have shorter opening times. Face masks or coverings also have to be worn in enclosed spaces. Wimpole Estate The Gothic Tower on the Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, which was once home to a now-deserted medieval village (Image: Andrew Butler/National Trust/PA Wire) Wimpole's famous parkland and gardens remain open despite the lockdown for visitors to explore. The parkland was designed by the famous Capability Brown so features all the essential drama of an English country garden, with a bridge crossing the serpentine lakes, while a Gothic ruined tower sits on a hill above. If you read our list of excellent ruins to visit then you may have spotted that the tower, a Victorian folly, was on that list. Read More Related Articles Cambridgeshire's coronavirus infection rates rise in two areas Read More Related Articles Best takeaways Cambridge: We tried Parker's Tavern's luxury drive-thru and this is what we thought Sadly, the home farm - a major attraction of the estate isn't open until lockdown lifts in December in line with government guidelines. The Old Rectory restaurant also remains open for takeaway hot and cold drinks and food. The parkland and gardens are open between 9.30am to 4pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, or a family ticket can be bought for £25. Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill Anglesey Abbey (Image: Anna Starnes) There are 114 acres of gardens and a woodland area to explore at the Abbey currently. Its stunning collection of trees and wildflower meadows is great for both stressed work-from-homers and kids alike. The closure of the Jacobian House means entry is discounted at the moment as well. There is also a riverside walk which passes the water mill as well as the beautiful Jubilee Avenue, which in the autumn has incredible yellow, orange and golden colours. The Wildlife Discovery area is also still open, although the woodland play area is closed.
. The gardens now also have a one-way system in some places where the pathway is narrow. Prices are £10 per adult, £5 per child, £25 for families and £15 for an adult and three children. Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows
Houghton Mill is perfect for a family picnic
(Image: Warren Gunn)
This is a large 18th century water mill, which was saved by locals when threatened by demolition. The mill sits on the River Great Ouse with woodland and water meadows to explore. There are long walks along the river, and footpaths along the mill pond and into the meadows as well. And while the mill itself is closed during lockdown there is also a large grassy area for picnics and games as well. Currently the tearoom isn't open during lockdown.
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Those with their own canoes can still launch at the site, but renting boats isn't currently available. The car park costs £3 for non-members and is open between 8.30am and 4pm. Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
Wicken Fen Boardwalk Trail
(Image: ©National Trust Images/Robert Morris)
The National Trust's oldest nature reserve is a great place to see the Fens as they once were. The reserve is home to many birds and other animals, so is perfect for bird watchers or nature enthusiasts. There are also meadows with Highland cows and little Konik ponies as well. There is a boardwalk trail around the historic Sedge Fen and a three-mile 'Adventures Trail', but this can get a little muddy so is unlikely to be appropriate for wheelchairs. You can use the widget below to see places you can order from locally in your area:
There are also a number of cycle paths, which lead to the Konik ponies, which are great for families. Dogs are allowed but do need to be kept on leads. A café is open on the site for takeaway drinks and snacks also. Cars cost £3, adult tickets cost £5 and children £2.50 - further concessions can be found on the National Trust website.