Coton is a quiet, unspoilt village surrounded by trees and meadows. Bounded by the Coton Countryside Reserve to the south and east and the Coton Orchard to the north, it has the 11th-century, Grade I listed St Peter’s Church at its heart, and further listed buildings within the historic centre of the village. There are also two moated sites and the remains of ancient ridge-and-furrow field patterns, which are designated Historical Monuments.
Though relatively close to the city, it has a real sense of rural seclusion and community, and so is regarded by all who live here as a rather special place.
Walks from the village, up Red Meadow Hill and up the rise towards Madingley, offer some of the loveliest, most unspoiled views anywhere around Cambridge. The gently rolling fields, hedges and woods are valued enormously both by villagers and by the many visitors who make the short trip from the city to get the health and wellbeing benefits of walking in this easily accessible green space.
The village and its surrounding countryside would be irreparably damaged by the off-road busway. The GCP plans include a large bus stop in the village, which will inevitably attract commuter parking – and then measures to prevent that parking.