Jump to content

Travelling In And Around Cambridge


Recommended Posts

Hi

 

We Could do with some advice from any members who know well Cambridge well.

 

Later this week we are travelling down to Cambridge with the 'van We are going to "help" wife Cary's 86 yr old Dad clear out her sister's house prior to it being sold. The house is in Chesterton (CB4 1) to the NE of Cambridge and we are looking at the possibility of staying at either Cambridge CCC Site or Cherry Hinton CC Site. They are the nearest sites to the house but the TomTom direct route for getting form either to Chesterton seems to involve travelling through Cambridge itself.

 

So the big question is what would it be like to drive, car only, from either of the above sites to Chesterton? Any good route suggestions?

 

Alternatively any recommendations for more suitable sites - we're hoping to find somewhere nearby that's not too expensive as the journey from home is already 180+ miles each way. We'd like a quiet site where we can chill out in the evenings as the days may well be rather stressful!!

 

Thanks in advance for any advice.

 

Tim

Kia Sorento Titan TDI (07) & Bailey Senator Arizona (06-5 Series)with Alko ATC, Powrtouch HD motor mover and Alko shocks

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Always best to follow the instructions from both Clubs when getting close to the site rather than relying on a sat nav. Not been to the C&CC site but the CC instructions have always been spot on.

David

David - Milton Keynes

Bailey Alliance 66-2 Motorhome for holidays and a Kia Venga for home.

 

Caravan Travels

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Always best to follow the instructions from both Clubs when getting close to the site rather than relying on a sat nav. Not been to the C&CC site but the CC instructions have always been spot on.

 

David

Thanks David but my question was concerning the viability/easiness of travelling from either of those sites in the south of Cambridge to my sister-in-law's house in the city's northern suburbs.

 

Tim

Kia Sorento Titan TDI (07) & Bailey Senator Arizona (06-5 Series)with Alko ATC, Powrtouch HD motor mover and Alko shocks

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cambridge traffic flows well, I've never encountered any problems travelling to Cherry Hinton outside of rush hour.

 

Rush hour will slows things up in towns and cities where ever you are.

Bailey Orion News & Information - 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There is a ring road A1134 that goes round eastern Cambridge. We used it regularly going to Addenbrokes Hospital, coming from the North of Cambridge. I wouldn't be to concerned about traffic. ..just follow the road round.

 

Sat navs will take the shortest distance through the city. ..which is straightforward but can be stop start like any city.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You would be much better off at the CC site in Cherryhinton and using the Coldhams Lane and A1134 road that Ericfield suggests. Look at Bing maps as it shows it well as four miles and fourteen minutes but you can double that in the rush hour. From Great Shelford trying to get through Cambridge is a nightmare during the rush hour which goes on for far more than an hour.

Alternatively if you are members of the CC there is a Cl at Stow cum Quy which is the same distance away but a much easier drive although I don't know the Cl personally.

If I can be of any further help pm me.

Kia Sorrento towing a Coachman VIP 575/4

 

Our blog: jennyandjohngocaravanning. wordpress. com

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Why stay in Cambridge, this is a quiet site in a pleasant village, two pubs in walking distance, the Cambridge ring road A1307 is 5mins up the road just off the A11. Avoid rush hour on all Cambridge roads. ... It's not worth trying to get into Cambridge before 9. 30am.

 

 

 

http://www. hawthornhouseonline. co. uk/

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

From a former Cambridge (and Chesterton!) resident here is my 10p'orth.

 

From St H it is probably easiest to go M62/A1/M11 - longer than M6/A14 but an easier drive.

Where the M11 starts slide off onto the A14 towards Ipswich. Then for Cherry Hinton. ...

Leave at J35 onto the A1303 turning right towards the City.

Next island turn left to Teversham and Cherry Hinton

Next island turn left (signed to Addenbrookes?)

Straight on until a T-junc at Fulbourn Road and turn right.

At traffic lights turn left and IMMEDIATELY left again into Limekiln Road. Site entrance about 30yds on right.

Note that you will need a TV cable at this site for pillar supplied signal for many of the pitches.

 

To get to Chesterton

Leave site back to traffic lights and keep straight on into Cherry Hinton

Over the level crossing and at fork by Church turn left into Coldhams Lane

Follow Coldhams Lane for quite a distance until traffic lights T-junc just after retail parks and turn left into Newmarket Road.

At next island turn right onto Elizabeth Way and cross the river.

 

The other side of the river is Chesterton spreading both left, right, and straight on at the next island, although Chesterton 'village' is the right turn.

 

 

Having said all this, if you can survive on your own caravan resources, there is a pleasant CL in Cottenham High Street with EHU. For this leave the A14 northern by-pass at the first exit turning left onto the B1049 (the former A10) into Histon which will follow through into Cottenham.

 

From this site for Chesterton, go back to the A14, straight across and then left at the first lights into King Hedges Road. At the far end (Golden Hind pub on near left corner?) go straight across into the other end of Chesterton village.

2018 Passat B8 Estate 150GT TDi150 towing a 2018 Bailey Unicorn S4 Seville

Link to comment
Share on other sites

For all our many Cambridge visits we stayed at Highfield Farm at Comberton - it's four star, not a CL or CS.

 

It's certainly more welcoming and more spacious than the Cherry Hinton CC site, and you can skirt the north side of the city to get to Chesterton quite easily.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Hi Everyone

 

Thanks for all your helpful comments which were most appreciated and we took into account advice from a number of 'posters'

 

We have been there and back now. it took 3 very long days to clear out the house - we filled a 12cub yd skip plus British Heart Foundation taking away a van load too.

 

On the journey down to Camb we took Woodentop's advised route of M62, A1, M11 as there were lots of holdups forecast on the M6. Some roadworks on M60/M62 and awful rain on the A1 but we got there in c6 hours including a lunch break.

 

Site-wise we opted for the CCC site at Great Shelford as the cheapest at £14. 35/nt with our 'age concession' and it was near to sister's care home in South Cambridge. We stayed 6 nights, including an extra one to avoid towing home in wet/windy weather.

 

As we were warned the congestion from Great Shelford northwards towards Cambridge was AWFUL. , even outside the rush hour, and in fact made much worse by roadworks on that route, On our daily travels to Chesterton we again took the advice of other 'posters' and drove eastwards toward Cherry Hinton and then took the A1134 ring road - thanks to all who suggested that.

 

For our journey home the A14 was reported to be suffering extensive delays near to Cambridge due to road works and so we took the A428 towards St Neots and then the A1 up to join the A14. Even when we left c10. 00am the traffic going towards Cambridge was queued for over 5 miles. The A14 west of the A1 was fine with only a few roadworks. We then went M6 to M6 toll (reduced toll of £5. 50 courtesy of Caravan Club) As the M6 northwards was busy and with a lot of reported delays we then took the A5 and then turned up northwards via Whitchurch on A41/A49 and then over the Runcorn Bridge. It took c5 hrs for the journey including a lunch stop at M6 Toll Norton Cane Services. A warning to anyone towing that way the caravan parking facilities are tiny - only about 6 long bays - after 2 circuits of the car park we finally opted for the HGV park.

 

So AGAIN a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who posted with advice it was very helpful and much appreciated.

 

Tim

Kia Sorento Titan TDI (07) & Bailey Senator Arizona (06-5 Series)with Alko ATC, Powrtouch HD motor mover and Alko shocks

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info, we are going to Cherry Hinton next week from Leigh, so not too far from you.

 

I think we will do M62 A1, although it dosent seem the most direct route, its only a few miles longer.

 

Will bear in mind what has been said about Cambridge.

2017 Swift Elegance 580  towed by 2015 Volvo XC70

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...