St Ives to Cambridge

Starting at St Ives Bridge, the Trail winds south around the southern side of the River Great Ouse past Swavesey, Over and Willingham and on to Cottenham, Landbeach and Waterbeach. From here it turns south to Milton and finally reaches Cambridge along the western side of the River cam. In Cambridge, the Trail finishes at the world famous Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences which has many fine exhibits of local geology including some excellent, locally found, fossils. The route is described in three parts:

St Ives to Willingham – via Fenstanton, Fen Drayton, Swavesey and Over

Willingham to Waterbeach – Rampton, Cottenham and Landbeach

Waterbeach to Cambridge – via Milton and Chesterton

There is an additional walk out to the south of Cambridge to visit two important Local Geological Sites (the chalk quarry at East Pit, Cherry Hinton and the chalk spring at Nine Wells) and to see something of the chalk hills.

Map showing contours (height above sea level)

Yellow = 5 metres

Red = 10 metres

Blue = Major water channels

St Ives to Cambridge showing the contours and geology. For a key to the geology see the British Geological Survey map viewer.

© Cambridgeshire Geological Society