Since Cranfield University’s Walks formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside. If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining, hear from our existing members about their experiences of being part of the society:
Today I am talking to Jing. Hello Jing! Tell us something about yourself. I’m a PhD student in process system engineering in what was Cranfield’s School of Engineering (renamed to School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) as part of an ongoing change management programme).
What has been your role in the walking society? I used to help to organize local walks with Paul, a keen rambler from Cranfield village. He was very kind and offered to lead local walks now and then (once per month in 2013-2014) and I assisted him to take care of other things (walk posts, emails, transport etc.).
Congratulations! You have won an award at the latest Cranfield Students’ Association awards 2013/2014! The nomination read “Well done, Jing, great to see you gaining confidence and becoming a walk leader and an events organiser.” I won the award of “Bee’s knees” of the walking society in the academic year of 2013-2014. I am happy to get this unexpected award. I am also happy that I’m improving from the activities.
What have been your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? My favourite walks include weekend hikes in the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park, which are challenging but with amazing views. My favourite local walk is the one around Woburn deer park, in which you can see several different herds of deer in a very beautiful landscape.
What walking boots and other walking gear do you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Yes, waterproof boots and clothes are indispensable! Both my walking boots and clothes are Karrimor which I bought from the Sports Direct shop in MK center. The walking boots were less expensive and OK for not very wet conditions. But they proved not waterproof in very wet conditions! Besides, a pair of walking poles really helps in mountain climbing during weekend walks. I have a pair of walking poles by Trekrite that I bought from Amazon: they have survived very hash conditions such as mountain climbing in Scotland.
What does being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? Being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks opens the door of the UK’s landscape for me. I think I would have never walked around so many amazing places without joining the walking society. Also, it is an opportunity to go adventures. During weekend walks, you experience funny things, difficult challenges and warm helps from other members.
Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? I think joining the walking society means that you can enjoy beautiful views, enjoy talking with people during the walks, or be happy organizing your own walks. Also you can challenge yourself in weekend walks!
Thank you, Jing, really nice talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best with completing your PhD studies!
Would you like to get involved in running the walking society in the academic year 2016-2017? Get in touch.
Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.