Grafham Water

Grafham Water is a hidden cycling gem where you can enjoy some of the best British countryside on a bike. Birdlife and a whole range of flora and fauna are in abundance at this designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Grafham Water is perfect for a family day out with a short 10-mile ride, children’s play areas, ornamental gardens and picnic spots.


Grafham Water is located north-west of Cambridge, west of Buckden on the A1.

Let’s Pedal

Grafham Water consists of a 10-mile (16.1 km) circular route around the reservoir on traffic-free waterside trails. Start at Marlow Park (the location of Rutland Cycling bike hire and Grafham Water Visitor Centre) or Mander Park and set off to the west or east depending on how you feel!

Make sure you stop off at the children’s play grounds where the kids can have fun on the climbing frames, and adults and children alike will enjoy the viewpoints around the reservoir where you can look at the local birdlife.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Grafham Water Visitor CentreGrafham Water Visitor Centre1016.1


You will find a number of refreshment stops available along the route at:

Grafham Water Visitor Centre (Marlow Park) and Mander Park

Public houses can be found:

Wheatsheaf Public House, Perry


Toilets are located at:

Grafham Water Visitor Centre (Marlow Park) and Mander Park

Cycle Hire available at:

Grafham Water Visitor Centre (Marlow Park)

Tourist information available at:

Grafham Water Visitor Centre (Marlow Park) and Mander Park

How to get here

By Car

Grafham Water is located north-west of Cambridge. Leave the A1 at the Buckden junction and go west on the B661 before turning right onto Buckden Road . You will see the visitor centre on the left.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available next to the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Marlow ParkNear GrafhamPE28 0BH
Mander ParkNear PerryPE28 0DE
1 April to 31 October£3.50 every day
1st November to 31st March£3.50 at weekends and £2.50 midweek
Parking is free for Blue Badge holders and coaches
Blue badge holders (display badge)
Annual pass £45 (available from Grafham Water Fishing Lodge or Visitor Centre)

By Cycle

The eastern side of Grafham Water is part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 12 from Huntingdon or St. Neots.

By Train

Huntingdon or St. Neots.


  • Distance (miles): 10
  • Distance (km): 16.1
  • Start: Grafham Water Visitor Centre
  • Finish: Grafham Water Visitor Centre
  • Type: Trail, road
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: PE28 0BH


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

Cycle Hire

Rutland Cycling Grafham

Marlow Car Park,
Grafham Water,
Nr. Huntingdon,
PE28 0BH

Opening Times

Grafham Water Park is open every day except Christmas Day.


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The information provided on this page is believed to be correct and is given in good faith. Please be aware that it may have changed since our research. Use of the information on this page is at your risk, we cannot accept any liability for any problems or incidents arising. The maps are based on the postcodes of the centres. The postcode provided for Sat Nav is the nearest postcode to the start of the trail or car park and is therefore not 100% accurate to the entrance of the location. Postcodes are provided as a guide only. We recommend that you confirm the location and other details before travelling.

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