Length 7.3 km (4.6 miles), terrain: flat
By Contributing Editor John Griffith, Social videographer and blogger at http://thebriars.wordpress.com/
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Generally speaking I like trails, not roads. But when the roads are country lanes or when there is a mix of road and trail I'm pretty happy. I also generally like to know where I'm going but when you're in a flat landscape it's fun to just strike out with a rough idea of where you're going and just chug round the lanes taking left after left after left (or R, R, R) and hey presto, you end up where you started. Eventually. Usually…
The village of Hinxton where I started is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Hestitona. It's also the home of the Sanger Institute – they of the human genome project where DNA was first sequenced so it brackets a whole millennium. From the north end of the High Street take a left down Mill Lane to see the restored 17th Century mill.
Then join Duxford Rd. and follow your nose over the River Cam (it's a wet ford but there's a bridge for runners and dog-walkers – Labradors are expected to wade) and the main Cambridge to London Railway crossing on to Duxford village.
|Glorious autumn day at Hinxton|
Into Ickleton, probably the most historic of all three of these pretty Cambridgeshire villages. Too much to write here but one early occupant rejoiced in the name of Alsi Squitrebil so there's another unhappy schoolchild, I'll wager.
Hook the first left as you enter the village and stick to Brookhampton Street which will take you past impossibly old buildings, leaning like cripples, inwards towards each other as if to share their secrets.
Brookhampton Street takes you to back to Hinxton – you'll see Hinxton High Street on your left after only another mile or so where if you have time you should stop for a refreshing pint of “Rusty Bucket” from The Red Lion before heading home.