GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Walks around Peterborough

9 miles (14.5 km)

There's lots of fairly easy walks to enjoy around the cathedral city of Peterborough. Three notable long distance trails run through the area and there's also river walks, country parks and nature reserves to visit.
This riverside walk takes you from the city centre to Ferry Meadows Country Park along the River Nene. There's much to enjoy with flat waterside trails, pretty lakes, old bridges and views of the Nene Valley Steam Railway which runs along much of the route.
The walk starts on the river in the city centre, just to the south of the tourist information centre and train station. From here you can pick up a section of the Nene Way long distance trail to take you west along the river and into Nene Park. After a short while you will come to the Woodston Ponds Nature Reserve.Here you will find a lake with water birds such asgrey herons,tufted ducksandpochards. There's also a reedbed which has pools and channels, withgreat crested newtsand unusual species of water beetle to see.
You continue west through Thorpe Meadows where there is aSculpture Park and a purpose built rowing lake.
The next stage passes the water features of Orton Meadows before entering the splendid Ferry Meadows Country Park. You can follow various trails around the large lakes, pretty meadows and pockets of woodland. There's also two cafes where you can enjoy refreshments before the returning to the city centre the same way. Alternatively you could catch the Nene Valley Railway back.
To extend the walk you can continue west along the Nene Way to Wansford, Yarwell and Nassington. The path runs along the river with lovely views of the surrounding Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire countryside.
Heading east will take you to Whittlesey where the long distance Hereward Way branches away from the Nene Way.
The city is located very close to the Great Fen where you can visit Holme Fen and look out for a huge variety of wildlife.

Peterborough OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Peterborough Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Other Walks around Peterborough

  • Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve - These splendid ancient woods near Peterborough have miles of woodland walking trails to try
  • Nene Way - Follow the River Nene through the beautiful Nene Valley on this fabulous walk through Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire
  • Hereward Way - Starting in Oakham, in Rutland, follow the Herward Way through Stamford, Peterborough, Ely, and the Breckland forests to Thetford, in Norfolk
  • Ferry Meadows Country Park - This super country park in Peterborough has several pretty lakes with cycling and walking trails running alongside the water's edge
  • Castor Hanglands - Explore the woodland, limestone, wetland grassland and scrub in this large National Nature Reserve near Peterborough
  • Crown Lakes Country Park - Enjoy a stroll around the pretty lakes in this country park in Peterborough
  • Torpel Way - This walk runs from Peterborough to Stamford through countryside and agricultural land
  • Holme Fen - Explore thelargest Silver Birch woodland in lowland England on this walk in Cambridgeshire

Photos

Orton Lock and Mere - geograph.org.uk - 30011

Orton Lock and Mere

The River Nene - geograph.org.uk - 917378

The River Nene

Floating Bridge, Ferry Meadows - geograph.org.uk - 1317318

Floating Bridge, Ferry Meadows

Lake in Ferry Meadows - geograph.org.uk - 1317298

Lake in Ferry Meadows

Woodston Ponds 2

Woodston Ponds Nature Reserve

Wooden statue, Ferry Meadows country park - geograph.org.uk - 966806

Wooden statue, Ferry Meadows country park

The Ferry Bridge, Peterborough - geograph.org.uk - 115484

The Ferry Bridge, Peterborough

Monitoring Station Near Ferry Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1513404

Monitoring Station Near Ferry Bridge

GPS Files

GPX File

Peterborough.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Peterborough.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

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