Cambridge to Huntingdon on the Busway

Innovation abounds on the world's longest guided Busway from the brainpower of Cambridge through the fab Fen to Huntingdon's charms!


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No. of Attractions:

6 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 38 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 20 minutes

Starting point:

Cambridge Drummer Street Bus Station (Stand 12)

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Journey fact:

Huntingdon is notable for being the birthplace of David Braben, a prominent figure in the gaming industry. Braben co-founded Frontier Developments, a renowned video game development company responsible for creating popular titles such as the "Elite" series, "Planet Coaster," and "Jurassic World Evolution." Braben's pioneering work in the field of video game design and development has earned him recognition as one of the industry's leading innovators.

Journey Overview

There’s few more fascinating journeys in the UK than this scenic sojourn that starts surrounded by incredible, varied architecture, green space and bustling shopping streets at Cambridge and involves a wacky, but hugely popular guided busway through the Fens, before coming to an epic conclusion in the marvellous town of Huntingdon.

The bus leaves Drummer Street Bus Station in the heart of Cambridge, between a lovely green open space, known as Christ’s Pieces, where blossom trees and daffodils bloom in Spring and boutique restaurants and coffee shops. The bus sets off, alongside Regency townhouses with a sprinkling of Georgian buildings and passes the beautiful Wesley Church, crossing the River Cam by the expansive Jesus Green, with its lovely barges. Just the other side is a pretty blue and white Waterman pub on the left, with nice hedgerow and small independent shops. Hanging baskets are on the Portland Arms opposite as the bus begins to make its way out of Cambridge.

The bus then joins the innovative busway at Cowley Park – a path accessible only for buses and ensuring a quick, convenient and traffic free ride. It is the longest guided busway in the world, comprising 16 miles, split over two sections, using the course of the former Cambridge and Huntingdon railway.

The busway passes the famous Science Park and enjoys a stop at Cambridge North railway station, providing an easy interchange for trains. There’s a lake on the left at Impington, with cyclists walking on the right and dog-walkers as well as joggers on the left. Fields takeover and it’s a really delightful journey through flat, but attractive countryside. The Station Pub is on the right with coffee tables outside – a great relaxing point for those who might want to break their journey.

Arable land prevails as the bus passes Pease Way and it feels like the open road ahead as there aren’t any buildings ahead as Histon approaches. Small lakes with bridges over them and attractive modern beige townhouses in the background then emerge, with public bridal ways either side in Oakington and Westwick.

There’s a windmill ahead as the bus heads towards Longstanton and the views are truly fantastic, with horses grazing on the left of the bus. Swavesey Priory appears and is surrounded by lush fields with slightly undulating slopes before the bus straddles marshland in Middle Fen Drove on the right and large deep water with birds grazing beside reeves. A church appears in the far distance, alongside lovely trees as Fen Drayton comes into view, with magpies ambling close by.

The bus approaches Station Road at the St. Ives Park and Ride site with a nature reserve behind. Heading into St. Ives bus station and there are charming independent shops and a magnificent All Saints church in the backdrop. Departing the town, the Ivo Lounge Cafe Bar is on the left and terraced houses on the right. Narrow streets resplendent in character abound as the bus passes well kept houses and the striking looking Welcome Chinese Restaurant.

The Seven Wives Pub is on the left as the bus continues its journey before going down Ramsey Road and then the spacious Hill Rise park on the right and very soon the bus approaches RAF Wyton and the sight of a vintage Canberra PR9 plane (‘XH170’) at the entrance. Yellow fields are in abundance and tall trees as the bus heads down Sawtry Way towards Huntingdon and its stone cottages, past the Barley Mow pub and a tiny chapel on the right of the bus. The Old Bridge Hotel stands out with its stunning hedgerow covering the facade of the building and with parkland at the rear, overlooking the River Ouse. The journey is meandering to its conclusion – a journey that has encompassed the iconic heritage and culture of Cambridge, an innovative busway, charming Cambridgeshire countryside, quaint villages and the vibrant town of Huntingdon, including the lush green and attractive, Hinchingbrooke Country Park which is just behind the last stop at Huntingdon Hospital!


A Fab Day Out!

Starting in Cambridge, customers can explore the historic city’s iconic landmarks, including the world-renowned Cambridge University colleges, the beautiful River Cam, and the bustling city centre with its vibrant shops, cafes, and cultural institutions.

It’s worth alighting at Fen Drayton for a stroll down the River Great Ouse and maybe a visit to the fabulous nature reserve where you can immerse yourself in all range of wildfowl and enjoy the serene surroundings, maybe partake of a picnic in this idyllic setting.

Back on the bus, this time as far as St. Ives, which is also nestled along the banks of the tranquil River Great Ouse and offers a charming blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Begin your exploration here with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque riverfront, where you can admire the historic bridges and quaint riverside cottages.

Discover St. Ives’ rich heritage at the Norris Museum, housed in a 16th-century building, which showcases exhibits on local history, archaeology, and art. Then, wander through the cobbled streets of the town, lined with independent shops, galleries, and cafes, perfect for browsing for unique gifts or enjoying a relaxing meal. Additionally, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the vibrant atmosphere of St. Ives’ bustling market, held twice weekly, where you can browse stalls selling fresh produce, artisan crafts, and local delicacies.

Onto the bus, once more to Huntingdon, where, be sure to visit the Cromwell Museum, housed in the former grammar school attended by Oliver Cromwell. Here, you can learn about the life and times of the famous parliamentarian and military leader. Stroll along the picturesque Riverside Park, situated along the banks of the River Great Ouse, offering serene views and tranquil walking paths. Don’t miss the chance to cross the historic Old Bridge, a Grade I listed structure dating back to the 15th century.

Explore the charming streets of Huntingdon’s town centre, dotted with historic buildings, independent shops, and cosy cafes. Admire the Georgian architecture of the town’s Market Square and browse the stalls of the regular market, where you can find locally sourced produce and artisan crafts.

For a taste of nature, venture to Hinchingbrooke Country Park, a sprawling green space with woodland trails, lakeside walks, and a variety of wildlife. Additionally, history enthusiasts can visit All Saints’ Church, a medieval parish church with striking architectural features and a fascinating history.


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