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Shelford to Cambridge walk

Granchester, the River Cam and the Cambridge colleges.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Tue, 04-Jul-17 2

Grantchester and Cambridge - the Rupert Brooke Walk

Book 1, Walk 26 - Shelford to Cambridge

Length: 20.5 km (12.7 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10

London Kings Cross: 10-14 hrs Ely service
Arrive Cambridge: 11-02 hrs
Leave Cambridge: 11-21 hrs London Liverpool Street service
Arrive Shelford: 11-26 hrs

OR

London Liverpool Street: 09-58 hrs Cambridge service Tottenham Hale 10-10 hrs
Arrive Cambridge: 11-08 hrs
Leave Cambridge: 11-21 hrs London Liverpool Street service (as above)
Arrive Shelford: 11-26 hrs

Return

Cambridge to Kings Cross: 15 and 47 mins past hour fast; 24 and 56 mins past hour stopping service

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Cambridge. You will also need a single from Cambridge to Shelford.

Footwear: sections of the walk are on hard standings and are quite hard on the feet, particularly if you indulge in the tour of the colleges at walk-end. Suggest comfortable, well cushioned trainers instead of walking boots today.


Our additional mid-week programme of alternate Tuesday and Thursday walks starts up again today after a two month break, and we commence our programme with this "unpopular" walk ! As walks go, both our Book 1 university walks are duds - as country walks go - but both score highly in historic and architectural interest when you tour the colleges at walk-end. That said, many a SWC walker treats these walks as "trophy walks" - to get the tick in the book - never to do them again. That's fair enough, but it so happens I don't dislike the Cambridge walk, and if you haven't yet got that "tick in the book" here is your chance to do so, by joining me on today's outing,

The morning leg starts along a permissive path to Hauxton then its across vast Cambridgeshire fields to the village of Haslingfield, where you could stop for lunch or refreshments at its pub (which has a history of closing down and reopening). But better to keep going until you reach Grantchester where taking tea in the famous Orchard Tea Garden is almost de regueur. After tea you say hello to the statue of Rupert Brooke (in the garden of Lord Jeffrey Archer's house - the Old Vicarage), then you walk beside the River Cam into the city centre. The tour of the colleges is worth doing - the once - or for repeat visitors like myself, a visit to one of the colleges is always enjoyable.

There are lots of tea options at walk-end (or before you embark on the college tour). It's a trudge to the railway station from the city centre - but you have my permission to rest your tired feet and have a good snooze on the train back to London.
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Walk directions here: L=1.26

Next week: Thursday 13 July: Book 1, Walk 3 (R) Botley to Netley
Just 2 of us (presumably everyone else already had the "tick in the book"). warm overcast and humid in the morning sunny and hot in the afternoon. We had an enjoyable day's walking and my companion very gamely put up with me all day. Picnic in the garden of the closed Little Rose pub in Haslingfield, with provisions and beers purchased at the excellent village shop nearby, and a lovely tea in The Orchard, Grantchester. Indeed, we could easily have nodded off in the comfy deckchairs in the shade of the apple trees and getting out of them took some effort. Hello then to Rupert in Lord Archer's garden before we took the Trumpington route to Cambridge, via the Botanic Gardens. As it was quite late now, we skipped the tour of the colleges and headed direct to the railway station, for the 18 15 hrs fast train back to London.
Would have loved to do the Grantchester walk but was looking for a Wednesday walk not too far afield and missed this one jfk
Sat, 16-Jul-16 8

Saturday Third Walk - Book 1 Walk 26 Shelford to Cambridge

4 pubs to choose from, a lovely tea room, the River Cam and the Cambridge Colleges
Length: 23.5 km (14.6 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 90m; Net Walking Time: 5 hours
Toughness: 3/10
Take the 09.28 Cambridge train from Liverpool Street, arrives Shelford 10.44.
Return trains are up to 6 per hour, journey time from 48 mins to KGX, and from 70 mins to LST.
Buy a Cambridge Return (any route permitted, to retain the flexibility to return on a fast train).
A much neglected Book 1 walk (last posted June 13, apparently). As always with Book 1 walks: use the directions from the website, not the book.
This walk is long and flat and gets better as the day progresses after a somewhat dull morning: the route into Cambridge is lovely, particularly after Grantchester.
Near the start, to lessen the amount of road walking, you may take what is now a “Permissive Path” along a farm track besides the River Cam, from Little Shelford to Hauxton Church: you no longer need the farmer’s written permission in advance to walk along this path, as in bygone times. The route then passes through the village of Hauxton, with its interesting church, then on to Haslingfield for lunch. From there you head to Grantchester and tea in the Orchard tearooms before walking besides the River Cam into Cambridge. The walk finishes with a tour through Cambridge colleges. Your tarmac count will be high, you may prefer to wear well cushioned trainers instead of walking boots.
The early lunch stop is The Little Rose in Haslingfield (8.3 km/5.2 mi), as of 07/14 under new management and a Freehouse.
A late lunch is possible in Grantchester (14.3 km/9.0 mi) at either The Rupert Brooke (food to 14.30) or The Red Lion (food all day) or The Green Man (food to 15.00).
The highly recommended tea stop in Grantchester is The Orchard Tea Gardens (14.9 km/9.3 mi).
Lots of choice in Cambridge City Centre, plus some kiosks on Cambridge Station selling coffee and tea.
For summary, map, height profile, photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.
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The Orchard Tea Rooms are an absolute must, if you can get into them. They are set in a lovely orchard, with deck chairs under the trees and there is a lot of literary history attached (Rupert Brooks and all that WW1 lot). In the distant past, when there were only book one walks, we used to reckon this was the best tea stop (or joint first with the tea room in Exceat, anyway).
Great walk. There is another travel option for Notherners/Northern Liners: take the fast 9.14 at Kings Cross to Cambridge, arr 10.02 , have a coffee and then the 10.21 to Shelford arr. 10.26 and wait or have a head start. At least you can only walk one way!
Or 09:40 from Tottenham Hale...
Anyone do this walk?
8 , warm and humid. A fine walk with good company and much discussion of Britex. Good beer at the Little Rose Inn but so so food: edible but not somewhere you would want to go out of your way to experience. Apart from two men sat at the bar, who disappeared soon after we arrived, we were the only customers. On the plus side we did get the garden to ourselves. Having stayed together more or less up to lunchtime the group fragmented somewhat in the afternoon. Most of us came together again at the Orchard Café, but it was very busy and one look at the queue persuaded us to give it a miss, which is a shame. After a short, unplanned detour in Cambridge (we went astray) those of us leading the pack headed straight for the station for an early ish train back to the big city.
Sat, 29-Jun-13 0 Shelford to Cambridge, via Rectory Farm
Sat, 26-May-12 Shelford to Cambridge
Sat, 25-Jun-11 Shelford to Cambridge
Sat, 26-Jun-10 Shelford to Cambridge
Sat, 27-Jun-09 Shelford to Cambridge
Sat, 27-Sep-08 Shelford to Cambridge
Sun, 19-Aug-07 Shelford to Cambridge
Sat, 30-Jun-07 Shelford to Cambridge