Grantchester Village and Meadows

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Grantchester Village and Meadows is a 8.4 kilometer loop trail located near Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

8.4 km
116 m

kid friendly



bird watching

partially paved


A circular walk starting from the village of Grantchester, just south of Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. The walk crosses in and out of the centre of village exploring farmland to the east, Byron’s Pool nature reserve to the south and Grantchester Meadows which run alongside the River Cam to the north. As a result there’s a lovely mix with something for everyone, from rare species of plants and birds, fabulous views, chances for a paddle and an opportunity to take afternoon tea at the famous Grantchester Orchard. The walk is almost entirely flat. There are no stiles but a number of gates and kissing gates plus a number of steps to get over one of the bridges. The paths are a mixture of concrete, tarmac, riverbank paths and grass/mud farm tracks, the latter of which will be muddy after wet weather. The riverside meadows are used to graze cattle so take care with dogs here, although the meadows are very wide so you can give the cattle a wide berth if you need to. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.

Extended this walk by starting in Cambridge. Those who don’t want to do the whole route can easily work out where to take a short cut. Parking at the moment for Grantchester is located outside the village near Mill Pond... so you may want to use that as your start. Don’t miss out on a cream tea in the Orchard Tea Gardens or a visit to Grantchester Church.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A wonderful walk. With some good pubs for lunch too. Can be a very popular on a hot summer's day.

12 days ago

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