I was in Cambridge last week and did a walking tour there (when it wasn’t raining) called 800 Years of Death and Disease in Cambridge. Sounds cheerful, doesn’t it?
This Cambridge walking tour is produced by the Institute of Public Health of the University of Cambridge, as part of the university’s 800th birthday, and is entirely available online through Stride Guides. You can download a podcast or mp3 of the walk to play on your own iPod. If your iPod is suffiently advanced, the different chapters/stops of the walk each have a different photo of the building you’re supposed to be at. There’s also a map you need to print out so you can follow the route.It’s kind of weird walking around with your iPod and map. A friendly old lady already asked me if I needed help finding something when she saw me standing somewhere, map in hand, and looking around.
It’s kind of weird walking around with your iPod and map. A friendly old lady already asked me if I needed help finding something when she saw me standing somewhere, map in hand, and looking around.The walk goes past fifteen locations in Cambridge that are connected to public health. It starts with the oldest building in Cambridge, 11th century “St
The walk goes past fifteen locations in Cambridge that are connected to public health. It starts with the oldest building in Cambridge, 11th century St Bene’t’s Church, because before there were hospitals and such, monasteries were the main form of social security.
One of the other stops along the route was Magdalene Bridge, which was the dumping site of a medieval open sewer. Yuck.
(Not currently a sewer)
The last stop along the tour, which was mostly chronological, was The Eagle – the pub where Watson and Crick announced the structure of DNA.
I didn’t do the walk in order, because there was a lot of out-of-the-way excessive detouring, but I was able to jump back and forth in the podcast quite easily to find the stops in a different order. I’m not so good at listening to spoken word while doing something else, though, even if that other thing involves looking at buildings. And since the tour mostly involves walking to a building, turning on the podcast, and listening to a story while standing around, I think you’ll get equal value from listening to all the tracks on the website, and you don’t actually have to physically do the walk.