The Chisholm Trail

Chisholm Trail - inner sections

Phase one of the Chisholm Trail is now OPEN!! 

We have been campaigning for the Chisholm Trail, a transformative north-south route for cycling and walking, since 1998. The idea was adopted by local authorities in 2005 and began construction as one of the Greater Cambridge Partnership projects in 2019.

In 2020, the Abbey-Chesterton bridge was lifted over the Cam and in spring 2021 a new underpass was installed under Newmarket Road, next to the Leper Chapel. The first central section of the Trail opened on 23 December 2021.

We are still campaigning for safe links on several sections of the Trail including the area around Cambridge Station and the crossing of Fen Road.

You can find the latest updates on our social media channels by following the hashtag #TheChisholmTrailisComing

Interactive map of the route

You can follow the route on OpenStreetMap.

Latest news from our blog

Photos and videos of the Trail’s progress

View photo updates from our volunteers on the Cyclestreets website and videos on the Camcycle YouTube channel.


We have been working for over 20 years on the route, with the key campaigner being Jim Chisholm, who originally came up with the concept. In Spring 2019, we interviewed him about the Trail in our magazine. You may also be interested in our briefing notes on the Trail and the Abbey-Chesterton bridge from 2015. Below is a thread of other articles from our Newsletter on the topic:

Feasibility study (2009)

Cambridgeshire County Council undertook a feasibility study as part of the Cycle Cambridge (Cycling Demonstration Town) scheme. The reports are available here.

Map: OpenStreetMap, licensed ODbL.