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The River Cam as it flows into Cambridge with willows along its banks and sheep grazing the riverside pastures
The River Cam as it flows into Cambridge with willows & poplars along its banks and sheep grazing the riverside pastures

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Route No. 710 - Monday 12 March 2018
Cambridge, River Cam,
Grantchester circuit - 7km
Cambridge . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 209 Cambridge


Turning off The Fen Causeway (A1134) onto the footpath across Coe Fen common
Turning off The Fen Causeway (A1134) onto the footpath across Coe Fen common

Footpath & cycleway across Coe Fen
Footpath & cycleway across Coe Fen

From our hotel we walked along the A1134, called The Fen Causeway, towards the road bridge over the River Cam. On the eastern side of the river, just before we reached the road bridge, we turned left off the A1134 on to a footpath across Coe Fen. We walked along the surfaced path for about 300m and then followed the path around a long bend to our right to a footbridge (& cycles) over the River Cam.

My wife & I are having a short city break in Cambridge for the next few days. We travelled here by train from York and checked into our hotel this lunch time. The weather is the same dismal cold, damp stuff we experienced at home! After our lunch in the hotel the rain seemed to be easing off so we decided to go for a walk along the river to Grantchester and back this afternoon.

Approaching the footbridge over the River Cam from Coe Fen
Approaching the footbridge over the River Cam from Coe Fen

The footbridge over the River Cam from Coe Fen
The footbridge over the River Cam from Coe Fen

Second footbridge over the watercourse flowing across the park
Second footbridge over the watercourse flowing across the park

Following the path to the River Cam from the car park
Following the path to the River Cam from the car park

Footpath beside the River Cam
Footpath beside the River Cam

We followed the path between a car park and the watercourse flowing to the park. Beyond the car park we continued along a path surfaced with wood and bark chips and followed the bank of the River Cam on our left. It was a very pretty path despite the gloomy weather.

We continued along the path for about another 100m to a second footbridge over a watercouse from the River Cam feeding water to a stream through the park on our right. Just across this second bridge we turned left along a fenced path.

Footpath past the car park at the park
Footpath past the car park at the park

Footpath beside the River Cam
Footpath beside the River Cam

Short boardwalk to Grantchester Meadows
Short boardwalk to Grantchester Meadows

Joining Grantchester Meadows from the riverside path
Joining Grantchester Meadows from the riverside path

Walking along Grantchester Meadows
Walking along Grantchester Meadows

Unmade road from the end of Grantchester Meadows
Unmade road from the end of Grantchester Meadows

Just through the gate the surfaced path continued straight ahead and the public footpath turned to our left down to the bank of the River Cam. It had been our intention to follow the public footpath along the River Bank to Grantchester and on a fine dry day this would be a very pleasant walk, but today the fields were waterlogged with pools of standing water and the path was soft squelchy mud. Last summer my wife had a bad fall in mud like this and broke her leg so we decided to continue along the surfaced path to Grantchester.

About 400m from the car park the path came out on to a residential street called Grantchester Meadows. Here we turned left and walked along Grantchester Meadows for about 350m to the end of the road and the start of an unmade road. There were playing fields to the right of the unmade road and fields down to the River Cam on our left. We walked along the unmade road for about 100m to its end where it became a surfaced footpath between the fields. We followed this footpath for another 150m to a steel gate into the fields.

Walking along Grantchester Meadows
Walking along Grantchester Meadows

Surfaced footpath from the unmade road
Surfaced footpath from the unmade road

Surfaced path continues straight ahead, the riverside path turns left to cross the field to the River Cam
Surfaced path continues straight ahead, the riverside path turns left to cross the field to the River Cam

The surfaced path across the fields to Grantchester
The surfaced path across the fields to Grantchester

The surfaced path across the fields to Grantchester
The surfaced path across the fields to Grantchester

Just beyond the beer gardens of The Red Lion and The Green Man the path joined the High Street in the village. About 100m to our left the path along the bank of the River Cam also joins the High Street.

It was a pleasant enough walk but spoilt by the poor weather but we did see a Little Egret feeding in the fields near the river. As we neared Grantchester, on our right we passed the entrances to the beer gardens of the two pubs in the village.

Little Egret feeding by the River Cam
Little Egret feeding by the River Cam

Nearing the two pub beer gardens as we reached Grantchester
Nearing the two pub beer gardens as we reached Grantchester

Joining the High Street in Grantchester
Joining the High Street in Grantchester

Walking along the High Street past the church
Walking along the High Street past the church

Past the pubs the High Street bent back left and the right again where the street name changed to Broadway. About 100m round this bend we turned right off the road to follow a public footpath across the fields.

At the High Street we turned right and continued our walk along the High Street past the Grantchester parish church of St. Andrew & St. Mary. Just beyond the church the High Street bent round to our right and took us past the front entrances of the Red Lion and The Green Man.

Grantchester parish church of St. Andrew & St. Mary
Grantchester parish church of St. Andrew & St. Mary

Turning right off Broadway to follow the path across the fields
Turning right off Broadway to follow the path across the fields

Crossing the field to rejoin the surfaced path
Crossing the field to rejoin the surfaced path

From here we retraced our outward route back to the residential road in Cambridge called Grantchester Meadows. From there we followed the path by the River Cam back to the car park at the park.

This field was very wet too, but after around 300m we rejoined the surfaced path at a steel gate into the next field (map ref. TL 435 559).

Rejoinig the surfaced path heading back to Cambridge
Rejoining the surfaced path heading back to Cambridge

Returning to the car park next to the park
Returning to the car park next to the park

Setting off across the park towards the A1134
Setting off across the park towards the A1134

Deserted childrens playground on this gloomy day
Deserted children's playground on this gloomy day

Joining The Fen Causeway, A1134, from the park
Joining The Fen Causeway, A1134, from the park

We had returned to our starting point. From here we made our way back to our hotel. The whole route we had intended to walk was 7km and would take about two & a half hours to walk. On this dreary day the only other people we had passed were a few bedraggled dog walkers.

We did not cross the footbridge on our right this time, but instead we walked though the park in the drizzle past a very well equipped but deserted playground to the A1134, The Fen Causeway. At the road we turned right and walked along the road across the road bridge over the River Cam.

Crossing the park towards the A1134
Crossing the park towards the A1134

Heading for the Fen Causeway, A1134, across the park
Heading for the Fen Causeway, A1134, across the park

Watercourse crossing the park seen from the road bridge
Watercourse crossing the park seen from the road bridge

The River Cam seen from The Fen Causeway road bridge at the end of our walk
The River Cam seen from The Fen Causeway road bridge at the end of our walk

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