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The Ouse Valley Way is a 150-mile route following the River Great Ouse from its source in Syresham, Northamptonshire to the Wash near King's Lynn.

More details regarding walking the route can be found on the Long Distance Walking Association website, the governing body for walking long distances recognised by Sport England.

Huntingdonshire section

A 26 mile section of the Ouse Valley Way runs through Huntingdonshire, winding its way from St Neots to Earith. This is maintained by Cambridgeshire County Council, who is responsible for public rights of way in Cambridgeshire.

To report an issue on the Ouse Valley Way footpath, please contact Cambridgeshire County Council on 0345 0455212 or via their website.

We work with the Great Ouse Valley Trust and its partners to increase biodiversity and promote the Great Ouse Valley. More details are available on their website.

Disabled access

Most of the paths along the Ouse Valley Way are unsurfaced so may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.  For those with limited mobility, some stiles have been replaced by kissing gates. However, there are hard surfaced paths suitable for wheelchair users at the Riverside Park in St Neots, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve in Little Paxton, Castle Park in Huntingdon and the Thicket in St Ives.


We hope you will enjoy your walk, but please remember:

  • do not attempt the walk if it is flooded or at risk from flooding

  • never be tempted to swim in the locks and gravel pits and don’t let your children play next to them - they are dangerous, deep and cold

  • avoid contact with the water, you may be at risk from Weil’s disease and the water may be affected by blue-green algae

  • giant hogweed, which looks similar to cow parsley, can cause serious rashes

  • wear long trousers, a top with sleeves and strong, waterproof footwear as the routes can be wet and muddy

  • please keep your dog under control, particularly around cattle, sheep and horses.