Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Round Cambridge Circuit


Literally just that. Round Cambridge. Travel out from near the centre (well station), and take a route that goes round the town between 2 and 8 miles from the city centre.

Map

Here's a picture of the map.



And here's the interactive Google map.

View Round Cambridge Circuit in a larger map


Video Clip.

well worth going full screen and HD 720 to get the best of this.




A few pictures along the way.

I've loaded all these pictures onto Google Drive with access for all with the link here. I'd like to display them as (admittedly quite big) thumbnails that can be clicked to see bigger, but Google keep changing the direct link to the native picture. So, they appear below for a short time then fail again. Sigh.



01 Cow Muck on the Coe Fen (NM-77755)

and on Cyclestreets. Thick Cow Muck on the Coe Fen, reported to County Council, reference NM-77755.

02 Coton Path

A quiet route, despite the nearby motorway. Shaded can mean a bit damp in winter.

03 Girton Path

and on Cyclestreets. Path from near Madingley American Cemetery to Girton. Probably usuable throughout the year. The goes through the A14/M11 interchange later, but is fully segregated from traffic with 3 slightly fraught lane crossings.

04 Overgrown Girton Path

and on Cyclestreets. Path through A14/M11 junction overgrown. My hand got ripped from my handlebars trying to get through this bush. Reported to County Council, reference NM-77757.

05 Signs Off Path Next to A14

and on Cyclestreets. This is a cycle route across and through the A14/M11 junction. It goes along the side of the A14. Notice that the signs are NOT in the path. An example of good practice!

06 Overgrown Washpit Lane

and on Cyclestreets. The bottom end of Washpit Lane is overgrown. Quite awkward to get through here with brambles seeking blood! Despite this being the same bridleway route through to Girton as http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/61029/ this bit isn't listed as being managed by the county council, so can't be reported. Any thoughts as to whether this is a map error or does the county council only manage bits of paths?

07 Washpit Lane

A shaded route into Girton.

08 Cambridge Cycle Club Run

Bumped into the Cambridge Cycle Club on the Guided Busway, although only when they had to stop!

09 YouCanBikeToo at Milton Country Park

You Can Bike Too having fun riding around Milton Country Park

10 YouCanBikeToo at Milton Country Park

You Can Bike Too teaching balance riding around Milton Country Park

11 Milton Country Park

and on Cyclestreets. The NCN11 route through Milton Country Park. As lovely as the route is, it's not really a proper commuter route. It's slowed considerably by being shared-use and a very twisty route. It's not impossible to create a segregated route with the cycling on the outer side of the woods?

12 Baits Bike Lock Crossing

and on Cyclestreets. Baits Bite Lock provides a way of crossing. However, the bicycle ramps are very difficult to use (and I'm a quite fit strong person with a light bike). This is almost certainly a barrier to older and younger users and pretty unusable if you have a cargo bike or child carrier.

13 Low Fen Drove Way

and on Cyclestreets. Low Fen Drove Way really feels like the back of beyond. A very quiet and remote spot. It's actually listed as a byway, open the motor vehicles, but I've never seen any. It's just about to get to a muddy section where progress is difficult, but it's worth peservering, as you can see since the Google Streetview vehicle DID get through!

14 Low Fen Drove Way Roadworks

Very oddly, traffic works down this track. And genuinely there were workmen waiting to start.

15 Fen Ditton Road

A pleasant road, apart from the odd car going quite fast.

16 Teversham Drift Cut Through

and on Cyclestreets. This is the cut through to Teversham Drift which keeps you away from the awful High Street environment. The barriers make it difficult for cargo bikes and child carriers. And there's no drop kerb.

17 Daws Lane

Shady lane has a stream for playing in right next to it.

18 Gunhild Path Barrier Removal

and on Cyclestreets. Some of the barriers have been removed to make this route accessible by cargo bikes and child carriers. About time, given it goes to a local primary school!

19 Gunhild Path Barrier Removal

and on Cyclestreets. Some of the barriers have been removed to make this route accessible by cargo bikes and child carriers. About time, given it goes to a local primary school!

20 Red Cross Lane

A useful cut through, although the surface is awful and cars can be unobservant whilst parking.

21 Trumpington Allotments

Paths around the allotments have been opneed up to bikes, always good to look for chickens!

22 Grantchester Mill

Quite pretty looking over the bridge.

23 Grantchester Meadows

A well used walkers area.

24 Grantchester Meadows

Broad meadows.

25 Grantchester Meadows Cows

Cattle on the meadows

26 Grantchester Meadows Path

The narrow path to and from the meadows

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