Let’s have a look at the Official Register of Requests for Place for Me to Blog About.
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Papworth One (Marty. No relation to a bear I still have)
This is getting silly. Only 21 minutes from home to the centre of Papworth (Everard) says as much about the reduction in traffic as the transformative value of the new A14 you use to reach the A428.
You’ll know the lockdown has seen nature reclaim the cities; dolphins in the Cam and monkeys on the streets of Maidenhead.
In Papworth it’s the bypassing of Ermine Street and the closure of the legendary heart hospital that have relegated the village of 2,880 to dormitory status.
Before it closed last year I used to bring gentlefolk here for their sleep apnoea appointments, in return for them telling me about their childhoods in Kent and Dorset.
I used to park in Car Park A and wander the site looking for street art, a fruitless endeavour.
Today a pleasant but bored security guard saw me taking photos said “Hello”
and denied the site was being turned into the worlds biggest Brunning & Price.
You can still visit Papworth Hall and its rolling grounds though.
But a few yards east of the fenced-off hospital you hit the woods and open countryside.
And I’ll say this.
I walked aimlessly for an hour out toward Elsworth and back along well marked tracks.
For months and months I’ve told you no-one ever walks anywhere in this country. Today I passed at least thirty walkers.
All of them said “Hello“, rather than “Get out of my way” or “He doesn’t bite“. And none of them had a dog.
Papworth has never troubled the Beer Guide while I’ve been doing it, though the classic 1994 Cambridge CAMRA book describes Kisby’s Hut as “the pinkest pub in the area”, which suggest GBG tickers had visited in the past.
Now, mirroring my own Slap Up, it’s an idyllic looking curry house, so not a total loss.
Taking the reigns from Kisby’s as the village pub, Rocky’s is the “social club on the recreation ground” model.
Which leaves us with the central shopping area, Fish and chips, deli, Nisa Local and micropub. I’d have popped in the micropub but you know how it is.
And that’s your lot. One of the best bases for walks in South Cambridgeshire. But I doubt you’re flying over from Michigan for those.
Oh, there’s Papworth Brewery. But it’s actually in Earith. Might go there tomorrow if anyone asks.