One of our final trips was a walk to Granchester.
The Cam on the way out of Cambridge.
As we walked further from the City Centre our surroundings got more and more rural.
The path was narrow when we had to share it with bikes, but the walk was lovely.
A nice change from the city streets.
Rupert Brooke made this place famous in several of his poems. It is about 2 miles from Cambridge, going south along the Cam. We walked to the Orchard for lunch on Thursday. The place became a tea garden in the late 19th century, mostly because students from Cambridge came up the river for tea, and began taking it in the orchard, rather than on the lawn.
Brooke moved to Granchester after he graduated from King’s College, in the hope he would escape the busy life of the college town. But instead it followed him there, and he became the center of a social and intellectual circle of friends. He wrote “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester” when he was visiting Berlin, and he described afternoon tea in the Orchard
“Stands the church clock at ten-to-three
And is there honey still for tea?”
Although there was an attempt in the 1980s to tear the place down for a housing development, it has been saved, and was doing a fantastic business on the day of our visit. They provide you with a brochure about the place, including a list of all the famous people who have stopped for tea in the Orchard. The funny thing is that they describe some of the people, and assume we know who the others are. That gets a bit tricky.
We all walked to Granchester, but only about half of us walked back, the rest took a cab. The walk back was lovely, even though rain threatened it never really came to more than a few sprinkles. And we felt virtuous having walked off our scones and tea.