Anyone near or know Papworth near Cambridge ?

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  1. autoswan

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    Hi i have to go to Papworth near Cambridge hopefully only for a few days next week, i am taking my motorhome to sleep in while there. Couple of questions.
    Sat nav shows fastest route there from Swansea is heading up towards Birmingham turning north before the 7 bridge then across country to Papworth, a relative went that route before xmas and said it was mostly lanes and minor roads and a long hard drive. I am thinking head up the M4 till turn off south of Papworth, Oxford area i think ? then drive up from there. Any ideas if thats a better route ?

    Also any sites in the area incase i need to stay longer ?
    Thanks
    Jack.
     
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    I'm guessing you're off to the hospital there. If so I hope all goes well (y)

    There's a CC site at Graham Water which is about a 25 minute drive.

    Apart from the usual CC facilities there's nothing there though - no shops, no pub, no restaurant. You need to be pretty self sufficient.

    There's also a CC site at Cherry Hinton near Cambridge and Chaplins Farm CL in Fulbourn which is a little further away but does have a pub.

    From Swansea your route is M4 - M25 - M11. Whoever told you it's near Oxford was confused.
     
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    Thanks Nicknic, I was thinking of using the m4 then turning north before London heading up towards Cambridge, just a thought from dodgy memory hahaha ive not looked at the map yet, but your directions sound same as the other route with lots of slower lanes and minor roads en route but no probs il just allow longer to get there .(y)
     
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    NicNic's route uses motorways all the way until you are close to Papworth.
     
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    It does.

    Papworth itself is about 10 minutes off of the M11. Grafham Water is about 5 minutes from the A14. Cherry Hinton/Fulbourn is a little further, 20 minutes or so from the M11.

    Not sure how you can turn North before London and still get to Cambridge unless you're going to do some weird A34-A43-A45-A14 route but that would be massively slower although probably less miles.
     
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    Hi autoswan

    Worked at Papworth for 5 years before retiring and if I lived in Swansea I would use this route

    Swansea M4 to Swindon
    Swindon A420 to Oxford
    Oxford A34 to Bicester
    Bicester A321 to Bedford
    Bedford A421 to Ai junk
    A1 to St Neots
    St Neots A428 to Papworth this route is 95% dual carriageway

    hope this helps
     
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    Don't rule out M4, M5, M42, M6, A14, A1198.
     
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    Typical UK forum. Spend ages discussing roads to use. :D
     
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    Just use what nic-nic said. M4,M25,M11 straightforward.
    Take no notice of the route that shows "off at Oxford " somewhere <& across country. Takes forever.

    No ,some sat-navs throw off at Oxford up as a route in a straight line to Cambridge. Also don't even think about the
    Up M5 to below Birmingham & around & across that way. Nothing in it for mileage ( I checked once ) but will take longer.
     
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    Seconded.

    If it is the case that you need to visit the hospital, have a word with their PALS Team. They may be able to arrange for you to park on site in your van (or even stay for a few days if needed).
     
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    That's the route I always use to Cambridge,much better than m25 way . .Roy
     
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    Graham is spot on with this.

    The PALS service at our hospital can get things organised that no one else can do. Give them a go.
     
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    Thanks everyone i`m well confused now :D i will get the maps out and mess with sat nav the weekend looking at all suggestions, i know just head east n up a bit will get me in that neck of the woods so should be fun ;)

    I think the person that drove there before xmas may have got a bit lost hense the lanes and minor roads for ages en route ? and a road near Papworth was closed till next day so they stayed in a pub carpark for the night till road reopened early next day.
    A family member is having a very big operation there heart n lungs so i will be there till after op when i know she is safe and on the mend, then i will make my way back for work leaving her there with other family till she can eventually come home.
    Motor home coming out of hibernation and stoking it up this weekend ready but first trip without the girls will be strange. Hope the snow and floods keep away :)
     
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    Their are a few sites,one in and around Huntingdon which is within 4 miles of Papworth
    Hope this helps.
     
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    That's the way i'd go. Had to do virtually the same route in reverse (Royston to Swansea) a few years back. Avoid the M25 at all costs and getting round Oxford can also be a pig if you get your timing wrong.
     
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    I love the "avoid the M25 at all costs" myth. So many people still believe it that the traffic isn't usually too bad for the rest of us.
     
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    What the old "4 Lane Car Park"? (well mostly 6 lanes in 2 directions). You can`t beat it:D:D:D:D:D Although sometimes the North Circular was faster!!;);) Best time, weekdays after 10 and before 3. Or overnight, providing they are not doing the "Pat and Mickery".

    Pete
     
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    Nice Indian restaurant in the village, which was the old pub (well there as last time we went there)
    Also the CC sites not open all year.
     
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    If your not bothered where you stay there is an Industrial estate at the top of the hill 2 minutes from the hospital the only sites open around Papworth are CC Graffam water CC Pidley CC Cherry Hinton or Willows caravan park Brampton very nice restaurant 200 yards up the road

    John
     
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    That is the route we took when going from Bridgend S.Wales to Cambridge. It was quick and easy, just need to avoid the usual rush times.

    I wish your relative all the best.
     
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