Waterbeach area guide
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Waterbeach is a large, well-served village, located approximately 6 miles (9.66 kilometres) north of Cambridge and 11 miles (17.7 kilometres) south-west of Ely. It is a fantastic village for commuters as it has a railway station running on the Fen Line between Cambridge and Kings Lynn. It also offers good road access onto the A10 and A14.
Waterbeach has been around since the 12th century and has still kept much of its heritage including Denny Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery which is now used as a farmland museum.
To the east of the village runs the river Cam which is used by the Cambridge Motor Boat Club and the Cam Sailing Club. The recreation ground is well-equipped with two football pitches, a cricket pitch, playground, skate park, tennis court and is used by the Waterbeach Colts FC.
Waterbeach Community School offers primary education with Cottenham Village College being the secondary school catchment of the village. Cambridge also has a fine selection of independent and special schools which are easily accessed from the village.
Local facilities include a social club, a library, fish & chip shop, Chinese takeaway, café, pharmacy, three newsagents, bakers, hairdressers, opticians, playgroup and a church.
There are three pubs in the village, The White Horse – a family run pub and restaurant specialising in authentic Italian food with freshly made pasta. The Sun Inn with a small pub garden at the front that overlooks the village green and has a small lounge with an impressive fireplace and a function room upstairs for live music. The Brewery Tap is situated opposite the former Waterbeach barracks and its military link is reflected by framed posters of regimental colours, badges and medals.