Sunday 2 April walk: exclusive tour of Chicheley Hall

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Experience  a true Jane Austin moment as you walk from Cranfield University via the quintessentially English village of North Crawley to the beautifully restored Chicheley Hall.  Attend an exclusive guided tour of the house and gardens, followed by tea & cakes.  A very special event not to be missed!

Chicheley  Hall is a stunning Grade I listed mansion surrounded by 80 acres of beautifully kept grounds. Now a wedding venue and a conference centre.

Home to The Royal Society and its Kavli Royal Society International Centre that offers residential working retreat for scientists worldwide.

Walk itinerary:
Meet in front of the Cafe Bookshop. Depart at 12.30 hours.
Return: circa 19.00 hours. Optional stop at The Cock Inn pub on the way back.  Total walk length: circa 14 km (2 hours one way)  Surface: footpaths, some stiles to cross over, it may be muddy. Cost: £7 members, £10 non-members. Teas & cake at Chicheley Hall included in the price.

Limited places available. Book online here via our Eventbrite page. 

Read more about our last walk to Chicheley Hall.

 

Saturday 18th February: Milton Keynes Walk – Caldecotte and Willen Lakes

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Discover Milton Keynes: Join us for a lovely walk along the picturesque Caldecotte and Willen Lakes, admire the unique Peace Pagoda and a historical church. Great views all around!

Walk itinerary: Meet in front of the Main Reception  Depart at 11.30am. Return: circa 17:00 hours. Total walk length: circa 10km. Stop for refreshments at Caldecotte Arms  Surface mostly suitable for trainers but can be muddy and wet underfoot. Transport provided from the university and back.

Cost: £5 members, £7 members. Cost covers transport, pay for own refreshments. Limited number of places available, book by Friday evening 17th February.

Book online here

P1320146Photo from a past walk: Cranfield University students enjoying a visit to Milton Keynes.

 

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.


Monday 16th January: Walking Society’s Members Meeting

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Planning walking society’s activities (year 2012)

Walking society members, help us put together a great plan of walks and other activities for the new year 2017!

 

The walking society organised 9 local walks for the new students at Cranfield University between the months of October and December 2016. You can read about some of these events here.  These walks followed the footpath and cycle path to Cranfield village; showed us the way across the fields to a local farm shop  and along a country lane to a local pub in the quintessential village of North Crawley; led us to visit a nearby historical market town of Olney and the medieval hunting ground of Salcey Forest; and explore the geology of the highest point of East of England and Bedfordshire’s best secrets.

Where could our walks take us in the new year 2017? This is an opportunity for our walking society’s members to have their say and get actively involved in planning our next walks.

Pop in to the CSA (Building 114, Cranfield University) lounge upstairs at 18.30pm on Monday 16th January. Confirm your attendance by registering via our Eventbrite page.


If you are not a member yet, this is an opportunity for you to meet our friendly bunch and join our society.

Looking forward to seeing you!

If you cannot attend this meeting in person and would like to contribute with ideas for upcoming activities, you may email us at cranfielduniversitywalks@gmail.com

Andrew and Kristina

Season’s Greetings from Cranfield University’s Walks

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To our members and past and present students and staff at Cranfield University

May the peace and beauty of this special season remain with you throughout the new coming year; and its light guides you to the right path.

 

♥Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!♥

Photos @CUwalker ; ©Cranfield University’s walks

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.