GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Gog Magog Hills

10 miles (16 km)

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 Staplefordfour miles to the south ofCambridge. The village became famous when it emerged thatBarack Obamawas 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 74m (243ft) summit of Wandlebury Hill there are great views over the surrounding Cambrideshire countryside.

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.

Dog Walking

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.
Just a few miles to the west there's the worthy village of Haslingfield. Here you'll find pleasant walks along the River Rhee, rows of quaint thatched cottages, a church dating back to the 12th century and a noteworthy Tudor Manor House where Queen Elizabeth Istayed during the 16th century. Near here there's also the new settlement of Cambourne. There's some pleasant walks around this modern village with a lovely local nature reserve to explore. The wildlife rich reserve includes pretty lakes, wildflower meadows and wetland areas. On the walk you can also visit the ancient Bourn Windmill, the oldest surviving windmill in the United Kingdom. Just to the south there's also the stunning gardens at the historic Wimpole Hall.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambridgeshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Hill fort ditch - Wandlebury Ring - - 1142095

Hill fort ditch at Wandlebury Ring. The area was already inhabited during theBronze Ageand around 2500 years ago there was anIron Agehill fortknown asWandlebury Ring. This hill fort once had concentric ditches and earthen walls which were kept in place by woodenpalisades. Although the fort has vanished, the ditch (the Ring) dug around the edge can clearly be seen and walked along, being 5metres deep in places and offering an adventurous route along its edge.

Bridge over the River Granta - - 67187

Bridge over the River Granta near Stapleford. River names are a bit confused in these parts. The river that flows through Cambridge used to be called the Granta, but it later became the Cam by back-formation from the name of the town (which is itself a corruption of Grantabridge or something similar). A mile above Grantchester it divides into two, the 'River Cam or Rhee' and the 'River Cam or Granta' (according to the OS). Into the latter flows this little trickle, also called the Granta.

Magog Down

Magog Down just east of Wandlebury Hill. It's a moderately hilly area of grassland to the south-east of Cambridge, with good views over the city on sunnier days than this one. The double chimney of Addenbrookes Hospital can just be made out on the skyline.

The Dogwalk at Gog Magog Downs - - 379827

The Dogwalk at Gog Magog Downs. This stretch of the path runs along the A1307. On the horizon can be seen the southern outskirts of Cambridge.

Gog Magog Hills - - 644509

View from the footpath crossing the railway line just before Addenbrooke's Hospital. The 'hills' are the wooded area in the middle distance. It doesn't take much of an elevation in this part of East Anglia to be called a hill!

Roman Road, Gog Magog Hills - - 302978

Roman Road, Gog Magog Hills. After nearly 2000 years, it has become a long-distance footpath again!

Giant's Grave - - 759575

Giant's Grave in Cherry Hinton. According to tradition, the giant Magog (associated with the Gog Magog hills a few miles south) is buried on the island in the pool here. The spring feeding this pool provided the water supply for Cherry Hinton, and later for much of Cambridge.

Gog Magog Hills Farm - - 722843

Gog Magog Hills Farm. Locally known as Bradfords Farm there is a popular farm shop for local produce.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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