Cambridge is a university city located about 50 miles north of London on the River Cam. The University of Cambridge, founded in 1209, is the heart of the city, and Cambridge is also a major center of high tech employment. The opportunities for running in Cambridge are terrific, with extensive paths along the River Cam and numerous large greens located near the pedestrianized city center. A bonus: the Cambridge City Council marked several popular open green spaces with Run England’s small circular discs.
The best places to run in Cambridge center around the River Cam and the numerous greens and commons in town. The University of Cambridge is among our favorite university campuses for running. South of town, stitch together a route around Cherry Hinton Hall Park, Trumpington Country Park and Grantchester Meadows. For a unique running experience, run the grounds of a classic English country estate at Wimpole Hall. We’ve also put together some choice routes in the nearby Cambridgeshire countryside, notably Brampton Wood and Grafham Water.
Cambridge is quite small, so most of our routes can be accessed from near the city center. A car is needed to access some of our destination runs. Note that Cambridge is in the driest part of the UK, receiving half the rainfall of other parts of the country!