Here at Meet Cambridge we’re local folk so we know all of the best and secret places in our beautiful city. We’re passionate about helping you achieve your goals, whether that’s 10,000 steps or just the first step towards hosting an event.
Fitting in a commitment to do the recommended 10,000 steps per day can be difficult with a busy schedule and it gets even trickier when you’re away from home attending an event in an unfamiliar place.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way; if your new year’s resolution is to pound the pavements more this year, check out our top routes for racking up the steps while you’re here in Cambridge…
- See Cambridge from above with a climb up the tower at Great St Mary’s Church. It’s 123 steps up and 123 steps back down…
- Check out Cambridge Market Square, it’s one of only a few market squares that trades every day of the week. A walk around the edge adds up to around 350 steps, do a few laps then treat yourself to a tasty snack from one of the street food stalls!
- Start a walk at St Edmund’s Passage. It dates back to the 13th century and is a great example of how narrow the streets used to be in days gone by. Head towards All Saints Passage, which also has its roots in the Medieval city to discover a great selection of independent shops, then make your way to Portugal Place – a tiny street linking the city to Jesus Green – look for the golden helix above the door where Francis Crick once lived. You’ll add 950 steps!
- Clock up around 1,490 steps with a square march through the city’s ancient trading areas, starting at Market Hill then on to Petty Cury. The unusual name refers to the location originally being home to a number of small bakers stalls. Walk past Lion Yard to Sidney Street, home to Sidney Sussex College, then take a left on Green Street, well known for its great range of independent shops before hitting Trinity Street, named after Trinity College. You’ll finish at St Mary's Street, next to the starting point.
- The Backs, quite literally the backs of the Colleges, is one of Cambridge’s most beautiful walks with lots of photo opportunities and the iconic view of King’s College Chapel. Start at St John’s College and finish at Queens’ to add 1,490 steps to your daily target. Or start at Queens’ then onto the Quayside, walk along the river to Jesus Green and you’ll be 2,840 steps closer to your goal.
- Visit Murray Edwards College to see the New Hall Art Collection, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists in Europe. Walk down the hill to Jesus College which houses a permanent art collection and biennial Sculpture in the Close exhibition showcasing some of today’s most exciting and important sculptors. Even if you don’t have time to take in the exhibits, you’ll add 1,760 steps to your total.
- Start at the famous King’s College on King’s Parade then head out of town to the University’s Botanic Garden, home to more than 8,000 plant species from all over the globe. Along the way you’ll pass the Fitzwilliam Museum, which boasts numerous collections and antiquities…this cultural meander will take you 1,900 steps; pop in and have a look at the collections to add even more!
- If you’ve got some extra time to get out stepping, take a walk through the peaceful and picturesque Granchester Meadows and you might spot some of Cambridge’s famous cows! Start in Newnham at Pembroke College’s Sports Ground then head towards the Red Lion Pub in Granchester – you’ll deserve some sustenance at that point - and you can congratulate yourself with 2,300 steps under your belt – walk back to Cambridge for extra points!
- Alternatively, do all of these walks in one day and take a day off tomorrow!
Whether it’s keeping you on the right path about local secrets or helping you run through your next event, talk to us. We’re here to help you every step of the way…ok, enough of the walking puns now!