final pub stroll will take you along a two-mile stretch of the River
Cam into Cambridge, via Baits Bite Lock. It is the third walk that
we've featured from the book, 'Pub Strolls in Cambridgeshire' by
and return point
Explorer map ref.
Turn off the A14 at the junction with the B1047, then head south
to Fen Ditton. The Ancient Shepherds is located just off the B1047
on the High Street. Parking is available in the pub's car park.
the Ancient Shepherds
built as three cottages in 1540, the Ancient Shepherds is
now a listed building that oozes character. Guest and house
ales are always available, and the menu offers food to suit
a range of tastes. Telephone: (01223) 293280.
1. From the pub turn left and follow the High Street to the
war memorial by the King's Head public house. Turn right at the
war memorial and follow Church Street, which becomes Green End at
a left-hand bend in the road. Continue to follow Green End, round
a right-hand bend, past/via the Plough public house, to the junction
at the end of the metalled road.
the junction follow the public footpath/Fen Rivers Way sign straight
on to a kissing gate and follow the public footpath along a grass/dirt
track to Baits Bite Lock. The track runs roughly parallel with the
River Cam and passes through several kissing gates, under a bridge
(a fly-over section of the A14) and lastly through a riverside copse
of trees (the copse can become very overgrown during the warmer
months, so think twice about wearing shorts). If all else fails,
just follow the route of the Cam and/or the Fens Rivers Way waymark
arrows to the lock.
Baits Bite Lock cross over the two footbridges, then once on the
opposite bank of the river turn immediately left and follow the
dirt track along the riverside for about 1 3/4 miles to the Pike
and Eel public house.
the pub turn left and follow Water Street to the Green Dragon public
house. Cross over the footbridge directly opposite the Green Dragon
and carry straight on to a junction between two metalled footpaths.
Turn left at this junction and continue on.
Turn left and follow the straight dirt track to a railway footbridge.
Cross over this footbridge and continue on, almost immediately crossing
over a further, small footbridge. On the other side of the small
footbridge, follow the grass track to the left; heading in the direction
of the two houses in the middle distance on the opposite bank of
the Cam (one white house, one pink house at the time of writing).
The grass track leads to a wooden footbridge. Cross over this footbridge
and follow the grass track, as it runs parallel with the route of
the Cam, towards Fen Ditton.
Pass through the kissing-gate and follow the dirt track round to
the left, for approximately 20 yards, to a junction. At the junction
bear right and follow the dirt track (which soon becomes metalled)
onto the High Street, then follow the High Street back to the Ancient
done. You've done the walk, now you can drink the beer!
walk features as Walk 21 in the Pub Strolls in Cambridgeshire book
by Ady Collier. Photographs and information reproduced with kind
permission of Countryside Books.