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Walk #2: Waterbeach to Newmarket Road, Cambridge

General Data

Date Walked 07/01/1999
County Cambridgeshire
Start Location Waterbeach
End Location Newmarket road, Cambridge
Start time 07.30
End time 09.05
Distance 5.4 miles
Description I followed the western bank of the Cam as far as Baits Bite Lock, Milton. I then crossed over to the eastern bank and walked into Fen Ditton and hence into work.
Pack Moderate weight. No food, one litre of water. Trangia, sleeping bag, spare clothes, a pair of shoes and a couple of books.
Condition Fine. A slight hot spot developed on my right foot, due (I think) to the old socks that I was using. A day later I noticed that a blister had formed on the third toe on my left foot.
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.


I decided to walk into work at Acorn on Newmarket Road in Cambridge as part of my back-to-fitness campaign. This was a walk that I have done many times before, and is always glorious on a sunny morning, even in winter. Boats chug along the River Cam, and rowers can often be seen on the short stretch south of the A14. It is perhaps the best walk that someone could have into their workplace.


(Note that these directions are from my flat in Bannold Road, Waterbeach; to walk it from the centre of the village remove 1/2 a mile, and from the railway station 3/4 of a mile).

Walk along Bannold Road towards Bottisham Lock and the River. Once the river has been reached, follow the western bank southwards until you reach the road near the railway station.

Cross over the road, and take a path in the field opposite which follows the road. This brings you out by the river just upstream of the road bridge.

Follow the river for a couple of miles. This is a very nice section of river and a joy to walk. Eventually you reach Bait Bite Lock, just south of a path leading to the village of Milton.

Cross over the bridge over the lock and follow the path past a house and then southwards through a wooded area. This wood then finished, and you cross a field and a stile before coming to a bridge under the A14. Pass under this, trying to ignore the noise of the traffic and cross a stile before angling across a field and onto a road.

Follow this road as it twists and turns through Ditton Green. At a junction near a cross, take a path straight ahead which leads eastwards through Fen Ditton.

When you reach a crossroads, turn right and follow Ditton Lane southwards for a little over half a mile. When this ends at a T-junction with Newmarket Road turn right; Acorn computers is immediately on the right. (note 2010: Acorn Computers is sadly no more; it became Element-14 and then part of Pace, before closing in 2002).


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Flat in waterbeach Acorn Computers 5.4 49 20

This makes a total distance of 5.4 miles, with 49 feet of ascent and 20 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #2
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#TitleWalk length (miles)
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