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Counties > Cambridgeshire > Littleport


LITTLEPORT is a thriving little town on this huge horizontal landscape, with some beautiful old houses as well as plenty of new estates. There are three thatched properties in the town centre (adding a touch of cosiness) and to commemorate the fact that the Harleys of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company originally came from here, a motorbike statue was unveiled in 2003 to mark the 100th anniversary of the business. Building is in progress to provide 660 houses on the western side of the town. A four-bedroom period cottage will cost around £210,000. Littleport has a leisure and sports centre and Littleport Village College provides evening classes. There is a post office and plenty of day-to-day shops, including a wonderful bakery, a butcher and an ironmonger. A small market is held on Tuesdays. ‘The best thing about living here is that there are such beautiful sunsets, flooding across acres and acres of open sky,’ says one local resident.

Good for: a Fen landscape and out-of-the-way feel, good schools in Ely and Cambridge.
Local knowledge: Littleport is also known for its textiles industry, producing shirts for Paul Smith, among others, gowns for the Royal Family and scarves for Hogwarts students in the Harry Potter films.
London terminal: Kings Cross
Journey time: 75 mins (84 mins peak) mins
Season ticket: £3980
Peak trains: 2 per hour (plus 1 per hour to Liverpool St)
Off-peak trains: 1 per hour