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|Grantchester Village and Meadows|
|Author: Claire, Published: 31 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile 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.
The walk starts outside the Rupert Brooke public house on the High Street in Grantchester. Approximate post code CB3 9NQ. There is usually roadside parking either in the High Street or Coton Road. At weekends in the summer the village can get very busy with tourists so you may need to use the village charity car park (a field just south of the village) and then walk back to the village centre.
|Start to Barton Bridleway|
Start point: 52.1808 lat, 0.0934 long
With your back to the Rupert Brooke pub, cross over the High Street and go ahead down Coton Road. Follow the pavement running past a diverse mix of properties which range from pretty white-washed thatched cottages to more imposing Georgian stone houses.
|Barton Bridleway to Fork|
Start point: 52.1817 lat, 0.0888 long
Turn left onto The Bridleway, signed for Barton. Follow the tarmac lane and continue as the lane becomes a wide gravel track between crop fields. After about half a mile you’ll reach a bridge over the M11. Go ahead over the bridge and then turn left onto the track on the other side.
|Fork to Mill Way|
Start point: 52.1745 lat, 0.0797 long
Fork left here and follow this path swinging hard left onto a mud footpath running alongside a crop field on the right. Continue ahead towards the M11 and go up the steps and over the footbridge across the motorway. Take the grass path straight ahead between fields.
|Mill Way to Mill Pond|
Start point: 52.1769 lat, 0.0955 long
Cross over the road to the pavement opposite and turn right to follow the pavement as it bends left. On the left you will pass the car park for The Orchard (we’ll be back to explore this later) and then next on the left you’ll see through the railings to the statues in the gardens of The Old Vicarage. A little further along look left through the entrance gates to the Old Vicarage and you’ll see a statue of Rupert Brooke (1887 to 1915).
|Mill Pond to Byron's Pool|
Start point: 52.1756 lat, 0.0978 long
Continue ahead on the pavement now heading out of the village. Follow the road as it bends right then left. Continue over the next bridge across a large stream. Immediately after the row of terraced 1920s properties, cross over and turn right down a footpath signed to Byron’s Pool. Pass under the height restriction barrier and through the gravel parking area. Go straight ahead through the black kissing gate to enter the nature reserve.
|Byron's Pool to The Orchard|
Start point: 52.173 lat, 0.1018 long
As you reach the weir over to the right, keep left on the main woodland track. The path comes to an end over a short wooden bridge to come to a large woodland pool. Keep right here following the path round with the pool on the left.
|The Orchard to End of Grantchester Meadows|
Start point: 52.1767 lat, 0.0963 long
Turn right into The Orchard tea rooms and walk ahead through the gravel car park with the Rupert Brooke museum on the left.
|End of Grantchester Meadows to End|
Start point: 52.1853 lat, 0.1003 long
Follow the tarmac path passing a number of cattle grids. About 30 yards before you reach the ivy clad gable end of a property ahead, turn right through a gate by a cattle grid onto a tarmac lane (signed for the Red Lion). Follow the lane past the Red Lion on the right and then past the Green Man on the left to reach the T-junction with the High Street. Turn right and follow the road to reach the Rupert Brooke, where you started the walk, on the right.
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A wonderful walk. With some good pubs for lunch too. Can be a very popular on a hot summer's day.
|By Richard on 31 May 2012|
Great instructions, although a word of warning to those planning on going in winter. The whole walk past mill way was underwater and impassable.
|By gemmadown on 09 Feb 2014|
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