We’re aiming to complete a different circular walk each week, all within easy reach of home in Cottenham. They are mostly in and around South Cambridgeshire although we’ve extended to an occasional Suffolk walk.

Many of the walks come from the Ordnance Survey book of Cambridgeshire Circular Walks or the Suffolk equivalents. The FootPathMap resource is also useful. We’re keeping a record here – for our own interest and as a database of future walk ideas for ourselves and others – do try them out!

At the foot of the page are a few further afield walks from our travels – mostly places we visit frequently or plan to return to.

Steve & Joy

Local(ish) circular walks project

The map shows the starting points of the walks. The table below the map lists the walks, sorted alphabetically by starting location. Follow the link to the blog entry of the month in which we did the walk for details (including route maps for many of the walks).

Starting pointMilesRouteBlog
1Bluntisham8.5Colne – Somersham – EarithMar 2022
2Buckden5.5Offord-Cluny (C9)June 2021
3Burwell7.1ReachMay 2022
4Chesterton5.2Along the river and around the cityDec 2020
5Chesterton6.7Chisholm trail – city – river loopFeb 2022
6Chittering6.8Great Ouse and StrethamJuly 2021
7Comberton7.3Hardwick – ToftJan 2022
8Coton4.9Madingley via American cemeteryApr 2021
9Cottenham4.8Smithy Fen, Lode, Les King WoodSep 2021
10Cottenham7.5Long Drove + Rampton loopsMar 2021
11Eddington6West Cambridge – City – Histon RdMay 2022
12Ely7.8Little Downham – Chettisham (C27*)Jan 2022
13Ely6.8Little Thetford (C19)Mar 2021
14Fen Ditton6.6Cambridge commons and Mill RdFeb 2021
15Fen Drayton5.5Fen Drayton lakesApr 2021
16Fulbourn6.3The WilbrahamsFeb 2022
17Histon6.0Girton – A14 loopFeb 2022
18Histon5.8Oakington – Girton Jan 2021
19Holywell4.3St IvesOct 2021
20Horningsea4.6Clayhithe – Baits Bite LockDec 2021
21Horseheath5.2West Wickham (C4)Nov 2021
22Houghton5.3Godmanchester Nature ReserveMay 2021
23Isleham7.1Fen loop (C17)May 2021
24Kingfishers Bridge6.0Padney Drove – Barway – riverDec 2021
25Landbeach6.6Waterbeach – river – MiltonJan 2021
26Linton7.3Rivey Hill – Hildersham (C22)Apr 2021
27Lode5.5Stow-cum-Quy Fen (C10)Mar 2021
28Lolworth6.5Chliderley, Knapwell, Boxworth (C15)Feb 2021
29Mepal3.5The Hundred Foot Drain (C1)Nov 2020
30Mildenhall7.6West Row – Worlington (S16)May 2021
31Milton4.8Country Park – Chesterton – riverJan 2021
32Newnham6.3Trumpington – Grantchester Feb 2021
33Over4.8Swavesey via the Great Ouse (C3)Nov 2020
34Reach4.5Swaffham Prior & Devil’s Dyke (C7)Nov 2020
35St Ives6Houghton & the Hemingfords (C12)Nov 2020
36St Neots8Little Paxton nature reserve (C16)May 2021
37Sawston5.7WhittlesfordMar 2022
38Sawtry7.2Steeple Gidding – Little Gidding (C21)Jan 2022
39Stilton5.7Folksworth loop (C14)Nov 2021
40University Library6City – Grantchester loop (C8)Dec 2020
41University Library7West Cambridge – Coton Feb 2021
42Wandlebury7Magog Down – Stapleford (C24)Jan 2021
43Wicken Fen6Upware (C11)Mar 2021
44Wilburton5.5Haddenham loopOct 2021
45Willingham6.3Great Ouse – Aldreth Causeway (C18)Mar 2021
46Wimblington7.2Stonea Camp (C20)Oct 2021
47Wimpole Estate4.8Estate walk (C5)Dec 2020
“C” in brackets after a route indicates a walk from Cambridgeshire Circular Walks. “S” indicates a walk from Suffolk Circular walks. * = only part of route in book followed.

Total mileage = 287.4 miles
Average walk = 6.1 miles

Other walks

A few walks from our travels. Listed chronologically.

Starting pointMilesRouteBlog
1Wiveton Downs, Norfolk (N20)7.7Cley-next-the-sea – BlakeneyJune 2021
2Glenmore Forest Park, Cairngorms7.5Loch Morlich + Green LochJuly 2021
3Divis Mountain, Co Antrim4.2Divis Mountain ridge trailAug 2021
4Southwold, Suffolk (S2)3.8Circuit of SouthwoldSep 2021
5Titanic Quarter, Belfast5.0Riverside and cityDec 2021
6Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk6.1Brancaster beach & backApr 2022

“S” indicates a walk from Suffolk Circular walks. “N” = Norfolk Circular Walks. In all cases the letter is followed by the number of the walk in that book.