Wednesday, April 23, 2014
For many people, a glimpse from the A14 of the ancient bridge linking Godmanchester and Huntingdon is the only memory they have of speeding through Huntingdonshire.
The Hunts Post wants to help change that by highlighting what there is to do and see in the district ... and we need YOUR help.
We’re appealing for photos of the places you enjoy spending time – everything from a viewpoint, a favourite pub or restaurant, a footpath, an established attraction.
Anywhere you spend your free time and others could do likewise.
The Huntingdonshire Association for Tourism is backing our #moretocambs campaign, and some of the civic leaders have come up with suggestions for their favourite Huntingdonshire places.
Executive leader Councillor Jason Ablewhite said: “Huntingdonshire has its own intrinsic beauty. We don’t make enough of the Ouse Valley, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
“One of my favourite walks is along the Thicket and the Ouse Valley Way.
“It’s absolutely stunning and there’s so much wildlife, so many different species of bird. It’s such a peaceful walk and so tranquil.”
Councillor Bill Hensley, Mayor of Huntingdon, was full of praise for the town’s Cromwell Museum, which he described as “the biggest pull” in Huntingdonshire.
He said: “There’s lots to be seen here. A lot of people don’t realise they can come and have a look around the town hall and the old courts.”
Cllr Hensley said his favourite pubs included the Barley Mow, at Hartford, the Stukeleys Hotel, and the Old Ferry Boat, at Holywell.
One of the best things about St Neots, said mayor Councillor Andrew Hansard, was its riverside.
“It’s one of our greatest assets and many people don’t know it exists,” he said.
“There are some very good walks along there, on both sides of the river. It’s an interesting place, with the boats, the rowing club, different types of habitat, from woodland to open spaces.
“That’s why we put decking at the Priory Centre so people can a cup of coffee and a sandwich while looking out over the water.”
In Ramsey, its mayor Councillor Ian Curtis singled out the volunteer-run Ramsey Rural Museum as well worth a visit.
“It’s something that takes you back in time,” he said. “I like history so it appeals to me.
“And next door is the Victorian walled garden, which is another good, pleasant, relaxing place to have a look around.”
A lot of work is going on in St Ives to make the most of its riverfront setting, including rebranding much of the town centre as the Old Riverport.
It’s also home to the Norris Museum which is packed with interesting exhibits. And the guided busway makes it one of the district’s easiest places to get to.
Now it’s over to you.
To take part, simply send us a high-resolution photo of your favourite place, together with your name, address and a daytime contact telephone number.
Your suggestions will be shared via social media so will be available to a global audience.
Using the #moretocambs hashtag, images can be tweeted to @huntspost, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted on our #moretocambs Facebook group.
Prints can also be sent to The Hunts Post, at 30 High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3TB.
Anyone who takes part will be in line to win a prize for the photo which receives the most re-tweets.
Keep up to date with the #moretocambs campaign by visiting www.huntspost24.co.uk.