The weekend is drawing to a close, and the thought of the coming week is probably enough to make you want to crawl back into bed.
But the weekends are for getting out and about and enjoying a bit of much-needed me-time.
Rather than spending it catching up on the latest box set or tackling the every-growing pile of washing in the corner, why put on your trainers and pop out for a walk.
There is a myriad of lovely places to go for a walk in Cambridgeshire.
From hikes, and long walks by the river, to leisurely strolls around the fens.
Here’s our top picks.
The best places to go walking in Cambridgeshire
Coverly Byall Fen
At Coveney Byall Fen, the RSPB is working with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire to create a new area of wet grassland next to the Ouse Washes.
This is aimed at increasing the British breeding population of ground nesting wading birds such as black-tailed godwits, lapwings and common snipe.
A new viewpoint overlooks the site, allowing visitors to witness the wide open skies of the Fens.
This small yet impressive woodland houses hundreds of majestic beech trees planted in the 1840s.
Situated just beyond Cherry Hinton Road, you’ll feel as though you’ve just stepped into a Winnie the Pooh novel.
Open all day everyday, Beechwoods is great for a family day out, you can explore ancient trees, fungi, lichens and mosses.
Fowlmere’s reedbeds and pools are fed by natural chalk springs, and a chalk stream runs through the reserve.
Starlings, thrushes and buntings, including corn buntings, roost on the reserve in the winter.
Fowlmere is perfect for getting a glimpse of a deer. If you remain quiet then you might just spot one.
Two miles south of the city centre lie the Grantchester meadows.
In the summer, they become a meeting point for outdoor cinema-goers, picnickers, swimmers and more.
But the meadows are just as divine in the winter.
With picturesque views of the River Cam, Grantchester meadows can be reached by walking across Lammas Land, via Paradise nature reserve, or along the footpath to Grantchester.
Living out towards the fens has it perks.
With miles of fenland, country paths, and river to be wandered on, there are plenty of places for families to explore just a stone’s throw away from your home.
Wrap up warm, and go for a bird-watching walk around the fen, and see what other creatures you can find.
Take the dog or the kids out and brave the fresh air.
The RSPB is also busy creating new areas of wetland close to their existing reserve at Nene Washes near Peterborough.
The wildlife charity is currently restoring a large area of arable fields to wet grassland for wading birds such as the rare black-tailed godwit.
Almost all, 90 per cent, of the British breeding population of this scarce bird is currently found at the Nene Washes and the project is aimed at doubling the population of this species on the reserve, putting Cambridgeshire at the forefront of protecting this rare bird.
The new wetlands can be viewed by parking at the end of Eldernell Lane and walking east along the flood bank. Visit rspb.org.uk/nenewashes.
Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits
The unique moonscape is a former chalk quarry, whose chalk was used to build some of Cambridge’s colleges.
Now the chalk pits play host to a wildlife site.
Wildflowers such as milkwort, harebell and kidney vetch thrive in East Pit, and the rare moon carrot grows only here and at two other locations in the country.
The scrub habitat in these pits provides nesting and feeding sites for more than 60 species of bird.
If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre but don’t want to stray too far from home, then Stourbridge Common is a brilliant place to go for a wander.
With picturesque views of the river, and plenty of grass for the dog to pad about, it’s perfect if you’re looking to just get out of the house and enjoy the cold.
Cambridge’s newest reserve is a 58-hectare country park replete with literary and historical links.
It is in excellent proximity to the river Cam (where Lord Byron swam in the weir) and nearby Grantchester, home to poet Rupert Brooke. It has also been frequented by writers, poets and scientists.
Woodlands, with sounds of leaves crunching underfoot paired with the smells of wood and foliage, are the perfect place for a winter walk.
Cambridgeshire’s second largest woodland is more than 900 years old with ancient oak, ash, field maple and birch. In autumn, up to 500 species of fungi can be found here.
A dormouse reintroduction programme in 1993 has been highly successful with mice now spreading beyond the confines of the woods. Visit wildlifebcn.org.
Milton Country Park
Milton country park is located just a few miles north of Cambridge’s city centre.
Created from old gravel pits, the 95-acre site offers a varied natural habitat with woodland, lakes and grass.
There are also more than two miles of pathways, which are suitable for bicycles and wheelchairs.
Migratory birds increase as they take up residence for winter, particularly on Dickerson’s Pit lake. Look out for cormorants, tufted ducks, gadwall, widgeon and the noisy call of greylag geese as they swoop onto the water in flocks.
Wild and windswept, the reservoir at Grafham Water is a dramatic place to visit in winter.
Grafham Water’s nine miles of shoreline is one of the prime bird-watching sites in the county, with around 170 species of bird recorded each year.
Rare and scarce birds such as osprey and the occasional Slavonian grebe can be spotted along with the more familiar resident mallards and greylag geese.
If you love wildlife, there is always something to see here. Visit wildlifebcn.org/reserves/grafham-water.
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Fen Drayton Lakes
This complex of lakes and traditional riverside meadows is a fantastic place to explore in the colder months as large flocks of ducks, swans and geese begin to gather on the water.
Thanks to the Heritage Lottery-funded Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership Scheme, the reserve is currently being improved to make a home for even more birds and other wildlife. Visit rspb.org.uk/fendraytonlakes for more information.
An ambitious partnership between the RSPB and Hanson aggregates at Ouse Fen is well on its way to creating a wetland nature reserve covering 700 hectares (that’s around half the size of Cambridge!) and encompassing Britain’s biggest reedbed.
Whilst there are still a good many years to go until the nature reserve is complete, it’s now the size of 200 football pitches and there is plenty to see. Already, the shy and elusive bittern, a species of heron once extremely rare in Britain, is calling the reserve home.
The bitterns are joined by a supporting cast of marsh harriers that soar overhead and charming bearded tits that cling to the reeds like little trapeze artists.
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