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Places – Lyveden

19 Sep 2021 3:48PM  
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One of our visits whilst we were in the Cambridge area was to Lyveden, a National Trust property. We pre-booked as requested on the website, but in fact there was little obvious need to do this as the property is secluded and not particularly busy. It was apparently more to do with restricting numbers on the access road until it has been improved enough to satisfy the Local Authority. They seem to be operating at reduced effectiveness andhad no maps to give out, relying instead on visitors taking a snapshot of the map.
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That’s a shame, because the main purpose of the visit is not obvious without a map. Our intrepid explorers, Sue and Diane, prepared to negotiate the mysteries of the site, starting off in good humour.
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The first place we see is actually Lyveden Manor and here we find the toilets and the cafe, and we could be forgiven for thinking that was it.
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However, for those who do go on the estate walk, they will find something much more interesting, the remains of the incomplete Elizabethan Mansion. Only one side was lit, but that light was constantly changing, hence more than one image of the same viewpoint.
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Having explored it inside and out, we took a rather pleasant walk around the rest of the site, including moats and woodland.
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Once back at the atrt, it was time for an excellent packed lunch and then off to our next destination. Conclusion is that it was interesting, but could have been explained better.

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