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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:
Arriving time to Cranfield (aprox):
Walk length (Km):
12 Km (7 miles)
Club members only?:
Sign up at: (Subject: AMANDINE&AZIZ OLNEY WALK)
Sign-up deadline:
Midday Friday 27th February
£3 members, £5 non-members
Meal provided?:
Please ensure you bring a packed lunch.
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.


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.


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



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 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!

Chocolate workshop (11/02/15)

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Indulge in some yummy treats as we learn how to make healthy raw chocolate with this 1.5hr chocolate workshop. Mmmm guilt free chocolate!!

  • Learn about the health benefits of the ingredients
  • Chocolate is dairy free, gluten free and easy to make
  • Couple your chocolate creations with a warming cappuccino (note: Drinks not included in price)


Activity date:  Wednesday 11th February
Meeting point:  Oso coffee and cake, Cranfield village
Start time:  18:30
End time (approx):  20:00
Walk length (Km):  NA
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at:  Email with “Sarah – Chocolate workshop”
Sign-up deadline:  Monday 9th February @ 1pm
Price:  £5 members and non members
Meal provided?  NA
Gear: Nope!
Other information:  There are only 10 spaces available so sign up early. If you would like a lift from Cranfield University to the village let me know in the email

Stewartby Lake and Tree planting (08/02/2015)

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The plan is to go for a walk around the lake where we will do a stop to have a snack/lunch and later on to go to plant some trees.

There will be two meeting points -Cranfield University and Cranfield Village-, please let us know where you will be joining us (so we don’t leave anyone behind).

A bit of history for those who are interested: back in the 1930s, Stewartby Lake was a clay pit from which bricks were made. It remained so for some 30 years, until its use was no longer required. Ten years later it was filled with water and the beginnings of a leisure facility were born.


  Helping to build the Forest of Marston Vale

Creation of the Forest of Marston Vale is the largest environmental regeneration project in Bedfordshire, covering 61 square miles between Milton Keynes and Bedford. Let’s help planting a few trees!


Activity date:  Sunday 8th February
Meeting point: Main entrance (Cranfield University)Co-operative Food (Cranfield Village)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10.30(Cranfield University)10.45 (Cranfield Village)
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  16:00
Walk length: 6.5 km
Club members only?:  No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number.
Sign up at:  Email with “Nelia – Stewartby Lake and Tree planting” in the subject title and where you will join us
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 6th February by 1pm
Price: Free!
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch for a lunch stop
Gear: Wear appropriate clothing and walking boots taking into account the weather. It is liable to be wet and muddy underfoot
Other information: Drivers may be needed. If you have a car and are willing to drive please let us know in the email. The drive will be reimbursed

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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