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Cambridge North to Waterbeach and Rampton
18 miles 29 km
Start: Cambridge North Station
Author: Rupert
Out on the Cam towpath to Waterbeach, then Landbeach and Rampton. Then back along the busway cyclepath.
Out on the Cam towpath to Waterbeach, then Landbeach and Rampton. Then back along the busway cyclepath.
Towpath is unsurfaced and not recommended after heavy rain. Cyclepath from Rampton to busway now has a good tarmac surface.
Newmarket Road P&R to Reach
19 miles 31 km
Start: Newmarket Road P&R
Author: Rupert
Ride out to Reach via Bottisham and back via Anglesey Abbey. The best bits of the famous Reach Ride.
Ride out to Reach via Bottisham and back via Anglesey Abbey. The best bits of the famous Reach Ride.
Follows the route of Sustrans NCN51 to Reach. Mostly follows cycle paths and quiet roads - just a few short sections on busier B-roads.
Sawston and Haslingfield
20 miles 32 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Out on southern busway following NCN11 to Sawston. Along the cyclepath to Whittlesford and then backroads to Newton. Return via Harston and Haslingfield.
Out on southern busway following NCN11 to Sawston. Along the cyclepath to Whittlesford and then backroads to Newton. Return via Harston and Haslingfield.
A mix of cyclepaths and quiet roads. Care needed crossing busier roads at Harston and Barton.
Toft and Haslingfield
20 miles 32 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Out via Coton path to Hardwick, down to Toft and return via Kingston, Eversdens and Haslingfield.
Out via Coton path to Hardwick, down to Toft and return via Kingston, Eversdens and Haslingfield.
Coton path has a steep and narrow bridge over the M11. Care needed when turning left to join the cycle path on Madingley Road due to the narrow access ramp.
Shepreth circuit.
21 miles 34 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Out via Haslingfield and Chapel Hill. Back via Thriplow and Shelford.
Out via Haslingfield and Chapel Hill. Back via Thriplow and Shelford.
A short loop that climbs over Chapel Hill - a steep climb over our biggest local hill.
Earith and Willingham loop
24 miles 39 km
Start: St Ives Park and Ride (the Busway)
Author: John J
A loop to the east of St Ives via Earith and Swavesey.
A loop to the east of St Ives via Earith and Swavesey.
Route now uses the new cycle bridge over the A14. Uses the cycle path between Needingworth and Earith. The busy section of road between Earith and Willingham has no cycle path.
Cambridge Circular with no hills
26 miles 42 km
Start: Fen Ditton
Author: Ian W
Anti-clockwise ride around Cambridge on cycle paths and quiet roads - an alternative route avoiding the hills
Anti-clockwise ride around Cambridge on cycle paths and quiet roads - an alternative route avoiding the hills
Two narrow bridges so not suitable for large or heavy bikes: narrow footbridge at Baits Bite Lock and a narrow foot bridge at Milton to cross the A10.
Newmarket Road P&R to Wicken
28 miles 45 km
Start: Newmarket Road P&R
Author: Rupert
Ride out to Wicken Fen via Burwell and back via Upware. A slightly longer version of the Reach ride.
Ride out to Wicken Fen via Burwell and back via Upware. A slightly longer version of the Reach ride.
This route avoids a difficult footbridge on the Lodes Way (the bridge over Burwell Lode). There is a short section of busy road just west of Wicken.
Wimpole
28 miles 45 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
Out via Toft and old Wimpole Road. Return via Barrington and Chapel Hill.
Out via Toft and old Wimpole Road. Return via Barrington and Chapel Hill.
Short section of busy road between Longstowe and the Wimpole turning.
Earith and Wistow loop
28 miles 45 km
Start: St Ives Park and Ride (the Busway)
Author: John J
A short loop to the north of St Ives.
A short loop to the north of St Ives.
Busy section of road between Willingham and Earith with no cycle path.
Duxford via Elmdon
29 miles 47 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
Anticlockside loop to Thriplow, Elmdon and back via Duxford
Tags: #essex.
Anticlockside loop to Thriplow, Elmdon and back via Duxford
Tags: #essex.
Takes in two good climbs: a long climb from Chrishall Grange to Elmdon and a shorter climb between Elmdon and Ickleton.
Duxford via Royston Lane
29 miles 47 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
An anticlockwise loop through Thriplow and Chrishall Grange, then Royston Lane to Ickleton and Duxford.
Tags: #essex.
An anticlockwise loop through Thriplow and Chrishall Grange, then Royston Lane to Ickleton and Duxford.
Tags: #essex.
Leave and return to Cambridge via the DNA path. This route is easily extended to take in Coploe Hill.
Six Mile Bottom, Balsham, Babraham
30 miles 48 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Nigel
A short clockwise loop to the east of Cambridge, used for evening rides to the pub in Babraham.
A short clockwise loop to the east of Cambridge, used for evening rides to the pub in Babraham.
Flat to Quy and Six Mile Bottom and then a lovely climb up past the wind farm to West Wratting. Along the ridge to Balsham, then back down to Abington. A slight diversion along the A505 cycleway to Babraham. Finally along the Babraham Road cycleway back over the Gogs to Cambridge.
Coploe Hill, Royston Lane, Barrington
31 miles 50 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Nigel
A short clockwise loop to the south of Cambridge, used for evening rides to Barrington.
Tags: #essex.
A short clockwise loop to the south of Cambridge, used for evening rides to Barrington.
Tags: #essex.
A flat run south along the Cam valley through Whittlesford and Duxford to Ickleton, and then an easy climb to the top of Coploe Hill. Then along the the narrow, scenic and hilly Royston Lane to Chrishall Grange. Then flat to Fowlmere, Shepreth and Barrington. Over Chapel Hill then Haslingfield, Barton and home.
Six Mile Bottom, Dullingham, Lode
31 miles 50 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Nigel
An anticlockwise loop to the east. Over the Gogs, Wilbrahams, Six Mile Bottom, Dullingham, Swaffham Bulbeck
An anticlockwise loop to the east. Over the Gogs, Wilbrahams, Six Mile Bottom, Dullingham, Swaffham Bulbeck
Option to turn left at Swaffham Bulbeck and return via Bottisham.
Bury and Somersham loop
31 miles 50 km
Start: St Ives Park and Ride (the Busway)
Author: John J
A loop north and west of St Ives heading out via Huntingdon.
Tags: #hunts.
A loop north and west of St Ives heading out via Huntingdon.
Tags: #hunts.
Uses the park paths in Huntingdon to avoid the 1-way ring road. Also uses the cycle path between Bluntisham and Needingworth.
Cambridge Circular via Fulbourn
32 miles 51 km
Start: Madingley Road P&R
Author: Rupert
Anticlockwise ride around Cambridge on cycle paths and quiet roads.
Anticlockwise ride around Cambridge on cycle paths and quiet roads.
Climbs over Limepit Hill to get to Fulbourn. Heads into Cambridge after Anglesey Abbey to cross the Cam on Green Dragon bridge.
Houghton Mill via the busway
33 miles 53 km
Start: Cambridge North Station
Author: Rupert
Out and back along the northern busway to St Ives.
Tags: #hunts.
Out and back along the northern busway to St Ives.
Tags: #hunts.
The full route includes a loop to Houghton Mill. The route can shortened by cutting out this loop and heading straight back along the busway.
Six Mile Bottom, Carlton, Balsham
33 miles 53 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Nigel
A clockwise loop to the east: Over the Gogs, Wilbrahams, Six Mile Bottom, Carlton, Balsham
A clockwise loop to the east: Over the Gogs, Wilbrahams, Six Mile Bottom, Carlton, Balsham
A long climb up to Brinkley with the compensation of a long downhill from Balsham to Fulbourn.
Duxford, Gt Chishill, Shepreth
33 miles 53 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Nigel
A clockwise loop to the south: Duxford, Chrishall Grange, Great Chishill, Fowlmere, Shepreth, Chapel Hill
Tags: #essex.
A clockwise loop to the south: Duxford, Chrishall Grange, Great Chishill, Fowlmere, Shepreth, Chapel Hill
Tags: #essex.
An extended version of the Shepreth circuit. A big climb up to Great Chrishall balanced by the equally big descent to Flint Cross.
Swavesey cycle bridge and Knapwell
34 miles 55 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
A short western loop to visit the new A14 cycle bridge at Swavesey.
A short western loop to visit the new A14 cycle bridge at Swavesey.
Heads out via Eddington and Girton to join the busway at Histon. Leaves the busway at Swavesey and heads south over the new cycle bridge to Boxworth and Knapwell. After Bourn the route diverts through Kingston and the Eversdens. There is the option for a shorter return along the B1046 via Toft and Comberton.
St Neots loop
36 miles 58 km
Start: St Ives Park and Ride (the Busway)
Author: John J
A loop south-west of St Ives out to St Neots and returning via Great Gransden.
Tags: #hunts.
A loop south-west of St Ives out to St Neots and returning via Great Gransden.
Tags: #hunts.
Option to start and finish in Fenstanton.
Gamlingay loop
36 miles 58 km
Start: St Ives Park and Ride (the Busway)
Author: John J
A clockwise loop south of St Ives to Gamlingay.
Tags: #hunts.
A clockwise loop south of St Ives to Gamlingay.
Tags: #hunts.
Option to start and finish at Fenstanton. Options to shorten the route at Great Gransden by turning right to Abbotsley or heading via Waresely to rejoin the return route.
Hemingford Abbots
37 miles 60 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Nigel
An almost traffic-free ride along the busway to Houghton, Hemingford Abbots and back
Tags: #hunts.
An almost traffic-free ride along the busway to Houghton, Hemingford Abbots and back
Tags: #hunts.
Waresley
38 miles 61 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
Out via Chapel Hill, Wimpole Hall and Hatley. Back via Gransden, Bourn and Coton path.
Out via Chapel Hill, Wimpole Hall and Hatley. Back via Gransden, Bourn and Coton path.
Takes in two good climbs on the way out: Chapel Hill and Hatley Hill.
Saffron Walden via Littlebury
38 miles 61 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
Out via Thriplow, Royston Lane and Littlebury. Return via Coploe Hill, Whittlesford and Shelford
Tags: #essex.
Out via Thriplow, Royston Lane and Littlebury. Return via Coploe Hill, Whittlesford and Shelford
Tags: #essex.
Option to shorten at Coploe Hill by cutting out the loop to Saffron Walden.
Cambridge semi-circular (western half)
40 miles 64 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
This is a semicircular route to the west of Cambridge.
This is a semicircular route to the west of Cambridge.
Takes a road route out of Cambridge via Cottenham and Willingham. An alternative option is to use the busway cyclepath from Cambridge to Swavesey and join the route there.
Steeple Bumpstead and Sturmer
40 miles 64 km
Start: Babraham Road Park and Ride
Author: David S
An anticlockwise circuit to the south east of Cambridge.
Tags: #essex, #suffolk.
An anticlockwise circuit to the south east of Cambridge.
Tags: #essex, #suffolk.
Anti-clockwise recommended to have downhill from Balsham to Fulbourn. Short off-road section between Babraham and Abington with a steep footbridge (A11 crossing).
Langley and Clavering
41 miles 66 km
Start: Great Shelford, Square and Compasses
Author: Ray
A southerly loop from Great Shelford on mostly quiet lanes.
Tags: #essex.
A southerly loop from Great Shelford on mostly quiet lanes.
Tags: #essex.
Did we mention the hills? The route climbs from Chrishall Grange to Elmdon on the way out and climbs over Arkesden Hill, Telegraph Hill and Coploe Hill on the way back.
Saffron Walden via Linton and Bartlow
42 miles 68 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
This route follows NCN 11 to Sawston, then Babraham and over the footbridge to Little Abington. Return via Coploe Hill, Ickleton and Shelford.
Tags: #essex.
This route follows NCN 11 to Sawston, then Babraham and over the footbridge to Little Abington. Return via Coploe Hill, Ickleton and Shelford.
Tags: #essex.
A classic route to Saffron Walden via Linton and Ashdon. Short off-road section between Babraham and Abington with a steep footbridge (A11 crossing).
Graveley circuit
42 miles 68 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Anti-clockwise loop west of Cambridge. An alternative to the Cambridge semi-circular route.
Tags: #hunts.
Anti-clockwise loop west of Cambridge. An alternative to the Cambridge semi-circular route.
Tags: #hunts.
Follows NCN24 out of Cambridge to Fenstanton then heads south to Abbotsley via Hilton and Graveley. Return via Great Gransden, Caxton and Bourn.
Ashwell via Wimpole
43 miles 69 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
An anticlockwise loop to Ashwell, out via Chapel Hill and Wimpole Hall, return via Bassingbourn, Shepreth and the A10 cycleway.
Tags: #beds, #herts.
An anticlockwise loop to Ashwell, out via Chapel Hill and Wimpole Hall, return via Bassingbourn, Shepreth and the A10 cycleway.
Tags: #beds, #herts.
A short stretch of B-road to Eyeworth to pick up a quiet lane into Ashwell. Option to return via Melbourn and Fowlmere if you don't fancy the A10 cycleway.
Gamlingay and Bassingbourn
44 miles 71 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
A classic route to Gamlingay via Bourn and Great Gransden. Return via the Hatleys, Wendy, and Bassingbourn.
Tags: #new.
A classic route to Gamlingay via Bourn and Great Gransden. Return via the Hatleys, Wendy, and Bassingbourn.
Tags: #new.
Meesden and Langley
45 miles 72 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
A classic circuit that heads out via Great Chishill and back via Coploe Hill.
Tags: #herts.
A classic circuit that heads out via Great Chishill and back via Coploe Hill.
Tags: #herts.
Takes in the delightful winding lanes through Nuthampstead and Meesden. Some climbing is required - but it is worth it.
Langley, Newport and Saffron Walden
45 miles 72 km
Start: Great Shelford, Square and Compasses
Author: Ray
A southerly loop to Newport via Fowlmere and Langley. Return along the valley through Great Chesterford, Ickleton and Whittlesford.
Tags: #essex.
A southerly loop to Newport via Fowlmere and Langley. Return along the valley through Great Chesterford, Ickleton and Whittlesford.
Tags: #essex.
Heads south to Langley, where we turn east for Newport and loop through Newport and Wimbish before turning back to Saffron Walden.
Ashdon and the Camps
47 miles 76 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
Out via Coploe Hill and Saffron Walden. Back via Horseheath and Balsham.
Tags: #essex.
Out via Coploe Hill and Saffron Walden. Back via Horseheath and Balsham.
Tags: #essex.
A few hills and lots of quiet lanes. Option to return from Fulbourn via the Tins if you don't want to tackle the final hill.
Stickling Green and Great Chishill
47 miles 76 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Simon
Leave Cambridge on NCN 11 to climb Coploe Hill and explore the quiet lanes around Duddenhoe End and Langley. Return via Great Chishill, Fowlmere, and Hauxton.
Tags: #new, #essex.
Leave Cambridge on NCN 11 to climb Coploe Hill and explore the quiet lanes around Duddenhoe End and Langley. Return via Great Chishill, Fowlmere, and Hauxton.
Tags: #new, #essex.
This route returns to Cambridge via Trumpington Meadows and Grantchester.
Potton and Steeple Morden
48 miles 77 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Out via Chapel Hill, Wimpole and Gamlingay. Return via Wrestlingworth, Mordens, Melbourn and Thriplow.
Tags: #beds.
Out via Chapel Hill, Wimpole and Gamlingay. Return via Wrestlingworth, Mordens, Melbourn and Thriplow.
Tags: #beds.
Heads out on the same route as the Waresley route but then turns south at Gamlingay to head over the hill at Cockayne Hatley.
Stradishall circuit
48 miles 77 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Out via Fulbourn, SixMileBottom, Brinkley and Thurlow. Return via Kirtling, Dullingham and Swaffham Bulbeck.
Tags: #suffolk.
Out via Fulbourn, SixMileBottom, Brinkley and Thurlow. Return via Kirtling, Dullingham and Swaffham Bulbeck.
Tags: #suffolk.
Option to head directly to Fulbourn at the start. Can also shorten at Kirtling Green via Woodditton and Stetchworth to rejoin the route at Dullingham.
Ely circuit clockwise via Wicken
48 miles 77 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
A clockwise route to Ely heading out via Cottenham and Coveney and returning via Wicken and the Lodes Way.
Tags: #new.
A clockwise route to Ely heading out via Cottenham and Coveney and returning via Wicken and the Lodes Way.
Tags: #new.
There is a difficult footbridge on the Lodes Way that is not suitable for large or heavy bikes. Use the alternative route that returns via Upware to avoid this bridge.
Ely circuit clockwise via Upware
48 miles 77 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
A clockwise route to Ely heading out via Cottenham and Coveney and returning via Upware.
Tags: #new.
A clockwise route to Ely heading out via Cottenham and Coveney and returning via Upware.
Tags: #new.
This route is suitable for all bikes. It avoids the narrow section of NCN51 in Ely and also avoids a difficult footbridge on Lodes Way.
Moulton and Chippenham
49 miles 79 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Anticlockwise loop around Newmarket. Head out via Six-mile bottom and Dullingham and return via Reach and Quy.
Tags: #suffolk.
Anticlockwise loop around Newmarket. Head out via Six-mile bottom and Dullingham and return via Reach and Quy.
Tags: #suffolk.
Option to extend at Cheveley or at Moulton by heading east to Gazeley and then via Kentford to rejoin the route.
Ely circuit anticlockwise
50 miles 80 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
A classic ride out to Ely via Wicken and Barway, returning via Wilburton and Twenty Pence Road.
Tags: #new.
A classic ride out to Ely via Wicken and Barway, returning via Wilburton and Twenty Pence Road.
Tags: #new.
This route uses some gravel cycle tracks in the fens and an unsurfaced road near Barway. This route avoids the difficult footbridge on Lodes Way.
Ashwell via Reed
55 miles 89 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
A clockwise loop to Ashwell via Great Chishill and Reed, returning via Littlington, Bassingbourn and Melbourn.
Tags: #new, #essex, #herts.
A clockwise loop to Ashwell via Great Chishill and Reed, returning via Littlington, Bassingbourn and Melbourn.
Tags: #new, #essex, #herts.
This route crosses a fast section of the A505 - take care when crossing!
Cambridge outer circular
56 miles 90 km
Start: Babraham Road Park and Ride
Author: Rupert
Clockwise ride around Cambridge at a 5-10 mile radius.
Clockwise ride around Cambridge at a 5-10 mile radius.
Option to join and leave anywhere and do the route in two or three different sections.
Furneaux Pelham and Rickling Green
56 miles 90 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
A longer version of the Meesden and Langley circuit. This route takes an extended southern loop via Furneaux Pelham and Manuden.
Tags: #essex, #herts.
A longer version of the Meesden and Langley circuit. This route takes an extended southern loop via Furneaux Pelham and Manuden.
Tags: #essex, #herts.
This is a very hilly route taking in several climbs. Option to shorten via Stocking Pelham and Berden to rejoin the route at Rickling.
Ashdon via Dullingham
57 miles 92 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Ray
A longer loop to Ashdon leaving Cambridge via Fen Ditton and Quy before climbing to Dullingham and turning south. Return is via Saffron Walden and over Coploe Hill.
Tags: #new, #essex.
A longer loop to Ashdon leaving Cambridge via Fen Ditton and Quy before climbing to Dullingham and turning south. Return is via Saffron Walden and over Coploe Hill.
Tags: #new, #essex.
This is a lovely scenic route on mostly quiet lanes. The route follows a narrow footpath out of Horseheath to the A1307 crossing. Option to shorten the return leg by riding directly from Ashdon to Saffron Walden.
Clare via Linton, Bumpsteads and Ridgewell
60 miles 97 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
A classic route to Clare via Linton and the Bumpsteads mostly avoiding main roads.
Tags: #essex, #suffolk.
A classic route to Clare via Linton and the Bumpsteads mostly avoiding main roads.
Tags: #essex, #suffolk.
Takes a short return route via Weston Colville and Six-mile Bottom - can extend the return route via Dullingham and Swaffham Bulbeck if you want to avoid the busy road.
Stradishall and Barrow
60 miles 97 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
A longer loop to the east of Cambridge. Follows a lovely section of NCN51 between Barrow and Moulton.
Tags: #suffolk.
A longer loop to the east of Cambridge. Follows a lovely section of NCN51 between Barrow and Moulton.
Tags: #suffolk.
A longer version of the Stradishall Circuit. Alternative route out of Cambridge along Hills Rd and over Wandlebury Hill (A1307 cyclepath) and join the route at Babraham. Good picnic spot in Moulton on the village green.
Sturmer and Thaxted
61 miles 98 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Heads out via Fulbourn and Balsham and then takes a longer southern loop to visit both Thaxted and Saffron Walden.
Tags: #new, #essex.
Heads out via Fulbourn and Balsham and then takes a longer southern loop to visit both Thaxted and Saffron Walden.
Tags: #new, #essex.
Busy section of road between Fulbourn to Balsham.
Ashwell and Willington
64 miles 103 km
Start: Brookside
Author: Rupert
Heads west from Ashwell over the A1 to Henlow before heading north to Cardington and Willington. Returns along NCN51 to Sandy and back via Gamlingay.
Tags: #herts, #beds, #new.
Heads west from Ashwell over the A1 to Henlow before heading north to Cardington and Willington. Returns along NCN51 to Sandy and back via Gamlingay.
Tags: #herts, #beds, #new.
There is a short section of busy road between Cople and Willington.