Walking and Cycling in Cambridge

May 24, 2023

The City of Cambridge, renowned for its prestigious university and charming historic charm, is a city that has a lot to offer to those willing to explore it. What better way to immerse yourself in the local culture than by cycling or walking through its bike lanes, cycle routes, and picturesque streets? As one of the most popular modes of transportation among locals, cycling offers a convenient and eco-friendly way to navigate the city’s attractions. With The Fellows House as your base, let’s embark on an adventure that combines exercise, discovery, and the joy of exploring Cambridge by both cycling and walking.

History of Cycling in Cambridge

Cycling has become synonymous with the vibrant city of Cambridge, and its rich history intertwines with the very essence of this remarkable place. As you traverse the streets and pathways, you’ll quickly understand why cycling is not only popular but also deeply ingrained in the culture and lifestyle of Cambridge.

The roots of cycling in Cambridge can be traced back to the late 19th century when bicycles emerged as a practical and efficient means of transportation. With its flat terrain and compact layout, the city provided an ideal landscape for cycling enthusiasts to navigate with ease. This newfound mobility brought a sense of freedom and accessibility, making it possible for students, locals, and visitors alike to effortlessly explore Cambridge and its surroundings.

One of the primary reasons why cycling is still thriving in Cambridge is the city’s dedication to sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transportation. With a strong focus on reducing carbon emissions and promoting green initiatives, the local government has actively encouraged cycling as a viable alternative to cars. This commitment has resulted in an extensive network of cycling paths, designated lanes, and bike-friendly infrastructure, making it safe and convenient for cyclists to navigate the compact city.

Therefore, exploring Cambridge via a bicycle will make you feel like a true local, as well as help you immerse yourself into the city’s culture and history. Cycling through the narrow cobbled streets filled with academic heritage will allow you to notice and reach all the beautiful parts of the city, as well as make you feel like one of the university’s students, who have embraced cycling as their main means of transportation.

Exploring the City like a Local

When it comes to discovering Cambridge, cycling offers an ideal means to experience the city like a true local. With cycling being so popular in the city you will be sure to find many proposed routes to see everything Cambridge has to offer. By hopping on a bike, you can easily reach popular attractions and navigate the historic sites, parks and streets at your own pace. From The Fellows House, situated conveniently close to the city centre, you can embark on a bike ride that takes you through charming cycle routes and alongside the idyllic River Cam. With many dedicated bike lanes and bicycle parking facilities throughout the city, cycling in Cambridge will be a breeze.

If you don’t have your own bicycle, worry not! The Fellows House provides bicycle rental services, allowing you to begin your adventure straight from the hotel. The bicycle and protective equipment hire is available at the Fellows House reception anytime from 7 am, with bicycles having to be returned before 8 pm on the same day. Our guests are rewarded with the first four hours of their bicycle hire being complementary, and afterwards a £10 per hour per bike charge is added to our guests’ room account, thus making the hire process quick and seamless. With a well-maintained fleet of bikes, you can enjoy the freedom to explore Cambridge and soak in its unique atmosphere. The cycling route from The Fellows House to the city centre is over a wide cycle path, making it a convenient starting point for your exploration.

Walking around Cambridge

For those who prefer to experience Cambridge at a more leisurely pace, walking is the perfect option. The city offers a multitude of beautiful parks, green areas, riverside views and historic streets, as well as local shops to be discovered on foot. By choosing to walk, you’ll have the opportunity to notice many more intricate details in the city’s architecture, as well as nature, that may otherwise be missed. To enhance your walking experience, consider joining one of the many guided walking tours available in Cambridge. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, these tours take you along heritage-filled and popular routes. After choosing one of the walking routes, you will be sure to gain heaps of valuable knowledge and insights into the city’s culture and history, as well as the assurance that you won’t miss any of the city’s special sights!

From The Fellows House, a pleasant 15 minute stroll will lead you to the heart of the city centre. As you walk, immerse yourself in the charming ambiance and admire the architectural wonders that define Cambridge. Walking by the serene River Cam, you’ll witness the tranquil beauty that lies at the heart of this historic city. Cambridge city centre walks are a treat for visitors, offering glimpses of renowned landmarks, such as Jesus Green and Parker’s Piece. Take your time, pause in the parks, and embrace the unique culture and character of Cambridge.

Enjoying a walk with a great coffee

Immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Cambridge is a true delight, and what better way to experience the city like a student and a local than by relaxing in a beautiful park while enjoying the views of Jesus Green or The Backs? Picture yourself sitting in the park, surrounded by the enchanting greenery, taking a break from an active day of cycling or walking in the city with a steaming cup of coffee in hand. The Sage of Cambridge café, situated on-site at The Fellows House Hotel. With artisan coffee, tea and various tasty yet healthy snacks available, the cosy cafe will be the perfect place to get energised for a day of walking or cycling in the historic city.

As you step into The Sage of Cambridge café, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, instantly awakening your senses and preparing you for the day ahead. This cosy haven invites you to take a moment to embrace the spirit of the university and the vibrant energy that permeates the city.

Indulge in the artistry of the baristas as they expertly craft your perfect cup of coffee. Whether you prefer a rich and velvety latte, a smooth and invigorating espresso, or a fragrant and comforting tea, The Sage of Cambridge café caters to every discerning palate. Alongside your coffee, you’ll find an enticing array of delectable and nourishing snacks, carefully selected to provide you with the energy needed for a day of walking and cycling. From freshly baked pastries to wholesome toasties, there’s something to satisfy every craving and fuel your adventures.

With your coffee in hand, you step out onto Jesus Green, taking in the breathtaking views that surround you. The lush greenery, charming bridges, and the tranquil river all contribute to the idyllic setting that defines Cambridge. You find a comfortable spot to sit and relax, soaking in the atmosphere and watching as students pass by.

As you enjoy your coffee and embrace the ambiance, you can’t help but feel a connection to the university experience. The Sage of Cambridge café, located at The Fellows House Hotel, bridges the gap between locals and students, allowing you to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of this historic city.

Alongside masterfully brewed drinks, many great offers are available to our guests, such as breakfast or lunch deals. Generous loyalty card schemes are also set in place to reward our customers, who after buying 4 cups, get their 5th one for free, and after buying 4 more drinks are rewarded with a free muffin or pastry of their choice. To stay up to date with any future loyalty schemes at The Sage of Cambridge, view our offers page.

Unwind after your Active Day of Walking and Cycling around Cambridge

Rejuvenating wellness area

After an exhilarating day of exploring Cambridge on foot or by bike, what better way to unwind than at The Fellows House? Our hotel offers a dedicated wellness area where you can relax and rejuvenate your tired muscles. Take a dip in our indoor pool, and enjoy the soothing benefits of the steam rooms or sauna. Guests are also more than welcome to relax on the plush lounge chairs by the poolside to reflect on their travels and let the stresses of the day melt away.

To create a truly relaxing atmosphere, we ensured that our well-being spaces are tucked away from the busy areas within The Fellows House Hotel. Providing a quiet and truly tranquil experience for our guests, alongside the calming interior of the spa area, which will be sure to help you unwind after an active day of exploring and enjoying everything Cambridge has to offer.

Unwind with artisan drinks

After a fulfilling day of cycling and walking through the enchanting streets of Cambridge, immersing yourself in its rich history and breathtaking sights, there’s no better way to unwind and embrace the essence of this vibrant city than by visiting The Folio Bar & Kitchen. Nestled near the heart of Cambridge, this exquisite bar offers the perfect setting to continue your exploration in a more relaxed manner, accompanied by meticulously crafted artisan cocktails and timeless spirits.

As you step into The Folio Bar & Kitchen, the captivating ambience invites you to unwind and reflect upon the delightful experiences of your day. The weariness from your active adventures will melt away at the elegant bar.

The cocktail menu at The Folio Bar & Kitchen pays homage to the illustrious figures that have shaped Cambridge’s legacy. Each signature drink is a work of art, designed to capture the essence of renowned fellows from the University. Take a moment to savour the enchanting flavours and admire the creativity that goes into each creation.

So, after an exhilarating day of cycling and exploring Cambridge’s historic wonders, treat yourself to a moment of tranquillity and sophistication at The Folio Bar & Kitchen. Raise a glass to this remarkable city and its captivating charm, immersing yourself in its spirit in a truly unique way.


Afternoon Tea

Offered from Thursdays through to Sundays from 12:00 to 16:30 at The Folio Bar & Kitchen.