Cambridge to Newmarket Via Anglesey Abbey

Cambridge to Newmarket via Anglesey Abbey

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A 16 mile linear cycle route which takes you along mainly ‘B’ roads through the lovely English countryside to the market town of Newmarket. Along the way you can call at the Historic Anglesey Abbey. The route is fairly flat and you should not find any of the gentle hills too difficult. Should you wish to do so you can return by train as there is a direct train service which runs between Newmarket and Cambridge. Cycle hire is available in Cambridge from: – Cycle City Hire, 61, Newnham Rd, Cambridge,

Starting from Coldham’s Lane situated on the south side of Coldham’s Common. Cycle along Coldham’s Lane away from the railway line and Cambridge city centre and after a few hundred yards you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT AHEAD keeping to Coldham’s Lane and passing down the side of Sainsbury’s Supermarket.

Continue along Coldham’s Lane past Cambridge Airport on your left and after three
quarters of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT on to Teversham Drift. After 200 yards you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along Cherry Hinton Road which changes its name to Airport Way as you cycle alongside the airport on your left. Cycle for three quarters of mile to the end of Airport Way where you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout GO RIGHT along Newmarket Road A1303 and after half a mile you come to a roundabout.

At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along Church Road B1102 past the Cambridge Quy Mill Hotel. Continue along the road for short distance to the village of Stow Cum Quy by this time the road is called Stow Road. Stow Cum Quy’s name derives from the joining together of two settlements, one called Stow, meaning high or holy place, that was around the present location of Quy church and Quy coming from Cow Island, the area around the Swan pub. Cum is Latin for “with”.

Continue straight through the village along the B1102 which is now called Colliers Lane which runs onto Quy Road. And after three quarters of a mile you come to Anglesey Abbey on the left. Anglesey Abbey was formerly a priory. The house and its grounds are owned by the National Trust and are open to the public as part of the Anglesey Abbey, Garden & Lode Mill property.
The grounds are divided into a number of walks and gardens, with classical statuary, topiary and flowerbeds. The grounds were laid out in an 18th-century style by the estate’s last private owner, the 1st Baron Fairhaven, in the 1930s. A large pool, the Quarry Pool, is believed to be the site of a prehistoric coprolite mine. Lode Water Mill, dating from the 18th century was restored to working condition in 1982 and now sells flour to visitors.

From Anglesey Abbey Continue along the B1102 for about half a mile to the village of swaffem Bulbeck. Note the parish church dates from the 12th century. When you reach the centre of the village the B1102 bends sharply to the left. Continue along the B1102 heading towards Swaffham Prior. After about 1 mile you cycle straight through the historic village of Swaffham Prior keeping to the B1102.

After 1 mile you come to Burwell and as you approach the village the road is called Swaffham Road B1102. As you enter Burwell BEAR TO THE RIGHT keeping to Issacson Road B1102 and follow it 300 yards where you come to a junction and the B1102 bends sharply to the left. At this point TURN RIGHT on to Newmarket Road B1103 and after 200 yards the road changes its name to Burwell Road B1103 and after three quarters of a mile you reach the village of Exning.

As you enter Exning follow the B1103 as it bends left on to Oxford Street and then right along Swan Lane. After 200 yards at the end of Swan Lane Follow the B1103 as it TURNS RIGHT along Church Street and takes you out of Exning and under the A14, where it changes its name to Exning Road B1193. Cycle along Exning road for three quarters of a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction at the centre of Newmarket with The High Street. The end of your cycle ride.

Newmarket is famous for its association with horse racing and horse breeding. You will find plenty of establishments for refreshments in the town but be aware !According to “The Strange Laws of Old England” it was against the law to blow one’s nose in the street and a person or persons going about the street with a head cold or distemper was liable to a fine. This law was introduced to protect not the Newmarket citizens but the vast racing stock. I don’t think you have to worry today though !

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