Less than 20 miles from the stunning university city of Cambridge, Gamlingay is an attractive, rural village that is also close to the larger towns of Biggleswade, St Neots and Bedford.
Thanks to its fantastic surrounding transport connections, the village is an ideal location for commuters looking to settle in a pastoral environment away from the crowds. The village is also home to a number of excellent schools, making it a popular choice with family buyers.
This area guide is designed to help you to get to know the village and surrounding area a little better.
An idyllic rural location
Located in the attractive South Cambridgeshire countryside, Gamlingay is ideal for homeowners looking for a peaceful, rural location.
The village forms part of the popular Greensand Ridge Walk - a long-distance walk of 40 miles that crosses Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire.
The route starts at Leighton Buzzard and includes Woburn, Ampthill, Haynes and Sandy, before reaching Gamlingay,
It follows the Greensand Ridge and crosses a gentle landscape of rolling hills and woodlands rich in wildlife, making it a delightful walking tour with family and friends.
Cambridge on your doorstep
Cambridge, one of the country’s most sought after property locations, is 18.3 miles from Gamlingay.
The city has developed a strong reputation as one of the country’s leading employment hubs for the technology and pharmaceutical industries, while its house prices have been well documented as some of the most expensive in the UK.
According to Rightmove, the average price of a home in the city in the past year was £473,457. Gamlingay, despite being a short drive away, offers far more competitively priced homes, making the village a superb choice for commuters.
Numerous local schools
Despite its quaint size and rural location, Gamlingay provides a number of good local schools within the village and surrounding areas, making it a very popular choice for families looking to settle with children. The following is a selection of nearby local schools:
· Gamlingay Rainbow Pre School
· Gamlingay Children’s Montessori Nursery
Primary / Middle Schools
· Gamlingay First School
· Gamlingay Village College
· Sandy Upper School
Fantastic onward transport connections
Gamlingay is well connected via road and rail for onward travel to some of the area’s major towns and employment areas.
The A1 is approximately six miles away, which provides direct road access to the M25 for London. The M11 is approximately 16 miles away, providing swift access to Stansted Airport which is 40 miles away.
Sandy railway station is five miles away, and from here direct trains into London Kings Cross take just 45 minutes, providing swift and easy access to the capital.
The following major towns are all nearby and easily reached by car:
· Bedford – 16.4 miles
· Cambridge – 18.3 miles
· Luton – 29.5 miles
· Milton Keynes – 33.2 miles
A wide range of sports and leisure opportunities
Gamlingay is home to a number of sports and leisure clubs, including tennis, cricket, football and bowls clubs, as well as an active history society that documents the life and times of the village.
The village boasts many historic, Listed buildings, including the Grade I Listed Church of St Mary the Virgin.
Additionally, Gamlingay is home to a post office, bakery, coffee shop, chemist, butcher and newsagents. There is also a Co-op branch and local pub.