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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 Jesus Green has since become a park and is no longer maintained in a state suitable for grazing.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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  • Beautiful park. Paths all around, near the river Cam. Many people about enjoying the area. Also where fairs and events are held.  more »
  • Not particularly authoritative sized City Park, near stream of tourists, adjacent to downtown and reachable by a narrow walkway along the Canal and through the streets. The Center and most prestigious colleges are less than 10. For relaxing and at sgambate of runners and cheerful quadrupeds finally free from the leash of their respective hosts, allows the practice of various sporting activities with some fields available for athletes (from volleyball to tennis that also offers a budding structure, unlike those on synthetic carpet evidently available by reservation only). The adjoining bar and ample opportunity to picnic. By its end part freight canoes up the waterway by force of arms (with or without the aid of a young man). Avoid the large bathrooms (although partly out of service on the day of our visit on Sundays ...), manned by junkies, pushers and ugly guys. The park needs to be ' cleaned up ' for the good of families and users correct. Too bad.
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  • Beautiful awesome park. In my opinion the prettiest of the main Cambridge parks. A perfect spot to spend the summer afternoons/evenings with friends doing BBQs. A must -see for visitors in summer.
  • A lovely walk along the river. A trip to the playground with the children. Lovely weather and a good dose of fresh air. Perfect.
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