During the Covid lockdowns we started a project to complete a circular walk each week, with a target of logging 52 different walks (one for each week of the year) within easy reach of home in Cottenham. Most are in South Cambridgeshire, although we’ve extended to an occasional Suffolk walk. We’ve hit our target now and are revisiting some of the walks – but we may try some new ones soon.

Many routes are from the Ordnance Survey book of Cambridgeshire Circular Walks or the Suffolk equivalent. The FootPathMap resource and Great Shelford website have also proved 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 walks we’ve completed while further afield.

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(s)
1Aldreth4.6Great Ouse – CausewayJuly 2022
2Bluntisham8.5Colne – Somersham – EarithMar 2022
3Buckden5.5Offord-Cluny (C9)June 2021
4Burwell7.1ReachMay 2022
5Chesterton5.2Along the river and around the cityDec 2020
6Chesterton6.7Chisholm trail – city – river loopFeb 2022
7Chittering6.8Great Ouse and StrethamJuly 2021
8Comberton7.3Hardwick – ToftJan 2022
9Coton4.9Madingley via American cemeteryApr 2021
10Cottenham4.8Smithy Fen, Lode, Les King WoodSep 2021
11aCottenham7.5Rampton + Long Drove loopsMar 2021
11bCottenham5.4Rampton loopMar 2024
12Cottenham7.4Cottenham Lode, Great OuseJun 2022
13Eddington6West Cambridge – City – Histon RdMay 2022
14Ely7.8Little Downham – Chettisham (C27*)Jan 2022
15Ely6.8Little Thetford (C19)Mar 2021
16Ely6.8Queen Adelaide (C27*)May 2022
17Fen Ditton6.6Cambridge commons and Mill RdFeb 2021
18Fen Drayton5.5Fen Drayton lakesApr21, Apr 24
19Fulbourn6.3The WilbrahamsFeb 2022
20Histon6.0Girton – A14 loopFeb 2022
21Histon5.8Oakington – Girton Jan 2021
22Holywell4.3St IvesOct 2021
23Horningsea4.6Clayhithe – Baits Bite LockDec 2021
24Horseheath5.2West Wickham (C4)Nov 2021
25Houghton5.3Godmanchester Nature ReserveMay20, Dec22
26Isleham7.1Fen loop (C17)May 2021
27Kingfishers Bridge6.0Padney Drove – Barway – riverDec 2021
28Landbeach6.6Waterbeach – river – MiltonJan 2021
29Linton7.3Rivey Hill – Hildersham (C22)Apr 2021
30Lode5.5Stow-cum-Quy Fen (C10)Mar 2021
31Lolworth6.5Chliderley, Knapwell, Boxworth (C15)Feb20, Jan23
32Mepal3.5The Hundred Foot Drain (C1)Nov 2020
33Mildenhall7.6West Row – Worlington (S16)May 2021
34Milton4.8Country Park – Chesterton – riverJan21, Jan23
35Moulton6.9Three churches walk (S27*)Sep 2022
36Newnham6.3Trumpington – Grantchester Feb21, Feb24
37Over4.8Swavesey via the Great Ouse (C3)Nov 2020
38Reach4.5Swaffham Prior & Devil’s Dyke (C7)Nov 2020
39St Ives6Houghton & the Hemingfords (C12)Nov 2020
40St Neots8Little Paxton nature reserve (C16)May 2021
41Sawston5.7WhittlesfordMar22 , Jan24
,42Sawtry7.2Steeple Gidding – Little Gidding (C21)Jan 2022
43Stilton5.7Folksworth loop (C14)Nov 2021
44Stretchworth4.2WooditonAug 2022
45University Library6City – Grantchester loop (C8)Dec 2020
46University Library7West Cambridge – Coton Feb 2021
47Wandlebury7Magog Down – Stapleford (C24)Jan 2021
48Wicken Fen6Upware (C11)Mar21, Jan24
49Wilburton5.5Haddenham loopOct 2021
50Willingham6.3Great Ouse – Aldreth Causeway (C18)Mar 21
51Wimblington7.2Stonea Camp (C20)Oct 2021
52Wimpole Estate4.8Estate walk (C5)Dec20, Nov22
“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 = 317.5 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
7Tardree Forest, Co Antrim2.6Forest trailAug 2022
8Randallstown Forest, Co Antrim3.0Forest trail Aug 2022
9Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo4.2Mountain climb (736m)Jul 2023
10Leiston, Suffolk (S18)6.5ThorpenessSep 2023
11Holkham, Norfolk3.8Wells-next-the-seaMay 2024

“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.