Walk #67: Cambridge to Waterbeach
Map of the walk
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This was a very pleasant morning's walk along the river. The river was very well used, with walkers, joggers, rowers and the obligatory fishermen all enjoying a lovely sunny day.
The initial part of the journey through Cambridge until you join the river at Midsummer Common is all road walking, and after that it is firm towpath walking all the way to Clayhithe Bridge. On the other side of the bridge the going can be slightly more muddy, but nothing to harass anyone who has done the Pennine Way ;-)
If anything this walk was a little too easy, as I am now used to doing slightly more testing and longer walks. It was not as bad as it could have been, however, as I had completed a 16.5 mile walk the previous day and therefore I was not as fresh as I would otherwise have been.
Head straight out of Cambridge Station and head into the City Centre. From there head north to Midsummer Common and join the river. Follow the river along the path on it's south side until you reach the Green Man bridge, Cross over this bridge and turn right and follow the road. At the Pike and Eel pub rejoin the river and the towpath.
The towpath continues northwards under the A14 and past Bait's Bite Lock. There is a bridge at this lock that allows you to gain access to the eastern bank of the river, and there are footpaths that lead from here eastwards to Horningsea and southwards to Fen Ditton. All these paths form part of the Fen Rivers Way, which is a footpath that leads on both sides of the river from Cambridge to Ely.
Two miles after Bait's Bite Lock you reach Clayhithe bridge. Here you can either turn left just before the bridge and follow a footpath alongside the road to the station and the village, or turn right over the bridge and then immediately over the bridge to follow the other side of the river northwards.
I crossed over the river and followed the raised banking for a mile to Bottisham Lock, where the river can br re-crossed via a bridge over the lock. A path then leads down to a road which can be followed into the northern side of the village.
This makes a total distance of 7.6 miles, with 33 feet of ascent and 76 feet of descent.
There are regular (usually hourly) trains between Waterbeach and Cambridge, the journey taking about six minutes. There are also less-frequent bus services. For details of the train servics, please see the National Rail website.
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