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Sunday 14 October: Special interest walk – Dunstable Downs NOT CANCELLED

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Dunstable Downs: an extensive chalk and grassland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a walk not to be missed!-)

Amazing views, kite flying and an opportunity to taste the traditional Bedfordshire clanger.


UPDATE ON 13 October: the walk is back on and we still have  places available – if interested, get in touch with us to book – email walking@cranfield.ac.uk

Walk itinerary: 
 Meet in front of the Cafe Book Shop
Depart at 12:30 PM
Total walk length: circa 10 km (6 miles).                                                                                     Return: circa 18:00 hours.                                                                                                           Terrain: can be bit muddy, there are some stiles to climb over.  Wear walking boots or trainers plus other clothing suitable for country paths.

Stop for lunch at the Chilterns Gateway Centre at the start of the walk.

 Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor

Please note: Cost associated is £5 for members and £10 for non members.                          

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.


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Dunstable Downs are one of the 38 Areas of Natural Outstanding Beauty designated in the UK. Learn about Dunstable Downs’s fascinating geology thanks to our walk leader David Thompson, who teaches this subject at Birbeck College, University of London.

This will be a circular walk starting and ending at Chilterns Gateway Centre, that is located about 30 km (19 miles) south of Cranfield University.This pleasant walk will take us along the boundary of Whipsnade Wildlife Park , after a stop to see the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral that was planted by Mr EK Blyth between 1931 and 1939.


Walk on sunny Saturday 6 October: exploring Cranfield

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Update on Saturday morning 6 October:  due to a long period of rain yesterday evening, please note that this route might be bit muddy today. If your shoes are not waterproof, you may want to bring with you a change of socks or another pair of shoes just in case.

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop by the large chestnut tree                                                 Depart at 12.30 hours                                                                                                                       13.15 hours – meeting Paul, our guide, at Cranfield village;  by the gate  where the footpath from Cranfield University leads into the road  (click on the hyperlink to see the point as an arrow on this map). For those who live in Cranfield village, you can join us there at 13.15 hours.                                                                                                                            Total walk length: circa 13.5 km (8.5 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 17.30 hours                                                                                                                    Bring with you a packed lunch and a bottle of water (optional stop at Co-op supermarket at Cranfield village)                                                                                                                                   Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths.                
There is no cost associated with attending this walk. No bookings required, just turn up. Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Photos from last year’ walk: More than 30 Cranfield University’s students enjoyed this pleasant walk through Cranfield’s countryside on one sunny October day.

On Saturday 6 October we are going to do a repeat of last year’s walk led by Paul from Cranfield village. The weather forecast is perfect – sunshine all day long!  Paul is a keen walker and a member of Ouse Valley Ramblers walking group. Paul says about this walk: This will be a circular walk from Cranfield village in south-easterly direction, taking in woods and  open fields; providing good views of the undulating countryside. It will introduce  students to some of the features of Bedfordshire with a bit of information on the industrial history of the area.  This route might be bit muddy and there’s one very low stile to cross over.”

Sunday 7 October: Afternoon walk to Lodge Farm

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop by the large chestnut tree                                                     Depart at 14.30 hours                                                                                                                     Return back at Cranfield University at circa 17.30 hours                                                         Total walk length: circa 6 km (3.7 miles)                                                                                     Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be muddy.
 There are some stiles to climb over.                                                                            There is no cost associated with attending this walk, just turn up.           

Join us for a short walk to  Angela’s farm shop at Lodge Farm on the outskirts of the quintessentially English village of  North Crawley.  

Expect some delicious cakes and ice cream. And a great opportunity to ask Angela about Lodge Farm’s non-homegenised milk, say hello to the cows  and chickens or have a go at the trampoline.

A walk to Lodge Farm is one of the most popular local walks that Cranfield University’s students enjoy – check some of the photos from our past walks there!-)

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