GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

National Cycle Route 11

92 miles (148 km)

Travel from Essex to the Cambridgeshire Fens on this signed National Cycle Route.
The area is great for easy cycling with lots of flat paths and a lovely stretch along the Fen Rivers Way.
Route highlights include the wildlife at the Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, sections along the River Cam and the famous university city of Cambridge.
Towns on the route include Stansted Mountfitchet, Cambridge, Ely and Downham Market.
See below for a list of manageable day rides on the route. Scroll further down for route videos and the complete gpx file.

Cycle Routes on National Cycle Route 11

National Cycle Route 11 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

National Cycle Route 11 Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Around Downham Market you can link up with National Cycle Network Regional Route 30. The circular loop explores Norfolk, visiting several major towns and exploring the Norfolk coast.
In King's Lynn you could pick up the long distance Rebellion Way Cycle Route. The epic 232 mile circular ride visits some of the other major highlights of Norfolk, using a series of quiet country lanes and traffic free paths.
The long distance London To Edinburgh Cycle Route uses part of NCN 13 to take you between the two capital cities.


Geographer's Steed and Route 11 - - 269016

Geographer’s Steed and Route 11. This is National Cycle Route 11 as it passes beside the perimeter fence of Stansted Airport. The venerable old cycle is a 1973 Carlton Corsa.

Little Fen - - 723164

Little Fen. A typical Fen drove - dead straight and dead flat for two miles.

Wicken Fen - - 50940

Wicken Fen. Wicken Fen is a remaining fragment of the original fenland landscape, which was an almost impenetrable wilderness. Everywhere else the fens have been drained and are now rich farmland. Wicken Fen is in the hands of the National Trust.

National Cycle Route 11 at Great Shelford

National Cycle Route 11 near Great Shelford in Cambridgeshire. The coloured stripes represent the nucleotide sequence of the BRCA2 gene (discovered in 1994; the discoverers included scientists from nearby Addenbrookes Hospital and The Sanger Centre, Hinxton).

Footpath and National Cycle Route 11 - - 1055679

Footpath & National Cycle Route 11. Heading towards Cambridge centre. To the left, running parallel, is Hobson's Brook.

Ely Cathedral - - 3470345

Ely Cathedral

Buildings on Trinity Street, Cambridge - - 615993

Buildings on Trinity Street, Cambridge. These are early C19 brick buildings, the left one (no 2, Trinity Street) rendered with stucco, at the junction with St Mary's Street (across on the right). On the left is a corner of Tree Court, Caius College.

Marina and River Great Ouse - - 475730

Marina and River Great Ouse Ely

GPS Files

GPX File

National Cycle Route 11.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)