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Written by Clive Brown, Walks for all Ages Cambridgeshire features 20 circular walks of up to 5.5 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along. Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Cambridgeshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the area.
Cambridgeshire is a county of contrasts; from the flat fenland in the north and north-east to the undulating higher ground in the south and west; from the highbrow university environments to the hard-working farm employees tilling the soil and growing food for the nation. A county of brash and confident young companies churning out complex software and ground-breaking new technological marvels, to long-established organisations manufacturing traditional items like bricks and building materials.
Flat reclaimed fenland is interlaced with unseen ditches; totally silent one day apart from a passing car or a contented bird singing in the bulrushes, it will the next day be host to a giant tractor going up and down the fields with its engine shattering the silence with a loud roar.
The colours of the fields in Cambridgeshire during the modern farming year range from several tones of dark brown straight after ploughing into the myriad shades of green of the growing crops and the conspicuous yellow of the now abundant rapeseed to the lighter browns and khakis of crops ready to harvest.
The county has a long history of involvement in the aviation industry and one is never very far away from a disused Second World War airfield. The cemetery at Madingley is testament to the huge local presence of American airmen during World War II; it contains the graves of nearly four thousand American servicemen and a memorial to over five thousand more.
Unsuspecting travellers along Newmarket Road are still surprised to be held up by traffic lights as a massive jumbo jet passes low on its manoeuvre in or out of Cambridge Airport. Maintenance of a wide range of aircraft and constant training sessions keep the airport busy. Over at the airfield at Duxford, the former Battle of Britain and later USAAF airfield has one of the best collections of historic aircraft in this country.
The Great Ouse and Cam rivers dominate the county. The source of the Great Ouse is near Syresham on the borders of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. The river runs in a generally north-east direction to the Wash at King’s Lynn, and is joined by its major tributary, the Cam at Popes Corner, south of Ely. The waters of the Cam flow from the south to Cambridge under a confusing number of names, including the Rhee, the Granta and the Linton Cam, which is also sometimes confusingly known as the Bourn River.
Walk 01. Baits Bite Lock (4½ miles)
Walk 02. Bottisham Lode (3½ miles)
Walk 03. Buff Wood (4¾ miles)
Walk 04. Cambridge Colleges (4 miles)
Walk 05. Chinese Bridge, Godmanchester (4¼ miles)
Walk 06. Devil’s Dyke (3¼ miles)
Walk 07. Dick and Doll’s Lane, Great Gransden (4 miles)
Walk 08. Ely Riverside (3 miles)
Walk 09. Little Gidding (3 miles)
Walk 10. Grafham Water (5 miles)
Walk 11. Houghton Mill (3 miles)
Walk 12. Grantchester (5 or 2½miles)
Walk 13. Lady Grove (Grafham Water) (3¾ miles)
Walk 14. Mare Way (4 miles)
Walk 15. Mow Fen (4¼ miles)
Walk 16. Old West River (5½ miles)
Walk 17. River Mel (3 miles)
Walk 18. Wandlebury Ring (3 miles)
Walk 19. Wicken Fen (5 miles)
Walk 20. Wimpole Park (5½ miles)
Released: June 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Clive Brown