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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Record-breaking weekend 4 ‘Cranfield University’s walks

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Our student walk society ‘Cranfield University’s Walks had a very busy weekend during which new Cranfield University’s students showed record interest in our walks:

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On Saturday 29th September 34 of Cranfield University’s students attended an early afternoon walk across the fields to Lodge Farm, North Crawley. It was so nice to see the  current student president Atma joining us for this event.!-) At one point our group split and so some of us went on a little detour via North Crawley village, before heading to Lodge Farm.  Angela who runs the Lodge Farm farm shop – and a current winner of our award for the “most welcoming local business” – prepared especially for us her amazing homemade cakes, ice cream and freshly baked bread. We sat in the garden sipping a cup of tea /coffee and watched those having a go at the trampoline or wandered off to say hello to the chickens. Then it was time to head back to Cranfield University via the working stables next door to Lodge Farm. Big thank you goes to our group of walk leaders for this walk: Shiwei, Moustafa, Nelia, Jason and Asteris. Special appearance by Periklis who travelled all the way from Rugby to attend this walk – wow!

After the walk, there was annual student clubs and societies fair from 5 to 8pm, organised by Cranfield Students’ Association. What very busy 3 hours it was! We did not stop! Big thank you goes to Alan and Graham for manning our table so eloquently; also Nelia, Farrukh and Periklis for their support. And let’s not forget to acknowledge the presence of our amazing photographers Asteris and Xiaojian, who is also our Photo Editor. 

On Sunday 30 September we organised a walk to Cranfield village. Last year the attendance was good – but this year, it was record-breaking! We counted 83 Cranfield University students at the start of this walk! Unbelievable! We descended on Cranfield village like a swarm of bees! We stopped at a local co-op supermarket, then getting a view of Marston Trift and Forest of Marston Vale, before heading back on a small section of the  National Route 51 of the National Cycle Network and then using the footpath that circumnavigates Cranfield airport. Big thank you goes to our group of walk leaders for this walk: Alan, Nelia,Farrukh, Dave and Alex. Also to our photographers Alan and Tomas.

On Monday 1 October at lunchtime there was yet another annual fair in CSA  which was an oportunity for new students to meet representatives of ‘Cranfield University’s Walks’: We  answered students’  numerous questions and signed up more new members. Big thank you  goes to our great team – Andrew, Jason and Eduardo and our award-winning photographer Asteris

This was our busiest weekend yet, with record attendance on our walks. The two student clubs & societies fairs led to 54 students and staff being recruited as our members. More are to join, as I gather from the number of email enquiries we’ve had in the past couple of days!-)

If you like to join our walking society, visit our Membership page and follow the instructions there.

Photos from last year’s club & societies fair – photos  courtesy of Asteris Apostolidis, Xiaojian Huang and Alan Nelson.
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Weekend in Snowdonia National Park

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   Special weekend trip organised by Cranfield University walks. Get to know UK more –  its amazing scenery, dramatic landscape and beautiful countryside.   

10th-11nd November, 2012 – walking in Snowdonia National Park- an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Cost: £47 members, £57 non-members. Cost includes: 2 nights accommodation in YHA hostel Pen-Y-Pass, breakfast on Saturday & Sunday morning and an evening meal on Saturday night.

 Only 13 places available. Book your place now by paying the full amount to Glenda at CSA 1st floor.*   
Update on 10 October 2012: all places are now booked – sorry!
Snowdonia National Park. Photo by: Plas Dolmelynllyn Country Hotel

Transport: car sharing, 2 drivers sought. Journey duration: 3.5 hours one way (186 miles). Cost of petrol: to be shared amongst occupants of each car, can be calculated using an online calculator. Food: For both days of walking you will need to provide yourself with a packed lunch, some high energy food to keep you going throughout the day and at least 1.5 litres of water. Itinerarydepart on Friday afternoon from Cranfield University, return back on Sunday evening. Detailed program will be available nearer to the date of each trip. Guide: An experienced walk leader/member of staff and a former walking club member.

Equipment: please note NO GEAR, NO GO policy for this trip. This means that walking boots (NO other shoes!), waterproofs (including waterproof trousers), warm clothes and a NON-COTTON base layer are a must for this trip. NO jeans please!

Walk level: Challenging  – Saturday walk about 14 miles. Shorter walk on Sunday morning. Exact program to be confirmed.

Read about our earlier weekend trips with Cranfield University’s students to Lake District and Brecon Beacons National Parks.  

* Please note that the cost of this trip has been  paid for in advance by CSA, to secure our places. Therefore bookings are refundable only in exceptional circumstances. Before a refund will be agreed, you will be asked to find a replacement.

Walking in Wales: Cranfield University students jump 4 joy!

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A special walking weekend in Brecon Beacons National Park organised by Cranfield University’s Walks took place 25 to 27 May.

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Altogether, 12 Cranfield University students of 8 nationalities (Spanish, Chinese, English, Iranian, Dutch, Indian-Portugeese, Ecuadorian and Czech), 2 family members and 1 walk leader/university staff  took part in this special trip to South Wales.

The weekend started very early (6am) on Friday morning by a road trip to the seaside town of Tenby; 10 students in 2 cars convoy. Getting on a boat from Tenby to Caldey Island was so relaxing – indeed surreal, after several hours spent driving on a busy motorway. A quick picnic lunch at the grounds of Caldey Abbey; then most of us opted for a cliff walk to see the lighthouse and then hit the local beach. Dip into the cold sea was followed by building an impressive sand castle – with a sophisticated drainage system,  green roof and very own Great Wall of China.

In the late afternoon we headed inland. Accommodation was booked at YHA Danywenallt by the beautiful and tranquil Usk Reservoir . This is where we met the rest of our group. Big thank you goes to Toni, Hostel Manager, who arranged for everyone to have accomodation at YHA Danywenallt; in spite of 3 of us originally booked to stay in nearby hostel YHA Brecon.

On Saturday we did a moderate to hard 23 km (14.5 miles) walk, conquering 4 top summits of Brecon Beacons, including the highest peak Pen y Fan (886m) and neighbouring Fan y Big (719m).  We were being blown away on top of these mountains – not just by the beauty of the place but quite literally,  by winds reported to be reaching 80 km (50 miles) per hour.

On Sunday we did a shorter, about 10 km (6 miles) walk; along the river Hepste, through woodland, walking up and down to a number of enchanting waterfalls – including the famous Sgwd yr Eira (meaning “Fall of Snow“) behind which we walked, took photos  and where we had a picnic lunch.

Weather on both days was fantastic: sunny and very warm. Overall, the trip to South Wales was a great success: Cranfield University students just could not stop jumping 4 joy!-)

Big thank you goes to all Cranfield University staff and students who made this special weekend trip to South Wales possible

  •  Toby, Lecturer from School of Engineering; our walk leader and also driver, for taking his time off to spend the weekend with Cranfield University students and for guiding our group through the spectacular Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Sue and Glenda from Cranfield Students’ Association  for taking bookings, liaising about our accommodation and for providing us with endless streams of helpful advice.
  • Our drivers: Toby, member of staff and our walk leader; and Pedro, PhD student who came forward at a late stage of planning this trip and thus allowed further 4 students to participate.
  •  Our photographers: Belen, Ali, Xiaojian and many more – thanks to you we now have many amazing photos from this trip that can be viewed via our Photos page.   
  • Lovely Margaret and Dawn from the Community and Development Office  for their continuing support.

ksodo – event’s organiser & 3rd driver

Read about our previous walking weekend in Lake District.

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Message from Digimap

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Hi everyone, we have finally received a response from Edina that manages Digimap Collections  and as a result, our Maps page has been updated – it contains some important information about using Digimap and copyrights.