United Kingdom Cambridgeshire

40 spots Public

Andrew Sharpe

On paper Cambridgeshire might not at first glance seem to have a lot going for it as an attraction for the landscape photographer. Being landlocked, mostly flat and containing the lowest point below sea level in Britain, are not usually features that set photographers’ hearts aflame. But, then you remember the city that it takes its name from, and the soaring majesty of King’s College Chapel, which offers one of the most recognisable views in the UK. Added to that is Ely Cathedral, nearly 1000 years old, and still dominating the surrounding fenland landscape as it has for most of its life.

Most of the higher ground is in the south-eastern section of the county. Overlooking Cambridge from the South are the Gog Magog Downs and Wandlebury Hill, and further East towards Newmarket is the East Anglian Ridge. Many of the villages in the south of the county nestle in rolling landscapes in complete contrast to the flat fenland to the north of the county.

But, it is precisely the flat, watery landscape of the fens that defines this county, and sets it apart from its neighbours.

For a county that has a reputation for being flat there is a surprising variety of photographic opportunities. The fenland landscape doesn’t offer drama, but rather peace and tranquillity, it also offers something unique; big skies. Standing in a fenland vista it is only too easy to know not only what the weather is doing, but also what it has just done, and (crucially) what it is about to do!

But Cambridgeshire isn’t just about Cambridge, Ely and The Fens. There are many other wonderful places to explore, many with rich and fascinating histories. There are great houses at Hinchingbroke, Wimpole and Elton. Other interesting buildings include Peckover House, Denny Abbey, Houghton Mill, Anglesey Abbey and The Round Church in Cambridge. Then there is the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge American Cemetery, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Stretham Old Engine and Wicken Fen.

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