Living like a local is something that every would-be explorer wants to do when they visit a new place or return to explore an old one. So, why not hire a bike on your upcoming staycation in Cambridge?
Cambridge’s cycling obsession is no secret. It’s the only way to travel in the city, with locals in particular taking to their bikes daily to travel to work, run errands, or simply explore all that the area has to offer. Over half of Cambridge residents use their bikes at least once a week and as a result the city boasts the highest level of cycling of any town or city in the UK.
It’s affordable, easy, and healthy. Moreover, with a plethora of cycling routes to explore both in and outside of the city centre, you’ll be able to see a lot!
If you’re planning to hire a bike on your upcoming trip to Cambridge, make sure the following routes are a part of your itinerary.
Cambridge to Milton Country Park
A great family friendly bike ride, Cambridge to Milton Country Park is a popular route that spans just over three miles. The route provides a pleasant ride from the North of the city along the River Cam and Fen Rivers Way.
Once you reach your destination you can enjoy Milton Country Park, a stunning green space where you can while away the day. Here Milton Country Park reveals more about what to expect from this beautiful spot:
“Milton Country Park is located just a few miles north of the city of Cambridge. Created from old gravel pits the park offers a varied natural habitat with woodland, lakes, and attractive pathways suitable for bicycles and wheelchairs.
Dogs are welcome and can be walked off-lead anywhere north of the 13th public drain. There is also a visitors’ centre, café, two children’s playgrounds, and a varied activity and events programme.”
Summer is a great time to visit Milton Country Park, especially if you’re a keen wildlife watcher. The warmer months see dragonflies and damselflies skim the lake, while smooth newts, lizards, and grass snakes also call the area their home.
Cambridge to Ely
If you fancy a longer ride, join National Cycle Network Route 11, which is accessible just outside Milton Country Park. The 26-mile route may not be for the faint-hearted but it is a beautiful stretch.
The route takes you through Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, which is one of the oldest and most famous in England. You’ll also cycle along the River Ouse before reaching the majestic Ely Cathedral.
Cambridge to Waterbeach
A slightly shorter version of the Cambridge to Ely route, this 14-mile route runs partially along Network Route 11 then follows the river to Waterbeach, a picturesque village that sits on the edge of the Fens.
As well as taking you along Midsummer Common, the route travels past Cow Hollow Wood, a beautiful spot that was established to mark the Millennium.
Locals planted 2,000 trees – a mixture of willow, ash, alder, birch, field maple, and oak – and despite being a young woodland area it is abundant in wildlife.
Cambridge to Gog Magog
Experienced cyclists and fitness enthusiasts looking for a challenge will enjoy this short but steep trail.
Cambridge to Gog Magog is just 11 miles long but takes you some 246 feet above sea level. The breathtaking views from the top of the Gog Magog Hills are well worth the climb.
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