LIFE IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK
Brains and beauty – Cambridgeshire delivers a potent mix for retirement living
Cambridgeshire county is in the heart of the East of England and contains the cities of Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdon. This county is perhaps known best for the globally renowned seat of knowledge, Cambridge University – and in recent years it’s also been famed for ‘Silicon Fen’ or the 'Cambridge Cluster' – a magnet for high-tech industries and innovation. But this county boasts beauty as well as brains, from punting along the river Cam to Wicken Fen nature reserve, there are plenty of stunning outdoor attractions to enjoy too.
Retire to Cambridgeshire, England
In nearby Essex, you’ll enjoy acres of rolling countryside, including nine different country parks, from the beaches of Cudmore Grove to the woodland and deer of Weald Country Park. And historic towns, like medieval Saffron Walden or Colchester with its Roman remains and Norman castle. If you opt for a retirement property in Cambridgeshire you certainly won’t be short of things to do.
Although the region lacks motorways, it is well served by major A roads, including the A12 to London and the A14 and A47 to the Midlands.
For rail travel, the West Anglia Main Line connects Norfolk to Cambridgeshire to London, while the Cambridge Line connects the city to London King’s Cross. Thameslink trains take you from Cambridge and Huntingdon to St Pancras, Gatwick Airport, and on to Brighton. London Stansted is also a great option for international travel.
If you’re looking things to do in Cambridgeshire UK, then you’ll probably want to start in Cambridge itself. Highlights include a walking tour of the university campus, a punt on the river and a visit to the fascinating Fitzwilliam Museum. And if you like historic attractions, Ely Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral are also worth a trip.
Cambridgeshire is packed with country parks and nature reserves like Wandlebury Country Park and Nature Reserve just outside Cambridge. Ferry Meadows on the outskirts of Peterborough offers walking, cycling and horse riding routes as well as fishing and boating or take a scenic trip on a steam train with nearby Nene Valley Railway. Close to Huntington, you’ll find the lovely waterside National Trust run Houghton Mill and Hinchingbrooke Country park is ideal for a Sunday stroll.
If you are after an active retirement, you’ll find friendly sports clubs across the county from angling to archery, bowls to boating and cricket to kickboxing. You’ll also be spoilt for choice for golf courses in Cambridgeshire, like Brampton Park Golf Club which is set beside the River Great Ouse or Gog Magog Golf Club which is just outside Cambridge and has a course that dates back to 1901.
From the Royal British Legion, to working men’s clubs and chess clubs there are also plenty of social clubs for a range of interests and Age UK Cambridgeshire has day centres and holds social events across the county too.
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Retiring to Cambridgeshire. Frequently asked questions
Wondering where to live in Cambridgeshire? Cambridge itself is a beautiful place and has the undoubtable magic of being the home to a world famous university - although that also makes it busy and expensive. Fortunately there are lovely and more tranquil options on the outskirts, including The Shelfords, Great Camborne and Chesterton, which give you easy access to this great city. Ely is another great option – this small city is very pretty and boasts a magnificent cathedral.
Cambridgeshire county is central to the East of England. This landlocked county is bordered by Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Created as a county in 1974 the county town is the famous university town of Cambridge. Other key cities and towns include Peterborough, Ely and Huntingdon.