Our sites provide some of the best walking in the Cambridge area. Whether its a gentle stroll or strenuous hike you can enjoy beautiful countryside, nature and history.

Walking at Wandlebury Country Park and the Gog Magog Hills

Wandlebury has 8 miles of footpaths to explore wildflower meadows, woodlands, orchards and Iron-Age ditches. The paths are mostly flat and without barriers but only a short section near the car park is surfaced. We also have an off-road mobility scooter for free hire.

You can pick up a free leaflet from the noticeboard at the car park (or from the information centre near the toilets or download here) which shows the paths and there are some finger posts - but it is a great place to just wander and make it up as you go.

If that's not enough, you can join the public rights of way network to explore the surrounding Gog Magog Hills. To the north you can walk along the historic Roman Road and to the south you can cross the A1307 to explore the paths at Magog Down.

Weekly Healthy Walking group

We have an enthusiastic group of trained volunteers who lead our two, weekly health walks at Wandlebury. The first is slightly faster while the second is more leisurely, accommodating people who are not so fit or are newcomers to the group. Each walk lasts around 30 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles. With the slower, second walk, we offer a shortcut back to the base if needed.

This social group meets all year round at 10am every Thursday morning, with the slower walk starting at 10.30am. Walks are well-attended, with 40 people joining most weeks. Some people like it so much they do both walks! Teas/coffees are available afterwards.

If you want to take part for the first time then please arrive 10 mins early in order to register. The meeting point is the Stables Education Centre.

Everyone is welcome!

Walking at Coton Countryside Reserve

There are several miles of walks at this reserve on the western edge of Cambridge. We have four waymarked trails:

  • Rowans Walk is a 1.6 mile circular walk on grassy tracks.
  • Bin Brook Walk is 0.9 mile circular walk on grassy tracks.
  • Spine Route Walk is 1.5 miles walk along a concrete path suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • View Point Walk is 1.8 mile circular walk that includes a hill and steps.

Click here to download a map with the routes shown.

If that's not enough, you can join the public rights of way network to explore the surrounding countryside (click to download):

Coton Corridor Great West Walk (1) 8 miles - Coton Reserve, American Cemetery, Madingley Wood, Three Horseshoes Pub, Wimpole Way

Coton Corridor Great West Walk (2) 3.5 miles - Coton Reserve and village

Coton Corridor Great West Walk (3) 4.5 miles - Coton Reserve and The West Fields

Refreshments can be found at The Plough or garden centre in Coton village.

Walking at Hinxton Watermill

From Hinxton Watermill there is a lovely riverside walk along the River Cam. You can walk as far as you want and then come back or make a circular walk by using the public right of way, or walk back via the village (and Red Lion pub). The path along the river is unsurfaced and can be muddy/slippery in winter.

Walking at Bourn Windmill

From Bourn Windmill you can walk along the public footpath to the lovely village of Bourn or if you live in Cambourne there is a lovely linear walk about 1 mile there and 1 mile back (click here for walking leaflet). If you combine with an open day at the windmill you can buy teas and cakes and explore the mill. Click here for dates

Guided Walks

Come and find out more about the history of our sites and the flora and fauna that you can find in every season on our gentle guided walks. Led by an experienced warden or knowledgable volunteer choose from over 20 walks a year. These are free, donations welcome and there's no need to book. See our What's On page for the next guided walk near you.