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Outdoor activities for families in Cambridge

Cambridge has some great options for getting the whole family outdoors, either on foot, scooter or bike.

If you are faced with a day of showers, you can still get everyone outdoors with a bit of planning. We love the rain radar site, rain today. This allows you to predict when the rain will stop & for how long, so you are ready to get outside with those wellies on & make good use of that precious dryish window.

Hit the park
Jesus Green Park, Cambridge

Jesus Green Park

If you want to stay local we have listed our favourite parks in Cambridge & there is a great choice. If we have missed out one you love, please pop a comment on our Facebook page or drop us an e-mail so we can share the news.

If it is wet, take an old towel to the park with you to get the worst of the water off that slide / swing / other play item involving sitting down. You can also get everyone moving with a game of hopscotch, tag, races, jumping competitions & that perennial favourite, splashing in puddles. The great thing about some of this is that it gets you moving as well…..


Go for a walk
The playground at Thetford Forest

The playground at Thetford Forest

If you are sick of the park and want to go a little further afield, you can take on a longer walk. We have several ideas for you on our Nature and Walks page, several of these have no admission charge.

We particularly love Thetford Forest with it’s fantastic adventure playground, miles of trails & family friendly things to do like the Julia Donaldson Trails. Closer to home, we are also big fans of Wandlebury Country Park. There is all sorts of fun to be had playing hide & seek, exploring the woods & looking for flowers.

If you want some more walking options, a great resource is John Harris’ Walking in Cambridgeshire website which has tons of ideas that are free to download.

If you don’t have the relevant OS map, we really like Maverick a free Android GPS navigation app. N.B. The outdoorsy one of our editorial team is an Android fan, we are sure there is a good Apple app, but we don’t know what it is. Please share with us if you do.


Go on a bike ride
Small child on bike

Hitting the bike trail

There are loads of great places for family bike rides around Cambridge. Even in the winter you can make a day of it with a packed lunch, provided the rain stays off. If you have a cycle carrier for your car, you will be able to choose from a broad range of family friendly routes. Otherwise, there are lots of great options around Cambridge City Centre & the surrounds.

If you are looking for a route in Cambridge, the City Council Website has a free cycle map for you to download, as well as a cultural tour of the city by bike.

Cambridgeshire County Council website has some great resources for cyclists, with all manner of routes to choose from.

If you are a National Trust member, the Wimpole Estate has traffic free cycle paths so it may be worth taking your bikes out there.

Sustrans has some great information for cyclists. Check out the local part of Route 51. This is an 8 mile each way traffic-free route from Jesus Green, following the river on the path on the south side, before joining up with the roadside path out towards Stow-cum-Quay and Bottisham. Anglesey Abbey makes a nice turning point. This is a National Trust property, so free to enter for members.

Sustrans Route 11 is also well worth a look. This route is currently 91 miles long, but depending on where you live you can access whatever length stretch suits your family fitness level. You can also pick and choose the traffic-free parts of the route, if you do not wish to use minor roads.

A great option for a family cycle is the traffic-free path that runs alongside the busway from Cambridge to St Ives. Check out Stuart Bell’s website for all sorts of helpful information on this route and other local cycle rides.

Cycle routes UK also suggests a great option for a family bike ride – a 10 mile circular route around Grafham Water near Huntingdon.

Finally, if you have a dog and are looking for particularly dog friendly outside fun, check out The Wuff Guide – Cambridgeshire for lots of useful doggy low down.


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