Fenland Rides

Cycle rides around Cambridge and Ely

From: Cambridge Regional College.
Distance: 24 miles round trip.
Summary: Visiting the market town of St Ives along the route of the new Cambridge busway.

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Building a route for guided buses in Cambridge began in 2007, using the path of the former Cambridge and Huntingdon railway. The engineers building the busway faced a number of construction and contractual difficulties, but the track was eventually continue reading…

Opening the curtains today, I looked out on another lovely Spring morning — the ideal weather for a gentle cycle ride around the Cambridge and Ely countryside.

Ely Cathedral in the early morning

The only trouble is, since August of last year, the view from my flat is no longer over Ely Cathedral or over the River Cam … but over the somewhat busier streets of south London.

So, I’m looking for someone to find and write up new cycle rides for this website! Over the past month, continue reading…

A memorial at the American CemeteryAfter the Second World War, the US Government created twelve military cemeteries in Europe, to form the final resting place for US citizens who had died during the conflicts. The American Cemetery at Madingley is the only one of these in the British Isles. It occupies over thirty acres of land, donated by the University, overlooking quiet Cambridgeshire countryside.

Beautifully landscaped, it’s somewhere I would thoroughly recommend visiting. It’s all too easy not to visit significant sites such as this when you’re a local, but my Coton, Hardwick and Comberton cycle route passes by the back of the continue reading…

From: Central Cambridge.
Distance: 15 miles round trip.
Summary: An exploration of the villages to the northwest and southwest of Cambridge.

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When you live somewhere, it’s very easy not to get round to visiting some of the most significant sights in the area. Now that Spring is on its way, I decided to do something about this, and leapt on my bike to visit the American Cemetery in Madingley, just to the northwest of Cambridge. I’ve written a separate post about the cemetery itself, but this ride goes up the pretty cyclepath to Coton, across to Madingley, and then along a bridleway to continue reading…