Chisholm Trail

Map overview of Chisholm Trail

Chisholm Trail Overview Map

Chisholm Trail overview map

Published on 20 Jul 2021


The Chisholm Trail is an exciting new walking and cycling route, creating a mostly off-road and traffic-free route between Cambridge Station and the new Cambridge North Station. It will link to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus in the south and to the business and science parks in the north. In all the full trail provides a 26 kilometre route from Trumpington and Addenbrookes to St Ives. The central section from Cambridge Central Railway Station to Cambridge North Railway Station, which this project deals with, is a 3.5 kilometre route.

The north-to-south, route which closely follows the railway line, provides a quicker and safer route across Cambridge. It would be largely off-road or along quiet streets, avoiding busy junctions and would link up green spaces in Cambridge including: Coldham’s Common, the Leper Chapel Meadows and Barnwell Lake area, with Ditton Meadows (as well as Stourbridge Common beyond).

Contracts were awarded to Tarmac for construction of both the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Chisholm Trail foot and cycleway (Phase 1) and the Cambridgeshire County Council funded Abbey-Chesterton Bridge last last year.

A start of works ceremony was held on 8 March 2019 on Ditton Meadows. Temporary metal fencing now encloses the areas of work on Ditton Meadows and a site office has been constructed off Ditton Walk. Works to date include the creation of a 350m 'haul road' to the bridge construction area.

Phase One covers the area from Cambridge North Station to Coldham's Lane and links up green spaces in the north of the city creating an off-road route between Stourbridge Common, Ditton Meadows, the Leper Chapel, Barnwell Lakes and Coldham's Common.


A series of closures to allow work to upgrade the northern towpath by the new Abbey-Chesterton Bridge will begin next week.

The closures are needed so work to upgrade the towpath as part of the Chisholm Trail can be completed. While the work is underway signs diverting cyclists and pedestrians along Fen Road will be in place.

The towpath will be closed for four weeks between Monday 26 July to Friday 20 August. It is then planned to close for two weeks between 30 August to Friday 10 September.

The timings of the towpath closures have been agreed with the Cam Conservators, who are the navigation authority for the River Cam.

The diversion route for the first closure (26/7/21-20/08/21) will be along Haling Way, onto Fen Road and re-joining the river east of the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge.


Towpath diversion from 26-7-21 to 20-8-21

The second closure (30/8/21-10/9/21) will be joining Fen Road opposite the Fallowfield junction, along Fen Road and re-joins the river east of the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge.

Towpath diversion from 30-8-21 to 10-9-21

In June Newmarket Road was closed to install the head beams for the underpass. There will be further overnight closures in due course as work continues on the underpass which will be announced as work progresses.

The underpass will provide quicker and safer journeys for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also improve traffic flows on Newmarket Road, as people will no longer need to cross using the signalled pedestrian crossing on Newmarket Road when using the Trail.

Work on the jetty path (NCN 51) linking Stourbridge Common with Ditton Meadows is now open for public use.

Work on the jetty has been part of phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail, which will link Cambridge North Railway Station with Coldham's Lane. Back in early November the over 40m-long Abbey-Chesterton Bridge was lifted into place over the River Cam in November 2020 and the bridge and Phase 1 of the Trail is due to open in autumn 2021.

Phase 1 Chisholm Trail tube map


Phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail is approaching completion, and we have now started the planning work for Phase 2.

During this early design review stage, we are starting to talk to landowners and stakeholders. We will need their agreement to build phase 2 of the Trail as we will require access to land owned by Network Rail and others in order for the Trail to be completed.

We are also starting to look at the design elements of the Trail including improving the on road sections, which junctions need improving, and how we link the parts of the Trail that are close to the railway line with the other sections.

We want to deliver phase 2 as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to deliver sections as the land that we need becomes available, rather than wait for everything to be agreed before we start.

Phase 2 Chisholm Trail tube map

Chisholm Trail phases 1 and 2 line maps

Chisholm Trail phases 1 and 2 line maps

Published on 20 Jul 2021


The map (above right) is a representation of the proposed walking and cycling route including possible access points. The off-road sections are shown in orange and the on-road sections are shown in purple.

The Trail would make it easier for students cycling to Cambridge Regional College, for commuters arriving at the planned Cambridge North Station to walk to workplaces south of the river and for workers to travel between the Science Park, Business Park, Addenbrooke’s and the Biomedical Campus. It also links to leisure facilities like Cambridge Leisure Park and Abbey Pool.

Read more about the Chisholm Trail project background

Chisholm Trail Gallery

Head beam for the underpass being lifted into place


Updates on the project are available via subscription to the the Greater Cambridge Partnership's e-news bulletins and emails.

A Local Liaison Forum (LLF) has been set up for this project to provide  dialogue between the project team and members of the local community. The Forum enables local communities to keep up to date and to have their say outside of formal consultation processes. The LLFs are open to the public.


The scheme will benefit residents, students and commuters by improving access to key locations and easing congestion on these routes

  • Cutting Congestion
  • Quick, direct route linking major employment and railway stations
  • Quiet, mostly motor traffic-free routes
  • Opens up currently private green spaces to the public
  • Makes cycling a more attractive way to get to work
  • Provides major health benefits
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