A good circular walk from Fulbourn

Map and Grid ref. Explorer 209 GR 525557

Pub(s) The Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham
The Carpenters Arms, Great Wilbraham
The Six Bells, Fulbourn

Getting There Out of Shelford to the Gogs Golf Course. Just before Lime Kiln Hill, turn right to Fulboum. At new mini-roundabout turn right, and at third main junction, turn left as road swings right to Balsham, heading for The Wilbrahams and Bottisham. After about 300 yards turn right into Stonebridge Lane. Park in this lane; there is a small Car Park towards the end, but it may be full.

The Walk Well signed, and generally good and dry underfoot, with some pavement alongside quiet roads. Length is some 6 miles and takes about 2 hours.

Continue along the lane, and tarmac gives way to track. Go straight ahead ignoring paths and tracks to right and left. The track swings sharp left, with ditch on left.

Soon after bridge to left, reach northern end of Fleam Dyke, turn sharp left and immediately right along grassy baulk track. At end, turn right, and then almost immediately left on straight track. Over level crossing and straight on, then turn left on reaching road. On reaching Great Wilbraham main street, turn right, and follow road round to left soon after Carpenters Arms. Walk along this road into Little Wilbraham, ignoring right-turn to Bottisham. Reach T junction at Hole in the Wall pub, turn left (signed Frog End) and after 400 yards or so turn left again, signed Fulboum 1 miles.

Pass gatepost marked Hawk Mill Farm and The Windmill, pass the windmill, and then bear right along the track towards the farm. Go through the farmyard, and to the right of the farmhouse towards double gates, where you turn left. Shortly bear left, and then take diagonal across field path to arrive at another grassy baulk track, with ditch to left, and stream a little way to the right. Continue on to the road, turn right, and after 150 yards take field path to the left, and then twist and turn between link fences to emerge onto road again.

Turn left, cross the level crossing, and head towards Fulboum but, where road swings sharp right, turn sharp left towards Nature Reserve. Walk along wood mulched path (soft to the feet), and bear right at Nature Reserve explanatory board and right again soon after, down broad track, with wood to left and field and views to Fulboum Manor to right.

At end of track reach Stonebridge Lane, and search for your car.

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 December 2005

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