Progress towards triple-checked route options for Waterbeach’s six Slow Ways: 63%
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Enjoy me||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 30m||Descent 33m|
||Verify me||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 9m||Descent 17m|
||Survey me||Distance 19km/12mi||Ascent 94m||Descent 80m|
||Review me||Distance 20km/13mi||Ascent 101m||Descent 76m|
||Review me||Distance 17km/11mi||Ascent 51m||Descent 52m|
||Verify me||Distance 19km/12mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Pioneer me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 27m||Descent 28m|
||Review me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 23m||Descent 25m|
59% of Waterbeach’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
9 people have contributed to Waterbeach’s Slow Ways
2 people have pledged to walk and review a route
2 people have surveyed a route in Waterbeach
108km out of 123km have been walked and reviewed
204km of reviews have been shared in Waterbeach
Wiesje pledged to walk Camwat oneWalk this route
From Waterbeach to Wicken, it mostly runs along footpaths and very quiet roads, whilst the Wicken to Soham leg proceeds along an attractive network of green lanes / drove routes. There is a pub at Wicken and there are toilets and a tearoom at the National Trust's Wicken Fen visitor centre (just off the route). All in all, an enjoyable route, and one which I would recommend to others....
kib21 pledged to walk Watnew oneWalk this route
The central portion of the route follows part of the Lodes Way cycle route (NC11) and is very clearly signposted towards Wicken, using very quiet roads and gravel cycle tracks....
Path is uneven in places and can be muddy in winter and a bit overgrown in places in the summer. Spring is a perfect time to walk it. When you get to Ely you can cross the river and continue following it in towards town on the north side rather than going straight to the centre....
cenbons added Wilwat two, a new walk from Willingham to WaterbeachWalk this route
Nice (primarily off road) route, the paths around the fields between Landbeach and Cottenham could be quite muddy in winter I would imagine. But once you reach Long Drove most of the rest of the route should be fine, even in poor weather....
Simple route to follow from Waterbeach to Cambridge, from Waterbeach to the river is fairly obvious and then it is a case of following the river into Cambrdige. Other than Cow Hollow Wood which can get very muddy in winter/spring, the path should generally be fairly passable throughout the year....
The path from Mere Way to Impington is on a fast road, but the pavement is segregated so should be ok except for the occasional bike which often decide to use the pavement to avoid the road. Very little in the way of facilities between Waterbeach and Impington, but at 5 miles that shouldn't be too big of an issue....
Very simple route to follow to get from Waterbeach to Ely by mostly following the bank of the River Cam/Great Ouse. The path from just south of Upware to Dimmock's Cote Road can be very muddy during the winter and can be very uneven in places. There are often cows in the fields between Waterbeach and Upware, so care needs to be taken in some of those fields....
The route takes you over the Newmarket race course and through the middle of the course so some attention may need to be paid to access during days when racing is in progress. All of the footpaths are well maintained (although not unrutted) but it would be worth taking a copy of the route with you as it can be easy to mistake one turning for another and end up far away from where you had intended to be! There is a pub in Swaffham Prior if you need a mid journey break as well as pubs at both ends of the route....
bemo surveyed Watsoh twoWalk this route
bemo added Watsoh two, a new walk from Waterbeach to SohamWalk this route
The section just to the south of Dimmock's Cote Road can be very wet and muddy: it's a heavily rutted farm track. North of Dimmock's Cote Road the route skirts Kingfishers Bridge nature reserve: take care to follow local signs regarding paths in order to avoid disturbing ground-nesting birds....
I enjoyed spotting a couple of herons, watching a few families of swans and hearing a buzzard. Lovely to pass through Cow Hollow, a wood towards the end, planted at the millennium which is full of willow, alder and birch and to finish at the station so I could catch the train back to Cambridge....
carolinealicemead surveyed Camwat oneWalk this route
A very beautiful route, mostly along the side of the River Cam, with a short wooded area close to Waterbeach which was an unexpected treat! The towpath can be muddy and with potholes in some areas. The path is very well-used between Chesterton and Bait's Bite Lock....
Several options for pub stops on the way in Upware and Wicken, plus presumably plenty of options in Soham....
Alex Reeve surveyed WaterbeachView facilities
Alex Reeve surveyed WaterbeachView facilities
An easy attractive route, mostly on pavement with a few stretches of single track lane. Clay Close Lane is an attractive single track road, some miniature ponies were happily grazing a paddock at the east end during my walk in Spring 2021. A pavement then runs alongside Milton Road until you turn onto an unpaved track that is a remnant of the Akeman Street Roman Road that would have taken legionaries north to defend the Saxon Shore at Brancaster....
The path alongside the river is fairly well surfaced, though around Waterbeach it can be narrow in places and could be muddy. The route is very easy to follow, scenic, and is well connected by train to Cambridge....
Slow Ways added Camwat one, a new walk from Cambridge to WaterbeachWalk this route
Slow Ways added Impwat one, a new walk from Impington to WaterbeachWalk this route
Slow Ways added Wately one, a new walk from Waterbeach to ElyWalk this route
Slow Ways added Watnew one, a new walk from Waterbeach to NewmarketWalk this route
Slow Ways added Watsoh one, a new walk from Waterbeach to SohamWalk this route
Slow Ways added Wilwat one, a new walk from Willingham to WaterbeachWalk this route
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Lat / Lon
52.26620° / 0.19043°
Easting / Northing
549,571E / 265,373N
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