Walks

Saturday 11th February: North Crawley Pub Lunch Walk

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Our pub walk is back! Join us for a countryside walk from Cranfield University to the quintessentially English village of North Crawley via Folly Lane. Enjoy a lunch at a local pub before heading back to the university via a footpath across the fields.

Walk itinerary      
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop

Depart at 11.30am. Return back circa 16:00 hours

Total walk length: circa 7km (4.3 miles)

Surface: tarmac (Folly Lane), grass & field (footpath, return journey). Please bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains. It is likely to be wet and muddy underfoot on the footpaths.

Advance bookings are necessary for the pub lunch. Pay for your lunch at the pub. View menu here.

Teas and coffee included in the price of the walk.

Book your place online here.

The Cock Inn at Ncock-innorth Crawley is a friendly pub run by Jackie and Gary Magee. Visit the pub’s website here

Did you know?  In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was referred to as “Crauelai”. Learn more on the site of the North Crawley Historical Society.

 

Photos from our last pub lunch walk:

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Saturday 4 February: Stewartby Lake – Forest Centre – St Mary Church

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Join us for a pleasant walk from Cranfield University, via Cranfield village and the wooded Marston Trift, to the Forest Centre  & Millennium Country Park, with a view over the Stewartby Lake, where we will stop for a lunch at the cafe (bring your own lunch or purchase at the cafe). This will be followed by a walk to  the ancient  St Mary’s Church at Marston Moreteyne where we will get a tour of this historical church. Transport back to the university included.
Walk itinerary:
Meet in front of the Cafe Bookshop. Depart at 10.30am.
Those joining us at Cranfield village, meet us at 11.30 am in front of The Swan pub.
Return: circa 16.30 hours  Total walk length: circa 10 km (6.5miles)  Surface: mainly tarmac or gravel path but it may be muddy. Cost: £6 members, £8 non-members. Stop for lunch: at Lakeside cafe

Book your place online here.

 Weather forecast:unsettled.Please bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains.


Saturday 10th December North Crawley Pub Lunch Walk

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 Get some fresh air, leave the university campus behind! Join us for a pleasant walk from Cranfield University to the quintessentially English village of North Crawley via Folly Lane. Enjoy a lunch at a local pub before heading back to the university via a footpath across the fields.

Walk itinerary      
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop

Depart at 12 noon. Return back circa 15.30 hours

Total walk length: circa 7km (4.3 miles)

Surface: tarmac (Folly Lane), grass & field (footpath, return journey).

Please bring a waterproof jacket in case of a rain. Trainers as a footwear are fine, it maybe wet and muddy underfoot.

Cost: walk is free, pay for your lunch at the pub. View menu here.

Number of places available: 16  Advance bookings are necessary for the pub lunch.

Book your place online here.

 

The Cock Inn at North Crawley is a friendly pub run by Jackie and Gary Magee. Visit the pub’s website here

Did you know?  In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was referred to as “Crauelai”. Learn more on the site of the North Crawley Historical Society.

 

 

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.


 

 

Saturday 26th November – Salcey Forest Afternoon Walk

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Visit the nearest densely wooded area to Cranfield University the beautiful  Salcey Forest. Enjoy the magnificent views from the top, as we follow its tree top trail.

533698_10151707926365095_1997359578_nWalk itinerary:
Meet in front of the Cafe Bookshop by the large chestnut tree      Depart at 13.00 hours  Return: circa 17:30 hours
Total walk length: circa 10 km/ 6miles

Lunch/ Refreshment stop at  Salcey Forest cafe at the start of the walk. Bring your own lunch or purchase.    

Number of places: only 8   –  more places will be available if more volunteer drivers come forward. If you are a driver, get in touch.

Cost: £3 (members), £6 non-members

Book your place online here.

Surface mostly suitable for trainers. Bring a waterproof jacket and a bottle of water with you.

1004941_10151707927860095_1132880326_nAbout Salcey Forest: A former medieval hunting forest, it can be found in the south of the county of Northamptonshire, to the east of Hartwell village and about 23km east/north of Cranfield University. Map of the forest can be found here.

The Tree Top Way rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor, with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres reached by steps. The structure offers stunning views across Salcey Forest and the adjoining woodlands of Yardley Chase.

253790_114468385306364_1374999_nReminders of the forest’s past are visible, such as miles of ancient woodbanks, building remains and ancient trees. The ‘druids’ or veteran oaks in Salcey are rare and amazing wildlife habitats, and some of the old oaks are believed to be over 500 years old.

998454_10151707928000095_10953251_nIt is said that during the Second World War, elephants from circuses were put to use to fall trees in the forest. There is a pond named The Elephant Pond where the elephants could bathe at the end of the day. The forest was served by its own railway station on the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway until 1908.

More info: Forestry Commission

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