On Location - Cambridge


Photographer, Nick Guttridge is a well-known UK architectural photographer. An expert in including people within his work, Nick also works for the arts and design community and loves to shoot dance projects. Six years ago he moved from London to Cambridge with his family seeking a healthier lifestyle, choosing a Scandinavian-style energy-efficient home on 'Seven Acres’. With  views of the famous ‘Hobson’s Brook’, a freshwater spring brook running all the way into Cambridge to feed the college ponds, ‘it’s really a super-highway for nature,’ says Nick. ‘It feels like we are in the countryside, living in our own pocket of wildlife, yet we’re a ten- minute cycle ride from the centre of Cambridge on dedicated cycle lanes’.

Nick’s passion in photography is movement. He loves to capture dancers from the Rambert at the Storey’s Field Centre in Cambridge, or sometimes out in the woods. He also runs architectural photography workshops www.nicholasguttridge.com When he is not working he likes nothing more than being on his bike or on the water. ‘It’s really a very rural city, ‘ he says. ‘We cycle through the ‘meadows’, 'Lammas Land’ and ’Sheep’s Green’ where cattle mingle with cyclists and pedestrians. We are always cycling over cattle grids in Cambridge.’

‘We wouldn’t dream of using the car. Even if it is raining we always use our bikes. We save so much time cycling about, it’s a big part of our life here’

Best place for tea

The Orchard Tea Garden at Grantchester meadows. Share in the great English tradition of morning or afternoon tea. The historic pavilion has hosted Cambridge students – names such as Virginia Woolf, Bertrand Russell and Rupert Brook - for over a hundred years. From here you can walk down the river and take a dip in Byron’s pool.

Best Lunchtime Meal

Kettles Yard Art Gallery. There’s nothing like wandering the house of Kettles Yard, taking in the mesmeric stone arrangements or finding peace looking at a lemon in a bowl! Afterwards I like to sit in St. Peter’s churchyard with a famous Garden Kitchen sausage roll.

Best Adventure

Wandlebury Country Park just outside of Cambridge. A beautiful countryside estate offering miles of woodland walks and wildflower meadows grazed by Highland Cattle. It’s on the remains of a circular Iron Age Hillfort, steeped in myth and legend, and an 18th century house, stables and gardens.

Best Bed - University Arms

Elegant hotel with interiors by man-of-the-moment Martin Brudnizki (of Annabel’s and the Ivy fame). Eccentric English manor house crossed with stylish university digs, where one can hunker down in front of the fire in the wood-panelled, Heywood Hill-curated library or sink a few Bloomsbury Boozers in the bar.

Best Time

All year round. The river brings summer lazing in riverside bars and restaurants but winter has its frivolous moments too.