More than walking

Navigation Training and Orienteering: 27th-28th April

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A fun filled weekend for those who wish to learn and practice the skills required to read a map, and navigate effectively. Will include a presentation on Saturday followed by an orienteering competition on the Sunday

Walk itinerary: 
Meet at the CSA at 13:00 (Saturday) ; Cafe Bookshop 10:00 (Sunday)                                     Total length: Presentation will be 2-3 hours,                                                             Orienteering will be approximately 3 hours (5km)                                                                     Return: circa 15:00 hours

Map reading, compass skills and navigation are considered by many to be an essential skill, and gives you as walkers the freedom to plan and navigate at anytime, for anyone. This workshop will provide you with the basic knowledge required for you to read a map, and then consolidate these skills on the Sunday by trying your hand at a national orienteering competition in Brandon Wood, near Coventry. A great chance to learn some new skills and people, whilst having great fun.

The Cost will be £7 for members and £10 for non-members (This will cover transport and entry fee to the competition)

Please sign the sheet in the CSA to confirm your participation

Confirm your participation, latest by Tuesday 23rd at 16:00, by signing the sheet in the CSA

Skills will include; Using a map and understanding the symbols, using a compass, bearings, how to relocate yourself when lost, planning a safe route and others

Note: There is transport involved and only limited seats available. So, HURRY UP!!! You will not be able to turn up on the day without prior booking

Sunday 2 December – Earth sends S.O.S.: Help, plant trees!

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The world is in peril. And Gaya, the Spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. And she now asks us, to give her a helping hand. — A call for the planeteers to give a helping hand, to heal the world!

Cranfield University Student Association and Walking society Presents

Heal the world – take part in tree planting @ Forest of  Marston Vale 

Cranfield University students planting trees last year

The CSA and the walking society ‘Cranfield University’s Walks‘  have joined hands to promote a good cause. A public tree planting event in Forest of Marston Vale.

Tea/coffee/biscuits/tools/toilets etc are provided for all participants. Now all we need is YOU.

Plantation Timings:  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Date: 2nd December

NOTE: We would require you to register at the CSA office 1st floor, by Thursday evening, so that we get an estimate of the number of people for whom transport has to be arranged.

COST: 3 pounds (a meager sum for a much better Earth) and this includes the refreshments as well as transport.

It’s your chance to make a difference!

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5th November: fireworks!

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Fireworks on Guy Fawks' night
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“Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot”

The day of 5th November is traditionally known in the UK as Guy Fawkes‘ night, to commemorate the day when a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 was foiled. Bonfires were lit across London to celebrate and give thanks for the plot’s failure, leading to the annual celebration of fireworks and bonfires to be established.

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Our walking group has received a special invite to a local evening event tomorrow:

Monday 5 November – fireworks at North Crawley; perfect if you like to experience quintessential English village atmosphere

A Roman Candle set off on Bonfire Night
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We are planning to attend this event as a small group representing our walking society at Cranfield University. If you are interested in joining us, please give us a heads up at the earliest, so that we can arrange for the return transport (optional).

Start at: 7:30 PM in front of Cafe Book shop.

Total walk length: circa 6.6 km (4 miles) approx

Its a walk to North Crawley via Folly Lane. The fireworks begin at 8:30 PM and will go on for 30 mins approx. And we should be back by 9:30-10:00 PM

Walk back is optional. Depending on public demand and participation. 🙂

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk. Although the weather is predicted to be clear, it can get a little nippy.