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|Anglesey Abbey||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore 114 acres of beautiful gardens surrounding this Jacobean mansion in Cambridge. You can stroll around the ornate statue garden with its mythological and biblical subjects before a peaceful walk down one of the tree lined avenues. There are also plenty of wide open spaces with expansive lawns and pretty wildflower meadows - perfect for a summer picnic. There is also a waterside stroll along Quy Water and a visit to the working 18th century watermill where you can watch them grind wheat into flour, then buy some fresh from the chute.|
In the house you can view the 36 strong collection of clocks and the extensive works of art collected by Lord Fairhaven. The dining room is the only room surviving from the Augustinian priory that once stood on the site.
Anglesey Abbey is located just a few miles east of Cambridge city centre. View Full Details>>
|Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve||2 miles (3.5 km)||These splendid ancient woods near Peterborough have miles of woodland walking trails to try. You can start the walk from the car park off the A47, just east of Wansford (postcode PE8 6NN).|
The area is a hidden gem with 520 acres of ancient woodland to explore. The extensive flora includes beech, birch, field maple, bluebells, primroses, celandines, violets and wood anemones, wild strawberries and garlic. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for including deer, cuckoo, foxes, red kites and buzzards. The woods contains more plant and insect species than most other woods in this country.
Bedford Purlieus is located just to the west of the lovely riverside village of Wansford. The Nene Way long distance footpath runs through the village so you could pick this up to extend your walk. View Full Details>>
|Brampton Wood||2 miles (2.5 km)||These ancient woods near Huntingdon consist of 326 acres with lots of nice walking trails and interesting flora and fauna. Look out for 280 species of fern, conifer, flowering plant and trees. There are lots of pretty flowers in the spring and summer months such as bluebells, primrose and violets. It's great for wildlife too with several species of butterfly including Brown Argus, White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak. Also look out for Hazel Dormouse and Muntjac deer.|
To extend your walk you could visit the nearby Grafham Water. There's a great walking and cycling trail running around the lake with lots of water loving birdlife to look out for on the way. You can reach Brampton Wood and Grafham Water by cycling along National Cycle Route 12 which runs past the southern edge of the woods. This runs all the way to Huntingdon, passing Hinchingbrooke Country Park on the way. There is also a car park at the southern edge of the woods just off the Brampton Road. View Full Details>>
|Cambridge Backs Walk||4 miles (7 km)||This circular city walk takes you around the highlights of Cambridge, visiting The Backs, a picturesque area where several colleges of the University of Cambridge back on to the River Cam. It's a delightful area for a stroll with magnificent architecture including St John's College, King's College and the fine bridges over the River Cam.|
The walk starts from the train station and follows Station Road and Hills Road to Downing College. Founded in 1800, it was the only college to be added to Cambridge University between 1596 and 1869, and is often described as the oldest of the new colleges and the newest of the old. You continue past Peterhouse College to the world famous Mathematical Bridge over the Cam. The Grade II listed wooden bridge was originally built in the 18th century and connects two parts of Queens' College. You can virtually explore this part of the walk using the google street view link below!
The route then passes around Queens' College, one of the oldest and largest colleges of the university, founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou (the queen of Henry VI, who founded King's College). It spans both sides of the river and has some of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge.
The trail then heads aroud the back of King's College, St John's, Trinity, and Trinity Hall. King's was founded in 1441 by Henry VI, soon after he had founded its sister college in Eton. It is regarded as one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture and includes a 13th century chapel with splendid stained-glass windows.
The route then crosses the Cam, passing Trinity Lane and Bridge Street before coming to Magdalene College. Founded in 1428 the college's old buildings are representative of the growth from a monks' foundation into a centre of education.
After heading around the back of Magdalene the route crosses Jesus Green where there is a lido. It is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos built across the country in the 1920s.
After passing through the park you head around Jesus College. The college was established in the late 15th century and includes expansive grounds. Notable alumni include Thomas Cranmer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Reid, Lord Toulson, Sir Rupert Jackson, Sir David Hare, Sir Roger Scruton, and Nick Hornby.
The final section takes you past Christ's Pieces and through Parker's Piece parks. Christ's Pieces is a pretty Victorian park with flower beds and ornamental trees. Parker's Piece is a 25 acre park now regarded as the birthplace of the rules of Association Football. From here it is a short stroll back to the train station and the finish point.
To extend your walking in the area try the Cambridge to Grantchester Walk. The delightful riverside walk starts in the city centre and takes you to the pretty village of Grantchester.
The last mile of this walk makes use of the Fen Rivers Way long distance trail. At Jesus Green you have the option of picking up the trail and following it along the Cam to the nearby Milton Country Park. It's about 2 miles to the north and includes nice trails around several pretty lakes.
The long distance Harcamlow Way also passes through the city. You could pick this up and head north east towards Lode and visit Anglesey Abbey. The National Trust site includes 114 acres of beautiful gardens surrounding a Jacobean mansion.
To the south of the city you will find Wandlebury Country Park in the Gog Magog Hills. This is another excellent area for walking near the city. View Full Details>>
|Cambridge to Ely Walk||18 miles (29 km)||Enjoy a lovely waterside walk along the River Cam and River Great Ouse from Cambridge to Ely. The route runs for about 18 miles on nice flat paths so could be completed in a day. You can catch a direct train back to Cambridge at the end of your walk.|
It's a really beautiful stretch of water with pretty marinas, lots of wildlife and lovely views of the surrounding Cambridgeshire countryside.
Starting in Cambridge the route passes Milton Country Park, Horningsea, Waterbeach, Upware, Little Thetford before arriving in Ely. View Full Details>>
|Cambridge to Grantchester||3 miles (5.5 km)||This is a popular riverside walk from Cambridge to the nearby village of Grantchester. It takes you along the River Cam with lovely views of Grantchester Meadows and the surrounding countryside. It's now a tradition for university students to punt to Grantchester for breakfast during the May Balls so you should see lots of little boats along the way. |
The walk starts in the centre of Cambridge near the tourist information centre. You then follow paths to the famous Cambridge Backs where you can enjoy nice views of some of the University colleges. The walk continues south through Sheep's Green and Coe Fen Nature Reserve. Considering it closeness to the city it's a delightfully pastoral scene with cows and sheep grazing next to the meandering river.
You continue south through the pretty Paradise Nature Reserve where there are some peaceful woodland trails. The route then follows Grantchester Meadows Road away from the river before heading across Skater's Meadow to return to the Cam. You then follow the riverside path past Eight Acre Wood before turning towards the village of Grantchester. Here you can enjoy a cream tea at the delightful Orchard Tea Room. It's an idyllic setting with outdoor seating amongst the fruit trees. After refreshments you can either catch a bus back to Cambridge or follow the same route back on foot.
If you enjoy this walk you could try the Fen Rivers Way long distance trail. It will take you along the Cam in the other direction, towards the lovely Milton Country Park. View Full Details>>
|Cambridge to St Ives along the Busway||12 miles (20 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle along this disused railway line which now forms part of National Cycle Network Route 51. It's now a great traffic free tarmac path following the route of the new Cambridgeshire Guided Busway which connects Cambridge, Huntingdon and St Ives. It runs just alongside the busway starting near the Cambridge Science Park just north of the city centre. You then head west passing Histon and the lovely Fen Drayton Lakes. The reserve has a number of lakes, ponds and lagoons with the River Great Ouse running through it as well. Shortly after you arrive at the market town of St Ives where the route finishes. You have the option of continuing along route 51 to Huntingdon which is just a few miles to the west. It's a nice flat, safe route which is ideal for families or anybody looking for an easy cycle ride or pleasant stroll. Along the way there's great views of the surrounding Cambridgeshire countryside. View Full Details>>|
|Castor Hanglands||4 miles (6 km)||Explore the woodland, limestone, wetland grassland and scrub in this large National Nature Reserve near Peterborough. There's lots of rare plants and interesting wildlife to be found in the reserve. In particular look out for butterflies including silver-washed fritillary, purple hairstreak and white admiral.|
The reserve is located just to the west of Peterborough city centre with a parking area at the northern end. View Full Details>>
|Clopton Way||11 miles (17 km)||This walk runs from Wimpole Hall to Gamlingay via the abandoned medieval village of Clopton. The path runs along a prominent ridge giving wonderful views of the surrounding countryside of Cambridgeshire.|
The walk start point at Wimpole Hall is particularly appealing. This 17th century country house has 3,000 acres (12 km²) of parkland and farmland and is owned by the National Trust. The route then proceeds to Croydon, Tadlow and Cockayne Hatley before a section through Potton Wood takes you to Gamlingay. View Full Details>>
|Crown Lakes Country Park||1 miles (1.5 km)||Enjoy a stroll around the pretty lakes in this country park in Peterborough. There's 85 acres to explore with a series of footpaths taking you around the meadows, woodland and lakes. Look out for butterflies such as the black hairstreak and grizzled skipper. You may also see muntjac deer, badger and fox. The park is located just to the south of Peterborough town centre. If you'd like to extend your walk then you could head to the nearby Ferry Meadows Country Park for more waterside footpaths. View Full Details>>|
|Ely||2 miles (4 km)||The cathedral city of Ely is a great place for walkers. With attractive streets, interesting architecture and a fascinating history there is much to enjoy on foot. The city also has two lovely long distance trails passing through it and riverside paths along the River Great Ouse. |
This easy circular walk uses sections of the Fen Rivers Way and the Hereward Way to take you through the city and along the river. The walk starts from the wonderful cathedral in the city centre. It dates from the 11th century, with cathedral status granted in 1109. It is an architectural masterpiece and a major tourist destination, receiving around 250,000 visitors per year. There are also pretty gardens to stroll around with a formal rose garden, wisteria, lawns, an orchard and a lavender hedge. From the cathedral you follow the Hereward Way through the city streets to Ely Country Park. The park includes two trails to take you through the natural fen landscape with lots of wildlife to look out for.
The route then continues through Rosewell Pits. This area is a designated nature reserve with a pretty lake, reedbeds, wildflowers and wildfowl to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for common terns, kingfishers, reed warblers and emperor dragonflies as you make your way through this area.
After passing through the reserve you pick up a section of the Fen Rivers Way to take you along the River Great Ouse. You then turn towards Ely Castle where only a mound remains. The route then passes Cherry Hill and Dean's Meadow to return you to the cathedral. Nearby you will find Oliver Cromwell's House which dates from 1215.
If you would like to extend your walk then one good option is to follow the river south to Wicken Fen. The lovely nature reserve is located just a few miles south of the city centre and includes nice cycling and walking trails with lots of wildlife to see.
If you follow the river north it will take you from Ely to Downham Market in Norfolk. This will take you past the splendid Welney WWT, one of the premier birdwatching sites in the the country. View Full Details>>
|Fen Drayton Lakes||3 miles (5.5 km)||This large RSPB nature reserve near St Ives has some nice walking trails and a cycle path running through it. The reserve consists of a series of lakes, ponds and lagoons with the River Great Ouse running through the northern section. There's lots of well laid out trails taking you around and between the lakes with National Cycle Route 51 running through the central section along the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway.|
The reserve is a haven for water loving wildlife with huge numbers of ducks, swans and geese on the lakes in winter. Also look out for terns, hobbies, lapwings, coots and a variety of dragonflies.
You can extend your walk by picking up the Ouse Valley Way which runs through the reserve. If you head west it will take you into St Ives and then onto the lovely Houghton Mill which is well worth a visit. Heading north along the waymarked trail takes you along the river to Earith. There's also another public footpath running along the Ouse into nearby Hemingford Grey.
Cyclists can continue along the Cambridge to St Ives busway cycle path. It's a great traffic free route running along a disused railway line. View Full Details>>
|Fen Rivers Way||50 miles (80 km)||This is a teriffic riverside walking route running from Cambridge to King's Lynn in Norfolk. The path runs alongside the River Cam and the River Great Ouse and passes a series of delightful riverside towns and villages including Ely, Littleport and Downham Market.|
Highlights on the walk include Wicken Fen near Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, the cathedral at Ely and the 18th century sluice at Denver.
This is a fairly flat easy walk with beautiful Fenland scenery to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|Ferry Meadows Country Park||5 miles (8 km)||This super country park in Peterborough has several pretty lakes with cycling and walking trails running alongside the water's edge. There's also a stretch along the River Nene, several pretty meadows and peaceful woodland paths. Other attractions include a miniature railway and a pitch and putt golf course. The tracks are well surfaced and flat so its perfect for families looking for a safe cycle ride or walkers looking for an easy stroll.|
Ferry meadows is set within the larger area of Nene Park which also includes Thorpe Meadows with its Sculpture Park, riverside walks and a purpose built rowing lake. If you continue east through the park you'll also pass Orton Mere and Woodston Reach with more lakes and woodland to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|Fleam Dyke and Roman Road||25 miles (40 km)||This circular walk explores an area of chalk grassland woodland, and farmland using the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke just to the south east of Cambridge. The walk takes place on well-maintained footpaths, bridleways and byways through gently undulating countryside and is waymarked throughout. The route visits Horseheath, West Wickham and West Wratting.|
Both the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke are significant archaeological sites with sections that are classified as scheduled ancient monuments. View Full Details>>
|Gog Magog Hills||10 miles (16 km)||This walk explores the Gog Magog Downs, a ridge of low chalk hills extending for several miles to the southeast of Cambridge. |
You start your walk at the village of Stapleford four miles to the south of Cambridge. The village became famous when it emerged that Barack Obama was a direct descendant of Thomas Blossom, who lived in Stapleford during the 16th century before emigrating to the United States.
You can pick up footpaths taking you from the village to Ash Grove, crossing the River Granta on the way. The walk then climbs to Copley Hill and Wandlebury Country Park where there is an Iron Age Hill Fort and a nature reserve. From the 74 m (243 ft) summit of Wandlebury Hill there are great views over the surrounding Cambrideshire countryside. View Full Details>>
|Grafham Water Circular Ride||11 miles (18 km)||A cycle and walking route around the beautiful Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire.|
The route passes through woodland and the villages of Grafton and West Perry. There is also a nature reserve at the western end of the lake where you will see a variety of birdlife. Sailboats are also common during the warmer months of the year.
Cycle hire is available at the start of the route at the eastern end of the reservoir.
It's possible to create a longer circular walk around the lake using The Three Shires Way long distance trail. The waymarked footpath runs towards Great Staughton on the southern side of the reservoir. It will take you through some nice countryside before returning to the lakeside.
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Brampton Wood. The woods are located less than a mile from Grafham and can be reached by cycling along National Cycle Route 12. View Full Details>>
|Great Fen||2 miles (3 km)||This short circular walk follows the Dragonfly Trail in the Great Fen wetland area in Cambridgeshire. The walk starts from the Great Fen Information Point on the Long Drove Road between the villages of Holme and Ramsey St Mary. There is a car park here with maps and an information about the Great Fen project. You can pick up the 2 mile waymarked trail which takes you to Robinson's Ponds where dragonflies will be common in summer. It continues to an area of mature woodland with large Alder trees and then past a disused railway line before returning to the car park. Along the way there are picnic areas, information points and a bird hide where you can look out for a wide variety of birdlife.|
The Great Fen also consists of the splendid Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen nature reserves. You can extend your walk by venturing in to these areas. In Woodwalton Fen you will find 500 acres of wildflower meadows, mixed fen, marsh, reedbed, scrub, open water and woodland. It is located just to the south of the start point for this walk. Holme Fen includes the largest Silver Birch woodland in lowland England and has more nice walking trails to try. It is located just to the north west of the Dragonfly Trail.
If you are visiting the Great Fen by bike then National Cycle Network Route 12 runs through the village of Stilton on the western fringe of the area, near Holme. View Full Details>>
|Greensand Ridge Walk||40 miles (64 km)||A walk through Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. The route follows a ridge of greensand which rises from the clay vales on either side.|
You will pass through Woburn Park, Millbrook, Maulden Woods, Chicksands Wood, Ampthilll Park and Sandy with some delightful countrsyside, woodland trails and fabulous views to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|Harcamlow Way||141 miles (227 km)||This long distance walk takes you to some of the most beautiful countryside, interesting historical sites and delightful country parks in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.|
The route is a figure-of-eight, starting in Harlow and first heading to Saffron Walden where you will pass the splendid Jacobean mansion and gardens at Audley End. You continue through the Bartlow Hills, Horseheath, the Fleam Dyke and Milton Country Park to Cambridge. You return passing along the Wimpole Way where you pass the splendid Wimpole Hall and park. This 17th century country house has 3,000 acres (12 km²) of parkland and farmland and is owned by the National Trust. You continue through Melbourn and Chrishall to Newport, and then on to Debden, Thaxted and Takeley. You then pass through Hatfield Forest with over 1000 acres of footpaths and resident deer before returning to Harlow at the end of the route. View Full Details>>
|Hardwick Wood||5 miles (7.5 km)||This walk takes you from the Cambridgeshire village of Hardwick to the nearby Hardwick Wood Nature Reserve. The route uses part of the Harcamlow Way long distance footpath to visit the site before continuing to the village of Toft.|
Start the walk, just south of Hardwick where you can pick up the waymarked Harcamlow Way. The path runs west toward Caldecote before turning south to reach the site. The medieval woods are full of interesting flora and fauna such as hazel, hawthorn, early-purple orchid and yellow archangel. Look out for birds including willow warblers, marsh tits and blackcaps.
After passing through the woods you can continue on to the pretty village of Toft. Here you will find a noteworthy 14th century church while just to the west of the village is Cambridge Meridian Golf Club, which has the Prime Meridian running through the 14th fairway. You can also stop here and enjoy refreshments at a cafe before picking up footpaths to take you north to Wood Farm. Other public trails then return you to the Harcamlow Way which you can follow back to Hardwick. View Full Details>>
|Hereward Way||110 miles (177 km)||Starting in Oakham, in Rutland, follow the Herward Way through Stamford, Peterborough, Ely, and the Breckland forests to Thetford, in Norfolk.
Highlights on the walk include
The walk is well waymarked with a yellow arrow featuring two swords. View Full Details>>
|Hertfordshire Chain Walk||39 miles (62 km)||The Hertfordshire Chain Walk is a series of circular walks running through Hertfordshire. This route is a combination of these walks, forming a linear route which runs from Enfield in London, through Hertfordshire to Ashwell & Morden Station in Cambridgeshire.|
The walk begins at Crews Hill Station in Enfield and heads towards Welwyn Garden City, passing through Whitewebbs Park, Derry's Wood and Wormley Wood Nature Reserve on the way. Near Welwyn you cross the River Mimram, before passing through Bramfield Woods on your way to Watton at Stone, crossing the River Beane on your way. The final section then takes you through Cottered and Kelshall before finishing at Ashwell & Morden Station.
This walk gives super views of the flat lands of Cambridgshire while also visiting a series of delightful Hertfordshire parks, woods and nature reserves. View Full Details>>
|Hinchingbrooke Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Explore 170 acres of open grasslands, meadows, woodlands and lakes in this fine country park in Huntingdon. There are a number of pleasant woodland and lakeside paths to enjoy.
There is also a bridleway/cycle path running through the park while National Cycle route 51 runs past the perimeter. For mountain bikers there is a specially designed course with mounds of various sizes.|
The park has excellent facilities with a visitor centre and cafe. View Full Details>>
|Holme Fen||6 miles (9 km)||Explore the largest Silver Birch woodland in lowland England on this walk in Cambridgeshire. There are 657 acres of acid grassland, heath, raised bog, mere and woodland with several bird hides from which to view a wide variety of wildlife. At Holme Post you will be 2.75 metres (9.0 ft) below sea level - the lowest land point in Great Britain. |
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve. Holme Fen is located between Peterborough and Huntingdon.
The reserve is part of the larger Great Fen Wetland Project. You can visit the Great Fen information point and try the lovely Dragonfly Trail. The 2 mile circular footpath is waymarked and includes ponds, woodland and lots of information points explaining the Great Fen project. View Full Details>>
|Houghton Mill||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the delightful water meadows at Houghton Mill on this walk in Huntingdon. It's a lovely area with views of the River Great Ouse, pretty streams, weirs and beautiful countryside.|
The walk starts from the National Trust car park at Houghton Mill. The working 18th-century watermill is set in an idyllic location on an island in the Great Ouse River.
Follow the footpaths south along the water towards Battcock's Island and Hemingford Grey. Here you have the option of visiting Hemingford Grey Manor which dates from the 12th century. The interesting house and gardens are open to visitors.
The route then turns north to pass along another stream before picking up the riverside path to return to the mill.
After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the lovely tea room which overlooks the mill. You can also buy some freshly ground wholemeal flour from the shop. View Full Details>>
|Huntingdon||10 miles (16 km)||A circular walk from Huntingdon taking in the River Great Ouse, Houghton Mill and Hemingford Abbots. The route makes use of the waymarked Ouse Valley Way and the Pathfinder Walk to visit streams, lakes and lovely water meadows to the east of the town.|
Starting in the centre of the town head south to Godmanchester to pick up the Ouse Valley Way. It will take you north east to the pretty Cook's Stream, where you'll pass a series of lakes. You continue past Wetside Common and Hartford Marina to the National Trust's Houghton Mill. The working 18th-century watermill is set in an idyllic location on an island in the river. It's surrounded by lovely water meadows with a number of nice footpaths to follow around the site. There's also a nice tea room where you can stop for refreshments at what is roughly the half way point on the walk.
After exploring the mill and water meadows you head south across Hemmingford Meadows to the village of Hemingford Abbots. Here you can visit The Axe and Compass pub, situated in a thatched 15th-century house. Just to the east is the neighbouring village of Hemingford Grey. Here you have the option of visiting Hemingford Grey Manor which dates from the 12th century. The interesting house and gardens are open to visitors.
This route picks up the Pathfinder Long Distance Walk and heads west past Godmanchester Common to Godmanchester. You then head north past the marina back into Huntingdon. View Full Details>>
|Icknield Way Path||110 miles (177 km)||The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways. There's fantastic views as you climb through the hills of the Chilterns AONB. There's also a series of lovely nature reserves and country parks to enjoy on the way.|
Highlights on the walk include the Cam Valley views from Royston Heath, the lovely Dunstable Downs Country Park and the splendid Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. View Full Details>>
|Milton Country Park||1 miles (2.3 km)||This lovely park in Cambridge Backs boasts nearly 100 acres of lakes and gardens interlaced with footpaths and cycle trails. The Park includes a Visitor Centre with cafe, play-areas, viewing platforms and a sensory garden. |
The park can be reached by following the River Cam and the Fen Rivers Way from the centre of Cambridge. This section also makes for a lovely traffic free cycle ride.
To extend your walkin in the area you can try our circular Cambridge Backs Walk which takes you on a tour of the famous university colleges. View Full Details>>
|Nene Way||109 miles (176 km)||Follow the River Nene through the beautiful Nene Valley on this fabulous walk through Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.|
The long distance path runs for over 100 miles, passing Northampton, Wellingborough, Oundle, Peterborough and Wisbech.
There's much to enjoy on the way with rushing weirs, a series of historic villages and old mills. It's an excellent area for birdwatchers too with the Nene Valley now one of the most important wetlands in England, gaining international recognition for its significance as a stop-over for thousands of wildfowl and waders that visit during the winter. In particular look out for birds around Rushden Lakes, the Titchmarsh Nature Reserve at Thrapston, Barnwell Country Park and Stanwick Lakes as you pass Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire. View Full Details>>
|Paxton Pits||3 miles (5 km)||Visit this delightful nature reserve in Little Paxton and enjoy a series of well laid out, waterside walking trails. The paths run around a series of pretty ponds and lakes with a riverside stretch along the River Great Ouse to enjoy too. There's nearly 200 acres to explore with habitats including meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland. It's great for wildlife with a heronry plus nightingales and cormorants to look out for.|
There's two, short waymarked trails to follow around the site. The Heron Trail runs for about 2 miles with a surfaced path for the first mile. The circular trail visits two bird hides where you can watch the Cormorants and Herons roosting on the islands. The 1.5 mile Meadow Trail visits the southern part of the reserve. You'll pass lakes and meadows with a variety of wildflowers such as Wild Roses and Hawthorn blossom.
The Ouse Valley Way runs through the reserve so you can pick this up to extend yor walk. If you head south along the river you will soon come to St Neots. Head north and you will come to Godmanchester and Huntingdon. View Full Details>>
|Peterborough||9 miles (14.5 km)||There's lots of fairly easy walks to enjoy around the cathedral city of Peterborough. Three notable long distance trails run through the area and there's also river walks, country parks and nature reserves to visit. |
This riverside walk takes you from the city centre to Ferry Meadows Country Park along the River Nene. There's much to enjoy with flat waterside trails, pretty lakes, old bridges and views of the Nene Valley Steam Railway which runs along much of the route.
The walk starts on the river in the city centre, just to the south of the tourist information centre and train station. From here you can pick up a section of the Nene Way long distance trail to take you west along the river and into Nene Park. After a short while you will come to the Woodston Ponds Nature Reserve. Here you will find a lake with water birds such as grey herons, tufted ducks and pochards. There's also a reedbed which has pools and channels, with great crested newts and unusual species of water beetle to see.
You continue west through Thorpe Meadows where there is a Sculpture Park and a purpose built rowing lake.
The next stage passes the water features of Orton Meadows before entering the splendid Ferry Meadows Country Park. You can follow various trails around the large lakes, pretty meadows and pockets of woodland. There's also two cafes where you can enjoy refreshments before the returning to the city centre the same way. Alternatively you could catch the Nene Valley Railway back. View Full Details>>
|St Neots||9 miles (14.6 km)||This pretty town in Cambridgeshire has some lovely country and riverside walks to try. St Neots is the largest town in the county and an interesting place to visit. The town dates back over 1,000 years to the Medieval Priory of St. Neot and includes an award winning museum which is well worth a visit.|
This circular walk uses part of the Ouse Valley Way to visit the lovely Riverside Park and the nearby Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. The walk starts from St Neots Bridge and follows the waymarked Ouse Valley Way north through the attractive Lammas Meadows on the eastern side of the river. The river eventually winds its way round to Paxton Pits where there's a series of nice ponds and lakes. In all there's 200 acres to explore with habitats including meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland. It's a great place for bird watching so be sure to bring your binoculars.
After exploring the reserve the walk returns to St Neots Bridge on the same paths. You then pass through the Riverside Park on the western side of the river, just to the south of the bridge. Follow the paths south past the cricket ground to Eaton Socon where you cross the river at the pretty lock. You can then follow the Ouse Valley Way past Eynesbury before returning to the bridge. View Full Details>>
|Stour Valley Path||60 miles (96 km)||Follow the River Stour from Newmarket to Cattawade on this delightful walk through East Anglia. The walk passes through a series of pretty riverside towns and villages including Little Thurlow, Kedlington, Clare and the Clare Castle Country Park, Long Melford (with Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall), Sudbury, Nayland and Dedham. You will also pass through the Dedham Vale AONB, an area which inspired much of the work of painter John Constable. View Full Details>>|
|The Three Shires Way||37 miles (60 km)||The Three Shires Way is a long distance bridleway which runs between Tathall End in north-east Buckinghamshire and Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. The route traces the outline of ancient trackways and passes through a beautiful rural landscape. Along the way it skirts several small, historic villages, meanders through remnants of ancient woodland, and has many spectacular views.|
The route is (sometimes) signposted with the Three Shires Way logo and officially runs for 37 miles, though it's nearer 39 miles long if starting/finishing at the Grafham Water Car Park. I'd recommend cycling north to south (unless faced by a strong south or south-west wind), hence : Start at Grafham Water Car Park, Cambs : TL166680 Finish at Tathall End, Milton Keynes : SP820468 A circular route around Grafham Water is also available, which extends the total distance to almost 47 miles. It passes through Easton, Spaldwick, Covington, Shelton, Yielden, Knotting, Lavendon and Emberton before arriving at Tathall End. It is generally a quiet rural route, much of it on clay and very muddy at certain times of the year. Some parts are classified as a 'Byway Open to All Traffic' or a 'Road Used as a Public Path' (generally open April to October), and are therefore legally accessible by motor vehicles. These tracks can be very rutted indeed; a notable example is Forty Foot Lane. Beware!
Note : Mapped on the 1:25,000 series Mark Worthington November 2008 View Full Details>>
|Torpel Way||11 miles (18 km)||This walk runs from Peterborough to Stamford through countryside and agricultural land. The path passes Marholm and Helpston before finishing with a riverside stretch along the River Welland into Stamford. View Full Details>>|
|Wandlebury Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||This walk takes you around the delightful Wandlebury Country Park in Cambridge. The park is part of the Gog Magog Hills, a ridge of low chalk hills extending for several miles to the southeast of Cambridge. The park includes Wandlebury Hill where an Iron Age Hill Fort once stood. Wandlebury is also a Nature Reserve and is perfect for bird watching. |
Cycling is not permitted in the park. View Full Details>>
|Welney WWT||9 miles (14.5 km)||Enjoy waterside footpaths along the New Bedford River on this easy circular walk at the Welney Wetland Centre. It's a unique place with freshwater grazing marshland and a huge variety of birdlife to look out for. The area is known as the Ouse Washes covering the area between two diversion channels of the River Great Ouse: the Old Bedford River and the New Bedford River. There's nice grassy paths and boardwalks making it a great place for walkers as well as wildlife enthusiasts.|
You can start your walk from the car park and visitor centre on Station Road. Then pick up the trails heading west along the New Bedford River. The walk then crosses the bridge to the village of Welney and picks up the trail along the Old Bedford River. You cross again before returning to the car park.
The area is fantastic for bird watching so be sure to bring your binoculars. Birds you may see include Grey heron, Little egret, Black-tailed godwit, Lapwing, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Coot and Moorhen.
The Hereward Way long distance trail crosses the reserve so you can pick up the trail to extend your walk. Heading south west will take you along the river towards Little Downham. Heading north west takes you towards March.
Heading north east along the river will take you towards Downham Market where you can pick up the Fen Rivers Way and enjoy a walk along the River Great Ouse. View Full Details>>
|Wicken Fen||9 miles (14 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle through the beautiful Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire. National Cycle Network route 11 runs right through Wicken Fen and there are some peaceful country lanes around the reserve. Bike hire is available from just £5.|
The route below starts at the pretty village of Wicken before passing through the reserve and into the surrounding countryside. You follow quiet lanes to Upware, located on the River Cam, before returning to Wicken Village.
In the reserve you will find flowering meadows, reedbeds and waterways where you can see a variety of wildlife such as hen harriers, water voles and bitterns. In the Baker's Fen area you can also see konik ponies, highland cattle, lapwings and barn owls. If you're on foot you can follow the Boardwalk Trail or the longer Nature Trail while stopping off at one of the many bird hides. In the summer months you can also enjoy a 50 minute boat trip along the waterways of Wicken Fen.
A number of options are available if you would like to continue your outing. If you're on foot you could follow the Fen Rivers Way along the River Great Ouse to Ely. For cyclists National Route 11 runs along quiet roads and the River Great Ouse to Ely. Or you can head east towards Newmarket via Burwell. View Full Details>>
|Wimpole Hall||2 miles (4 km)||This 17th century country house near Cambridge is surrounded by 3,000 acres of parkland and farmland. There are miles of walking paths taking you to the walled garden with glasshouse and vegetable plots, the glorious parterre with 12,000 plants and the delightful pleasure gardens. There's also the opportunity for a quiet woodland stroll through Cobbs Wood where you can look out for eight species of woodland bat. |
The site includes Home Farm with its donkeys, shire horses and rare breed livestock. It's great for families as children can groom the donkeys and have a drive on a mini tractor.There are also 18th century farm buildings including cart sheds, stables, cattle yards and deer pens.
You can also explore the house with its grand rooms and collections of furniture, porcelain and paintings.
If you would like to continue your walk you could pick up the Wimpole Way and head north to visit the Hardwick Wood nature reserve. The long distance trail will eventually lead you into Cambridge. View Full Details>>
|Wimpole Way||11 miles (18 km)||Follow the Wimpole way through Cambridgeshire's farmland, ancient woodland and gentle rolling countryside from Cambridge to Wimpole Hall. The path starts in Cambridge by the River Cam heading ino the countryside and passing Coton, Caldecote and Kingston before finishing at Wimpole Hall. This 17th century country house has 3,000 acres of parkland and farmland and is owned by the National Trust. Also on the path is Hardwick Wood near Caldecote. The nature reserve includes woodland trails and some nice flora and fauna to look out for. View Full Details>>|
|Wisbech||21 miles (34 km)||The Cambrideshire town of Wisbech has some nice flat riverside trails to try. There's also some easy country trails running through the surrounding Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire countryside. View Full Details>>|
|Woodwalton Fen||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a short walk around this beautiful national nature reserve in Cambridgeshire. There are 500 acres to explore with habitats including wildflower meadows, mixed fen, marsh, reedbed, scrub, open water and woodland. There are several waymarked walking trails taking you around the reserve on wide grassy paths. You can stop at the bird hides and look out for a wide variety of wildlife before heading to Rothschild Bungalow - Charles Rothschild, a successful banker and wildlife enthusiast bought Woodwalton Fen in 1910 to preserve this lovely area.|
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Holme Fen National Nature Reserve. Woodwalton Fen is located between Peterborough and Huntingdon.
The reserve is part of the larger Great Fen Wetland Project. You can visit the nearby Great Fen information point and try the lovely Dragonfly Trail. The 2 mile circular footpath is waymarked and includes ponds, woodland and lots of information points explaining the Great Fen project. View Full Details>>