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7 Winter walks in Cambridge and further afield.

Winter walks in Cambridge

Winter Walks in Cambridge

Winter in Cambridge is indeed a season full of wonder and the city looks absolutely mesmerising with its beautiful, frosty scenes. To help you fully embrace this season, we’ve created this short guide detailing seven wonderful winter walks in Cambridge. So, lace up those boots, get all wrapped up, and get ready to tread through the enchanting streets of this stunning city.

Winter walks in Cambridge: 1. The Backs.

Winter walks in Cambridge.
A perfect winter walk in Cambridge along the backs

First up on our list is a lovely stroll through The Backs. Located behind the traditional colleges, The Backs offers awe-inspiring views of Cambridge’s esteemed architecture. With views stretching over the River Cam, this walk is truly magical in the frosty winter weather. Start at the Guildhall walk down Kings Parade and turn onto Silver Street past Queens College. Head down towards the backs of the Colleges along Queens Road, where you can catch a glimpse of the stunning Kings College, then take a right towards Clare Bridge which will then loop back into town towards Trinity Street. Soak in all the Cambridge atmosphere.

Winter walks in Cambridge: 2. Grantchester Meadows.

This delightful riverside walk takes you from the centre of Cambridge out to the charming village of Grantchester. Enjoy the crisp winter air, and don’t forget to warm up with a steaming mug of cocoa at The Orchard Tea Room once you arrive in Grantchester.

Start at the Millpond and walk along Lammas Land towards Paradise Nature Reserve. Follow the Meadow all the way down and this will take you to the picturesque village of Grantchester.

Winter walks in Cambridge: 3. Jesus Green to Stourbridge Common.

In the colder months, Jesus Green becomes a frosty wonderland. Take a tranquil winter walk along the River Cam or sit for a while to watch the world go by. Walk along Jesus Cam to Stourbridge Common, stop by the Museum of Technology, and just relax and take in the peaceful sights of the River Cam. If you are lucky, you may even spot a Kingfisher in this area.

Walk further up this route and join Fen Rivers Way. For those looking for a long, invigorating winter walk, this 50-mile-long path stretching from Cambridge to Kings Lynn will serve your needs. Walking on the quiet path along the river, you’ll get to witness the splendid sights of frost-kissed fields and, maybe, the occasional spotting of winter birds.

Winter walks in Cambridge: 4. Wandlebury Country Park:

This Park, with its myriad of paths through woods and fields, offers some refreshing open spaces perfect for a brisk winter walk.

Enjoy the amazing view from the hilltop on a clear, frosty day, overlooking the sparkling landscapes. To get to Wandlebury you may need a car or the park is well-served by Stagecoach Citiplus X13 and X13a bus between Cambridge and Haverhill. There are stops close to the park entrance.

Winter walks in Cambridge 5: Wimpole Estate

Nothing quite compares to the ethereal beauty of the snow-dusted Wimpole Estate in winter. It is one of the best National Trust places near Cambridge for a winter walk. Not only can you explore Wimpole Home Farm, but you can also take a walk to the Folly. You may need to drive to get to Wimpole as the bus service is limited.

Winter walks in Cambridge 6: Milton Country Park

This amazing 95-acre spot used to be just old gravel pits Now it’s filled with beautiful woodlands, picturesque lakes, and sprawling grass areas. There are more than two miles of pathways perfect for a leisurely bike ride or a stroll with a wheelchair.

It’s a paradise for bird lovers as migrating birds flock here during the winter, especially around Dickerson’s Pit Lake. Keep an eye out for cormorants and tufted ducks and listen to the captivating call of greylag geese. The park is also dog-friendly and home to a children’s adventure playground.

The park can be accessed by car or the Citi 9 bus which stops outside Tesco.

Winter walk in Cambridge 7: Fen Drayton Lakes

Fen Drayton Lakes is a delightful assortment of lakes, ponds, and lagoons, birthed from the magnificent River Ouse. Nestled between the quaint Fen Drayton, Swavesey, and Holywell, is the renowned RSPB Bird Sanctuary.

These stunning wetlands serve as an incredible spot for one of the most delightful walks in Cambridgeshire, gently stretching for approximately 25 scenic miles along the beautiful Great Ouse floodplain. Embrace the simplicity and pleasure of journeying to the lakes, comfortably accessible via the Guided Busway heading to the delightful St Ives.

Each one of these routes offers a unique, wonderful winter experience in Cambridge. Do remember, wrap up warm, don a comfortable pair of boots, and embrace the icy breeze! Happy winter walking!

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