Leisurely rides

Suprisingly, very little is in print that is specifically about cycling in the Cambridge area. However, here are some suggestions:

The East of England Tourist Board ‘England’s Cycling Country’ scheme is a great source of information for cyclists new to the area. Their information pack on Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire (cost £5 including package and posting) are packed with details of cycle rides. It contains lots of local leaflets – much better value for money, and more useful, than the books that follow…

Other possibilities include:

Cycling Without Traffic: East Anglia
John Brodribb
Paperback – 112 pages (25 March, 1999)
Ian Allan Publishing; ISBN: 0711026440

(Has a very short route around Cambridge… because it’s only about off-road routes, it desribes lots of very short rides… but might give some ideas of places to visit)

Cycle East Anglia
(Nearest route to Cambridge is the Newmarket cycleway)
Bob Shingleton
Paperback – 200 pages ( 1 February, 1999)
Sigma Leisure; ISBN: 1850586519

Ordnance Survey Cycle Tours: East Anglia – South.
(Has one route near Cambridge
(‘Byways and Roman Roads east from Fulbourn near Cambridge’)
Nick Cotton (Editor), Spiral-bound – 144 pages (13 March, 1995)
Philip’s OS Publications; ISBN: 060058125X

Ordnance Survey Cycle Tours: East Anglia – North
(All Norfolk – so quite a long way away)
Nick Cotton (Editor)
Paperback – 144 pages ( 9 March, 1998)
Philip’s OS Publications; ISBN: 0600592197

A Cambridgeshire Quiz Book has ideas of places to visit by bike.
Jill Howard-Jones
SB Publications; ISBN 1857701372
(Not available at Amazon – but similar to An Essex Quiz Book)

And lastly, the new Ordnance Survey Explorer maps are useful for planning your own rides. More information is available here.

Anglia Railways may be useful… they go east from Cambridge, and have made great efforts to encourage cycling. As well as having room for bikes, and going towards rather scenic countryside, they now have a bike rescue service, so if you do happen to have a problem, they’ll get you back to a station. More information is available here.