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FLIT’s Top Cycle Routes in Cambridge

A few rides around the home of FLIT

Being a Cambridge based company of cyclists the FLIT team are often found cycling around Cambridge whether to the office, off to pub quiz or just heading to the shops.  Wherever the team go in Cambridge a bike, unsurprisingly for a folding ebike company, is their chosen mode of transport.  Here are some of the routes the team recommend for those visiting Cambridge or looking to explore their city by bike.

Cambridge City Centre to Grantchester – 5.5miles round trip

Take in the sights of Cambridge along Queen’s Road, better known as ‘The backs’ to Cambridge locals.  This is namely because of the view of the university backs – the quintessential view of King’s College and many others.  Paved cycle paths take you all the way out to Grantchester meadows where there are a few places to have a bite to eat or a drink.  Return the same way you came or do a loop cycling through Grantchester village back into Cambridge travelling along Trumpington Road.

The Orchard Tea Garden, Grantchester – Well known destination for scones and more

The Green Man, Grantchester – Stop for a Cambridge G&T or a cup of tea

Cambridge City Centre to Waterbeach – 11 miles round trip

Leaving midsummer common this route follows the river Cam all the way to Waterbeach.  Equally as nice on a still winter’s day or in the summer sun.  A mixture of tarmac roads and gravel paths traverse this flat scenic route.  A few notable pubs along the way offer plenty of stops to either warm up in or stop for a refreshing drink.  Cambridge City Council have done a great job expanding the cycle paths which this route uses almost exclusively.

The Plough, Fenditton – Riverside spot famed for its roasts

The Bridge, Waterbeach – Riverside spot with pub classics

Cambridge City Centre to Wandlebury Park and The Gog Farm Shop – 9.5 miles round trip

Wandlebury Park is on a rare hill overlooking Cambridge.  Not only do you get a great view of the City but there is also a farm shop to have a coffee in before the return leg.  Again leaving Midsummer common cycle paths snake across Cambridge before delivering you at the park. More of an out and back route but a nice ride all the same.

Cambridge City Centre to St Ives – 29 miles round trip

The longest ride on this list but a nice route along cycle paths almost exclusively.  The originally divisive guided busway has a cycle path that runs along its entire route from Cambridge to St Ives which is fantastic to ride along. St Ives is well worth a visit.  A medieval Market town established in 1001 and originally known as Slepe, offers up plenty of period architecture and cafe culture.  This can feel like a long way if you get a headwind but a relaxing ride as away from roads and only the occasional bus driving past. Hopefully the wind helps blow you back assuming you’ve not got the assistance of an electric motor.

Other useful Cambridge cycling guides

For more information about cycling in and around Cambridge, Cambridge Cycling Campaign have some really useful maps available to download.  Alternatively, for a more interactive route planning option CyclingUK.org has a really useful journey planner.

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