Varsity March: 20–21 June 2015

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The Varsity March is an annual 81 mile (131 km) sponsored walk from Oxford to Cambridge, organised by Cambridge University Rambling Club and also involving members of Oxford University Walking Club.

We are raising sponsorship for two charities supporting homeless people: Jimmy's Night Shelter in Cambridge, and The Gatehouse in Oxford. Please sponsor us via our JustGiving page.

During the event, there will be live maps available on this page, showing our progress using GPS data.

The bouncing sheep shows our current position on the aerial photo. The red line is our planned route, plotted from an Ordnance Survey map. (The line might appear a few metres away from the actual path.)

Live progress (schedule in black, GPS data in red where available):

  Actual
speed/duration
Scheduled
speed/duration
11:56 SatDeparted Oxford, St. Mary's Church  
11:56 Sat – 14:40 SatWalked 8.0 miles (12.8 km)2.9 mph (4.7 km/h)2.9 mph (4.6 km/h)
14:40 Sat – 14:44 SatBreak at 0.2 miles (0.3 km) before Waterstock, church3 minutesUnscheduled
14:44 Sat – 14:54 SatWalked 0.2 miles (0.3 km)0.7 mph (1.2 km/h)2.8 mph (4.5 km/h)
14:54 Sat – 15:08 SatBreak at Waterstock, church15 minutes25 minutes
15:08 Sat – 16:30 SatWalked 3.1 miles (5.0 km)2.3 mph (3.7 km/h)2.8 mph (4.5 km/h)
16:30 Sat – 16:34 SatBreak at 0.9 miles (1.4 km) after Shabbington, church3 minutesUnscheduled
16:34 Sat – 17:00 SatWalked 1.3 miles (2.1 km)3.0 mph (4.8 km/h)2.8 mph (4.5 km/h)
17:00 Sat – 17:14 SatBreak at Long Crendon, crossroads14 minutes10 minutes
17:14 Sat – 18:30 SatWalked 3.8 miles (6.1 km)3.0 mph (4.8 km/h)2.8 mph (4.4 km/h)
18:30 Sat – 18:47 SatBreak at Cuddington, crossroads17 minutes10 minutes
18:47 Sat – 20:00 SatWalked 3.3 miles (5.3 km)2.7 mph (4.3 km/h)2.7 mph (4.4 km/h)
20:00 Sat – 20:11 SatBreak at Weir Lodge (near Fairy Hill)10 minutes10 minutes
20:11 Sat – 20:32 SatWalked 1.0 miles (1.6 km)2.8 mph (4.5 km/h)2.7 mph (4.3 km/h)
20:32 Sat – 20:39 SatBreak at 0.5 miles (0.8 km) before Haydon Mill Farm (site of)7 minutesUnscheduled
20:39 Sat – 21:04 SatWalked 1.4 miles (2.2 km)3.3 mph (5.2 km/h)2.7 mph (4.3 km/h)
21:04 Sat – 21:10 SatBreak at 0.9 miles (1.5 km) after Haydon Mill Farm (site of)6 minutesUnscheduled
21:10 Sat – 21:36 SatWalked 0.9 miles (1.5 km)2.1 mph (3.4 km/h)2.7 mph (4.3 km/h)
21:36 Sat – 22:35 SatBreak at Aylesbury, town square59 minutes105 minutes
22:35 Sat – 01:15 SunWalked 6.4 miles (10.3 km)2.4 mph (3.9 km/h)2.6 mph (4.3 km/h)
01:15 Sun – 01:49 SunBreak at Marsworth, towpath meets road34 minutes15 minutes
01:49 Sun – 02:14 SunWalked 1.5 miles (2.3 km)3.6 mph (5.8 km/h)2.6 mph (4.2 km/h)
02:14 Sun – 02:24 SunBreak at 0.2 miles (0.3 km) before Cross railway11 minutesUnscheduled
02:24 Sun – 02:45 SunWalked 1.3 miles (2.1 km)3.9 mph (6.2 km/h)2.6 mph (4.2 km/h)
02:45 Sun – 03:04 SunBreak at Ivinghoe, church19 minutes10 minutes
03:04 Sun – 04:07 SunWalked 3.1 miles (4.9 km)2.9 mph (4.7 km/h)2.6 mph (4.1 km/h)
04:07 Sun – 04:54 SunBreak at Northall, pub46 minutes15 minutes
04:54 Sun – 05:51 SunWalked 3.2 miles (5.2 km)3.4 mph (5.5 km/h)2.5 mph (4.1 km/h)
05:51 Sun – 06:21 SunBreak at Sewell Farm31 minutes10 minutes
06:21 Sun – 07:43 SunWalked 4.1 miles (6.6 km)3.0 mph (4.9 km/h)2.5 mph (4.0 km/h)
07:43 Sun – 08:25 SunBreak at Bridge over M1 motorway41 minutes15 minutes
08:25 Sun – 09:26 SunWalked 3.0 miles (4.8 km)3.0 mph (4.8 km/h)2.5 mph (4.0 km/h)
09:26 Sun – 10:19 SunBreak at Track crosses A6, north of Luton53 minutes10 minutes
10:19 Sun – 10:57 SunWalked 2.2 miles (3.5 km)3.5 mph (5.6 km/h)2.5 mph (3.9 km/h)
10:57 Sun – 11:54 SunBreak at Invisible picnic tables58 minutes40 minutes
11:54 Sun – 12:58 SunWalked 3.3 miles (5.3 km)3.1 mph (5.0 km/h)2.4 mph (3.9 km/h)
12:58 Sun – 13:22 SunBreak at Punch's Cross 24 minutes10 minutes
13:22 Sun – 13:42 SunWalked 1.1 miles (1.8 km)3.3 mph (5.3 km/h)2.4 mph (3.9 km/h)
13:42 Sun – 13:57 SunBreak at 0.9 miles (1.4 km) before Ickleford, church15 minutesUnscheduled
13:57 Sun – 14:54 SunWalked 2.4 miles (3.8 km)2.5 mph (4.0 km/h)2.4 mph (3.8 km/h)
 Missed scheduled break at Ickleford, church 10 minutes
14:54 Sun – 15:01 SunBreak at 0.2 miles (0.3 km) after Wilbury Hill, path meets road7 minutesUnscheduled
15:01 Sun – 15:18 SunWalked 0.9 miles (1.4 km)3.1 mph (5.0 km/h)2.4 mph (3.8 km/h)
15:18 Sun – 15:30 SunBreak at 0.1 miles (0.2 km) before Letchworth, junction near station11 minutesUnscheduled
15:30 Sun – 15:35 SunWalked 0.2 miles (0.2 km)1.6 mph (2.5 km/h)2.4 mph (3.8 km/h)
15:35 Sun – 16:30 SunBreak at Letchworth, junction near station55 minutes50 minutes
16:30 Sun – 17:22 SunWalked 2.5 miles (4.0 km)2.9 mph (4.6 km/h)2.4 mph (3.8 km/h)
17:22 Sun – 17:44 SunBreak at Path meets A507 (near Baldock)22 minutes10 minutes
17:44 Sun – 19:01 SunWalked 4.0 miles (6.5 km)3.1 mph (5.0 km/h)2.3 mph (3.7 km/h)
19:01 Sun – 19:39 SunBreak at Ashwell, road junction37 minutes15 minutes
19:39 Sun – 20:44 SunWalked 3.5 miles (5.6 km)3.2 mph (5.1 km/h)2.3 mph (3.7 km/h)
20:44 Sun – 21:39 SunBreak at Litlington, track crosses road55 minutes10 minutes
21:39 Sun – 22:15 SunWalked 2.1 miles (3.3 km)3.4 mph (5.5 km/h)2.3 mph (3.6 km/h)
22:15 Sun – 23:07 SunBreak at Track crosses A119852 minutes30 minutes
23:07 Sun – 23:55 SunWalked 2.6 miles (4.2 km)3.3 mph (5.3 km/h)2.2 mph (3.6 km/h)
23:55 Sun – 00:37 MonBreak at Meldreth, station42 minutes10 minutes
00:37 Mon – 01:49 MonWalked 3.7 miles (6.0 km)3.1 mph (5.0 km/h)2.2 mph (3.6 km/h)
01:49 Mon – 02:40 MonBreak at Barrington, village green51 minutes10 minutes
02:40 Mon – 03:27 MonWalked 1.6 miles (2.6 km)2.0 mph (3.3 km/h)2.2 mph (3.5 km/h)
03:27 Mon – 03:37 MonBreak at Haslingfield, church10 minutes10 minutes
03:37 Mon – 05:16 MonWalked 3.3 miles (5.2 km)2.0 mph (3.2 km/h)2.2 mph (3.5 km/h)
05:16 Mon – 05:28 MonBreak at Grantchester, Rupert Brooke11 minutes10 minutes
05:28 Mon – 06:34 MonWalked 2.0 miles (3.3 km)1.8 mph (3.0 km/h)2.1 mph (3.5 km/h)
06:34 Mon – 06:37 MonBreak at 0.4 miles (0.6 km) before Cambridge, Great St. Mary's church3 minutesUnscheduled
06:37 Mon – 06:47 MonWalked 0.4 miles (0.6 km)1.9 mph (3.1 km/h)2.1 mph (3.4 km/h)
06:47 MonArrived at Cambridge, Great St. Mary's church  

Itinerary and Maps


Matthew Ford, 18 June 2015.   Email: