Local walk

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.

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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.

 

North Loughton Valley Park & Concrete cow brewery – (Saturday 21/02/14)

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The theme this weekend is “concrete cows”. Join us for this walk where we will take a circular walk around North Loughton Valley park, passing by the partly restored Roman villa, the Bradwell windmill and of course the infamous concrete cows that Milton Keynes is known for.

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We will continue to Lodge lake, passing by the hills and hollows, a haven for wildlife (and maybe a grass snake or two) where you can attempt the “trim trail”, a series of exercise stations with ladder climbs, hurdles and leapfrogs.

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Every attempted to make your own beer? Maybe tried the “cock and bull” or “watling gold” at the CSA? After the valley park we will be visiting the Concrete Cow Brewery for an introduction to the beer making process, along with a taster sessions and a gift pack of three ales normally retailing at £9

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Activity date:  Saturday 21st February
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  14:30
Walk length (Km):  6 Km (approx)
Club members only?:  No (but only 10 places)
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Sarah – Concrete cow brewery” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 20th February at 1pm
Price:  £4 members £5 non members
Meal provided?:  No, bring a packed lunch or snacks
Gear:  Comfortable clothes and footwear, walk will be mostly paved path, gravel trail so shouldn’t be muddy or wet.
Other information:  As always if we could have one more driver that would be peachy!