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Cambridge Area Hike with Picnic, Sightseeing & Swimming - 12 Miles (19km)

  • Aug 17, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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Now that the Great British BBQ Summer has now surely set in for the next three months, this gentle hike through Fenland countryside and the historic centre of Cambridge will also include not only the obligatory picnic, but also the chance to swim in a very, very long outdoor swimming pool!

After enjoying our lie-ins before the civilised train departure at 09:45, we will need to work up an appetite for our picnic, so we will first enjoy a 8 mile stroll along fenland waterways supporting not only the most fertile soils in England, but probably the noisiest birds too.  We will include a completely necessary deviation past Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust complex that also boast lovely gardens and a working water mill - note that we will stop here for the toilets, but we will not be entering the paid part of this attraction, as there is a substantial entrance fee and there will not be sufficient time on this occasion to do it justice.

Our picnic destination (at around 14:30) is Jesus Green, a riverside park close to Cambridge city centre, where the energetic can enjoy park games including free tennis courts (bring a racquet if you want to play), or swim in the solar heated outdoor pool opened in 1923 (£4.20 extra admission). In the unlikely event of inclement weather, we will divert to a nearby pub for our lunch stop instead.  We will briefly stop (for 15 minutes only!) at Tesco prior to the picnic stop to pick up extra provisions.

Our final 4 mile leg will take in the attractions of the city centre, most notably the challenge of not losing too many of the group absorbed into the hordes of Summer tourists or mown down by the kamikaze cyclists.  There are also many university and ecclesiastical buildings of unique architectural and historic interest, the punting on the River Cam, the fudge making shop and a fine pub or two to marvel at.

This walk is relatively easy, as it is not particularly long, there are no significant hills and the paths are well surfaced.  You will thus have no excuse not to play tennis with me!!

The hike will end at around 18:30, when those who want to head home can do so using the two fast trains per hour to Kings Cross, taking ~50 minutes.  The rest of the group will stay on for post hike socialising and refreshments at a suitable establishment and there are plenty of great options in Cambridge, so this is highly commended.

If, like me, you need a coffee to join the land of the living at this time of the morning, getting a free Bite card gets you 20% off at many station outlets:

As usual, our hike is train assisted to and from London. Our train departs from London Kings Cross, platform 3, at 09:45 and is due to arrive in Waterbeach at 10:43.  The cost, including the return train tickets (traveling as a group), is £15.  The organisers will purchase the tickets for the group - please pay them in cash on the train.

Extra things to bring this time:

  1. Picnic blanket, food and drinks - sharing is encouraged!
  2. Park game, such as a frisbee, ball or even tennis racquet.
  3. Swimming gear - pool shoes are also recommended for anyone up for a river dip on the Cam

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  • Paul R

    What a great event, the people, the weather, the setting all added up to a brilliant experience, thank you Andy and everyone for making it so special even the grumpy pub staff and landlord. Ali and Paul :-)

    2 · August 19, 2013

  • iain

    This was one of the most exciting hikes I've ever been on,the whiteouts, the conquest of that final ice wall and then breaking through the cloud cover to reach the summit.The Sherpas told us not to take this route-but we did it! :-)

    Thanks to Andy and Paul for all the organising stuff.

    Thanks to the usual suspects for all the laughs.

    Highlight of the day: A Fish Finger Sandwich ! :-)

    2 · August 18, 2013

    • Clare M.

      Gosh, it was all too exciting and scary, so much so that I seem to have blanked it and replaced it with a meander by a river on a summers day??? Highlight being crossing the white water rapids or do I mean the swim in the lido?

      1 · August 18, 2013

    • eliana m.

      Iain, you've got special admiration from my "+1 (Charles) soon to ask-to-join-we-hope"­ on your soft yet distinctive manners" :) (I subscribe, just thought was nice to share in the hope you appreciate :)

      August 18, 2013

  • eliana m.

    An-other lovelylovelylovely experience, and oh, guess what? It's all about the peeople! The usual suspects, to Iain's point (and one or two new welcome ones :P) for the laughs) and you're all so oh-so welcoming to new ones!
    Andy + Maja + Paul simply irreplaceable for role, personality, flexibility and organising.
    [Dearest Ana, following up offline (Gabi: lovely pointer > speak more re: extended apps next...welcome chat for me :) xxx)

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Krisztina

    Thanks to the organisers for the well led hike, as ever. This hike was so exhausting I fell asleep on the train back to London... :-)

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Andy

    I enjoyed the alternative fenland landscape, refreshing swim almost as well as the stimulating conversations - thanks everyone for coming along and making it another great trip. I'll organise a sociable tourist trip to Cambridge later this year so we can all try punting and find a bit more out about the fascinating history of the city. .

    3 · August 18, 2013

  • Gabb

    Thanks you guys for all the laughs, I had a great time :)

    2 · August 18, 2013

  • Maja

    Thanks for a lovely day and especially for the interesting feedback a lot of you gave me. I learned a lot from your questions :)

    2 · August 17, 2013

  • Ana

    PAUL, thanks for organising the weather (again!), ANDY, thanks for the pool and the well organised hike. And thanks to all for the nice day!!

    2 · August 17, 2013

  • Eamon

    Nice walk, leisurely pace and good company.
    See ya again.

    August 17, 2013

  • Clare M.

    Fabulous and as entertaining as ever.....

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Nicole

    Hi, Andy doesn't have his phone we re due to arrive by train soon Paul and Maja are here to contact if you ve got their number or[masked]

    August 17, 2013

  • Edmund

    On way may be a little late due to train issues .. Sorry

    August 17, 2013

    • Edmund

      Due in at 9.30

      August 17, 2013

  • Tamara

    Sorry to pull out at such late notice; can't attend due to back pain

    August 16, 2013

  • Dul

    Sorry a bit late now to join. Made some other plans while in waiting list. Next time!

    August 16, 2013

  • Milena

    I am really sorry but I have plumbing issues at home might not be able to resolve today...I was looking forward to this hike :(

    August 16, 2013

  • Tony

    Annoyingly for this time of year, I've come down with a cold and won't be able to come.

    August 16, 2013

  • Timothy P.

    Hi Maya.. I really, really wanted to come on this, as I used to live in Cambridge.. I have a clash with a friend's birthday.. best wishes, Tim

    August 15, 2013

  • Maja

    Dropping off last minute from an event and saying Enjoy it, will result in an immediate removal from the Club. Change your RSVP now if you can no longer attend this walk and let others plan their weekend by being able to join us. Thanks!

    August 15, 2013

  • Maja

    Check your +1. If they can no longer attend please amend your RSVP.

    2 · August 12, 2013

    • Andy

      Great news, there will surely be space for a tennis racquet in your new bag!

      August 13, 2013

    • eliana m.

      ha, funny you are: i can barely catch a beach ball, imagine a tiny tennis ball! :D

      August 14, 2013

  • Lynne

    How much is it if we join you in Cambrifge?

    August 11, 2013

    • Andy

      Hi Lynn, a £4 donation is requested please if you are making your own transport arrangements. Our train to Waterbeach is due to depart from Platform 1 at Cambridge at 10:35 - we will likely be found in the front carriage.

      August 12, 2013

  • Marion

    Will join your train in Cambridge at[masked]

    July 10, 2013

  • Ana

    Yes!!! More swimming!!! Yeah!

    1 · July 9, 2013

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