Walks around Cambridge in ‘lockdown’ – exploring permissive paths

If you are seeking out new paths to walk along, both in and around Cambridge,  please take a look at the useful network of ‘permissive’ paths made available by local landowners. Cambridgeshire County Council has a valuable set of maps, hidden away in an obscure corner of their website.

The Cambs CC maps website is a bit if a nightmare, but the definitive map is at https://my.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/myCambridgeshire.aspx?MapSource=CCC/AllMaps&Layers=row,row-TROs&tab=maps

There is a sidebar where, under Leisure & Culture, you can select Public Rights of Way, permissive paths, etc. It is very helpful once you have sussed it out.

It is somewhat surprising that the extensive networks of paths in the relatively new Nature Reserves and parkland close to Cambridge’s newest housing developments are not shown. But you can check out Trumpington Meadows on the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust website. Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CPPF) has downloadable maps of both Wandlebury and the Coton Nature Reserve and there is a separate map available of the Magog Down area.

Finally, we can report that the car parks at Wandlebury and Coton re-opened on Friday 17th April, having been shut after advice from the police a few weeks ago. This opens up a number of good walking routes. It is surely sensible to provide as wide a variety of walking opportunities as possible if we are to maintain ‘social distancing’.

Happy walking!

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Conwy, north Wales: Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May 2021 (3 nights)

The Club is returning to Conwy, a beautiful walled town on the north Wales coast, in Spring 2021 for a long weekend in early May.  This holiday has been deferred from early May 2020 after the Covid-19 lockdown was announced. There are no large holiday cottages, so we will be staying in several small properties. The cost for a place is being held at £90 and people booking for 2020 have had their bookings transferred to 2021. Please contact Jill if you would like to be included. The walking opportunities are wonderful, ranging from the coast, nearby Conwy Mountain, to Snowdonia. There are also lots of opportunities if the weather fails to co-operate! . Please let Jill know if you book accommodation independently. Conwy can be accessed by train.

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Ceredigion Coast Path west Wales, postponed to Friday 11th to 18th June 2021

The Club’s plan to walk the entire Ceredigion Coast Path in west Wales from Friday 5th to Friday 12th June 2020 has been scuppered by Covid-19. We are negotiating with the agencies renting out the five self-catering properties to defer our bookings to the week Friday 11th to Friday 18th 2021.  Prices are likely to increase a little – please contact Jill for an update.

The Path runs from Cardigan to Borth and we will be based in holiday cottages in Aberystwyth, using a local coach company to enable us to walk linear stretches of the coast path each day. The Path has 5 day sections, giving us one day to explore the beautiful walks inland. Aberystwyth can be reached by train from Cambridge.

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