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|Cambridge City Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 06 Jun 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular trail around the university city of Cambridge. You’ll have chance to enjoy many of the famous parks and open spaces including Jesus Green and Parker’s Piece, see the beautiful architecture of many of the famous university colleges and also see the range of bridges that cross over the River Cam throughout the city. |
The walk is almost entirely flat, with just one steady hill at the start. There are no stiles or gates and only a few steps. The walk follows well made tarmac paths making it suitable for pushchairs. There are public toilets available on Jesus Green, Midsummer Common (on Victoria Avenue) and Parker’s Piece. Approximate time 2 hours (plus extra time if you wish to visit any museums/attractions).
The walk starts from Castle Street in Cambridge. Parking is available in the long stay Castle Hill pay and display car park, which is accessed via Castle Street. Approximate post code CB3 0AJ. Cambridge rail station is a little way out of the city centre, but if you come by train you can walk along Station Road and then Hills Road to join the walk mid way between waypoints four and five.
|Castle Hill to Saxon Pole|
Start point: 52.2142 lat, 0.1119 long
Leave the Castle Hill car park via the vehicle entrance, passing Allways and Titan House on the right hand side. At the crossroads turn right and then turn left onto Castle Street, with the Sir Isaac Newton pub on the left.
|Saxon Pole to Jesus Green Bridge|
Start point: 52.2109 lat, 0.1151 long
Turn left onto Chesterton Road. On the left you’ll pass Cripps Court, a set of student accommodation. Immediately afterwards cross over to the right hand side of the road via the pedestrian island, and continue along Chesterton Lane in the same direction.
|Jesus Green Bridge to Victoria Avenue|
Start point: 52.2131 lat, 0.1205 long
After crossing the bridge, take the path diagonally to the left which is lined with beautiful old plane trees.
|Victoria Avenue to Parker's Piece|
Start point: 52.2108 lat, 0.1269 long
Turn right and follow the pavement alongside Victoria Avenue. To the right are the grounds of Jesus College and to the left is Midsummer Common. Continue past the gated entrance to Jesus College on the right.
|Parker's Piece to Hobson's Conduit Fountain|
Start point: 52.2041 lat, 0.1274 long
Turn left along Parkside and after just a short distance cross over using the pelican crossing. Continue a few paces further and then turn right onto the tarmac path crossing diagonally across the centre of Parker’s Piece.
|Hobson's Conduit Fountain to Fitzwilliam Museum|
Start point: 52.198 lat, 0.1225 long
On the left here you will see Hobson’s Conduit Fountain. Hobson's Conduit is a watercourse that was built from 1610 to 1614 by Thomas Hobson to bring fresh water into the city from springs at Nine Wells (a Local Nature Reserve) to improve sanitation. The octagonal monument to Hobson which you see here, once formed part of the market square fountain, and was moved to this location in 1856, after a fire.
|Fitzwilliam Museum to Mathematical Bridge|
Start point: 52.2003 lat, 0.12 long
A little further along on the left you’ll pass the courtyard entrance of Peterhouse College. Peterhouse is the oldest college of the university, founded in 1284, and is also the smallest with just 273 undergraduates.
|Mathematical Bridge to King's College Chapel|
Start point: 52.2018 lat, 0.1155 long
A popular fable is that the Mathematical Bridge was designed and built by Sir Isaac Newton without the use of nuts or bolts. Various stories relate how at some point in the past either students or fellows of the University attempted to take the bridge apart and put it back together, but were unable to work out how to hold the structure together, and were obliged to resort to adding nuts and bolts. In reality, bolts are an inherent part of the design and when it was first built, iron spikes were driven into the joints from the outer side, where they could not be seen from the inside of the parapets. This may explain why bolts were thought to be an addition to the original. The bridge was actually designed by William Etheridge, and built by James Essex in 1749, 22 years after Newton died. It has been rebuilt on two occasions, in 1866 and in 1905, but has kept the same overall design.
|King's College Chapel to Garret Hostel Bridge|
Start point: 52.2035 lat, 0.1121 long
King’s College was founded by King Henry VI in 1441. The civil war disrupted the plans and funding and meant that completion was delayed. The building of the college's chapel, begun in 1446, was finally finished in 1544 during the reign of King Henry VIII. The chapel is regarded as one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture. It has the world's largest fan-vault, and the chapel's stained-glass windows and wooden chancel screen are considered some of the finest from their era. The chapel is probably best known for the ‘Carols from Kings’ service which, every year on Christmas Eve, is broadcast from the chapel to millions of listeners worldwide.
|Garret Hostel Bridge to St John's College|
Start point: 52.2058 lat, 0.1139 long
Continue over the bridge and along the street. At the T-junction turn left, and then follow this road as it bends sharp right. At the next T-junction, turn left onto St John Street. (You can turn right here if you want to explore the centre of the city before you continue).
|St John's College to End|
Start point: 52.2073 lat, 0.1182 long
Follow the road past the college entrance and continue as it bends right. At the crossroads turn left onto Bridge Street. Notice the small copper flowers set into the paving stones of the pavement here.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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