The Cambridgeshire village on the banks of a reservoir that has pub with 'Wine Wednesdays'

The Cambridgeshire village of Perry is near Grafham Water
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Cambridgeshire has some beautiful places to get outside and enjoy the countryside. One of these is England's third largest reservoir, Grafham Water, where visitors can walk, cycle, and fish.

Near the shore of Grafham Water is the small village of Perry, home to around 2,000 people. Despite its small size, the village has a lot packed in, from history to dining to watersports.

Perry is home to Gaynes Hall, a Grade II* listed mansion with connections to Huntingdon's most famous historical figure: Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell's uncle, confusingly named Sir Oliver Cromwell, leased Gaynes Hall for 21 years.

In more recent years, the building was requisitioned by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), created to carry out operations including propaganda, sabotage and intelligence-gathering. Gaynes Hall was given a code name of 'Station 61' and was used as the headquarters for the Air Liaison Officers for agents to stay there before they were parachuted into occupied Europe.

The building was used as office space for a borstal (a youth detention centre), which stood nearby on the site of the current HMP Littlehey. The prison is now used to detain men who have been convicted of a sexual offence, with more than 1,200 prisoners.

Grafham Water

There is a nine-mile track around Grafham Water where people can enjoy views across the water, on foot or on wheels. It has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest for more than 30 years and is home to various bird and amphibian species.

There is a nine-mile loop you can walk or cycle around Grafham Water
There is a nine-mile loop you can walk or cycle around Grafham Water -Credit:Cambridge News

There are also organised open-water swimming sessions with lifeguards to keep swimmers safe. You can choose from 800m or 300m, depending on your skill and stamina level, but you will need to be able to swim 200m to be able to take part.

The Wheatsheaf

Perry's pub is called The Wheatsheaf and it's been there since the 19th century. It has an unusual bar in the shape of a boat, according to Camra, and it also has a sheltered outdoor patio and a large beer garden to enjoy whatever weather the Great British summer has to offer.

The pub also has themed nights throughout the week, including 'Pie Tuesdays' and 'Wine Wednesdays', when you can get £5 off any bottle of wine or fizz. The Sunday menu includes a selection of roasts – lamb, beef, and pork are among the options – and there is a kids' menu for family meals out.