This is probably a familiar walk for many people who know Cambridge, but for others considering a visit there it's well worth including this short walk in your plans.
We were able to walk through the magnificent inner courtyards of St John's College and enjoy the stroll along the Backs, before stopping off for refreshment at a park on the south side of Cambridge. Then we continued for the final couple of miles to Grantchester, most of it through meadows along the banks of the River Granta.
At the end of the walk in the village of Grantchester we stopped for a cream tea in the famous Orchard which has close connections with the poet Rupert Brooke. Then some of us caught the No 18 bus back to the centre of Cambridge, whilst the "A" party walked back in the spring sunshine.
- I'll remember this Easter Saturday walk best for the very warm sunshine
- The best bit was finishing the walk with tea and scones in the whimsical surroundings of the Orchard
- It was amusing to see people out on the river in kayaks, rowing boats and punts
- I was surprised by the number of picnic groups spread out along the river banks
- A word of warning - the route is a bit unclear in places
- There was a lot to see in a relatively short walk
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne, April 2011< Back to England page for links to other stories
|Date walked||23 April 2011|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||No hills, but tiring in the heat. Comfortable walking shoes or trainers required.|
|Distance||4 miles one-way|
|Height climbed||Flat route|
|Time taken||2 hrs 30 mins|
|Map used||Street plan of Cambridge from the hotel, plus section of OS map printed from Streetmap.co.uk|
|Walk source info||Previous walk by a member of the family, also website on Grantchester|
|Getting there||Starts in the centre of Cambridge|
|Places to stay||Lots of hotels in Cambridge. We stayed at the very comfortable Arundel House Hotel, just across the river from Jesus Green|
|Other features||The Orchard, a historic place to enjoy tea and scones or a full meal|