Gog Magog Hills
This walk explores the Gog Magog Downs, a ridge of low chalk hills extending for several miles to the southeast of Cambridge.
You start your walk at the village of Stapleford four miles to the south of Cambridge. The village became famous when it emerged that Barack Obama was a direct descendant of Thomas Blossom, who lived in Stapleford during the 16th century before emigrating to the United States.
You can pick up footpaths taking you from the village to Ash Grove, crossing the River Granta on the way. The walk then climbs to Copley Hill and Wandlebury Country Park where there is an Iron Age Hill Fort and a nature reserve. From the 74 m (243 ft) summit of Wandlebury Hill there are great views over the surrounding Cambrideshire countryside.
Gog Magog Hills Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Gog Magog Hills Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Gog Magog Hills OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Gog Magog Hills Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Wandlebury Park there's a pop up cafe on the weekends where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
Near the start/end of the walk you'll find The Square and Compasses, in Great Shelford. There's a cosy interior and a nice garden area for warmer days. They are located on the High Street at postcode CB22 5EH.
The Plough is another good option in the village. They have a pizza oven outside in the garden area where you can relax on warmer days. You can find them on the High Street at postcode CB22 5EH for your sat navs.
The hills and the woodland of the area make for a fine dog walk. The Plough pub mentioned above is also dog friendly with water bowls provided.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the east of the hills and the park you'll find another significant local attraction at the Fleam Dyke Walk which visits some significant local archaeological sites and an impressive earthwork. The epic Harcamlow Way can also be picked up in nearby Fulbourn.
Head into the nearby city of Cambridge and you could try the popular Cambridge Backs Walk which explores the historic university.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambridgeshire Walks page.