Local walk

“The Jewel in the Crown”, Bedford walk (Sat. 06/06/15)

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Undoubtedly the Jewel in Bedford’s Crown is the Embankment area and the River Great Ouse. Find out how the construction of this part of the town came about and of the many important features that stand on either side of the river but are often overlooked

These include the very rare trees, somebedford embankment unusual bridges, the extra special War Memorial (rated as the 5th most important in the world), and you’ll hear the story of a major collector of some….ahem….unusual items!

We are delighted to have the very entertaining Trevor, an official Bedford tour guide, back again to take us on another adventure around Bedford! The walk will be along the riverbank and will take about 2 hours. As we are travelling by bus you are free to explore Bedford yourself after and return when you want.

The walk is free, but please let us know if you intend to come so that we can let Trevor know the numbers.

Activity date: Saturday 6th June, 2015
Meeting point:  Bus stop, main gate (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield: 11:05am
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  16:00
Walk length: 2.5 miles
Club members only?:  No. But please let us know if you are coming so we can tell the tour guide
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Baba – Bedford Walks” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 5th  June  by 1pm
Price: Free (except you will need to pay the bus fare – remember to bring your student cards!)
Meal provided?: No, bring snacks and water if you wish
Gear: We will be walking on footpaths so normal footwear is ok however bring a water/windproof jacket as it is supposed to be very windy this weekend…and it’ll probably rain as it’s the UK!

Leighton Buzzard and Grand Union Canal (Sat. 30/05/2014)

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The Grand Union Canal weaves its way along the northern and eastern fringes of Milton Keynes from Cosgrove in the north to Fenny Stratford in the south.  The Grand Union Canal passes within a five minute walk of Leighton Buzzard High Street and train station, yet feels like a world away.

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The walk will be about 6 miles and will mainly be along the

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Activity date:  Saturday 30th May
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  16:30
Walk length: 6 miles
Club members only?:  No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number and the drivers’ number.
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Luca – Leighton Buzzard” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 29th May by 1pm
Price:  £2 members  and £4 non members
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch for a lunch stop
Gear: Wear appropriate clothing and walking boots for a country walk taking into account the weather. It is liable to be wet and muddy underfoot
Other information: Drivers Wanted. If you have a car and are willing to drive please let us know in the email. The drive will be reimbursed

Woburn-Eversholt (Sunday 17/05/15)

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A walk through the wooded parkland around Woburn and Eversholt villages, taking in parts of Woburn Abbey deer park and skirting the edges of the Safari Park.

Woburn Village

Following three major fires between 1595 and 1724 which destroyed the earlier mediaeval settlement, major rebuilding works took place in the 18th century giving this pretty village a distinctive Georgian character. The 19th century church of St Mary in Park Street is considered to be one of the finest Victorian buildings in the county.

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Woburn village – The 19th century church of St Mary

Woburn Abbey

The history of the Abbey dates back to 1145, and was originally a religious house for Cistercian monks but in 1538 the Abbot, Robert Hobbes, was found guilty of treason and the monastery was confiscated. In 1547 King Edward VI granted Woburn Abbey to Sir John Russell but it took 70 years for it to become a family home. In 1694 during the reign of William and Mary the head of the family was given the title of Duke of Bedford and today it is occupied by the 15th Duke of Bedford and his family.

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The west front of Woburn Abbey

The Deer Park

Woburn Abbey is set in a beautiful 3,000 acre deer park with 10 species of deer roaming free. These include Red, Sika, Fallow and Muntjac deer as well as Milu or Pere David deer introduced in 1894 from the Imperial Herd of China and saved from extinction at Woburn. Landscaped in the 19th century by Humphrey Repton, the park has remained mostly unchanged and contains many magnificent, ancient oak trees within the extensive grasslands.

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Woburn Safari Park opened in 1970, and today is an award winning attraction making a valuable contribution to conservation. You may be rewarded by the sight of elephants, tigers, camels or bears (safely within their enclosures) as you follow this walk.

Woburn deer park

 

Eversholt

A pretty traditional village whose name means “wood of the boar” its village hall overlooks the cricket pitch and 12th century church of St John the Baptist. There are thirteen “Ends” or hamlets to the village and many comprise of old stone built houses. The Domesday Book of 1086 lists Hugh de Beauchamp as the Lord of the Manor of Eversholt whose descendants continued to own property in the area until the 13th century when the land passed to Woburn Abbey.

Activity date: Sunday 17th May
Meeting point: The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield: 10:00
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx.): 16:00
Walk length: 9 miles
Club members only?: No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number and the drivers’ number.
Sign up at: Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with ‘Nelia – Woburn-Eversholt’ in the subject title
Sign-up deadline: Friday 15th May by 1pm
Price: £3 members  and £4 non-members
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch for a lunch stop
Gear: Wear appropriate clothing and walking boots for a country walk taking into account the weather. It may be wet and muddy underfoot.
Other information: Drivers Wanted. If you have a car and are willing to drive please let us know in the email. The drive will be reimbursed

Willen and Caldecotte lakes (Saturday 25/04/15)

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Join us for this water themed walk and get to know two of the lakes in Milton Keynes as well as the riverside of Ouzel River that connects both lakes.

South Willen Lake is the busiest park in the region, attracting more than one million visitors each year to take part in water sports, golf, high ropes, special events, or to jog, picnic, walk, play, or just watch everyone else. If we are luck we will have the opportunity to see a few ducklings!

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In Caldecotte lake we’ll see the distinctive windmill at the park’s main entrance. Purely decorative, it nevertheless makes an nice spot for a refreshment break.caldecotte lake

Drivers needed please!!

Activity date:  Saturday 25th April
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:45
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  16:00
Walk length: 12-14km
Club members only?:  No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number and the drivers’ number.
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Nelia – Lakes” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 24th April by 1pm
Price:  £2 members  and £4 non members
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch for a lunch stop
Gear: Wear appropriate clothing and walking boots for a country walk taking into account the weather.
Other information: Drivers Wanted. If you have a car and are willing to drive please let us know in the email. The drive will be reimbursed

SEASON PREMIERE AIRSHOW, Shuttleworth (Sunday 03/05/15) CANCELLED

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Join us this May bank holiday weekend for a blast from the past as Shuttleworth hosts its first airshow of 2015, and planes from both world wars take to the skies!

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This airshow is not to be missed and represents an awesome feat of engineering where planes flying will include:cb_aircraft_lysander

  • WW2 Trainers: Tiger Moth, Hawker Tomtit, Po2, Blackburn B2, and Avro Tutor
  • Hawker Trio: Hind, Demon (with visiting Nimrod)
  • WWI: Avro 504K, Sopwith Pup, Bristol F2b, Bristol M1C, and SE5a

As this is the 70th anniversary of the formal conclusion of WW2 live wartime music will set the scene and you’ll also be able to enjoy a 1940s-style street party with buffet.

We will begin with a stroll around the beautiful Swiss gardens, then people will be free to visit the engineers workshop, where the engineers will be readying the planes for flight. The show starts at 14:00.

swiss gardenSwiss Garden Grotto, Shuttleworth Collection

Entry fee normally costs £28 but the walking society are offering members a discounted price of £20 which will also include transport to the venue. We are of course as always looking for drivers. Please let us know if you are interested by the deadlines below so we can arrange transport and book tickets.  

Activity date: Sunday 5th of  May
Meeting point: The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield: 10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx): 17:30
Walk length (Km): 3 Km (a little stroll)
Club members only?: No but limited spaces.
Sign up at: walking@cranfield.ac.uk (Subject: Sarah – Shuttleworth airshow)
Sign-up deadline: Sign up by 1pm Friday 10th April, Money to be submitted to the CSA office by 15th April to confirm place.
Price: £20 for members, £28 non-members (Includes transport and entry fee)
Meal provided?: Food is not included. There is a restaurant at the Shuttleworth, but we recommend bringing a packed lunch as it will be busy.
Gear: Warm, comfortable clothes and footwear as we will be outside all day and additional waterproof clothing in case it rains. Always carry some water with you.
Other information: Drivers needed please

Birds of Prey Centre (Saturday 21/03/2015)

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In previous walks we have gone to historical sites and natural parks, we’ve enjoyed the beautiful countryside of the UK, we’ve eaten lots of cake and even seen some concrete cows. Now it is time to enjoy another of the great natural attractions that England has to offer: its birds of prey.  You might have already seen some of them flying around without noticing them; maybe a Buzzard, a Barn Owl, a Harrier or a Red Kite. Maybe even a Golden Eagle, if you have been really lucky.

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If not, or if you have seen them but want to see more, this is the perfect opportunity for you as we will be walking to the Birds of Prey Centre in Wilstead. We will meet in front of the Café Bookshop and then grab the bus into Bedford, from where we will begin our walk following the John Bunyan Trail. We will go past Elstow and the huge Cardington Hangars before reaching our destination.

28/10/14 New GVs of Cardington Sheds

Does anyone know what was the use of these hangars? How about their current use? You might want to find out before the walk…

Once at the Birds of Prey Centre we will stop for lunch and watch an amazing display of their collection of animals. We will stay for some extra time so you can ask questions to the bird handlers and take a closer look at the birds as well. After this we will walk to a cosy pub in Cotton End where we can enjoy a drink before catching a taxi back into Bedford. For those aeronautic enthusiasts, we can extend the walk to get closer to the Cardington Hangars and take some awesome pictures.

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Activity date:
Saturday 21st of  March
Meeting point:
The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:
10:00
Arriving time to Cranfield (aprox):
17:00
Walk length (Km):
9.5 Km (6 miles)
Club members only?:
Limited to 10 walkers. Members will get priority. Spaces assigned in  the order they are requested.
Sign up at:
walking@cranfield.ac.uk (Subject: Rodrigo – Birds of Prey Centre)
Sign-up deadline:
Midday Friday 20th March
Price:
Free for members, £15 non-members (Cost of bus from Cranfield to Bedford not included)
Meal provided?:
Food is not included. Though there is a snack shop at the Birds of Prey Centre, we recommend you take a packed lunch.
Gear:
Warm, comfortable clothes and footwear (preferably hiking boots because the path may be muddy) and additional waterproof clothing in case it rains. Always carry some water with you.
Other information:
Remember to find out about the hangars…

Olney to Clifton Reynes via Weston Underwood (Saturday 28/02/2015)

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Join us in exploring the countryside around the village of Olney (9 miles north of Cranfield). To the west we will walk along an abandoned railway line to Weston Underwood, situated two miles south of Olney. Weston Underwood is a record winner for the best kept village in Buckinghamshire award. From there we will take a detour through Emberton Country Park, before heading back East along the River Great Ouse towards Clifton Reynes and the Robin Hood pub!

Activity date:
Saturday 28th February
Meeting point:
The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:
10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (aprox):
17:00
Walk length (Km):
12 Km (7 miles)
Club members only?:
No
Sign up at:
walking@cranfield.ac.uk (Subject: AMANDINE&AZIZ OLNEY WALK)
Sign-up deadline:
Midday Friday 27th February
Price:
£3 members, £5 non-members
Meal provided?:
Please ensure you bring a packed lunch.
Gear:
Warm, comfortable clothes and footwear (preferrably hiking boots because the path may be muddy) and additional waterproof clothing in case it rains. Always carry some water with you.
Other information:
DRIVERS WANTED! If you are willing to drive to Olney please let me know. Transportation costs will be reimbursed. Many thanks.