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CTC Cambridge

Issues on our routes

This page shows some locations on our routes which may be difficult for some riders.
They include bridges where it is necessary to carry the bike up steps, or cycle paths which have obstructions that some riders may be unable to pass.
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You can search for route issues by words in the issue name. You can use the buttons below the search box to search by specific tags. Enter multiple search terms to find route issues which match all of them.
Barriers at Fenstanton underpass
Barrier
The Fenstanton underpass has narrow barriers at both sides of the tunnel.

There is now just a single barrier at each side - half of the earlier chicane barriers have been removed.

The photo is taken from the southern (Hilton Road) side.

Barrier
Byway north west of Great Saling
Loose gravel Unsurfaced
This byway lying north west of the Andrew's Field airfield near Great Saling is covered in loose gravel. When the club used it in 2022 it had received a fresh layer of gravel and was not cycleable.
Loose gravel Unsurfaced
Cam towpath between Baits Bite lock and Waterbeach
Narrow Unsurfaced
This section of the Cam towpath is narrow and has an uneven surface. Surface is generally dry but can get muddy at the Waterbeach end.

There is a tricky sharp corner where the path turns inland at the Clayhithe bridge.

Narrow Unsurfaced
Cam towpath between Chisholm Trail and Baits Bite lock
Unsurfaced
This section of the Cam towpath has a reasonable width. It has a crushed limestone surface that is loose in places and forms big puddles after heavy rain.
Unsurfaced
Cam towpath between Fen Road and Chisholm Trail
Unsurfaced
The first section of the Cam towpath has a reasonable width and has a crushed limestone surface. This short section from Fen Road to the Chisholm Trail is badly worn and hence has an uneven surface and forms big puddles after heavy rain.
Unsurfaced
Chicane barriers at Buckden underpass
Barrier
The Buckden underpass has narrow chicane barriers at both sides of the tunnel.

The photo shows the eastern (High Street) side.

Barrier
DNA path diverted at north end.
Diversion
[Dec 2023] The section of the DNA path that runs under the Addenbrooke's Road bridge is now closed because of works for Cambridge South station. The diversion route uses a new diagonal path that connects to the south-eastern side of the roundabout.

Set the map type to "Open Street Map" or "Open Cycle Map" to see the diversion route.

Diversion
Footbridge at Barwick Ford
Narrow
On the road between Barwick and Much Hadham there is a narrow footbridge alongside the ford. There are no steps but it is too narrow for a tricycle.

The ford is relatively deep and slippery so best avoided.

Narrow
Footbridge at Hinxton Ford
Narrow
On NCN 11 between Hinxton and Duxford there is a narrow footbridge alongside the ford. There are no steps but it is too narrow for a tricycle.

The ford is relatively deep and slippery so best avoided.

Narrow
Footbridge at Standon ford
Narrow
On Paper Mill Lane to the south-west of Standon there is a narrow footbridge at the ford. There are no steps but it is too narrow for a tricycle.

The ford is long and relatively deep and slippery so best avoided.

Narrow
Footbridge over A11 between Babraham and Abington
Steps
The unsurfaced path between Babraham and Abington crosses the A11 using a high footbridge which has steps on both sides.

There is a bicycle wheeling gutter.

Steps
Footbridge over Burwell Lode
Steps
On NCN 11 just south of Wicken there is a footbridge with nine steps on each side. Quite steep (approx 45° angle).

There are bicycle wheeling gutters on each side.

Steps
Footpath cut-through at Horseheath
Kerbs Narrow
The route between Horseheath and Cardinal's Green uses a short (50m) section of narrow and steep footpath on the Horseheath (north) side of the A1307. There is a kerb (a step) at both ends of the path.

The photo shows the Horseheath side.

Kerbs Narrow
Loose gravel and barriers on Wallington-Baldock path
Barrier Loose gravel
The cycle path between Wallington and Baldock has a section of loose gravel on both sides of the A505 bridge. The photo shows the Baldock side.

The rest of the path has a good asphalt surface.

There are also motorcycle barriers at three points on the path.

Barrier Loose gravel
Path between Babraham and Abington
Narrow Steps Unsurfaced
The footpath (and designated cycle route) between Babraham and Abington is unsurfaced and rough in places. It involves cycling along a narrow path inbetween the ruts created by farm vehicles.

The route crosses the A11 using a footbridge with steps.

Narrow Steps Unsurfaced
Path between Barway and Ely (1/2)
Narrow Unsurfaced
The cycle path between Barway and Ely is a mixture of unsurfaced path and narrow crumbling tarmac. This first section of the path follows an unsurfaced sandy track that is rough in places and can get muddy after heavy rain.

There is a narrow barrier at the Barway end of the path and a cattlegrid at the northern end of this section.

Narrow Unsurfaced
Path between Barway and Ely (2/2)
Narrow Unsurfaced
The cycle path between Barway and Ely is a mixture of unsurfaced path and narrow crumbling tarmac. This second section of the path follows a narrow surfaced path on the top of the floodbank but the tarmac surface is in poor condition with large cracks.

There are cattlegrids on both sides of the railway underpass.

Narrow Unsurfaced
Pinch-frame barrier on Bar Hill cycleway (1/3).
Barrier
These barriers are awkward and are only passable with a narrow bike.
Barrier
Pinch-frame barrier on Bar Hill cycleway (2/3).
Barrier
These barriers are awkward and are only passable with a narrow bike.
Barrier
Pinch-frame barrier on Bar Hill cycleway (3/3).
Barrier
These barriers are awkward and are only passable with a narrow bike.
Barrier
Southern busway cycle path closed.
Closed
The first section of the southern busway cycle path - from the start of the path near the Hills Road underpass to Long Road - will be closed for six weeks from Mon 12 Feb to Fri 29 Mar and should re-open on Sat 30 Mar. A further section - from Long Road to the junction with the spur to Addenbrooke's - will also be closed for just one week from Mon 19 Feb to Mon 26 Feb inclusive. More details here.

This closure affects a lot of our routes, including Brookside rides that join the busway at Long Road. But there are good alternative routes. Use this route to get to the DNA path. Or use this route to reach Trumpington.

It also affects rides that head back into town along the busway - similar diversions apply.

Closed