We had some errands to run in the Godmanchester/Huntingdon area, and as we were passing we saw the beautiful sight of the Causeway and the water meadows beyond. It became a must see stop.
We found parking near the Godmanchester sign, and then made our way to the Chinese bridge, and the water meadows. This is not a very difficult walk, and is well paved. If crossing the bridge however, there are a couple of stairs to negotiate if using a wheelchair, or similar.
Godmanchester has really done a great job in this area making for a garden like experience with large willows along the Great Ouse (river) and more human touches such as hanging baskets of flowers along the causeway and the river walk trail.
Several pleasure boats were also moored in the area, and this added to, rather than detracting from the peaceful feel.
Ducks, geese, swans, and moorhens were in abundance, and it was interesting to watch them frolic. There were even fish jumping from the river, something we hadn’t seen for a while. There are several benches along the route, and they provide a great place just to relax and take it in. Public toilets are available near the Council offices, and for those wanting to make a longer stay of it, there is a pub (The Royal Oak) and a chippy (The Riverside) for a bite or a drink.
This pleasant walk is at the heart of Godmanchester. The town was a Celtic, and then Roman settlement, Durovigutum before becoming chartered as a town in 1212 by King John. That said the name predates the charter as a variant of it appears in the Doomsday Book.
It was a really lovely stop, and one worth making if off the beaten trail.