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Car-free adventures aroundCambridgeCambridgeshire

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Cycle or punt down the River Cam to Grantchester and have tea in an orchard; catch a train to see red pandas and an underground cave or hop on the guided busway to the market town of St Ives and bird-haunted lakes at Fen Drayton. Cambridge itself is a good city to explore on foot and a fantastic hub for car-free journeys. Both residents and tourists frequently travel by bus, bike, boat and train. These are three great trips out of town.

  1. 3. Grantchester by bike or boat

    This three-mile escape route from the city out into cow-grazed, willow-lined water meadows is as easy as it is popular.

    • Hire a bike from the Railway Station from £7 for four hours and cycle off into the countryside past the flowering Botanic Garden. Rutland Cycling can provide cycle maps.
    • Or hire a six-person punt for the day (£132 per boat from Scudamores, who can also chauffeur-punt you there).
    • Enjoy scones in a deckchair at the apple-tree-shaded Orchard tea garden or a pint in the Rupert Brooke pub.