Day 51 – Sunday 8th July
Cambridge to Luton
Timings may change
6.38 am Cambridge
The sprint around the quad in Trinity College is re-created as starting event of Day 51 of the Olympic Torch relay. It will then journey in a punt along the River Cam at about 6.50 am. Off the river it’s along Magdalene Street, Castle Street and onto the A1307 Huntingdon Road as far as the Girton town sign.
Convoy – Cambridge to St Ives
7.53 am St Ives, Cambridgeshire
From the Needingworth Road junction the torch continues along Meadow Lane before turning left into Cromwell Place. Then it’s right into Market Hill, The Pavement, The Broadway and The Waits. Next right onto Ramsey Road and left onto the A1123 Houghton Road as far as Hill Rise.
Convoy – St Ives to Huntingdon
8.18 am Huntingdon
The torch will resume its journey from the Old Houghton Road junction along the B1514 Main Street before turning right into Desborough Road. Then left into Mayfield Road and back onto Desborough Road, Hertford Road, Riverside Road before reaching the High Street. From there it’s along to George Street and to the B1514 Brampton Road as far as Huntingdon Station.
Convoy – Huntingdon to Bedford
9.32 am Bedford
The Bedford leg starts on the A428 Goldington Road from Chapel Close. The torch crew takes a break at Barker’s Lane before continuing along Newnham Avenue, The Embankment before turning left into the High Street. Then it’s along the A600 London Road into Harrowden Road as far as Worcester Road.
Convoy – Bedford to Cotton End
10.52 am Cotton End, Bedfordshire
The torch progresses along the A600 High Road from Hermitage Gardens to the national speed limit sign on the south side of the village.
Convoy – Cotton End to Letchworth
11.19 am Letchworth Garden City
The Letchworth leg goes along Norton Road from Church Lane turning into Norton Way North and Norton Way South. The torch then turns right into Station Road then Leys Avenue, Eastcheap, Gernon Road and back onto Norton Way South. The final Letchworth stretch is along Pixmore Way as far as Ridge Ave.
Convoy – Letchworth to Stevenage
12.01 pm Stevenage
The torch is back on the road at North Road near Franklins Road. It heads down the High Street before veering off to the left onto Letchmore Road and right into Trinity Road and Sish Lane where the torch crew take a lunch break in King George V Playing Fields.
The second part of the relay starts at about 1pm. This takes them out of the park onto the cycle track next to Fairlands Way, through the roundabout and up onto St Georges Way. And turn into Six Hills Way before coming to an end at Norton Road.
Convoy – Stevenage to Welwyn Garden City
1.40 pm Welwyn Garden City
The relay proceeds along Digswell Road starting near Knightsfield Road. It’ll go around The Campus into Bridge Road to get onto Parkway. Then it’s all along Parkway and then left onto Stanborough Road (A6129), then Broadwater Road and right onto the A1000 Chequers as far as Raymonds Plain.
A Food Festival will take place throughout the day in Welwyn Garden City town centre and there will be a giant picnic area on The Campus.
Convoy – Welwyn Garden City to Hatfield
2.30 pm Hatfield
Before the main Hatfield stretch starts there will be a brief visit to the historic Hatfield Hall where Queen Elizabeth I learned of her accession to the throne in 1558. The Torch then goes through the George’s Gate at around 2.58 pm heading towards French Horn Lane and left onto Queensway and then Cavendish Way crossing over the A1(M). Then it’s onto St Albans Road West and Mosquito Way to the University of Hertfordshire and the Herts Youth Games where there is a crew break. The final stage of the Hatfield leg is along the A1057 St Albans Road West.
In Hatfield town centre, a Family Fun Day will host an African market, sporting events and activities including a BMX half-pipe, climbing wall and inflatables. An entertainment stage will be in the town centre with Wenlock the Olympic Mascot.
Convoy – Hatfield to St Albans
4.06 pm St Albans
The starting point is Charlotte Close heading west along the A1057 Hatfield Road into Catherine Street and Folly Lane. It finished this leg at Verulam Road.
Convoy – St Albans to Hemel Hempstead
4.58 pm Hemel Hempstead
The torch gets going again from the Bartel Close junction on Leverstock Green Road. Then it’s St Albans Road, round the Magic Roundabout onto the Leighton Buzzard Road, Moor End Road, Moor End pedestrian area, The Marlowes and Queensway as far as Woodhall Lane.
Convoy – Hemel Hempstead to Luton
6.12 pm Luton
The final stop of the day is Luton starting out on London Road near the “Welcome To Luton” sign. The route is London Road, Castle Street, George Street, Manchester Street, New Bedford Road, Wardown Park pathway, Old Bedford Road into Pope’s Meadow where the Evening Celebration takes place as part of the Love Luton 2012 Festival.