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Sunday 19 Feb – Willen Lake

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A Sunday morning stroll around the beautiful Willen Lake at Milton Keneys

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                              Depart at 11.00am  – shared taxis/ car sharing                                                                      Return: using free shuttle from Milton Keynes at 2pm, ready to be back on time for the International Festival that starts at Cranfield University at 15 hours.                               Walk leaders: Belen and Stepanka                                                                                                   Bring with you a packed lunch and a drink                                                                          Surface suitable for trainers.                                                                                                   

Photo by Steve Daniels

Saturday 19 November: exploring Cranfield part II

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet under the spreading chestnut tree* by The Cafe Bookshop.  
Depart at 12.00 noon                                                                                                                        Total walk length: circa 14 km (8.7 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 16.00 hours                                                                                                           Bring with you a packed lunch and a drink.                                                                                Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths.               There is no cost associated with attending this walk – just turn up.                                            Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

An afternoon walk in close proximity to Cranfield University, prepared by our guide Paul from Cranfield village. The first walk led by Paul took place in October and it was a great success – with almost 40 students attending.                                                              This is what Paul  tells us about this second upcoming walk on 19 November:

Another circular walk to the East of  Wharley End. This will be 14. km to the east circumnavigating Moulsoe –  a route mainly on headlands and bridle paths over arable land and through spinneys.

 Although the English Winter weather is yet to come, it will be damp and muddy underfoot so suitable footwear will be required and waterproofs if it’s raining or likely to. Bring packed lunch a drink and something to sit on may be a plastic bag.

Countryside around Cranfield University waiting to be explored
* Did you know? Horse Chestnut trees are not native to Britain – they were planted as ornamental trees for their shade. They have a pleasant white flower and their fruits conkers can be used for sport.

12 November: walk & shop near Bedford

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 10.30 am                                                                                                                            A walk followed by a  stop at  a local outdoor shop
Total walk length: circa 8 km (5  miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 17:00 hours                                                                                                           Lunch: bring your own or purchase at Danish Camp cafe                                                              In wet weather conditions; please wear waterproof boots or bring a change of shoes/socks as your feet will get wet.    

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.

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

Great Barford bridge. ksodo

On Saturday 12 November we are going to do a walk along the River Ouse, starting in the village of Great Barford, famous by its medieval bridge. Break at Danish Camp for a late lunch (we might spot a European eagle owl there), followed by a stop to admire the historical Dovecote. Walk finishes at Outdoor store at Goldington Road, Bedford, for some afternoon outdoor shopping. Perfect if you like to try on new walking boots!

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

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                                                                                Refreshments at the end of the walk. 

Only 20 places available.                                                                                                             Cost: £2 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £5
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 the first ever Cranfield University’s Halloween walk on Monday evening. After a short journey to Cranfield village where the walk will start, we will continue along the Forest of Marston Vale 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.

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: http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm

Walk on Saturday 15 October: exploring Cranfield

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 10.30 am                                                                                                                           11.00 am – 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 11 am.                                    Total walk length: circa 13.5 km (8.5 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 15.30 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.
                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.

Undulating countryside at Cranfield. ksodo October 2011

On Saturday 15 October we are going to do a walk led by Paul from Cranfield village.  We met Paul during the last guided walk organised by North Crawley Historical Society in September. We struck a conversation that started with us being impressed with Paul cycling all the way from Cranfield village to then attend the 8 km (5 miles) walk at North Crawley. Learning that Paul was an experienced rambler from an area that we have not much explored in the past (i.e. Cranfield village), we could not help asking about a possible walk for our group. To which Paul kindly agreed to. So here it is; we are going to do a walk with Paul this coming Saturday. But first, I asked Paul couple of questions:

Paul, could you tell us more about the planned walk on 15 October?
 
 
This will be a circular walk from Cranfield village in south-easterly direction, taking in woods and  open fields; providing good views of the undulating countryside. It will introduce  students to some of the features of Bedfordshire with a bit of information on the industrial history of the area.  This route might be bit muddy and there’s one very low stile to cross over. 
 
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: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2010/04/which-reveals-the-best-walking-boots-207719/  Sometimes TK Max, a shop In the Centre Milton Keynes, has reasonable quality walking boots at discounted prices.
 
                                                                                                                  
Thank you, Paul. I look forward to our walk on Saturday.  Kristina Sodomkova