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You can find us situated midway between the pretty market town of Huntingdon, (6 miles away) birthplace of Oliver Cromwell and the cathedral city of Peterborough, close to the A1 and A14. Wood Walton is a haven of tranquility on the edge of Wood Walton Fen, one of England's first nature reserves, created in 1910, designated both a National Nature Reserve and a site of Special Scientific Importance. The Great Fen Project states "A visit to Woodwalton Fen is like entering a lost world. The reserve is one of only four remaining fragments of the ancient wild fens that once stretched for 1,350 square miles across the area and is a last haven for many rare fen species."
Nearby at the northern end of the parish located on a natural hillock are the earthwork remains of scheduled ancient monument "Wood Walton Castle", a motte and bailey style construction of the type introduced by the Normans following the invasion of 1066 . It is unknown who built the castle or when it was constructed but it is believed to have been built between 1086 and 1144.
Also of historic local interest about a mile from the village is St Andrews Church, a redundant Anglican Church, recorded in the Domesday Book and designated a Grade II* listed building and under the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. A former television and film location unfortunately as of 2010 it is not regularly open to visitors because its foundations are moving and it is unsafe, but it can still be safely viewed from a distance!
The Elephant And Castle Public House itself dates back to the 1860's and was originally converted from the village smithy previously on the site, from which it takes its unusual name and sign, "The Elephant And Castle". An Indian Elephant with a Howdah on its back was the emblem used by the Cutlers’ Company, a London craft guild founded in the 13th century which represented workers who made knives, scissors, surgical instruments and the like, many of which had elephant ivory handles.
Today you can enjoy a quiet drink, play a game of darts or pool or use the wifi in the bar, order a Chinese meal or on Sundays (Subject to booking) join us for a traditional roast dinner in our dining room! On fine days you can take advantage of our Beer Garden and on chillier days get cosy by our real log fire! Even then you might get a chill...the bar is reputed by locals to have its very own friendly ghost!
Our guest rooms are in purpose built blocks adjacent to the bar. There is convenient onsite parking and the rooms are spacious with en-suite facilities, satellite television, fridge, microwave, kettle and a selection of beverages provided. We have family sized rooms and disabled access available. Breakfast is served by arrangement - please confirm when booking in.
£ per night