Whether you’re staying several nights with us or just coming for Sunday lunch, there are plenty of local attractions and activities to make a good day out.
London (45 minutes by train or car), Cambridge (25 minutes by car) and Bedford (20 minutes by car) are all within easy reach of Potton.
Pick up a ‘Potton Walks’ leaflet from the bar for a map of walks beginning in the town. RSPB nature reserve The Lodge is inbetween Sandy and Potton. You can walk there in 45 minutes along pleasant woody footpaths, and there are guided walks around the reserve. Details are at www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge
National Cycle Network routes 12 and 51 pass nearby – see www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn for a map. There are also lots of quiet country roads within a short ride.
Chestnut Pool is a family-run fishery in Langford (15-minute drive) based around a 3-acre lake, and is open all year round. Manor Farm fishery (10-minute drive) is just off the A1 southbound at Lower Caldecote and has seven lakes, a touring caravan site and a shop.
The Shuttleworth Collection is a museum on the history of flight, housed in eight hangars. The landscaped Swiss Garden and Bird of Prey Centre are also on the same site. It is a 15-minute drive and opening times are at www.shuttleworth.org
Run by the National Trust, this working estate is made up of the mansion with its Georgian interiors, Home Farm, gardens, parks and a courtyard cafe with several shops. It is a 15-minute drive and opening times are at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate
The Orchard Tea Garden is a 25-minute drive away, in Grantchester, near Cambridge. Perfect for afternoon tea or a light lunch, there are tables and chairs in hidden corners of the orchard, as well as an indoor space. Open seven days a week, all year round. Details are at
English Heritage are currently restoring this 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion, which is one of Britain’s largest and most important ‘secret gardens’. It is a 30-minute drive and details are at www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/
The iconic university city of Cambridge is 25 minutes’ drive away. Easy to walk around, the centre has indoor and outdoor shopping, guided punt tours along the river, not to mention the jaw-dropping architecture of the older colleges. Ask one of our team for directions to the nearest park and ride station.