1. Stourbridge Common to Fen Ditton
1.5 hours. 5 miles. Alternatively, you can walk all the way to Waterbeach – 8 miles, 2.5 hours. A relatively flat walk, following the river, past cows and river wildlife.
This is a 3 mile walk following the river in the south of the city, and is one of the best walks around Cambridge. It is possible wheel a buggy along the cycle path route. A round trip on a straighter road back makes 5 miles in total.
3. Anglesey Abbey
1.5 hours, 4 miles. Around the beautiful Anglesey Abbey. You can visit the gardens too, which are lovely in the winter. Be careful as part of the route is very close to open water, and can be muddy. Dogs need to be on a lead near the farmland.
1. Start at Kettle’s Yard. This was founded by Jim Ede, former curator of the Tate gallery. As you leave and walk down Bridge Street, this area is one of the oldest in Cambridge and where early Roman and Normal settlers lived.
2. Turn left after the bridge, past the restaurants and punts onto the wooden boardwalk.
3. Keep along the river until you get to the kiosk and weir. Turn right down the avenue of London Plane trees.
4. Turn right and this will take you to Jesus College. Go in and find several sculptures. Includes ‘Daedalus on Wheels’ (Eduardo Paolozzi) and the glass ‘Empress’ (Danny Lane).
5. Head right out of college, Malcom St, Hosbon St to Christ’s College. Find the painting ‘The Deposition’ (Anthony Caro), ‘A Pattern of Life’ (Tim Harrison) and the Darwin Garden sculpture.
6. Head out past Next and Boots to Market St, right onto Rose Crescent, to Trinity and Garret Hostel Lane. Cross over the river to see Jerwood Library Circle back to Senate Passage, right onto Kings Parade and go in Clare College.
7. See the golden Corpus Clock (Matthew Lane Sanderson), created to represent the unstoppable nature of time. Carry onto Downing St, see bronze feet (Anthony Gormley), he buried a full scale model of himself upside down and called it Earthbound. See the animal reliefs on the entrance to museums.
8. Circle back to Trumpington St, to the Fitzwilliam Museum. his is full of art treausres, from classical sculputres, Matisse, Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, beautiful china and jewellery and more. The entrance of the museum is very grand and majestic.
5. Wimpole Way to Coton
12 miles in total however you can break this up into smaller chunks. The route goes through Coton, Hardwick, Caldecote and Kingston. Although there are parts, over a bridge and next to a road that you may want to miss. It can get muddy in places. It follows ancient trackways dating back to Anglo Saxon times.
This route is a couple of miles to Coton. Coton means ‘cottages’, and is a 5th or 6th century village.
6. Wimpole Hall to Kingston
5.5 miles, 2.5 hours. (Circle 10 miles, 5 hours).
7. Treasure Hunting & Geocaching
Geocaching is a nice, simple idea set up by volunteers worldwide. And it’s free. You can put in your postcode and search for nearby caches. You can also find out how to hide your own cache using the guidelines online. www.geocaching.com
8. Hayley Wood Bluebells or Autumn Leaves
1.3 miles. 40 minutes. A short walk in woodlands. It is one of the most pretty woodlands around Cambridge. This one is notable for it’s rare oxlips and bluebells in the spring. 8 miles from St. Neots. Map reference TL 292 530
9. Hobson’s Book
4 miles, 1.5 hours. Follow the Water to the Source. Vicar’s Brooke, Addenbrookes and the Double Helix. You can do this walk all together or in two parts: Hobson’s Conduit to Long Road; Addenbrookes to Great Shelford. Mainly flat. The last stretch is buggy friendly but the first part may be tricky by the brook and along the field.
10. Brampton Wood
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