The Villages of South Cambridgeshire #HiddenDrives

Picture this – you get in your car, you set up your favourite playlist, and take on the open road. No maps, no destinations; just your thoughts, the road, and maybe your camera to capture the sights. Doesn’t it sound ideal? I think so. I thoroughly enjoy driving. Being American and all I have been driving since I was a teenager. Even when needing to get from point A to point B I have always been one for taking the scenic route.

As a transplant to England that didn’t change. If anything, I became even more fixated and enamoured with all that surrounded me and wanted to explore those hidden gems without the pressure of recommendations and suggestions. During my first few years in England I lived just outside of Cambridge, and right on the door step to some beautiful countryside. I have many fond memories of going for drives in South Cambridgeshire, and wanted to take you with me down memory lane as inspired by chill.ie and their #HiddenDrives.

The Villages of South Cambridgeshire #HiddenDrives

The Villages of South Cambridgeshire #HiddenDrives

Bourn

Living in this South Cambridgeshire village of a little over 1,000 inhabitants gave me the opportunity to see so many hidden gems. The best thing about finding these remote roads is not knowing what you would encounter along the way. This small village has so much charm and though and it’s not a tourist destination by any means, you should still make your way around the village for a little gander at the beautiful homes and countryside. If you’re not convinced then maybe knowing the beautiful country gastropub The Willow Tree is en route may change your mind.

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Boxworth

If having a gander at old homes and thatched cottages takes your fancy then Boxworth is a must. Driving through this unspoilt village makes for the best photo ops. My favourite discovery though, was this unassuming red phone booth. From a distance it can be dismissed as just a phone booth, but this now defunct phone booth has become a little book library for the residents of this and the surrounding villages. The book exchange is such a lovely idea, and I read many books as well as donating many of mine using this phone box. It is still in operation, so if you are in the area and want to give some books you’ve read a new home, this is one great place for them to live.

The Villages of South Cambridgeshire #HiddenDrives

Coton

If history is more your taste, then a short drive outside of Cambridge on Madingley Road you can find the Cambridge American Cemetery. A fitting memorial to those American soldiers that helped in the war effort. Set within beautiful woodlands and located on a scenic plot of land that slopes and gives a beautiful view of the land, the Cambridge American Cemetery is a peaceful and reflective place. When the homesickness was too unbearable I would visit the grounds and walk them to clear my head. It’s a historical site that isn’t normally on people’s radar but one hidden gem that is worth discovering.

Cambridge American Cemetery

With so many beautiful things around us, a drive that is close to home down some unexpected roads can help you find hidden gems that will soon become new favourites.

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  • I only live about half hour from Cambridge, I’ll have to check a few of these places out x

  • Donna

    I miss this kind of carefree roaming!!! When you have kids everything becomes a military expedition lol. Great article – I was with you in spirit!

    • I couldn’t agree more! When the kids are with us it is such an expedition to get everyone in the car, but once they are all in it is so much fun. x

  • Mummy Times Two

    I love Cambridgeshire, so many beautiful villages around there. I do miss living in that area of the country x

    • It’s lovely, isn’t it? Where are you living now?

  • Melanie Williams

    I have never been to Cambridgeshire, but these hidden drives look very beautiful 🙂 x

  • Baby Isabella

    #HiddenDrives sounds like a great way to explore the British countryside. We’ve never been to Cambridgeshire before but it looks like a lovely destination x

  • What some amazing sounding places to visit there is so many hidden places around the UK I would love to see more of them.

  • I have never been to Cambridgeshire but bourn looks stunning, like something out of a post card! x

    • It certainly is! I loved living there, it was so peaceful. x

  • Alison Rost

    Road trips are the best! Nearly every weekend my husband and I look for excuses to put the puppies in the car and drive somewhere. The Villages of South Cambridgeshire look so lovely and the countryside so charming and peaceful x

    • Road trips are definitely the best! You are lucky to have puppies, I can’t wait to have one to be able to take it for walks in such stunning scenery. x

  • Angela Milnes

    Sounds like awesome place to visit and I bet my hubby would love to go there soon.

  • Such lovely little villages, I’ve not even heard of any of these ones x

  • Leah Shafik

    Oh I love this – I love Cambridgeshire! I have friends that live in the area so sometimes go and visit. x

  • ive never been to cambridgeshire before but i love the sound of these villages.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    It sounds like South Cambridgeshire is a lovely place to visit. I do love visiting the country side and want to take the kids for a short stay if I can.

  • Cambridgeshire is indeed a beautiful place with many lilttle neighboring towns and villages , have you been to Ely its really pretty too,

  • I have never visited Cambridgeshire and would love to! There looks like so many beautiful villages! xo

  • Deborah Nicholas

    I have only visited Cambridge once and thought it was such a beautiful relaxed place.

  • I don’t think I’ve been to any of these villages, but I’d like to go on a relaxing quite trip one day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Annie Bean

    Nope… Not been to any of these. Always a fan of going off the beaten track a bit though….just makes things a bit more interesting

  • wow look at the thatched house , stunning , i would love to visit

  • I’ve been meaning to visit Cambridge for years to go punting!
    These photos are lovely 🙂

    Dani x