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Walk #29: Waterbeach circular

General Data

Date Walked 25/07/1999
County Cambridgeshire
Start Location Waterbeach
End Location Waterbeach
Start time 15.10
End time 17.45
Distance 6.0 miles
Description This was a pleasant riverside and road walk. The middle third of the riverside section was made harder by waist-high undergrowth and nettles.
Pack Today I carried full Pennine Way kit.
Condition I spent the first part of the walk adjusting the straps to alleviate the problems that I had with my right shoulder yesterday. Otherwise I felt fine.
Weather Today was hot, although it was slightly overcast at periods. A light breeze helped cool me down.
OS map Landranger number 154 (Cambridge & Newmarket, Saffron Walden)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was a fairly simple little afternoon's walk, and is a walk that can easily be done in a couple of hours. Since the weather was so nice I stoped at Bottisham Lock for about twenty-five minutes and watched people trying to operate the lock gates, an amusing pastime.


From Waterbeach walk towards Bottisham Lock. before you get there, take a left up Long Drove. Follow this road for about three miles.

At the top of Long Drove, just before an old World War 2 vintage concrete bunker, turn right down the Black Drove track.

At the end of Black Drove, turn left and follow the track onto the top of the banking. Do not cross the stile but turn right and go down onto the floodplain. Climb a ladder stile and follow the river all the way back to Bottisham Lock. After about a mile and a half you will leave the floodplain and climb onto the banking again.

At Bottisham Lock climb down from the banking and follow the road back into Waterbeach.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
My flat in Waterbeach Black Drove 3.7 0 3
lack Drove My flat in Waterbeach 3.7 3 0

This makes a total distance of 7.4 miles, with 3 feet of ascent and 3 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #29
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#TitleWalk length (miles)
2Waterbeach to Newmarket Road, Cambridge5.4
5A short walk around Waterbeach to Car Dyke3.0
6Waterbeach to Newmarket Road, Cambridge5.4

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