Cambridge, UK

Grafham Water (Lake)

Geograph.org.uk Mat Fascione

Grafham Water is a lovely spot for a ‘destination’ run in Cambridgeshire, about a 45-minute drive from Cambridge. The lake is set in 2,400 acres of pretty countryside, and features 10+ miles of trails.

For running, we recommend doing all or part of the nearly 9-mile multi-use path around the lake’s perimeter. The trail is well way-marked and is popular for cycling and walking, passing through numerous parks, fields, and woods. There’s about a 1.5 mile section at the southern end that’s on road. Several little coves and inlets make for a fun detour. There are water views a decent part of the way, especially from the Visitor Center (Marlow Park) south to Plummer Park (~2 miles), and the northern end of the lake from Farm Bay to Sanctaury Bay.

Add-Ons: Additional coves & inlets on map. Additional trails on western side of lake. Our Brampton Wood route is 2 miles east.

 

Essentials
  • Multi-Use path around lake perimeter is 8.5 mile loop. Some additional trails & inlets
  • 242 feet (74m)
  • Visitor Center, Marlow Park. Can also start near the village of Grafham
  • 45 minutes northwest of Cambridge. Car Park.