Cherry Hinton CMC Site, Lime Kiln Road, Cambridge CB1 8NQ, Tel 01223244088

To find site:- Leave M11 at junction  11 and head towards Cambridge on the A1309. Passing through Trumpington turn right onto A1134 also called Long Road and signed for Addenbrooks Hospital. Continue to roundabout and go straight ahead into Queen Edith’s Way, speed limit 20 MPH. Just before next major junction (crossroads sign in view) turn right into Lime Kiln Lane and the campsite is on the right after about 100 metres. The official CMC routes suggest either junction 9 on the M11 or leaving the A14 at junction 35. However they are both longer, albeit probably a bit quieter.  Be aware if approaching from the west that there are major roadworks on the A14 so on weekdays this route might best we avoided

The Cherry Hinton site has been created out of a disused chalk pit and as a result is long and thin with pitching areas branching off the main site road at different levels. All of the cul de sacs have little space to turn so it might be wise to take advice from reception on where the free pitches are. We found the site surprisingly quiet given its urban situation with the exception of a small amount of noise from the floodlit pitch behind the campsite. The site is now open all year non-members and tents are accepted. There are a total of 54 caravan/motorhome pitches with an additional 4 pitches for tents. 44 pitches are on hardstandings and 10 on grass. This site has a high percentage of non-awning pitches. Unfortunately some of the hardstanding don't exit onto the tarmac site roads but are instead surrounded by grass which tends to result in damage to the grass in wet weather. Access to electric points is convenient to all pitches, they use CEE17 blue connectors and are rated at 16amps. The bollards also have access to a TV signal booster system which is free to use but you have to supply your own co-ax cable. Because of the steep sides to the site and trees satellite TV may be a struggle on lots of the pitches. There is one central toilet block which also contains an enclosed and generously sized dishwash room. There is also a laundry and disabled toilet. There are service points dotted around the site. The motorhome service point is opposite the toilet block but has yet to be converted to an open grill. WiFi is site wide and access can be purchased online. The mobile signal including 4G is good on this site. There are no play facilities onsite for children. On the access road into the site just before the barrier are about three late night arrival pitches with electrics. Use of these pitches should be discussed with the site prior to arrival.

Cherry Hinton is an ideal base for visiting the City of Cambridge, renown worldwide as a seat of learning for over 800 years. Not all the colleges have public access and sometimes a ticket is required. Likewise the famous “Backs” which offer those wonderful view across the meadows of the Cam can have restricted access but even the longer distance view looks stunning. There are good transport links within walking distance of the site. There are two high frequency services one of which has a stop outside of Addenbrooks Hospital. It’s probably best to leave the car on site as the City has a reputation for congestion and very expensive parking charges. The National Trust have the properties of  Anglesey Abbey and Wickham Fen are within easy distance of this site. Cambridge has an excellent selection of shops and eating places. Within walking distance of the site is the Robin Hood and Little John pub that does reasonably priced meals. For Supermarkets there is a Waitrose at Trumpington and a Tesco towards Fulbourn.

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