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Getting outside and taking in some fresh air has been proven to improve productivity. Being at your most productive is important, particularly for professionals on business trips. Being away from your office can after all come with a variety of distractions.

Cambridge for example is full of great festivals, events, activities, and attractions that could shift your focus. Indulging in a much needed break is the key to mixing business and leisure positively on a corporate trip. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel too far while staying in Cambridge to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air.

Below, we reveal 5 of the best walking routes in and around Cambridge that provide the perfect break from work, allow you to see the beauty of the region, and reap all the physical and mental rewards of getting fresh air.

1. The Backs

The most beautiful walks can be found in the very centre of the city. The Backs is an iconic walking route, it’s even considered by many as one of the most spectacular in Britain. This concise description from Lonely Planet explains why:

“Behind the Cambridge colleges’ grandiose facades and stately courts, a series of gardens and parks line up beside the river. Collectively known as the Backs, the tranquil green spaces and shimmering waters offer unparalleled views of the colleges and are often the most enduring image of Cambridge for visitors. 

The picture-postcard snapshots of student life and graceful bridges can be seen from the riverside pathways and pedestrian bridges – or the comfort of a chauffeur-driven punt.”

Come rain or shine, a stroll through the Backs offers a great way to admire the striking good looks of the city as well as enjoy a whistle-stop tour of Cambridge’s most stunning university buildings.

2. Coveney Byall Fen

A favourite with local dog walkers, Coveney Byall Fen is the region’s best kept secret. It’s also a popular bird watching site with many ground nesting birds breeding here.

The fen is currently at the heart of the conservation efforts of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire. The two organisations have teamed up to create a new area of wet grassland next to the famous, neighbouring nature reserve, Ouse Washes. In addition to appreciating local wildlife, visitors can admire the wide open space available outside the city.

3. Anglesey Abbey

Another popular spot for the city’s dog owners, Anglesey Abbey is pretty as a picture. Despite being a relatively short walking route, the trail takes you through varied scenery.

You can enjoy views of National Trust site, Lode Mill, the origins of which can be traced back to the Domesday survey in 1086. The path follows an equally as ancient watercourse along disused railway tracks and through quaint villages.

4. Beechwoods

This local nature reserve is based just 20 minutes from Cambridge city centre, yet you’ll feel a million miles away amongst its towering beech trees. Beechwoods is a beautiful sight all year round, but its changing colours during Autumn are particularly striking. Visiting during spring also reveals a welcome surprise. Delicate white helleborine orchids thrive at the bases of these old beech trees come springtime.

5. Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows

Seasoned hikers who are looking for a challenge during their Cambridge trip, should head to Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows in nearby Godmanchester.

The route offers 8 miles of watery scenery and a chance to discover a range of hidden gems, such as Castle Hill, Godmanchester Steam Mill, and the area’s Norman motte and bailey castle.

Find the perfect base for your upcoming business trip by choosing our responsible accommodation options. Our serviced apartments are based in the centre of Cambridge, meaning you can explore the great outdoors – as well as a range of indoor attractions during your downtime.