7 of the prettiest villages to visit in East Cambs and Fenland
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Fenland and East Cambridgeshire boast an abundance of pretty villages, but here is a list of seven beautiful must-visit locations.
Located halfway between Fenland towns Chatteris and March, this quiet and peaceful village has plenty of picturesque walking routes and its own horticultural society.
As well as two pubs (The Three Tuns and The George, both with sizable beer gardens), there' also several shops, one school, two independent garden centres, a holiday park and a fish and chip shop.
With a population of 2,300, this small village and civil parish is located just eight miles from Ely and six from Newmarket.
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As well as three pubs, three churches, four shops and one school, the rural fenland village and civil parish has its own community centre, cricket and football pitches and a skate park.
3. Little Downham
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One for the walkers and nature-lovers, this East Cambs village will keep you on your toes (quite literally) as it has approximately 35 miles of footpaths.
Situated just three miles north of the city of Ely, Little Downham also has its own horse trials centre and 2020 saw a return to international status.
4. Wisbech St Mary
Built on an old watercourse and with a population of under 5,000, Wisbech St Mary has an Anglican church, primary school and several pubs.
Two miles west of the town of Wisbech, its parish church also serves the residents of nearby Guyhirn, Rings End and Thorney Toll.
Lying on the east bank of the stunning River Cam and located in the civil parish of Wicken, this hamlet is believed to have existed since at least the 10th century.
To tempt potential visitors further, there's the stunning marina and the Five Miles from Anywhere Inn, which is one of Cambridgeshire's best pubs.
6. Friday Bridge
A clock tower war memorial is the focal point of this quiet village in the Elm civil parish, which is just three miles south of Wisbech.
Despite being bridgeless, the village name speaks of earlier times when shepherds and herdsmen drove their sheep, cattle, goats and geese along the trackways to graze on the open fen.
Boasting a world-famous wetland centre and 500 residents living across 5080 acres, Welney's flat and low-lying land is an idyllic place to enjoy a walk along the river.
There's also a church, primary school, pub and restaurant, parish hall, playing field with sports pavilion and a retirement home.