Honeymoon stopover
February 13, 2010 12:29 PM   Subscribe

Hull to London Gatwick - where's nice to stop en route?

I'm getting married soon and have got the honeymoon booked. We're getting married in Kingston-upon-Hull on the Saturday and have a very early morning flight out of LGW on the Tuesday. We'll be staying at a hotel near to Gatwick on Monday night.

So... does anyone have any recommendations on where would be good to stopover on Sunday night? Looking for somewhere reasonably quiet - countryside would be a bonus - that we can have a rest and relax on the Sunday evening / Monday morning before continuing the journey down to Gatwick on Monday afternoon.

Bonus marks if it's en route - I've looked at a map for a bit and can't really see anywhere obvious that's nice on the way, without a detour into the Peak District - which isn't impossible. Perhaps somewhere near to Cambridge?

We will, of course, have a car.
posted by gkhewitt to Travel & Transportation around London, England (8 answers total)

Huntingdon and environs are picturesque and en route. Saffron Walden is pretty too.
posted by tigrefacile at 2:05 PM on February 13, 2010

It's not countryside, but I quite like Lincoln. Castles and cathedrals type city. Which you'll pass anyway if you are coming over the Humber Bridge (A15) - A1 route.

Have a great day and trip.
posted by 92_elements at 2:33 PM on February 13, 2010

Always wanted to visit Lincoln -- sounds like a great suggestion. I second it to the extent that I can without ever having been there.
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 2:49 PM on February 13, 2010

Also congratulations.

I remember Lincoln, especially the cathedral, as being lovely. Often wanted to go back. But it was at least 15 years ago that I went there, and probably more like 20--I was barely a teenager. You could also visit Lincoln then find some nice little country hotel in the Lincolnshire Wolds, to the east: neglected but lovely bit of countryside, apparently.

Much more recently--and fitting your idea about places near Cambridge--I visited Ely, which also has a (perhaps even more amazing) cathedral, and probably plenty of places to stay. Nice restaurants can be found there, in Cambridge, and scattered about the prosperous villages of the Fens.

Nearby there's the village of Hemingford Grey--sweet place with one of those restaurants in it (and probably a place to stay). More important, if you or your future missus ever read the Green Knowe books by Lucy M Boston there is the Manor, which is the house she lived in (and reproduced as Green Knowe in the books). It's a private house but you can still visit it; the garden is lovely too, next to the Ouse.
posted by lapsangsouchong at 4:03 PM on February 13, 2010

Lavenham Priory.
posted by essexjan at 6:21 PM on February 13, 2010

Stamford is en route whether you come down the A15 or A1. Plenty of countryside nearby and its a nice town to wander around for an afternoon. Burley House is nearby and worth a look, the sculpture gardens are good.

The George Hotel is lovely and very suitable for a honeymoon or pre-honeymoon. Congratulations!
posted by paulash at 1:42 AM on February 14, 2010

Burghley House, even
posted by paulash at 1:44 AM on February 14, 2010

Ely is beautiful and quiet. Requires a detour into Cambridgeshire, but is do-able and well worth it.
posted by jonnyploy at 3:45 PM on February 14, 2010

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