Exploring Cranfield – part 1, to the East (Sat. 19-10-2013)

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Exploring Cranfield – part 1 is a walk from Cranfield walking down into Marsden Vale to the East and back along the ridge. Besides taking in some quite beautiful lovely country views along the way, we can as well get to know some local industrial, social and geological history. Let’s walk around Cranfield and get to know the place where we live!

Paul, who is going to lead this walk, is an experienced and keen rambler from Cranfield Village. He has kindly lead quite a few walks in and out Cranfield last year, and he is going to lead a few walks this year too.

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Date: Saturday 19th of October of 2013

Meeting point: In front of Cafe Bookshop
Departing time from Cranfield University: 10:30 am
  Meeting Paul, our guide, at Cranfield village at 11:00 am; by the gate where the footpath across the airfield from Cranfield University leads into the road. For those who live in Cranfield village, you can join us there.
Arriving time to Cranfield: 3:00 pm (approx)
Walk length : 5.5 miles (approx):
Club members only?:
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Gear: Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths.
Other information Bring with you a packed lunch and a drink (at Cranfield village there will be an opportunity to pop into the Co-op for provisions)

Keep Calm And Vote For Us

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You are a valuable part of the club: 

Thanks to each and everyone of you, we are made it happen yet again. Another successful year of brilliant walks and trips all around the country.

As a member of the club, we hope you had loads of fun over the year, hiking over mountains and flat lands, around lakes and forests, exploring the country side and getting to know the history and bio-diversity of the places. And most important of all, making friends and cherished memories.

Now, it is that time of the year, where we let others know, who we are and what we do. Once again, we request your support and ask you cast your votes. And make your voice heard. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

If you enjoyed our walks and if you believe we deserve to be valued as one of the best clubs in Cranfield, click on the link below and cast your votes.

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Have a look at this website to see all the walks done over the year.


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Saturday 19th January walk and shop: Great Barford to Bedford

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A lovely walk along the River Great Ouse  followed by a  stop at  a local outdoor shop – perfect for those needing to do some shopping before the  upcoming weekend trip to Peak District!

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                             Depart at 12 noon
Total walk length: circa 8 km (5  miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 18:00 hours                                                                                                           Refreshment stop at Danish Camp cafe                                                                                         Please note that the weather forecast is cold, and it may rain slightly – so please come prepared. Waterproofs will be needed. Surface mostly suitable for trainers but can be slightly wet underfoot.

Please Contact Borja at “” to confirm your participation.

Confirm your participation, latest by Friday the 18th, by dropping a mail to Borja.

Note: There is transport involved and only limited seats available. So, HURRY UP!!!

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

Photos from our last walks.Would you like more info about this walk? See our previous posts on outdoor shopping and a trip to Great Barford.

 We are going to start the walk in the village of Great Barford, famous for its medieval bridge. Break at Danish Camp  – described as Bedfordshire’s best kept secret (we might spot a European eagle owl there), followed by a stop to admire the magnificent historical Dovecote and stables managed by National Trust. The walk will finish at Go Outdoors store at Goldington Road, Bedford, for some afternoon  shopping. Perfect if you like to try on new walking boots or get a new base layer!

Big thank you goes to Deborah who came up with the idea for this lovely walk.

Walk on Saturday 17 November: exploring Cranfield Part II

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 12.30 am                                                                                                                           1.15 pm – meeting Paul, our guide, at Cranfield village;  by the gate  where the footpath from Cranfield University leads into the road  (click on the hyperlink to see the point as an arrow on this map).                                                                                                                            For those who live in Cranfield village, you can join us there at 1:00 pm.                                   Total walk length: circa 6 miles

Return: circa 16.30 hours                                                                                                           Bring with you a packed lunch and a drink (optional stop at Co-op supermarket)             Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths. Also, a some clouds and drizzle is predicted, please come prepared.

There is no cost associated with attending this walk.                                                               

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

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On Saturday 17 Novemner we are going to do a walk led by Paul from Cranfield village.  We met Paul during the last guided walk Exploring Cranfield Village Part 1. We did a 16 km walk last time where we had an amazing walk in and around Cranfield. Now, to continue on this wonderful exploration, we are having a follow up walk.

Paul is an experienced rambler from Cranfield Village. And he has kindly agreed to lead the follow up walk as well, to explore a few more areas near by. So here it is; we are going to do a walk with Paul this coming Saturday. But first, Kirstina Sodomkova (the pillar of our walking group)  asked Paul couple of questions:

Paul, could you tell us more about the planned walk on 17 November?
 We will be leaving Cranfield a south westerly direction going across fields to a little used church that can only be reached on foot paths, taking in the splendid views and the Autumn colours, then having a short  break. Returning through the woods partly on the John Bunyan Trail. And back to Cranfield
Tell us something about yourself.
 I was brought up in London and started rambling in my early teens, with school friends, catching the train on Friday evening out into the countryside, then walk to a youth hostel. Next day, after we done the chores, on to another for the night, then back home on Sunday in time for tea (or so we promised).  I have lived in Cranfield for some 22 years now.
What is your favourite walk?
 In England there’s many pleasant walks taking the views, going somewhere of particular interest or just want to get out.  But my favourites are the expeditions with my son and grandson.
What advice would you give to our walkers or what useful information could you share with us?
 Get an ordnance survey map of the area you’re in or going to, 1:25000 scale Explorer map –  the one with orange on its cover ( there is a problem for Cranfield as it’s on the corner of four maps)
This link gives some independent help in choosing walking boots:  Sometimes TK Max, a shop In the Centre Milton Keynes, has reasonable quality walking boots at discounted prices.
Thank you, Paul. We look forward to our walk on Saturday.  Kristina Sodomkova

Wednesday 31 October: All Hallows Eve Walk

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 7pm                                                                                                                                Return: before 22.00 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: 7 km ( circa 4.5 miles).                                                                                   Terrain: suitable for wearing trainers                                                                                               Walk leader: Andrew Potter from School of Applied Sciences.                                                  Event organisers: Sarah, Kristina & Vikas (Committee Members)                                              Refreshments at the end of the walk at The Bell pub, Marston Moretaine.  

Only limited places available.  Please book your place by 2:00 PM Friday 26th Oct.


Cost: £5 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £8
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor                            Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.

St Mary’s church tower – photo by Periklis Lolis

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

Join us for this special Halloween walk in the dark on Wednesday evening. After a short journey to Cranfield village where the walk will start, we will continue  on the National Route 51 of the National Cycle Network towards the Forest of Marston Vale; through the wooded Marston Trift to the neighbouring village of Marston Moretaine; ending there by the 15th century church of St Mary. This is a beautiful ancient church with an unusual detached tower that perhaps served once as a watchtower, or a place of refuge. A very special event not to be mised!-)

Light candles with us in the church graveyard for the upcoming day of “all souls” and soak up the magical atmosphere of the church lit up at night.  

Did you know? Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago. See also: