Tuesday 18 September: fish & chips walk to Cranfield village

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Walk itinerary: 
Meet by the chestnut tree in front of cafe bookshop
Depart at 5.30 pm                                                                                                                                  Total walk length: circa 6 km (4 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 7.30pm                                                                                                                          No booking required for this walk,  just turn up.                                                                        Fish & Chips: cost circa £5.50                                                                                                       Please wear appropriate footwear                                              

photo by Mi Jang

 If you are free on Tuesday evening, why not join us for a walk to Cranfield village, using the public footpath ? The footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village circumnavigates the airfield. We will be stopping at a local chippy for fish & chips and the local Co-operative store, before having a picnic in the fields.

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there is an update.

The public footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village circumnavigates the Cranfield airport.
Earlier posts by Cranfield University Walks about walking to Cranfield village from Cranfield University campus: For path’s sake; Cranfield village, airport security and a tea party, New: works on the footpath to Cranfield village

For basics of footpath law in England and Wales see http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/britain/footpathlaw

Walk to the amazing Chicheley Hall – what a delight!

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On Sunday 9th September Chicheley Hall, owned by The Royal Society, hold a Heritage Open Day – a special event attended by Cranfield University Walks“. Our walking society was represented by Cranfield University staff and students that come from different parts of  the world: including UK, Malaysia, Italy, Dominica, China, Ecuador and Czech Republic.

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Chicheley Hall lies circa 6km from Cranfield University in north-easterly direction. It provides a perfect opportunity for a lovely countryside walk between these two locations, using a network of public footpaths. The walk to Chicheley Hall took us under 2 hours in blazing sunshine. In North Crawley we were delighted to be joined by Angela who runs a farm shop at Lodge Farm.  And let’s not forget the true Jane Austin moment where at one point Chicheley Hall emerges on the horizon as you walk through a small woodland not far from the final destination. Following our arrival in the beautiful grounds of Chicheley Hall and its manicured lawns, we joined other visitors for a special guided tour by Sir Peter Knight. We’ve learned about the history of the Hall and the current work of the Royal Society. We had a peak into what are now guests’ bedrooms, including a bridal suite. Next amazing afternoon tea in the gardens was awaiting us – with lots of delicious cakes!-) We then explored the grounds: visiting a historical dovecote and amazing dinosaur sculptures in one corner of the gardens, before setting off on a walk back to the university. A quick stop at North Crawley in a local pub for a drink energised us for the last leg of the journey via working stables across the fields back to Cranfield campus. We just made it before sunset. What a fabulous day it was – and a very special indeed, given the Chicheley Hall opens its doors to the public only once a year.

We would like to thank Sir Peter Knight for the very warm welcome Cranfield University students received at Chicheley Hall.

Special thank you also goes to Royal Society’ staff who made our visit to the Chicheley Hall this year possible: Rebecca, Helle, and Tom.

Photos by Alan Nelson –  more photos are on our Picasa site, which can be viewed via our Photos page

Friday 14 September: early evening walk to Lodge Farm

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 17.30hours                                                                                                                     Return back circa 19.30 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 5 km (3 miles)                                                                                     Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths.
There are some stiles to climb over.                                                                                                                 There is no cost associated with attending this walk, just turn up.           

Last year students enjoying a visit to Lodge Farm

Take a break from your studies – join us for a short walk to  Angela’s farm shop at Lodge Farm. Expect some delicious cakes and ice cream!

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.

Sunday 9 September: exclusive tour of Chicheley Hall

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 Heritage Open Day event

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 13.00 hours                                                                                                                     Return back circa 19.00 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 12 km (7.5 miles)                                                                                     Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths.
There are some stiles to climb over. Bring a drink – water with you.                                                 Cost  £7 per person (price subsidised by the Walking Society)                                                Number of places are limited, book your place with Glenda at CSA 1st floor by Monday 3 September at 13 hours.

Please check this website on the day of the event to see if there is an update

 Experience  a true Jane Austin moment as you walk from Cranfield University via North Crawley to the beautifully restored Chicheley Hall, now owned by The Royal Society.  An exclusive guided tour by Sir Peter Knight, followed by traditional afternoon tea. A possible stop at the Cock pub in North Crawley on the way back. A very special event not to be missed!

The spectacular Chicheley Hall

Tuesday 14 August: evening walk to Cranfield village

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Walk itinerary: 
Meet by the Main Reception
Depart at 7 pm                                                                                                                                  Total walk length: circa 6 km (4 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 9.30pm                                                                                                                          No booking required for this walk,  just turn up.                                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear –  it may be bit muddy and bring a torch if you have one -)                                                                                                                               

 If you are free on Tuesday evening, why not join Jason and his friends for a walk to Cranfield village, to stop at a local pub for drinks.

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there is an update.

The footpath to Cranfield village follows boundaries of Cranfield Airport. Photo courtesy of Jeongha Ha
The public footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village circumnavigates the Cranfield airport.
Earlier posts by Cranfield University Walks about walking to Cranfield village from Cranfield University campus: For path’s sake; Cranfield village, airport security and a tea party, New: works on the footpath to Cranfield village

For basics of footpath law in England and Wales see http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/britain/footpathlaw