Another Busway Walk - Longstanton to Swavesey, via Willingham and Over
Take A14 westbound; turn off at Bar Hill towards Willingham and go to the Guided Bus Park-and-Ride NW of Longstanton. Do not follow signs to Longstanton. Park in Park-and-Ride Car Park.
OS Explorer 225 GR 399681
Pub(s) The Exhibition, Over
Generally on well surfaced paths with a choice of pubs on the way. Walk will take about 3 hours. Remember to check the timetable for the bus back from Swavesey to Longstanton where you've left your car. (see www.thebusway.info) If you miss the last bus it is a 2¼ mile walk along the busway back to Longstanton P&R.
From Longstanton Station car park, cross the busway and turn right along the bridle path towards Oakington. At a cross path turn left down Reynolds Drove with information board on your right. Shortly, cross a new green bridge on your left over Reynolds Ditch, and use the fairly newly-created bridleway following a track with wire mesh fence to your left, bearing left and then right to Rampton Road.
Cross Rampton Road with care, turn left along footpath following path to right through hedge with large barn on your right, past a farmhouse and right along Haven Drove.Take first path left into Schole Road, and into Willingham Turn right into Rampton Road, then left at village green past church (well worth a visit for its wall paintings). At junction turn right and, just before the recreation ground, left down a road which continues as a byway to Over Continue straight with hedge to left then take a diagonal path in the next field past a sewage works, and then a surfaced path into Over. Turn left on Fen End Road to the green and the village sign by the crossroads. Turn right passing or visiting the Admiral Vemon pub, and continue to the church. Go south from Church End, and turn right onto Lowburyholme Road, joining a path overlooking a drain, with a fine view of low-lying fields and marshes This path continues, with the drain to your right, to High Causeway Bridge Turn right down the road to the Busway station at Swavesey.
This walk is based on a walk published in the Sept 2011 issue of Cantab Rambler.
Neither the author nor his dog accept any responsibility for accuracy or for any injury or mishap that might befall any person who follows this walk. First published by "one man and his dog" in Great Shelford Village News June 2012