Thursday 29 September – it was a lovely late afternoon and we supposed to be meeting at 5.30 in front of cafe bookshop. Arriving there couple of minutes early, I was certainly not expecting that. Wow, what a turnout! I counted just about 30 of us, going for a stroll across the fields towards North Crawley in glorious sunshine – students from various countries such as China, Malta, Egypt, Greece, Germany and USA – many especially from MSc course in Logistics Management. After tackling some unruly stiles, whizzing through couple of kissing gates, tasting some blackberries and taking a shortcut across a field, we stopped for some homemade ice cream and a cake at Angela’s farm shop at Lodge Farm to cool off, before heading back via stables and arriving at Cranfield University just as the dusk set in. Our walking party was quite spread out so I am sorry to those I have not said ‘good night’ to. Special thanks to Graham and Simon who coordinated the walk back and front.
PS: remember, you can buy Lodge Farm milk in CSA shop – the greenest milk on campus as it is produced locally, merely 2 km away from the university, and supplied in glass bottles that can be returned, washed, back at the CSA shop.
I am currently writing the aims and objectives for our new walking society “cranfielduniversitywalks” which ought to be easy. I thought there should definitely be something about promoting walking as an alternative means of transport – i.e. walking to neighbouring villages such as Cranfield, although one of our members walks daily as far as Newport Pagnell! I then had a discussion with our University’s Transport Team, after I suggested to them to include a link to our new website on their intranet web page. What came out of this discussion was that our Transport team does not view walking as a means of transport and therefore it does not deem it appropriate mentioning walking (and us) on their web page. Interesting, I thought. A day or so passed and I received a call from the Transport Team saying they changed their mind and they will be including walking info on their intranet page in the future. But I am still bit baffled – is walking means of transport? Yes, no, maybe?
Note: Cranfield University’s Transport Team gave a permission for our group to have a discussion on this topic on our blog.
Thursday 22 September 2011: Today our first enrolment event for “cranfielduniversitywalks” took place. This was a great opportunity to promote our new society and learn about your ideas for future walks. Suggestions included: Greensand Ridge walk, a visit to see the hill figures in Oxfordshire, and a Halloween walk to meet the headless ghost of Lady Snagge at Cranfield village. We’ve also had an offer for a guided walk from Ampthill to Woburn and for a walk in and around Newport Pagnell. Many thanks for all those wonderful ideas – I hope you agree if I say that our walk plan for the coming year is certainly turning out to be a very interesting one!
If you like to sign up to our new society, you can meet us tomorrow at CSA between 12 -14 hours. More suggestions on walk routes and offers to lead a walk are all very welcomed!
This is a site for the new walking society at Cranfield University. Here we advertise events, share maps, information and photos from our walks.
Paths at Cranfield
The rural location of Cranfield University is ideal for exploring its surroundings on foot whilst avoiding the road – there are numerous paths to neighbouring villages and towns – whether you are after some shopping, a cultural event, a good running route or just a walk. Join one of our walks (see Events Calendar) , visit our Maps page for our “classic” walks routes, or just ask and we point you into the right direction.