Cambridge to Waterbeach

The Cambridge to Waterbeach cycling route is ideal for families and cyclists of all abilities to enjoy the beauty of Cambridgeshire.

Ride 8.5 miles (13.7 km) on this mostly traffic-free route following the River Cam, famous as the location of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race every year.

There are a few short roads to navigate near Chesterton, then you may enjoy the traffic-free and idyllic riverside to Waterbeach.


The route begins at Cambridge Railway Station (CB1 2JW) and ends at Waterbeach Railway Station (CB25 9HT).

Let’s Pedal

It is recommended you start in Cambridge as the cycling route to Waterbeach is mostly downhill unless you like climbs!

From the starting point of Cambridge Railway Station, follow Station Road to the end and turn right going north-west on the A1307 progressing towards Regent Street. Take the 9th right turn into Park Terrace which becomes Clarendon Street then Fair Street. Leave the roads behind as you head towards the River Cam.

There are two short roads to traverse from the River Cam at Chesterton, turn left onto Green Dragon Bridge and then right onto Water Street before rejoining the River Cam before the bus stop at Fallowfield.

The Cambridge to Waterbeach route is managed by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Ride Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Cambridge Railway StationWaterbeach Railway Station8.513.7


You will find refreshment stops and public houses throughout the city of Cambridge and by the River Cam.


Toilets are located at:

Cambridge Railway Station and Waterbeach Railway Station. Many refreshment stops along the route will also have toilets for customer use.

Cycle Hire available at:

Cambridge Station Cycles near Cambridge Railway Station

Tourist information available at:


How to get here

By Car

The Cambridge to Waterbeach cycling route is easily accessible from the centre of the city of Cambridge and ending in Waterbeach.

Car Parking

Car parks are available around Cambridge.

The closest the to beginning of the cycling route is at Cambridge Railway Station (CB1 2JW) which charges approximately £10.50 for 2 hours.

Cambridge Leisure Park on nearby Clifton Road (CB1 7DY) charges £6 for 4 hours, and £13 for 5 hours.

Car ParkStreetPost CodeCost
Cambridge Railway StationStation RoadCB1 2JW24H (Peak) – £10.50
24H (Off-Peak) – £7.50
Bank Holiday – £5.00
Cambridge Leisure ParkClifton RoadCB1 7DY2 Hours – £3.00
3 Hours – £4.50
4 Hours – £6.00
5 Hours – £13.00
Daytime – £20.00

By Cycle

Cambridge to Waterbeach is part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 11 which links with NCN 51 from Newmarket or Holywell, and NCN 24 from Fen Drayton.

By Train

Cambridge or Waterbeach Railway Stations.


  • Distance (miles): 8.5
  • Distance (km): 13.7
  • Start: Cambridge Railway Station
  • Finish: Waterbeach Railway Station
  • Type: Mostly traffic-free
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: CB1 2JW


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Cambridge Station Cycles

Station Road

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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