Tour de France - Stage 3: Cambridge to London


Dreamy spires, chocolate box villages and London’s iconic sights, this stage of the race is England at its most quintessential.

Bicycle-mad Cambridge was the appropriate start for the Tour de France’s third leg. Now the racers have passed through, swing your leg over the saddle and explore winding streets, while listening out for the sound of Kings College Choir as you pass the chapel’s iconic spires. Cross the meandering River Cam and head out of town, by way of the Botanic Gardens and its 40 acres of blooms.

Then head onto Saffron Walden, a town that’s awash with quaint pubs and neatly-trimmed hedges. And if you can’t get enough of chocolate box scenes, make sure you stop off at neighbouring Finchingfield, widely regarded as England’s most beautiful village.

From nearby Chelmsford lies Epping Forest, where Henry VIII is rumoured to have hunted. Relive the excitement of London 2012 as you make your way through the east of the capital via Stratford and the Olympic Park.

Keep your eyes peeled as you get closer to the finish line: you’ll pass the Tower of London, where Anne Boleyn met her fate, St Paul’s Cathedral and (drum-roll), Buckingham Palace, before completing your bike ride at The Mall.

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