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Building bridges in Godmanchester

As well as having an unusual name, this ancient Roman town in Cambridgeshire is noted for its wealth of listed buildings - it's got more than 130 of them. Godmanchester stands on the south bank of the Great Ouse opposite Huntingdon. The towns are connected by two bridges - a medieval arched stone bridge and a modern crossing carrying the A14 dual carriageway between Cambridge and Peterborough.

All aboard the Great River Ouse ferry

Take a relaxing boat ride down the river to Brampton Mill, where you can enjoy a swift half or linger longer over a leisurely lunch. If you'd rather travel on foot, there are several scenic riverside walks from Godmanchester. It depends how far you want to go, but you can walk to Brampton, Houghton or even St Ives.

Following in Cromwell's footsteps in Huntingdon

Head across the Ouse to Huntingdon, the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell. The Cromwell Museum tells the life story of the Lord Protector of England through portraits and artefacts. History buffs can also find out more on the Historic Town Trail, which takes you on a self-guided circular walk past the 16th-century Falcon Inn, thought to be Cromwell's HQ during the English Civil War. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Godmanchester? Travelodge Huntingdon Fenstanton Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the town. Slightly further afield is Travelodge Cambridge Swavesey Hotel.