The Roman Road (Cambridge)

Roman Road cycle route overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This 12.8 mile route mostly follows the course of an old Roman road, hence the name. Starting in Cambridge, the route is initially on (normally) quiet roads, with a stretch on a segregated cycle path, but soon picks up the actual remains of a Roman road.

The route starts at Cambridge train station, and ends at the Old Red Lion pub, in Horseheath.

Surface on the Roman Road

The surface ranges from smooth tar, to completely unsurfaced. Overall, despite the tar sections, this is best described as a gravel route.
After rain, much of the route can get very muddy.

Refreshments

There are refreshments stops in Cambridge, though nothing directly on the route itself. After leaving Cambridge, there are no refreshments stops until the Old Red Lion pub, at the end.

Bikes

This route is best suited to gravel bikes or mountain bikes. Sturdy hybrids and touring bikes will manage, too.
Trikes and many cargo bikes will suffer.

Toilets

There are toilets at Cambridge station, and again at the Old Red Lion pub, at the end of the route.

Ratings

Safety: ⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Flat)
Refreshment stops: ⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

Points of Interest

Cambridge offers a wealth of places to visit, including the university )esp. King’s College and King’s College Chapel).
Things to do include punting along the river Cam.

Routes in Cambridgeshire

Barriers

Though there are gates along the route, they’re only there to stop cars, and any cycles can easily get through the gates.

See also  Derwent Walk Cycleway

Cycle Hire

You can hire bikes from various companies in Cambridge, with the nearest to the start of the route being Rent O Spoke.

Paying the rent

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Weather forecast for the Roman Road

What the Roman Road looks like

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Getting to the Roman Road

The route as shown on the map below starts at Cambridge station, so you can easily get to the start car-free, by taking your bike on the train. As ever, read my Bikes On Trains guide for useful and helpful tips for taking your bike on the train.

Parking near the Roman Road

Parking in the centre is limited, but if driving, you can opt to skip the first three miles, and simply park near the start of the actual Roman Road.

More Routes

To find more routes, click this link.

DayCycle

DayCycle routes are routes that can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below).

Roman Road interactive map

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