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Wimpole Cycle Challenge

Cycling trail

Enjoy exploring a little further afield from Wimpole. This route is designed for cyclists looking for more of a challenge. It is all onroad and contains some steep climbs.

The south front of Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, seen across the park

Map

Cycle challenge route from Wimpole

Start:

Stable Block, grid ref: TL336509

1

From the main car park head out on the Estate road past the hall and continue through the grounds to the ornate main park gates. Turn left onto the road then immediately right into Arrington village. Follow the road until you reach a T junction.

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2

Turn right and continue up the steep Croydon Hill. Follow the road past rolling fields until you reach the village of Gamlingay.

3

Turn right onto church lane and continue to a junction with the church on your left. Turn right at the junction and follow the road past pretty thatched cottages and out of the village. The road will head steadily uphill and eventually reach another junction.

4

At the junction, turn left and head into the village of Little Gransden. Take a right hand turning and you will eventually come to the old Great Gransden Post-mill. The road turns back on itself at the mill and then heads into Great Gransden.

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Gransden post mill

5

Turn right down Sand Road and then right again onto Caxton Road.

6

Once in Caxton the stay on this road and it will bend round to the left and over a road bridge towards Bourn. You will come to a T junction where you have to turn right and head into the village of Bourn.

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7

Follow the main road through the village of Bourn and where it splits take the left hand branch and follow it out onto the a slightly busier road.

8

Head down this road for a short distance and keep an eye out for a right hand turning signposted to Kingston. You now follow this lane through Kingston, Great Eversden and Little Eversden eventually reaching a crossroads with the A603. Take care when crossing over this junction and head through the village of Harlton.

9

Continue into Haslingfield and take the right hand turning up Chapel Hill. You will now climb steeply and then descend past the old cement works into the village of Barrington with its well kept village green.

10

Once past the village green, just past the Royal Oak pub on your left, take a right turn down the Orwell Road. In Orwell, turn left opposite the church and follow the lane until it meets the A603 again.

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It’s now a case of turning left onto the main road and then the next right to reach Wimpole again.

End:

Stable Block, grid ref: TL336509

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Contact us

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How to get here

Address
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
By train

Shepreth 5 miles (8km); Royston, with taxi service, 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

8 miles (12.8km) south-west of Cambridge (A603); 6 miles (9.6km) north of Royston (A1198)

SAT NAV: Entrance is on the A603 not A1198, follow the brown tourist signs.

By foot

Wimpole Way from Cambridge; Harcamlow Way.

By bus

It’s now even easier to get to us by bike - the BikeBus Explorer carries bikes and passengers on its route from Cambridge - Wimpole Estate - Gamlingay – Cambridge on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Whippet 75 from Cambridge. Alight Arrington, then 1 mile walk; return bus from Orwell, a 2 mile (3.2km) walk. Bus subject to changes and cancellations. Please check with Whippet buses before you travel or call 01954 230011.

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Facilities and access

  • Parking: NT car park.
  • Food and drink: Old Rectory Rectory Restaurant, Stable Cafe, Farm cafe
  • Toilets: In the Stable Block
  • Shop selling local pottery, gifts, food and drink