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Places to Visit

Lode parish has an abundance of footpaths which explore the four corners of our patch and give access to adjacent parishes, their villages and pubs. This guide describes 18 circular walks from 3 to 20 km long, and provides sketch maps to help you to navigate. Hills are notable for their absence and stiles are few and far between, so generally the walking is easy. Much of the landscape is agricultural but there are some very attractive grassy lanes, some woodland, several lodes (man-made watercourses), and the River Cam, as well as some attractive vistas. Seven local pubs are listed in the guide, all serving food at lunchtime. Some are closed on Mondays and one on Tuesday as well – check before you set off. Please walk responsibly, following to the designated paths and keeping your dog under control. Please do not litter or leave dog mess (bagged or not) – it’s not nice and it takes a lot more effort for us to clear it up after you’ve gone. Thanks – enjoy your visit to our parish!

 TheRev’d Hailstone owned and lived in Anglesey Abbey and was the Vicar ofBottisham in the 1800’s. He felt strongly that Lode should have its own Church and built St James’ to the designs of Rhode Hawkins. The Church was dedicated in 1853 and the family supplied a vicar for over 80 years. St James’ is a grade II listed church with a simple Gothic lancet style for the nave, chancel and western turret containing a clock and a bell. More information available at 


Lode Chapel has been a place of worship since the original building was started in 1810. Since then there have been several extensions and additions. The Chapel is still used for evening worship services once each month, although Sunday morning services are now held in Bottisham Primary School under the name of RE:NEW. Our church community also use the building for various social activities. We are very pleased that the Chapel is used as a regular venue for a number of local organisations and activities. It is also widely used by other churches and Christian groups in the area as a quiet space for meetings, away-days and prayer retreats.
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