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So much to see and do

The Old Riverview is set in a conservation area offering fabulous circular walks along the banks of the Great River Ouse and around the numerous fishing lakes (day tickets available for the keen angler!). There is a local village pub walk, starting at the Crown (just 100m away), which takes you to the White Swan, Bluntisham and on to the Green Man at Colne. Two serve good pub food and all three offer excellent local beers. The walk is 10km and takes approximately three hours allowing time to stop at each pub.

Earith village is conveniently located close to several historical and interesting places to visit. There is a wealth of different experiences for individuals, couples and families within the area of East Anglia, including:

St. Ives Raptor Foundation
Cambridge Huntingdon Racecourse
Ely Hemingford Grey Manor
Ouse Valley Way Grafham Water Nature Reserve
  Hamerton Zoo Park

St. Ives (5 miles from Old Riverview)

Formerly known as Slepe, in the old county of Huntingdonshire, the ancient riverside market town of St Ives is now named after the Persian Bishop, St. Ivo. St. Ives, now within the county of Cambridgeshire, stands on the River Great Ouse and is world famous for the Chapel on the Bridge. For nearly 1,000 years the wide centre of St. Ives, now known as Market Hill, has hosted some of the largest public markets in England. Many years ago these markets included livestock and for a time was one of the biggest of its kind. Today the street markets still fill the St Ives town centre on Mondays and Fridays. On every Bank Holiday Monday however the market swells to fill almost the entire town with traders coming from all over the country to sell their wares to the thousands of people who attend under the watchful eye of Oliver Cromwell, one time resident of the town, whose statue stands in the centre of the Market Place.

Cambridge (14 miles)

Be inspired by the many beautiful museums and art galleries. Admire the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings. Explore quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges, where a unique and relaxing shopping experience can be found. Here a blend of independent shops is mingled with high street brands. Relax in the many beautiful pubs, restaurants and cafes. Catch a student theatrical production, or a show at the Arts Theatre. See live music or comedy at the Corn Exchange.

Ely (12 miles)

Ely is a perfect one day or short break destination. The first port of call for any visitor to Ely today will almost certainly be the Cathedral. This imposing structure towers across the fens for miles around. Ely's most famous historical resident of Ely was of course Oliver Cromwell. The Cromwell family left sometime in 1647, but you can still visit their house, which now doubles up as an interactive attraction. Ely has a beautiful waterside area where you can explore the many cafes and antique shops, visit the Babylon Art Gallery or listen to music in Jubilee Gardens.

Ouse Valley Way

A source-to-sea route on one of England’s longest rivers, it follows the River Great Ouse on its meandering passage from close to its source to the tidal river at Kings Lynn, linking many towns and villages. It passes through Stowe Park to reach Buckingham, then fringes north of Milton Keynes and Newport Pagnell. It heads via Emberton Country Park to Sharnbrook (with H E Bates connections) and visits Bedford’s Priory Park and passes a Danish Camp at Willingdon, then links St Neots, Huntingdon (Cromwell’s birthplace), St Ives and Earith. After Earith, the Dutch engineer Vermuyden worked to shorten the river across the Hundred Foot Washes, while the Way keeps along the Old West River where the Stretham Old Engine tells the story of the draining of the Fens. Before Ely, with its cathedral visible on the skyline, it meets the River Cam, and after Ely it runs in common with the Fen Rivers Way, crossing the Bedford Level to Downham Market and Kings Lynn, where the river finally flows out into the Wash.

There are several National Trust centres in the area such as: Wimpole Hall, Angelsey Abbey, Houghton Mill and Wicken Fen which all offer excellent facilities for a great day out. You might also like to explore:

The Raptor Foundation (5 miles)

A place for all the family with many species of raptors to see, with friendly advice from trained staff, a tea room for a relaxing break, a play area for the children, a pond where you can feed the fish, a shop and exhibition areas.

Huntingdon racecourse (10 miles)

Voted Best Small Racecourse in the South Midlands and East Anglia by the Racegoers Club, Huntingdon Racecourse is an intimate racing venue with an atmosphere all of its own. The course is set in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside. Home to 17 Jump race meetings, spanning nine months of the year. Extensive hospitality, advertising and sponsorship opportunities make it a day to remember.

Hemingford Grey Manor (7 miles)

Built in the 1130s The Manor, situated next to the river, is reputedly the oldest continuously inhabited house in Britain and much of the original house remains virtually intact in spite of various changes over nine hundred years. The house and garden are open to visitors.

Grafham Water Nature Reserve (20 miles)

Grafham Water is 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. With nine miles of shoreline, and around 170 species of bird recorded each year, there is always something to see.

Hamerton Zoo Park (20 miles)

There is all sorts to see and do at Hamerton zoo; from big cats to primates there are animals to capture the interest of every visitor. There are two play areas, one for babies and toddlers and the other for older children. The enclosed picnic and garden areas are great places to enjoy the snacks and drinks available from the coffee shop.