Cambridge is well known as a university city on the River Cam approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of London. Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age. The first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although modern city status was not officially conferred until 1951. So there is plenty of history to find.
The buildings of the university include King’s College Chapel, Cavendish Laboratory, and the Cambridge University Library, one of the largest legal deposit libraries in the world. The city’s skyline is dominated by several college buildings, along with the spire of the Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, the chimney of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and St John’s College Chapel tower. Anglia Ruskin University, which evolved from the Cambridge School of Art and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, also has its main campus in the city.
Cambridge is also at the heart of the high-technology Silicon Fen with industries such as software and bioscience and many start-up companies born out of the university. More than 40 per cent of the workforce have a higher education qualification, more than twice the national average.
Cambridge offers superb photography opportunities across the whole city and surrounding villages and countryside. There are plenty of opportunities to capture the splendid architecture and bustling streets. And if you like bicycles you won’t go short of subjects to take. Don’t miss the wonderful surrounding countryside with huge skies and meandering rivers and fens. Please post your images on Instagram and use the #photowalkukcambridge
Recommended – Cambridge City Trail – A 4 mile circular trail around the university city of Cambridge. You’ll have chance to enjoy many of the famous parks and open spaces including Jesus Green and Parker’s Piece, see the beautiful architecture of many of the famous university colleges and also see the range of bridges that cross over the River Cam throughout the city.
Recommended – Grantchester Village and Meadows – A 5 mile circular walk starting from the village of Grantchester, just south of Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. The walk crosses in and out of the centre of village exploring farmland to the east, Byron’s Pool nature reserve to the south and Grantchester Meadows which run alongside the River Cam to the north. As a result there’s a lovely mix with something for everyone, from rare species of plants and birds, fabulous views, chances for a paddle and an opportunity to take afternoon tea at the famous Grantchester Orchard.
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