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CAMBRIDGESHIRE

 

Katherine’s WheelsCycle Route15 miles, circular

This cycle ride starts form the peaceful setting of Grafham Water, the third largest man-made reservoir in Britain. From here the route follows in the footsteps of royalty, through rich farming land and interesting villages which border the final two residences of Queen Katherine of Aragon. Henry VIII confined her at Buckden Towers from 1533-34, prior to the annulment of their marriage. She was then moved to nearby Kimbolton Castle, where Katherine died in 1536. Along this route you can explore the flora and fauna of Grafham, discover historic World War II airfields and admire a rare Tiffany window. Download

Apples and Ale Cycle Route 13 miles, circular

This cycle ride starts from the busy market town of Wisbech, the capital of the surrounding Fens. From here the route heads west into rich farmland, past waterways, ancient sea banks and tiny Fenland villages, which are surrounded by hundreds of acres of orchards. In springtime these are enriched with the colour and scent of blossom, and in autumn, by delicious fruit. Along this route you can wander amongst the 100 year old apple trees in an old orchard, discover the treasures of ancient churches and taste the real ales at a Georgian brewery.
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Stilton and The GiddingsCycle Route  21 miles, circular

This ride is set in gentle, peaceful countryside and overlaps a little way into Northamptonshire, whose wooded areas remind us we are on the edge of Rockingham Forest. In Lutton church and at the former Polebrook airfield are monuments which remind us of World War II. In the placid surroundings of Little Gidding, we encounter an exhibition relating to a religious community, who established a peaceful way of life which was wrecked by the Roundheads in the Civil War. This ride is mostly on relatively high ground, and it affords some extensive views across the fens to the east.
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Stilton and WansfordCycle Route  25 miles, circular

This ride explores the most northern tip of Huntingdonshire, and strays a little way into Northamptonshire. On the way you may see aircraft and parachutists and you may also get a glimpse of a train drawn by a steam locomotive on the Nene Valley Railway. Take a ride to The Haycock in Wansford and The Bell Inn in Stilton which were here in the days of the stagecoach 200 years ago - and the road here was the Roman Ermine Street nearly 2,000 years ago. The river Nene was probably heavily used for transport long before that. At Fotheringhay you can see the mound of the castle where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed, and at Norman Cross is a little known memorial to French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars. Download

Sawtry and BarhamCycle Route29 miles, circular

There is nothing really wild about the countryside on this ride - it is just gently undulating and free of motor traffic. But it does take us to the Hamerton Wildlife Park and past a nature reserve, which may offer a break from riding. At Leighton Bromswold, you can see the fascinating gateway to a castle which was never built. There is also a Hundred stone - a meeting point in medieval times for the collection of taxes and the dispensation of justice. Huntingdonshire had four "Hundreds" or groups of parishes, and three of the Hundred stones survive, all featured in these rides. A number of short cuts are described, but all of the lanes
within the main circuit can be used for pleasant cycling. Download

Spaldwick and KeystonCycle Route  23 miles, circular

This ride explores the most westerly part of Huntingdonshire.  The terrain is gently rolling, in total contrast to the fens in the east. We are in "stone" country; hence many of the churches have fine stone spires in a variety of styles. These can be seen for miles around, and provide another contrast to the fen country where there is no stone, and spires are few. Download


St Neots and KimboltonCycle Route 24 miles, circular

This ride takes a pleasant route out of St Neots and follows a little known tributary of the Ouse - the river Kym - for some way before taking us to Grafham Water and then visiting the Staughtons. It then returns over some higher ground offering some fine panoramic views. Look out for the World War II airfield at Little Staughton from which two pilots won Victoria Crosses - and the nearby churchyard which has links with other aviators. Some alternative short cuts are offered, which are as pleasant as the main ride. Download

St Neots andthe Gransdens Cycle Route

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St Neots and Yelling Cycle Route18 miles, circular

This ride is a very pleasant circuit linking the flatness of theOuseValleywith the gently undulating countryside to the east which stretches almost toCambridge. This ride visits the delightful villages of Great Gransden, Eltisley, the curiously named Yelling and also Toseland which still has its Hundred stone - one of the three remaining in the District. Riders can vary the basic circuit in a number of ways. Three routes to Great Gransden are offered, and an additional circuit is suggested to neighbouringSouth Cambridgeshire, and some favourite cycling country. Download

St Ives and Oldhurst Cycle Route

This interesting ride explores a little known corner of Huntingdonshire. Stone signposts, a holy well, a haunted inn, an earthwork from the Civil War and the great fen drainage system are just some of the things encountered. The 17th century fen drains were designed without the aid of aerial surveys and computers, and dug without mechanical plant. Near Bluntisham and Somersham we find some orchards - a change from the countryside in the earlier and later parts of the ride. For those from outside the area the chance to explore St Ives is an added bonus. The ride is described as a basic circuit with optional (but highly recommended) detours so as to allow riders to create a length of ride which suits them. A word of warning - some of the roads are busy, but it would be a pity to miss out on an interesting ride because of these short stretches of road. Their use has been minimised, and with reasonable care they can be used safely. In particular, the short stretch of A141 has a wide grass verge which can be walked. Download

Sawtry and StiltonCycle Route21 miles, circular

This circuit takes in some classic fenland, with characteristic straight roads which stand above the level of the fens and the rich black soil. At Conington, the church has a distinctive tower which is a landmark visible on a number of these rides. The pulpit inside commemorates a vicar who served here for 50 years. As well as some quiet villages, you can also see a post which was sunk into the fens in 1842 to measure the rate of sinking. The top is now several feet above ground level, and a descriptive panel tells you that you are at the lowest point inEngland- 7 feet below sea level. So the homeward route must be uphill! Some short
cuts are suggested. Download

Sawtry and RamseyCycle Route30 miles

This is a most interesting ride which includes two totally different aspects of the Huntingdonshire countryside, within a few miles. The south and west part of the ride is relatively hilly, with one or two steep slopes, where you may need to use low gears. However the reward is marvellous panoramic views from high ground. By way of contrast, the east and north part of the ride, around Ramsey, is in real fen country. It is on flat, straight roads which are set above the level of the fields and there are uninterrupted views in this sparsely populated area. Download

Cycling John Clare Country11 miles, circular

This 11 mile circular route takes in a selection of northernPeterborough's quaint rural villages, including Glinton, Etton and Helpston. This route is suitable for families as the majority of the route is on quiet lanes and off-road cycle paths. Download

Cycling the Nene Park Loop7 miles

This 7 mile route starts in the city centre and follows the Nene Valley Railway before meandering through the Woodston Ponds Nature Reserve and entering Ferry Meadows Country Park. The return route takes you across Orton Mere, before cycling through the Sculpture Park and the Boardwalks Nature Reserve. This route is completely off-road and therefore suitable for families and inexperienced cyclists. Download

Cycling the Crown Lake Link12 miles, circular

Hampton before joining up with the Green Wheel and heading out towards the Crown Lakes Country Park. After passing through the Park the route continues into the Fens, passing through Farcet, as you amble along the Old Course of the River Nene to Park Farm and Stanground. After crossing Stanground Lock, you head back towards the city centre, before cycling along the Embankment and joining up with the Wellingtonia Cycleway as it roams alongside the Nene Valley Railway. As you make your way through the Ortons you will eventually reach the cycle bridge over Fletton Parkway, which returns you Hampton. Download

Cycling the Celtic Causeway8 miles, circular

Route starts at the Key Theatre before heading east along the north bank of the River Nene and taking in local sites including: Britain's Bronze Age Centre and Archaeological Park: Flag Fen, the award winning Shanks Millennium Bridge and the Stanground Wash Nature Reserve. This route is particularly suitable for families and less confident cyclists due to the mixture of quiet lanes, off-road cycle paths and flat landscape. Cycle Route: River Nene, Flag Fen Archaeological Park,ShanksMillenniumBridge, Moreton's Leam, Stanground Washes. Download

Godmanchester and Graveley Cycle Route19 miles, circular

This ride uses quiet roads in pleasant countryside. It includes the burial place of the landscape architect "Capability" Brown. Like all such designers, he could not possibly have lived long enough to see his work in its maturity, and yet we can enjoy it over 200 years later. Since "Capability" worked in so many locations around the country it may come as a surprise that he had time to be Lord of the Manor of Fenstanton. Some points of interest on this route are a memorial to RAF and other service men and women at the former airfield at Graveley, a 17th century turf maze at Hilton, and a manor house which has been continually occupied since the 12th century. An optional short detour at St Ives leads to a chapel on a 15th century bridge, one of only three in the country. Download