The other side of the Chimneys – Stewartby (Sat. 15/02/14)

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You can see 4 chimneys looking in the direction of Bedford, the site of the Stewartby brickworks. We will get quite close to the chimneys and have a view of the brick making kilns. Stewartby was once the largest in the world employing 4,000 people producing 18 million bricks a week. It’s now redundant, leaving a model village (a village built by the industrialists to house their workers). The walk will mainly be on flat hard well-drained surfaces but soft and wet underfoot for the first and last parts.

Stewartby Brickworks to Cardington Airship Sheds. 2009. By Tony Margiocchi (Snapperz).
Stewartby Brickworks to Cardington Airship Sheds. 2009. By Tony Margiocchi (Snapperz).
Activity date:  Saturday 15th February
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield   University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:45
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  15:00
Walk length (Km):  9.5 km (6 miles)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at: (Subject: LILY- STEWARTBY WALK, If you have a car and could give a lift (that would be great) please say it in the email)
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 14th February (before   1:00 PM)
Price: £2members, £3non-members (for transport, be will collected on   that walking day, and please take the exact money)
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch.
Gear: Comfortable clothes and   footwear, better hiking boots because the path may be muddy, and waterproof   clothing.  Always carry some water with you.
Other information:  None

Bedford christmas walk (Sun. 15/12/13)

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Update : Now with guided tour of Bedford!

Bedford’s River Great Ouze offers a wealth of enjoyment from the showpiece of the town’s embankment to the peace of the English countryside to the East and the West.

See the rolling countryside, starting at the old Kempston mill, continuing to the immaculate embankment gardens and fine water meadowland, watching the rowing and water borne activities that have made the river an integral part of the life of North Bedfordshire.


After we will return to the centre of Bedford for a guided tour of Bedford, with lots of interesting facts about Bedford’s buildings and previous inhabitants. Finally we will return to Harpur Square to enjoy the sights and smells of the Bedford Victorian market and get into the festive mood for christmas!

Activity date:  Sunday 15th December
Meeting pointDeparting time:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)10:45
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx): 15:30
Walk length: 11 km (7 miles)
Club members only?: No.
Sign up at: Email with “Sarah-Bedford” in subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 13th December
Price: Return bus fare from Cranfield to Bedford (£2 with student card)
Meal provided?: Bring water & lunch if you wish..there will be lots of yummy food at the market!
Gear: Appropriate clothing and suitable footwear for a country walk in winter (as we are walking along side the river it may be quite wet)
Other information: There will be a guided tour of Bedford, with lots of interesting facts about Bedfords buildings and old inhabitants.