A Walk Around Melbourn and Meldreth

From Meldreth Station, this circular walk takes you past two churches, through the Melwood Nature Reserve and past the British Queen Pub.

Technical sheet

A Meldreth walk posted on 14/04/21 by MSFCRP. Last update : 22/06/22
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 5.41 km
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    Calculated time: 1h35 
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    Difficulty: Easy

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    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 4 m
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    Vertical drop: - 4 m

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    Highest point: 28 m
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    Lowest point: 20 m
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    District: Meldreth 
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    Start/End: N 52.09108° / E 0.00898°

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Start : Meldreth Station

(S/E) From Meldreth Station, the walk starts by going onto the railway platform itself, then crossing the passenger bridge to get to the other side, where you then cross the field (South-East), goes under A10 towards Melbourn. The path eventually joins Station Road and leads to the Grade II * Listed All Saints Church.

(1) From the Church take a walk left (North-East) along High Street through the village. Then at the junction with The Moor, turn on Moor street then on your left-hand side find the Hub.

(2) Turn left again at the Moor (North-East) and follow the road past Melbourn Village College.

(3) Turn left (South-West) just after the children's playground. You then continue across Melbourn FC playing fields and then at the end, turn right (North-West) on the path running along River Mel on your left-hand side. Pass under the major A10 road then head across the field towards the railway track.

(4) Cross the railway track over a stile, and continue into Melwood Nature Reserve. The path runs through woods and along the chalk stream river Mel on your left. At the end of the path is Grade I listed Meldreth Church on North End road.

(5) Turn left (West) at the church from where you can return to the station walking along North End road then High Street through Meldreth Village passing the British Queen Pub.

(6) Just past Woodland Drive on your left, look for the footpath sign on Meldreth High Street which will bring you back onto Meldreth Station platform through a kissing gate.(S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 24 m - Meldreth Railway Station
  2. 1 : km 1 - alt. 27 m - All Saints Church Melbourn
  3. 2 : km 1.46 - alt. 24 m - The Moor
  4. 3 : km 1.84 - alt. 23 m - Footpath
  5. 4 : km 2.83 - alt. 23 m - Railway Crossing with Stile
  6. 5 : km 3.95 - alt. 22 m - Holy Trinity Church Meldreth
  7. 6 : km 5.36 - alt. 24 m - Footpath off High Street
  8. S/E : km 5.41 - alt. 24 m - Meldreth Railway Station

Useful Information

Walk not suitable for wheelchairs/buggys: includes a railway bridge, stiles, crossing railway tracks and kissing gate.

Car park : If you come by car, note that it's better to start the walk somewhere between points (1) and (2), where there is street parking.

Refreshment :

  • The Hub, a community-run café offering hot and cold food, and great cakes.
  • The British Queen Pub a quaint traditional free house with homemade, locally sourced food.

More information at Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership here.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

Reviews and comments

4.3 / 5
Based on 2 reviews

Clarity of route description
3.5 / 5
Clarity of route map
5 / 5
Walk interest
4.5 / 5
le Mon 07 Nov 2022 04:36:39 EST

Overall rating: 4.3 / 5

Date of walk: 05/11/22
Clarity of route description: ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map: ★★★★★ Very good
Walk interest: ★★★★☆ Good

We deviated to walk the footpaths that were shown on the map extract, that crossed the railway line and A10, did a loop near Melbourn and then returned. This deviation avoided the walk along roads in Melbourn, and was in open countryside.
The portion alongside the river is very pleasant.

le Tue 07 Dec 2021 07:40:14 EST

Hi Simon,

Thanks heaps for this feedback. It's always important so we can adjust the great job our contributors do. Feel free to post some of your hikes so we can go explore some new places of yours.

I have readjusted the description. Indeed the time will change depending of the hiker's pace.

Have a great day and carry on hiking ;-)

Delphine - Community Developper

le Mon 22 Nov 2021 05:13:03 EST

Overall rating: 4 / 5

Date of walk: 20/11/21
Clarity of route description: ★★★☆☆ Average
Clarity of route map: N/A
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

Fantastic walk, though not that well explained. I've never seen so many thatched houses. This is a really beautiful area, and the walk through the nature reserve is wonderful.

With regard to the descriptions, I would add the following comments, which may help future walkers:

D/A: Assuming you have parked in Meldreth Station car park, the walk starts by going onto the railway platform itself, then crossing the passenger bridge to get to the other side, where you then cross the field. However you should note there is a cost to park in the station car park, even on Sundays, and one of the parking conditions is that you are using the railway, which you aren't. It might be better if the walk started somewhere between Points 1 and 2, where there is street parking.

1: We assumed the walk "through the village" was a right turn at the church, in fact it's a left turn. NB. I would probably avoid The Hub - there are endless Covid rules and regulations to follow.

3: It would help if the description said you turn left just after the children's playground. You then continue across Melbourn FC playing fields and then at the end, turn right. It's not clear from the description where exactly you turn right, we thought we might have gone completely wrong at this point (as we weren't sure we had taken the correct left turn earlier) but you eventually find yourself on a pathway which runs along the River Mel (the water of which is incredibly clear) and then under the A10.

The only other thing I would say is that this walk took longer than 1hr30, but we were with a young one which no doubt added some time. It is however ideal for children, as it's an easy walk.

In conclusion, I thoroughly recommend this walk, it's a beautiful area with lots of interesting things to see, so many thanks to whoever created and posted it here (despite my comments about the description!)

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