Cycle route from Cambridge to Anglesey Abbey
This delightful route follows National Cycle Network (NCN) Routes 11 and 51 from the centre of Cambridge out of the city towards Bottesham. The route follows the river Cam through the city past punts and rowing boats. Although this is an urban route in daily use by local cyclists, it runs though open green space passing through Jesus Green, Midsummer Common, Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows. The route passes the Museum of Technology in the old Pumping Station, which is well worth a visit. After leaving the river, this route passes an airfield and the pretty village of Stow cum-Quy, where the church dates back to 1340. This route then leaves NCN 51 to join a new cycle way from Stow cum-Quy to Anglesey Abbey.
Midsummer Common, Cambridge
Starting in the heart of Cambridge, follow National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 11 along the bank of the river Cam away from the City Centre through Jesus Green and Midsummer Common. This route are very well signed. Should you need them, there are public conveniences near the Lock on Jesus Green.
The Cambridge Museum of Technology
Based in the original pumping station for Cambridge, the Museum of Technology exists to preserve and exhibit material that is relevant to the Cambridge area, either by its use or its invention. To find out more you can visit their website www.museumoftechnology.com
Shortly after leaving Midsummer Common you will pass the Cambridge Museum of Technology on your right - you can't miss it, it is housed in an old pumping station (see photo). Follow the signs for NCN Route 11 along the river and out of the city to Stourbridge Common. In Stourbridge Common you will come to a bridge over the river Cam where NCN Route 11 turns left over the river towards Waterbeach and NCN Route 51 begins. Do not cross the bridge. Follow NCN Route 51 towards Bottesham and continue along by the river to Ditton Meadows.
The Cambridge Museum of Technology
Based in the original pumping station for Cambridge, the Museum of Technology exists to preserve and exhibit material that is relevant to the Cambridge area, either by its use or its invention. Note: the Museum has limited opening times - check their website for details www.museumoftechnology.com
In the middle Ditton Common NCN Route 51 turns right and heads away from the river before turning left to follow the edge of the common. It then passes though some open land before crossing the B1047 and into Fison Rd. Follow NCN 51 along Fison Rd and into Thorpe Way and then take the first turn on the left into Tiptree Close. NCN 51 emerges from Tiptree Close and heads towards Newmarket Road Park and Ride.
Follow NCN Route 51 around the Newmarket Rd Park & Ride and out to the main road. Turn left and follow the cycle way that runs alongside the A1303.
After some distance, NCN Route 51 turns left along a track that leads past some farm buildings. Follow this track to pass safely under the A14 and then turn sharp right along a narrow road towards Stow cum Quy.
Having turned right out of the underpass you will cycle up a gently incline before turning sharp right to face St Mary's Church on the other side of Church Road. It this point you can choose to take a slightly shorter route along a busy road through Stow Cum Quy or a slightly longer route on a cycle route and a quiet minor road. If you want to take the shorter route turn left here and cycle through Stow Cum Quy on Church Road. If you you would prefer to take the quieter route (as shown on our map) cross Church Rd and follow NCN 51 past St Mary's Church (with the Church on your left).
Continue on NCN 51 until you come to the Missing Sock P.H. Turn left here onto Albert Road and follow this road into Stow Cum Quy.
If you took the shorter (but busier) route through Stow Cum Quy you should cycle straight through these cross roads staying on the B1102. If, on the other hand, you took the slightly longer but quieter route via the Missing Sock P.H. you need to turn right at these cross roads on to Colliers Lane (B1102). Shortly after the cross roads, you will find a new cycle way on the right running parallel with the Colliers Lane (B1102). Follow this cycleway to the end.
The cycleway ends at the entrance of Anglesey Abbey. If you have the energy for a longer ride, why not follow the 8 mile route along the Lodes Way to the National Trust Nature Reserve at Wicken Fen.
Quy road, Lode, Cambridge CB25 9EJ
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