In the 16th and 17th centuries the area around Wandlebury was open grassland. Students from the University used to come up here to take part in games and sports such as bowling, running, jumping, shooting and wrestling. The University did all they could to prevent this kind of nonsense and issued a decree forbidding "scholars of what degree so ever, to resort or go to any play or game either kept at Gog Magog Hills or elsewhere within five miles radius of Cambridge on pain of a fine of 6s 8d" (What a contrast to today when universities promote so many sports.) Luckily for the participants the open nature of the hill meant that any approaching University Proctor could be spotted long before his arrival! In 1620 games were planned to take place at Wandlebury under the designation of "Olympic Games" but the Vice-Chancellor of the University managed to prevent them taking place. Interestingly the new Olympic Stadium in London has a very similar shape and dimensions to Wandlebury Ring.