|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Stow Cum Quy (TL515598)|
|Distance:||17.3 miles (27.8 km)|
|Meets:||A1303, B1103, A142, B1085, B1104, A1101|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1102 runs along the south-eastern edge of the Fens between Cambridge (via the A1303) and Mildenhall. As a result, the road runs through some fairly flat scenery with the occasional ability to see sights a good 15 miles away or more due to the flatness of surrounding terrain. There was also a railway along the same Cambridge to Mildenhall route before the Beeching Axe, leading to "Station Road" being a very familiar sign on this route.
The route commences on the southern edge of the village of Stow Cum Quy, just north of the Quy Interchange between the A14 and the A1303 (both roads that have previously been numbered A45), the latter of which the B1102 diverges from courtesy of a set of traffic lights. Leaving the junction behind, the road delves straight into the village of Quy at somewhat of a squeeze; it is fairly narrow at this point, and overtaking is forbidden as the road makes a blind right turn after a few hundred yards before we pass The Wheatsheaf pub on the left. The rest of the village is pretty straightforward, with the Main Street peeling off to the right as we pass the village sign, before we pass our first Station Road on the left at a crossroads leaving the village.
A few fairly shallow corners later, we pass the National Trust property of Anglesey Abbey on the left before passing through the southernmost tip of Lode. Traffic islands slow traffic down here, as we pass over a crossroads: Lode to the left and Bottisham to our right. A long flat straight lies ahead, probably the best overtaking spot on the entire road, stretching from Lode to the hamlet of Longmeadow. As we pass the long string of houses off to our left, the road becomes more twisty, a sign of what is to come as we approach Swaffham Bulbeck. Mind the ice on these corners in winter: the first right-hander is banked.
As we enter Swaffham Bulbeck, a street name sign on our left confirms we are on a second Station Road, before the village green appears. We work around the southern and eastern edges of the green, with 90-degree turns in succession: left, right, then left again before we leave the village. The first left turn in the village also has a junction with Bulbeck's High Street, which leads back to Bottisham.
Leaving Swaffham Bulbeck behind, we climb a rare hill before a slip road dives into the trees on our left towards the second of The Swaffhams, the village of Swaffham Prior. The B1102 by-passes the majority of this village, meaning we avoid the very narrow and twisty high street of the village. It's a relief for those driving past, but not for the bus routes that plough through the village itself, and past the rare instance of two churches in one churchyard. The B1102 stays on the hill and ploughs between the two windmills on the edge of the village though, before re-emerging somewhat higher than the land to the north.
Devil's Dyke now lies before us, with the road ploughing straight through it. On a clear day, Ely Cathedral is visible in the distance to our left before we enter the large village of Burwell. We pass Station Gate and Railway Close on our left before the junctions for Reach and for Isaacson Road which provides a shortcut for traffic heading towards the B1103 and Newmarket. We then round St Marys Church standing impressively on our left before passing up Burwell's High Street. There is a tight right-left at the end as we pass the chemists and The Crown pub, before we reach the junction with the B1103 itself at Pound Hill.
The B1102 then forks to the right at a junction with The Causeway, before we pass a mini-roundabout, and a crested kink to the left at the cemetery. We leave Burwell behind with Soham visible slightly to our left ahead of us. Passing into Fordham Parish, the road name becomes Station Road once more as we pass over a level crossing and then reach a roundabout with the relatively new A142 Fordham by-pass, built in the early/mid 2000s.
The B1102 crosses the A142 and reaches the pre-bypass A142 in the centre of Fordham. It heads north along the pre-bypass road for a short distance through the village before striking off east once more. It meets two B-roads, including a zigzag along the line of the B1104, and then changes county within the next mile. The road continues east through Freckenham and Worlington before crossing the River Lark and ending on the A1101 in the centre of Mildenhall.