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Jesus Green, Cambridge

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Jesus Green is a park in the north of central Cambridge, England. It is located north of Jesus College, hence the name. Jesus Ditch runs along the southern edge Jesus Green. On the northern edge of Jesus Green is the River Cam, with Chesterton Road (the A1303) on the opposite side. To the east is Victoria Avenue and beyond that Midsummer Common, common land that is still used for grazing. Victoria Avenue crosses the Cam at Victoria Bridge, connecting to Chesterton Road, at the northeastern corner of Jesus Green.Jesus Green was separated from Midsummer Common in 1890 when Victoria Avenue was built. Jesus Green has since become a park and is no longer maintained in a state suitable for grazing.The Jesus Green Swimming Pool is a lido on the northern edge of Jesus Green next to the River Cam. It is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos built across the country in the 1920s. It is among the longest outdoor swimming pools in Europe at 100 yards (91 m) in length.Close by on the River Cam is Jesus Lock. The stretch north (downstream) of Jesus Lock is sometimes called the lower river. The stretch between Jesus Lock and Baits Bite Lock is much used for rowing. There are also many residential boats on this stretch, their occupants forming a community who call themselves the Camboaters. The stretch above Jesus Lock is sometimes known as the middle river. Access for mechanically powered boats is prohibited above 'La Mimosa' public house (at the upstream end of Jesus Green) between 1 April and 30 September, when the middle (and upper) river are open only to manually propelled craft, many traditional flat-bottomed punts.
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  • I visit Cambridge regularly for work and this park is near my usual accomodation in the outside of town. It is a lovely spot, perfect and relaxing for a stroll after a long day of work , scouring over...  more »
  • Beautiful green space with wide walking paths next to the river Cam. A nice open space to get away from the nearby crowds at the university.There are decent public restrooms.  more »
  • just too far north for most of the tourist crowds. It's one of the few places you can get up and close with the river cam.  more »
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  • Next to the River Cam. A big open space, good for picnics. There are 6 tennis courts which are free to use (no reservation), although they are often very busy. Public toilets are available but they are often not in use.
  • Large open space ideal for big groups and picnics, however watch out for cyclists on pathways of varying speeds. Don't let your kids wander off as they could get knocked down by a bicycle. Plenty of interesting smells wafting around due to the student crowd too!
  • Great to relax and play sports. Beer festival each may is also great
  • Lovely park by the river. Nice little ice-cream and hotdog place. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful, large green space. It is perfect for jogging, yoga, ball games, picnics, frisbee etc. There is also a teeny tiny skating area, very popular with teens. A space for small children to play is also available. Above all, there are 6 tennis courts - 4 on asphalt and 2 on grass.

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