Milton Country Park, Cambridgeshire
A gentle, pleasant walk or cycle ride alongside the River Cam takes you to the beautiful lakes and woodland of Milton Country Park.
Milton Country Park is a beautiful spot for nature lovers just outside Cambridge. It features a rich variety of wildlife in a range of habits including lakes and woodland. The lakes which were formerly gravel pits are now home to a healthy fish and waterfowl population and add to the area’s breathtaking scenery. The park can easily be reached by walking or cycling along the River Cam from the city centre - a journey that’s as picturesque as the destination.
A path starts on the south side of the river from the Quayside on Magdalene Street. It starts as a wooden walkway leading North-East. You quickly leave the bustle of the town centre behind as you pedal or stroll past Jesus Green and Midsummer Common. After Midsummer Common, continue under the Elizabeth Way Bridge and along a quiet stretch of road to Stourbridge Common.
It’s important to cross the bridge on Stourbridge Common as the riverside path on the South ends further on. When you cross the bridge The Green Dragon Pub is straight ahead. Bear right until you come to the riverside and continue along the tow path. You ride through tranquil countryside for another half mile or so. After passing under the A14 bridge you pass Baits Bite Lock then a path cuts straight to the left over a level-crossing. After the crossing carry straight on along a road lined with houses. Look out for the entrance to the park on your left. There’s a large gate with a sign on but it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking the right way. It’s an easy 90 minute walk or half-hour cycle ride leaving you plenty of energy to enjoy the park.
Beyond the gate lies 95 acres of lakes, fields and woodland. There are winding paths suited to cyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome and can be walked off lead at the northern end of the park. The area feels limitless like there’s always another twisting path to wander down and another secluded stretch of shore or viewing platform from which to look out across the water at ducks, swans, moorhens and other fowl.
The park is managed by Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust and is accessible all year round. There is a car park, visitors’ centre and toilets available from 8am every day except Christmas with closing times varying according to the time of year. Special events are held from time to time and details are available on the website - www.miltoncountrypark.org.
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Photos from a cycle ride along the Cam to Milton Country Park.