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Orchard Tea Garden Circular – approx. 1km

As you draw level with the tea room (on the left), turn sharp right on a narrow gravel path signed ‘Orchard and River’.  Pass through the kissing gate out into the large grass meadow.  Go diagonally across the meadow heading for the kissing gate on the far left hand corner.  Pass through this and continue straight ahead on the grass path with the River Cam running immediately to your right.

Pass through the green metal kissing gate and then go left up the meadow away from the river.  Join the tarmac path at the top of the meadow and turn left.  Go through the wooden gate and at the end of the pathway turn left where you will see the sign for the Orchard Tea Garden.  Walk through the orchard back to the tea room and car park.

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Orchard Tea Garden to Byron’s Pool – approx. 2km

Turn left out of the car park onto Mill Way.  Follow the pavement passed The Old Vicarage where you’ll be able to see a statue of Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) through the gate.

The Old Vicarage was built around 1685 on the site of a 15th century vicarage and passed from church ownership into private hands in 1820.  In 1910, it was owned by Henry and Florence Neeve, from whom Rupert Brooke rented a room.  In the 1980s, The Old Vicarage was bought by the novelist and politician Jeffrey Archer and his wife Mary and they are still in residence today.

Keep following the pavement of the main road as it bends first right and then left.  After a short distance you will reach the bridge over the Mill Pond.

Continue on the pavement heading out of the village.  Follow the road as it bends right then left.  Continue over the next bridge across a large stream.  Immediately after the row of terraced 1920s properties, cross over and turn right down a footpath signed to Byron’s Pool.  Pass under the height restriction barrier and through the gravel parking area.  Go straight ahead through the black kissing gate to enter the nature reserve.

As you reach the weir over to the right, keep left on the main woodland track.  The path comes to an end over a short wooden bridge.  Keep right here following the path round with the pool on the left.

Follow the path as it continues to swing right with the water immediately on the left.  Cross over the wooden footbridge by the weir, and then keep left to follow the path nearest to the water.  Pass through another black metal kissing gate and follow the path as it swings right to reach the parking area.  Turn left through the car park to return to the main road.

Cross over the road and turn left along the pavement.  follow the road back to the bridge over the Mill Pond.  Immediately after the bridge, turn right onto the narrow tarmac footpath  follow the path as it bends left and along between high walls to reach a T-junction with the road.  Turn right along the pavement, past The Old Vicarage until you reach the entrance to the tea garden.

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Orchard Tea Garden to Grantchester Meadows – approx. 3.5km

As you draw level with the tea room (on the left), turn sharp right on a narrow gravel path signed ‘Orchard and River’.  Pass through the kissing gate out into the large grass meadow.  Go diagonally across the meadow heading for the kissing gate on the far left hand corner.  Pass through this and continue straight ahead on the grass path with the River Cam running immediately to your right.

Pass through the green metal kissing gate and then keep right on the grass path running closest to the river.  Pass through another kissing gate and then soon after through a single gate and across a wooden footbridge.  Continue on the river path through the meadow and cross another footbridge then go through the weighted gate ahead to the right and across another wooden footbridge.

Keep on the river path, crossing three wooden footbridges, until it joins up with a tarmac path.

Turn left and follow the tarmac path passing a number of cattle grids.  Turn right through a gate by a cattle grid onto a tarmac lane (signed for the Red Lion).  Follow the lane past the Red Lion on the right and then past the Green Man on the left to reach the t-junction with the High Street.  Turn left and follow the road passed the church to return to the tea garden.

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