A figure of eight from Granchester

A pleasant short walk on generally solid and dry paths, surprisingly quiet despite the proximity of the M11. About 4 miles - allow one and a half hours.

Getting There Drive through Grantchester, and turn left into Coton Road opposite the Rupert Brooke. Park as soon as convenient in Coton Road.

Pub(s) The Rupert Brooke, Granchester
The Green Man, Granchester
The Red Lion, Granchester

The Walk
Walking away from Grantchester along Coton Road, almost immediately turn left down Burnt Close.

Follow through to end of the close, bearing left at the end into open field. Go on to finger post, and go straight ahead "Haslingfield" Cross M11, and bear left at foot of bridge, and head for woody thicket: in thicket, bear left and emerge over *substantial wooden bridge crossing Bourn Brook. Continue straight ahead on tree lined track, NOT along river bank.

At fixed telescopes turn right, along concrete road, which eventually becomes grassy track. At cross hedge, turn right, and right again on reaching brook.

Walk along the brookside back to bridge* and bear left to emerge from the thicket, with thicket on the right. {Excellent sloes in season] Continue forward to emerge onto track running parallel to M11. Cross M11 at footbridge over MW, and proceed forward on cinder track, emerging onto tarmac road through white posts.

At end of this side road, turn right into Coton Road, and head back into Grantchester.

Neither the author nor his dog accept any responsibility for accuracy or for any injury or mishap that might befall any person who follows this walk. First published by "one man and his dog" in Great Shelford Village News February 2004

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