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 – 2 walks: 1st St Ives to Swavesey via Fenstanton and Fen Drayton, 2nd Swavesey to Willingham via Over

Willingham to Waterbeach – 3 walks: Willingham to Longstanton, 2nd Longstanton to Cottenham, 3rd Cottenham to Waterbeach via Landbeach

Waterbeach to Cambridge – 4 walks: Waterbeach to Milton, 2nd Milton to Cambridge via Chesterton, 3rd Cambridge city

4th An additional walk out to the south of Cambridge which includes Trumpington and 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.

St Ives to Cambridge showing the contours and geology

Contours: yellow 5m, red 10m and above, blue 0m

For a key to the geology see the British Geological Survey map viewer.

© Cambridgeshire Geological Society