More than walking

Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Ali

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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 and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
                      Ali in action.

Today I am talking to one of our most inspiring membersHello there, tell us something about yourself. Hi, my name is Ali and I’m from Saudi Arabia. I studied my Master of Science in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University, academic year 2016/2017.

What was your role in the walking society? I was the Photo Editor. As a committee member, my role included helping the committee in planning the walks but it was mainly to document every walk we had and share it through our social media pages.

Congratulations! You have won an award from the walking society. Thank you! I received the Chief Photographer award during our last year’s Christmas pub walk to North Crawley .

What were your 3 favourite walks and why? 

Snowdonia National Park: A hiking trip for three days with a group of energetic and lovely members of the walking society.  That experience showed how a team can work in a tough environment like climbing Snowdon Mountain.

Olney Christmas Market Walk: A walk that included passing by and seeing several attractive locations along the  River Great Ouse and Olney River Meadows  that are nature, the old market town and the Christmas market with a flavour of Victorian England.

Stevington Windmill Walk: A special walk to view an impressive postmill (a type of windmill that could be turned to face into the wind) built in the 18th century and the only complete windmill left in the county of Bedfordshire.  A historic windmill which is sort of  hidden, a stunning place to visit in Bedford.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you?

Being a member of this society gave me the opportunity to enjoy two things. Firstly, wondering around the beautiful countryside, villages and towns and knowing about their fascinating history. Secondly, I was honoured to work with and learn from the committee and our friends, Kristina and Alan, who all were driven by passion toward making this society lively and successful.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that the Walking Society does complete the studying experience at Cranfield University, especially for international students like me so I strongly recommend it.

Thank you, Ali ! It was a pleasure talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best in your future endeavours!

Ali and fellow members of the walking society at Chicheley Hall.


Read further interviews with our members on our testimonials’ page.
Would you like to be part of the walking society?  Learn on how to join the Cranfield University’s Walks here

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Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Chen

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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 and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:

Today I am talking to one of our most active members of past academic year. Hello there, tell us something about yourself. Hello I am Chen, a student in MSc Welding Engineering at SATM School, Cranfield University. Academic year 2016/2017.

Say hi to Chen, one of the walking society’s dedicated committee members. 

What was your role in the walking society? I was the Membership officer, responsible for collecting, processing membership sign up forms and maintaining the mailing list for upcoming events announcement. Occasionally I helped with the event planning and photo taking.

Congratulations! You have won an award from the walking society. Thank you! I received an award during our Christmas pub walk to North Crawley last year as the member who attended most walks between September and December 2016.

What were your 3 favourite walks and why? The first would be Snowdonia National Park, 3 days, 2 nights. It was the first ever big trip organised by the new committee and our first hand experience on the planning, paperwork and preparation that had to be done. With the event taking place 3 months from announcement in early summer for advance accommodation booking, the participation rate was relatively low as some students were uncertain about their schedule, concerned they would be writing up their theses back in their home countries during that period. Fortunately we managed to get both accommodation and participation ready with special arrangement even a month before departure. With none of the participants having visited the national park before nor being  professional hikers we all took precaution and hoped for the best. It turned out great! The path, the weather, the stunning view and a birthday celebration for the president, which fell on the same day. From this event, the committee gained major experience for the next.

The second would be Peak District National Park, 2 days 1 night. It was interesting. We lost our direction at the top because it was a vast landscape full of tall vegetation with hardly any visible sign or a path. Getting lost was fun and I enjoyed it, having a chance to explore the unknown and making important judgement along the way. Eventually we were back on track and rewarded with a nice view!

The third would be Willington Dovecote, now managed by National Trust. It was the first walk organised by the walking society for new students that I joined.  The walk from Great Barford along the Great River Ouse was led by Alan and Kristina. We began to know each other and ended the walk by shopping at the Go Outdoors shop. It is the first walk where it all started for me – and I caught the walking bug!

What walking boots and other walking gear do you have that you found indispensable during the walks? I didn’t place an importance into the walking gear initially. I had my first serious hiking of a 4000m altitude with industrial boots, partly because that was the pair I had and partly as I was curious  to find out what were the advantages of wearing such boots (steel toe cap and sole against rocks, mud proof , water proof, windproof and good traction against oily surface). It works but with low bending flexibility and stamina consuming. From there I learnt about the importance of getting a pair of suitable walking boots. As a fan of waterproof shoes (avoiding all chance of getting wet feet), I had a pair of Timberland boots for walking. It works well, even for daily use to classes. Wind proof jacket and pants are absolutely necessary too.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you?

Phew, it was full of surprises and passion! Coming from a hot city full of cars, highways and buildings (I am from Kuala Lumpur), walking in a shopping mall is the norm during weekend. One of my objective during my time spent in the UK is to have some nice outdoor walks and hiking. When I saw Walking Society booth during the club & society event, I joined as a member without much thought. As time passed, I was surprised to know that the society had closed for a year, was revived and ran with great passion by Kristina, the founder, for almost half a year before a full committee was formed. Rather than running away from being a committee, I have accepted Kristina’s offer to be the Membership officer in hope that I can contribute to some extent. Not long after, the president expressed his wish to resign came in as the next jaw dropping surprise, followed by the Snowdon trip at the brink of being scrapped due to low participation and high advance payment. Even so, the team remained resilient. Out of expectation, a quiet member stabilised the society by volunteering himself as the new president, flooding the society with his raging passion. The team sailed through all the hurdles one by one and things eventually back on track.

Finally, the last surprise arrived: the society was given the Best Event award 2016-2017 by Cranfield Student Association, returning to its past glory! I was genuinely stunned during the event as it was the least expected outcome right from revival. The best of all, it was a treat to know a group of very supportive members whom practise the same interest, having a nice chat and encounter during each walk. Not to forget, Kristina’s passion in the society is an eye opener for me. With the memorable year ended, I think the walk continues for all of us, both physically and mentally, exploring new paths and wonders. Hopefully someday we will cross each other’s path again.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? Definitely join I would say to those who enjoy walking and photography! It is a wonderful chance to meet people with the same interest from different schools within the university and from different countries across the world.

Thank you, Chen, really enjoyed talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best in your future endeavours!

Read further interviews with our members on our testimonials’ page.
Would you like to be part of the walking society?  Learn on how to join the Cranfield University’s Walks here

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Sunday 4 December – Olney Christmas Market Walk

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Step back in time! Join us for a walk to the historical market town of Olney with its Victorian-themed Christmas market.

Walk itinerary:
Meet in front of the Main Reception  Depart at 11am Return: circa 16.30 hours  Total walk length: circa 2 km (1miles)  Surface: muddy at river meadows walking to Olney, then tarmac. Cost: £5 members, £8 non-members.

Book online here.

dsc01313After a short taxi ride, about 15km north from Cranfield University, this walk will take us across the fields from the quintessential English village of Clifton Reynes, popular with walkers, to the market town of Olney. We will pass Olney river meadows of the River Great Ouse and beautiful St Peter and St Paul church.

merry-xmasOlney Christmas Market: On 4th December the annual ‘Dickens of a Christmas’ market will take place in Olney; with market traders dressed in Victorian clothes and stalls offering everything from gifts, holly wreaths and wrapping to delicious mulled wine and hot chocolate. Learn more on Olney’ town council’s website.

Did you know? The author of Amazing Gracehymn, John Newton, was a resident in Olney. Learn more.

For history of the market town of Olney, click here.


 

 

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

Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Ann

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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 and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
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Ann attending the Peak District hiking weekend. It was cold!

Today I am talking to Ann. Hello Ann! Tell us something about yourself. I was registered as a student for MSc in Air Transport Management for the 2012/2013 academic year.

What was your role in the walking society? I was the membership officer during my time, responsible for collecting and processing filled-in membership forms and for issuing membership cards to new members.

What were your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? The trip to Peak District stands out among all the walks I participated in. it literally was such a spectacular trip. One day we had hiked through several feet of snow, then it rained during the night and by morning, the snow was gone and the mountains all green. I can still remember it like yesterday.

The second was a walk to North Crawley for the Guy Fawkes fireworks night. I remember it showered a bit on our way there but the display that night made it all worth it. It was a beautiful night.

The third would be my very first walk to Angela’s Farm on the outskirts of North Crawley. I might never have made that walk, was doubting if it would be worth my while. But how wrong was I? Opened me up to a whole new world around Cranfield. I sure did repeat that walk many a times by myself or with a friend whenever I needed a break from campus. It became my getaway walk.

What walking boots and other walking gear  did you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Merrel , I think? Honestly I can’t remember the brand. It was up to the task though. What I considered must-haves was my pair of Craghopper waterproof trousers and my Regatta 3-in-1 jacket – they were good enough for all my walks.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? The walking society at Cranfield University is one of the warmest fraternities I got involved with on campus. I experienced such great camaraderie on the very first walk that I just had to be involved. I met some great people, and it gave me an escape from all the academic stress. I also got to enjoy the great outdoors, made me feel so much at peace with my environment. Honestly, I looked forward to walk weekends.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society?  Why not the walking society? It is the best club to meet new people (there’s always someone new on every walk), explore your environment, walk away from the academic stress (quite literally), enjoy the great outdoors whilst burning calories. How healthy is that?

Seriously though, I got to see some of the most beautiful places in England through this student society. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more than a ‘schooling’ experience at Cranfield University. You can’t get it wrong with Cranfield University Walks!

Thank you, Ann, so lovely talking to you. All the best in your future endeavours and keep on walking!

Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.

 

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