31 May – 2 June Lake District: bookings now open

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   Special weekend trip organised by Cranfield University’s Walks 
@photos courtesy of Cranfield University’s Walks: April 2012 trip to Lake District.

31 May- 2 June walking weekend in Lake District, cost: £50 members only. Cost includes: 2 nights accommodation in YHA hostel in Ambleside; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday; and an evening meal on Saturday evening.

Only 18 places available.UPDATE ON 29 APRIL: fully booked
Book your place now by paying the full amount to Glenda at CSA 1st floor.*           

Transport: car sharing, 3-4 drivers sought. Journey duration: 3.5 hours one way. Cost of petrol to be shared amongst occupants of each car. 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 and a member of staff.

Equipment: please note NO GEAR, NO GO policy for this trip. This includes walking boots (NO trainers!), waterproofs (jacket and trousers), warm clothes and a NON-COTTON base layer – and NO jeans please!.

Walks: Moderately challenging – Saturday walk about 14 miles. Shorter walk on Sunday morning. Exact program to be confirmed. Example route 1 and route 2.

* 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.
Photos by our amazing photographers: Asteris, Ali and Periklis.
Find out who joined Cranfield University students last year on their trip to Lake District: see last year’s post.

The Queen joins Cranfield University students on a Lake District trip

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A special weekend trip to Lake District took place last weekend 20 to 22 April, organised by Cranfield University walks. Altogether, 13 students of 8 nationalities (Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, English, Iranian, Chinese and Czech), 3 family members, 1 walk leader –  member of staff and Her Majesty The Queen participated!-)

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Accommodation was booked at YHA Grasmere – the staff there were so nice and helpful; our group did not miss a delicious dinner on Saturday night in spite of our earlier cancellation and even candles for our walk leader’s birthday cake were found for us in the hostel’s kitchen! -) On Saturday we did a moderate to hard 11 miles walk “The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside“. On Sunday we did a shorter, about 6 miles,  circular walk from Coniston – along the Coniston Water, through woodland, pass enchanting waterfalls, stopping for a picnic lunch by another body of water called “tarn“. Overall, we were lucky with the weather; getting bit wet on Saturday whilst on Sunday the rain caught with us as we set off for our return journey to Cranfield.

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

  •  Toby, Lecturer from School of Engineering; our walk leader and also driver, and his girlfriend Alison, for taking their time off to spend the weekend with Cranfield University students and for guiding our group through the beautiful Lake District.        
  • 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 student drivers Periklis and Asteris: for their flexibility and willingness to wait for participating students who could not leave for the trip as early as planned. From my experience, organising transport for walking society’s activities at Cranfield University is such a nightmare; without our student drivers who are willing to car share this trip (and most of our trips, actually) would not materialize!                            
  •  Our photographers: Belen, Ali, Periklis, Asteris, 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 and for coming up with the marvellous idea to take Her Majesty the Queen with us to Lake District!-)