Great Shelford to Waterbeach via Cambridge

Route Details

  • From - to: Great Shelford to Waterbeach
  • Type: Mostly traffic-free
  • Access: Train stations at Shelford, Cambridge and Waterbeach
  • Surface: Tarmac or fine crushed stone
  • National Cycle Network: Route 11

Route Description

From Great Shelford, the route follows a path alongside the railway to Addenbrooke's Hospital before joining roads and cycle paths heading towards the centre of Cambridge. Care is needed in Cambridge city centre which can be quite busy. From Cambridge, the route follows the River Cam to Waterbeach.

The section between Great Shelford and Addenbrooke's hospital marks the 10,000th mile of the National Cycle Network which was opened in September 2005 by Sir John Sulston, the Nobel Prize-winning British Scientist behind the Human Genome Project.

Art trail

This route is one of Sustrans Art Trails. The artwork along this section of the route celebrates the role of the nearby Sanger Institute in decoding the vital human gene BRCA2. A series of stripes in four colours representing the 10,257 genetic letters, or bases, of the gene BRCA2 have been laid on the path using thermoplastic strips heat welded onto the tarmac. Sustrans commission Katy Hallet to design the unique and memorable art. More info...

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This mostly traffic-free route links Great Shelford with Waterbeach via the attractive city of Cambridge.