Routes in South
Cambs and area
There are several
bridleways and byways in the area, including along the Icknield Way
Roman Road, around the Fens and
in the forests
near Thetford. Once you've
mapped out your route, it's always a good idea to try it out by bicycle
first to check
that the route is safe and accessible.
Apart from trawling
through your OS maps for these rights of way, you can look at
maps from Cambridgeshire County Council
which also detail some of the permissive routes in the area.
Contact your local bridleways
groups to find out about other
unmarked routes in the area, as well as new rights of way and upgrades
of footpaths to bridleway status.
bought a fantastic
Horseback from the BHS
which details 19 riding routes in the area.
The following five
routes are the closest to us in Sawston:
2: The Roman Road. A 9.5 mile
linear route between Horseheath and the Gog Magog hills. (This is a
well known and trodden path of Sawstonites).
15: The Brewers Loop. A 10 mile
route around Steeple Mordon and Ashwell. Gordon and I have
cycled the whole route, and it's quite nice, with
alternating road work and off-road tracks, and some good galloping
16: Longstowe. A 13 mile
route between Hayley Wood, Kingston and the Hatleys.
17: Kingston. This is a 12 mile
route around Wimpole Hall. Wimpole Hall (a National Trust property)
have permissive riding tracks in their grounds and you can apply
for riding permits to use them.
19: Hatley and Gransdens. A 12
The Icknield Way
Way is an ancient road that runs
from the Chilterns to East
Anglia for more than 120 miles. Leaflets describing the Icknield
Way Riders Route are available from the tourist office, and there is
also a book A Guide to the
Icknield Way written by
Barrett (Wimpole Books,
Pip's Peace, Kenton, Stowmarket,
Suffolk, IP14 6JS). Part of
this long-distance route runs from
Balsham - Linton - past Hadstock - to Great Chesterford. The route also
crosses the Roman Road, and joins up with other bridleways and the Abingdon permissive 'hatband' ride.
See your OS
map for details.
The Roman Road
The Roman Road
east-west for about 9.5 miles from
Horseheath towards Cherry Hinton. This public byway is open to horses
but not motorised vehicles - see your OS map for details. Together with
some other bridlepaths that lead off the byway, and the Icknield Way
which bisects the Roman Road north-south and some quiet-ish lanes, you
can tag some circular routes onto this otherwise linear route. Please
do not trespass onto adjacent fields - you will get shouted at by the
Riding Club 'Hatband' ride
This is a permitted
scheme which has been organised
locally. There are two circular routes which join with a section of the
Icknield Way: one ride is about 1 hour, the other about 2 to 2.5 hours.
Membership to the scheme costs £6 (as
of May 2005)
which then permits you to use the routes from April to September.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of joining the scheme.
access in the Sawston area:
See the list at the Defra
and rides webpages. In addition,
there are other permissive tracks in the area - see below and contact
your local Bridleways Group for more information.
written permission from Anthony
Pemberton (Trumpington Farm Co.,
Church Farm, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 2LG)
all his tracks from Rectory Farm, Great Shelford through to Hauxton
Mill. The gate (new and horse friendly) is opposite Kingsmill
Lane, Great Shelford, near the church. It gives many
miles of off-road riding.