The latest Covid-19 restrictions may see us do autumn a little differently this year, with social distancing and the rule of six leading to many events and activities to be cancelled, but this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all that this stunning season has to offer.
Despite the falling temperatures, autumn is a great time to head outdoors, and there’s no better place to do just that than in Cambridge. The city may be well-known for its love of cycling, yet exploring on foot is just as rewarding.
Whether you’re joining us for a staycation or heading to Cambridge on a business trip, you’ll want to check out these perfect places for an autumn walk.
As the oldest nature reserve in England and notably the most famous fen around, there’s plenty to see on your autumn walk at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. We’ll let the National Trust explain more about the delights you can expect to encounter:
“Wicken Fen, one of Europe’s most important wetlands, supports an abundance of wildlife. There are more than 9000 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies.
The raised boardwalk and lush grass droves allow easy access to a lost landscape of flowering meadows, sedge and reedbeds, where you can encounter rarities such as hen harriers, water voles and bitterns.”
The stunning nature reserve is great for exploring on foot, whether you have a few hours to spare or a full day to while away.
While you’re welcome to choose your route, there are several walking trails to enjoy if you’d like to add a little order to your day.
Milton Country Park
Located north of the city centre, Milton Country Park is a beautiful walk within easy reach of our serviced apartments.
The park is the hub of the Cambridge community and hosts many events and activities for visitors of all ages and abilities.
Along with its Visitor Centre, playgrounds and cafes, Milton boasts attractive pathways, beautiful lakes, and the most stunning natural wonders.
Those wanting a taste of Cambridge history on their autumn walk will want to head to Stourbridge Common.
The former fairground – which was established back in 1211 – has been transformed into a local nature reserve in more recent years and already sports a diverse landscape of animal and plant species, as well as its very own herd of grazing cattle.
Wandlebury Country Park
Billed as one of the prettiest walks in the whole of Cambridge by locals and visitors alike, Wandlebury Country Park offers miles of natural beauty to explore.
It’s also home to the Roman Road, a very long, narrow and ancient path that once stretched to a settlement in Colchester.
Take advantage of the fabulous riverside locale with a walk along Grantchester Meadows. Less popular than The Backs, it’s very much a walk favoured by the locals rather than a tourist hotspot and is therefore considered a hidden gem.
Grantchester Meadows is a great place to enjoy an autumn stroll, adjust to your new normal post-lockdown and take in a truly beautiful setting in the heart of Cambridgeshire.