All the fun of the 800 year old fair, Maypole, rides, beer and food tents, entertainment and meeting fellow cyclists.
- Assemble in front of the Guildhall, Market Square Cambridge from 9am for 9:30am departure.
- Follow National Cycle Network route NCN 51 all the way to the Fair, arriving for 11:30am
- Follow the Mayor as she makes her arrival.
- Join the ride at any point on the route. Last departure from Newmarket Road Park & Ride site is at 10am
- Return begins at 2pm using NCN 11 across the Fens via Lode
- Arrive back in Cambridge by around 4pm
The ride takes place on the day of the historic country fair in the village of Reach at the end of Devil’s Dyke. We’ll arrive in time to witness the opening of the fair at noon by the Mayor of Cambridge. This tradition goes back over 800 years, and is accompanied by the throwing of pennies for “the poor villagers” – which nowadays children eagerly scrabble for as many as they can. There are stalls, fairground rides, a maypole, morris dancing and food & drink tents. It’s perfect for a family day out.
Bring friends, come as a group with a theme, a colour, a sound or the logo of your business. Round up colleagues, students, clients and family. Be prepared for stunning views of open country, all the fun of the fair and changeable weather. Bring water, snacks, a bike lock and money to buy food. The pace will be leisurely: the riding time to Reach is under 2 hours each way. The ride is organised by Cambridge Cycling Campaign and is supported by Bike Week. It is open to everyone, and this includes accompanied child cyclists who are strong enough to ride for around 29 miles. Children under 10 may find the full distance challenging, but you can do a shorter ride by joining in at Newmarket Road Park & Ride site for instance. Marshals will guide the route and can help with simple bike problems. This ride is just for fun, there is no charge and no sponsorship.
The cycle parking at Reach Fair is through the village centre, marshals will guide you. It is simply a field near to the fair. There’s a fence and hedge to lean bikes against. We suggest you lock bikes together in groups, at your own risk. Toilets are available at the Park & Ride site and the Fair.
Alternative start from Ely: meet outside Ely Railway Station at 9.30am, led by Ely Cycling Campaign.
The Ride is organised by Cambridge Cycling Campaign and is supported by Bike Week and Cambridgeshire County Council. The Mayor’s transport is supported by YouCanBikeToo and Marshalls Group.
See also this newsletter article