Your ultimate guide to visiting the adorable village of Barrington in Cambridgeshire. Includes map, walk information, and a short history.
A Walk Around Barrington Village
Barrington Village is a brilliant place to go for a walk, especially if you are looking for a short, flat walk in Cambridgeshire with the opportunity to stop at a pub as a reward.
From the car park, go past the children’s play area and head towards Back Lane. Continue walking until you get a kissing gate. Turn right through the gate and you should notice a footpath to follow. Keep walking along the path, alongside the fields. You can then turn left and walk back along the other side. You should pop out near the sports pavilion.
This walk is flat and takes around 30 minutes.
Barrington Village Cambridgeshire Parking
There is a car park near the church in Barrington. Parking there is free.
Barrington Cambridge Map
A Short History of Barrington Cambridgeshire
Bones found in Barrington in 1879 and 1948 revealed that lions, bears, and hippos had once existed here.
A Roman villa was also unearthed to the south of the village, that appeared to have been burned down.
Anglo-Saxon cemeteries were discovered in the village at Edix Hill. One included over two hundred graves, with the rare findings of women having been buried in wooden beds. There were findings of pieces of jewellery too, indicating that the area was pretty wealthy.
In 1087 it was recorded in the Domesday book that Barrington comprised 54 households, approximately 270 people.
In the early 1500s saffron began to be grown here in strips across the land.
During the depressions of the 19th century, unemployment was rife in the village and levels of poverty began to increase.
It wasn’t until the opening of the cement works in 1918 that employment began to rise.
Electricity became available in the village in 1937.
In the Victorian times there were several public houses, but now only one remains called The Royal Oak.
Barrington Cambridge Map of Walks
This sign can be found at the car park, which is the starting point for all walks.