Family Cycle Routes
Family Cycling Around Northstowe
Taking the family out on a bike ride is a great way to get some fresh air, exercise and a dose of feel good!
Living Sport conducted a survey in 2020 to better understand Northstowe resident’s family cycling behaviours and there were two key things that people requested which would help families to be more active – the identification of safer routes for cycling and a resource to provide fun cycling activities for the younger age group. This resulted in the mapping of some local cycle routes which range between 6-16 miles and there are also some shorter loops around Western Park and out along Rampton Road . These routes offer a mix of traffic free tarmac, off road bumpier bits and short sections on roads so take a look and hopefully there’s a route suitable for everyone.
Living Sport also produced a fun resource aimed at younger cyclists with a few challenges and activities you can do along the route
Northstowe Family Route 1
Predominantly traffic free tarmac with a short section on the road at Oakington. A short section off road, which can be avoided by continuing straight on at St Michaels Church, turning right at the crossroads on Rampton Road and then left at Magdalene Close, where the route rejoins at the playpark. A top spot for a picnic!
Northstowe Family Route 2
Predominantly traffic free tarmac with a few short sections on the road at Oakington and Longstanton.
Northstowe Family Route 3
A little bit of off-road, and a section on the road. Step back in time at Belsar's hill, and enjoy the lovely new tarmac connecting Rampton and the Guided Busway.
Northstowe Family Route 4
Predominantly traffic free route, with a stop at the Olive Tree Cafe at Oakington Garden Centre, we recommend the sausage roll!
Northstowe Family Route 5
Predominantly traffic free route, it gets a bit bumpy between Histon and Rampton.
Northstowe Family Route 6
A slightly longer route. This is quite bumpy, with a stretch on the road at Willingham. One for the more confident cyclist.
Northstowe Family Route 7
The first half is predominantly traffic free, along the closed road to Oakington and the Guided Busway back to Northstowe. The Book Warren and Cafe is a lovely place to stop for a refreshment, look out for it at 17km (11 miles).
Northstowe Family Route 8
One for the really confident cyclists. This route is on roads for most of the ride, but a great way to explore the surrounding villages. There are refreshment stops and plenty of places to stop for a picnic if you need a little snack to help you home.