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A cycleway built next to the relatively new (opened 2011) guide bus route on an old railway line from Cambridge science park in the north of the city, to the small town of St Ives near Huntingdon.
From Junction 26 on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Road, take the A1096 to St Ives. The car park is on the east side of the bypass, signposted, Park and Ride.
St Ives to Cambridge Science Park
Cambridge train station to Trumpington Park and Ride.
St Ives, Lonstanton and Trumpington Park and Ride car parks are well lit and make excellent night time practice areas. The Trumpington section also includes a hill (bridge crossing railway).
A virtually straight route with a superb smooth tarmac surface (usually 3-4m wide). The Cambridge end is dead flat, but near St Ives there are some very gentle undulations, but nothing startling.
No particular hazards, but the way does cross several roads, for which proper pedestrian crossings are provided.
Most of the route is under CCT surveillance. Potential miscreants should be warned.
A superb facility for rollerskiing and easily accessible for people living in London as the Trumpington section starts from the main train station. Alternatively people can park for free at Trumpington Park and Ride and ski straight from their car (500m off the M11). There are no vehicle crossings on this section.
The most notable feature is the fact that the way has a guided bus route running alongside it for its entire length with bus stops at regular intervals. Therefore it’s possible to do as much or as little as you want and and make use of the bus. Further details of bus service on Cambridge Guide Bus website.
There are no parking or other facilities in Cambridge, with the route starting in the middle of a business park.
There is a large car park with toilets and waiting area only a few hundred yards from St Ives town centre, and also another large car park and large waiting room with toilets at Longstanton, at about the halfway mark.
There are no cafes, but there are several villages adjacent to the route.
The Cambridge end is urban, but you are soon out into the country. Near St Ives around Fen Drayton there are several large lakes and nature reserves.
Hywel Jones and Martin Appleby (YDCCSC)
Last updated 1-8-2015