Granchester Meadows

"Every Cambridge student ought to have wandered down to Grantchester at least once whilst in Cambridge - esp. those reading English"

Start

Start

The Mill (End of Mill Lane) - 4.5 miles return, or Newnham Village - 3.5 miles return

Rating

4 stars

The look back to Cambridge from Grantchester is worth a morning trip. In winter it can be foggy over the meadows which adds an element of excitement to it. Mind the traffic when crossing Fen Causeway.

3 stars

The longer trips take you out into the countryside. Nice if it wasn't for the M11. The only way to get from Grantchester to Trumpington is along the road - too many cars for my liking - shame really.

Map

Layout of Granchester Meadows

Go down Coe Fen on either side of the river, however, you need to be on the west side of the Cam by the outdoor pool on Lammas Land at the latest. Cross over Lammas Land and enter Newnham Village down Grantchester Street, leading to Grantchester Meadows at its bottom.

Alternatively, from the pool on Lammas Land, there is a small footpath along the river which also leads to the street Grantchester Meadows.

At the west end of the street is a footpath to the Grantchester Meadows (there is now no doubt as to who owns them). Go all the way to Grantchester, say, as far the Church.

...Oh Yet

Stands the Church clock at ten

to three?

And is there honey still for tea?

Haslingfield

On the other side of Grantchester, there is another footpath leading over the M11 to the travelling radio telescopes (altogether 8 miles return) and then a tarred road to Haslingfield (10 miles return). In Grantchester, go down Burnt Close (100 yards West of the Robert Brooke pub.)

Barton

On the same footpath, right after you've left Grantchester, you will come to a signpost directing you to Barton (instead of Haslingfield); the last part to Barton village is along a tarred road (Post office 8.5 miles return - 1/2 mile shorter if you cut through Grantchester).

Byron's Pool & Hobson's Conduit

Instead of running back the same way, you may cross over to Trumpington and run back along Hobson's Conduit (round trip: 6 miles). On your way to Trumpington, right after you've crossed the river (not the Mill Race), you can leave the road to explore the little wood and Byron's Pool to the south (add one mile for this option).

Barton

On the same footpath, right after you've left Grantchester, you will come to a signpost directing you to Barton (instead of Haslingfield); the last part to Barton village is along a tarred road (Post office 8.5 miles return - 1/2 mile shorter if you cut through Grantchester).

Byron's Pool and Hobson's Conduit

Instead of running back the same way, you may cross over to Trumpington and run back along Hobson's Conduit (round trip: 6 miles). On your way to Trumpington, right after you've crossed the river (not the Mill Race), you can leave the road to explore the little wood and Byron's Pool to the south (add one mile for this option).

Disclaimer

The author cannot be held responsible for any kind of injuries, trespassing violations, or anything else occurring in connection with following the stated routes. Anyone may do so only on their own risk.

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