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Walk #67: Cambridge to Waterbeach


H11	Rowers viewed from Green Bridge.
H10	An attractive riverside scene on Midsummer Common, Cambridge
H11 Rowers viewed from Green Bridge.
H10 An attractive riverside scene on Midsummer Common, Cambridge

General Data

Date Walked 05/03/2000
County Cambridgeshire
Start Location Cambridge Station
End Location Waterbeach
Start time 09.29
End time 12.14
Distance 7.6 miles
Description This was a short and pleasant walk through Cambridge, followed by a riverside walk along the Fen Rivers Way northwards to the village of Waterbeach and my home.
Pack Today I carried a *very* small pack.
Condition I feel okay after this walk, and have had no problems.
Weather Today was mostly sunny, with no sign of any rain-bearing cloud, mainly the hazy stuff. There was quite a chilly wind initially that dropped after a short while.
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.


H13	Bait's Bite Lock
H13 Bait's Bite Lock


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.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Cambridge station Round Church, Cambridge 1.3 0 33
Round Church, Cambridge Waterbeach station 6.3 33 43

This makes a total distance of 7.6 miles, with 33 feet of ascent and 76 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #67
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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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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:
My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk

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