Ouse Valley Way
Follow the River Great Ouse from the source at Brackley, Northamptonshire, to the mouth at The Wash at King's Lynn. You begin at Brackley and head to Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Olney, Bedford, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely, Downham Market before finishing at King's Lynn.
Highlights on the route include the magnificent Stowe Park with its 250 acres of stunning parks and gardens.
Near Huntingdon you'll pass the National Trust's Houghton Mill. The working 18th-century watermill is set in an idyllic location on an island in the river. It's surrounded by lovely water meadows with a number of nice footpaths to follow around the site.
You'll also visit Fen Drayton Lakes and the delightful Paxton Pits nature reserve near St Neots. There's a series of lovely lakes and a heronry at this pretty site.
Ouse Valley Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Ouse Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Anchor in Little Paxton is a nice place to stop for refreshments on the route. The friendly pub has a cosy log fire for colder days and for the summer months there is a lovely outdoor dining area as well as an outside patio and play area. You can find the pub on the High Street in the village just to the west of the reserve. The postcode is PE19 6HA.
In St Neots you can visit the splendid River Mill pub. The riverside pub has dining area opening out on to the lower mill pond viewing deck. Outside there are lots of picnic tables alongside the upper mill pond and the marina. It's a lovely place to relax on a summer day. You can find it about 1 mile south of the reserve at postcode PE19 8GW.