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Sunday 16th December: Rambling with the Ramblers

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Be a part of the Olney Ramble Sunday…

Itinerary:

Meet at 9:30 am in front of  Cafe Book shop.

We will meet up with Paul Boatfield at 10 am, at an old Market Square (where the famous pancake race starts) after leaving the road we are going across fields and leading up to the village of Clifton Reynes where there is a fine example of the Ridge and Furrow, an ancient form of cultivation and fine views across the valley, the whole area has a very mediaeval feel to it. We will be coming out of the village on a traditional bridleway across the river and then walking back through the streets of this ancient town of Olney.

Cost: Free walk for members and 2 pounds for non members!

But please confirm your participation by the 14th (Friday). So that appropriate transport arrangements can be made.

Please note: It’s liable to be cold and wet underfoot so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a country ramble and bring something to drink and eat (may be a banana or biscuit) as we have a short break about halfway through.

The walk will be about 9.5 km (6 miles) finishing approximately about 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

Walk at Emberton Country Park- Olney, Natural History Walks series, July 2011. Photo by Chanlynn Ho.

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

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Friday 3rd August: Clifton Reynes walk with fish & chips

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                              Places in a minbus are limited  – book yours by emailing walking@cranfield.ac.uk      Cost: bring cash for fish & chips supper in Olney (about £4.50) and a drink at  Robin Hood pub.
Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk to Clifton Reynes, Natural History Walks series, July 2011.Photo by Sharon Birkholz.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular.

After a short ride to the quintessential English village of Clifton Reynes, a lovely walk across the fields to the historical town of Olneywill follow. We will stop in Olney for fish & chips picnic supper at the town’s market square. A walk back to Clifton Reynes will finish with a stop for drinks at  Robin Hood pub.      

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           27 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   26 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      03 August: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

Thursday 26 July: Lakes @ Milton Keynes

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University        

    Update on 25 July: due to road works near Olney and heavy traffic in that direction, this walk will now be instead at Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                    Refreshments provided, bring some change for a drink at  Robin Hood pub                      Minibus places are limited  – book yours at CSA  (PS: CSA 1st floor is currently being refurbished, the office is temporarily on the ground floor)                                                        Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk to Clifton Reynes, Natural History Walks series, July 2011.Photo by Sharon Birkholz.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. After a short ride to the outskirts of the historical town of Olney, this walk will take us across the fields to the quintessential English village of Clifton Reynes, popular with walkers. After a short stop at the local pub for a drink, we will head back, ending  the walk with a picnic in Emberton Country Park. 

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           27 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

Thursday 28 June: Emberton Country Park & Olney

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                    Walk will finish with fish & chips picnic in the historical town of Olney (included in the price)                                                                                                                                                 Places in a minibus are limited  – book yours at CSA 1st floor.                                               Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk at Emberton Country Park- Olney, Natural History Walks series, July 2011. Photo by Chanlynn Ho.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. After a short ride to the outskirts of the historical town of Olney, this walk will take us to explore Emberton Country Park. Followed by a walk to the centre of Olney and a fish & chips picnic in the Market Square.

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           28 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

Wed 20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes walk

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                    Refreshments provided, bring some change for a drink at  Robin Hood pub                      Places in a minbus are limited  – book yours at CSA 1st floor.                                               Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk to Clifton Reynes, Natural History Walks series, July 2011.Photo by Sharon Birkholz.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. After a short ride to the outskirts of the historical town of Olney, this walk will take us across the fields to the quintessential English village of Clifton Reynes, popular with walkers. After a short stop at the local pub for a drink, we will head back, ending  the walk with a picnic in Emberton Country Park. 

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           27 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

NEW – Natural History Walks Summer 2012

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

The series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           28 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                     Refreshments provided.                                                                                                                   Places are limited  – book yours at CSA 1st floor.                                                                         Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

These walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

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Photos from our last year’s Natural History Walks series, July 2011.

Last year in July Cranfield University Walks, with the support of the Community Development Office, ran a mini series of special natural history walks that were led by Alan Nelson, staff from School of Applied Sciences. Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. Three of these special walks took place: to Caldecotte Lake; from Olney to Clifton Reynes; and around Emberton Country Park. The events proved to be extremely popular, with more than 20 students and staff attending the first two events and a smaller number attending the third (due to  poor weather on that day).

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

10 -11 November: lunchtime tree walks

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Photo  by Shiroshana Tissera

Walk itinerary: 
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                 Start 13.00 hours     Finish: 14.00 hours                          No cost – just turn up                                                           Enjoy the stunning displays of autumnal hues with this short tree identification walk around the campus (35 min),  followed by  leaves-painting session at the CSA.

The first two lunchtime tree walks around the Cranfield University’s campus!-) 
 
 
Our guide for these walks will be David, current MSc student at Cranfield University. I asked him a couple of questions:

David, could you tell us more about the planned tree walks?
I would say it is more a “biological” walk than a “tree walk” – Its more about appreciating nature as a whole. Trees are just one part of our mother Earth :). During the walk, I will try to tell you something about basic dendrology, ornithology, ecology… but don’t expect any overbearing academical knowledge. – just  a nice and friendly walk around Cranfield campus.

David, our guide - let's hope he is coming alone for the tree walk!-)

Tell us something about  yourself.               I studied ecology and conservation biology at Charles University in Prague. Currently I am studying for MSc in  Land Management at Cranfield University. In the last couple of years I participated in few expeditions to Africa; during which I always felt a sense of astonishment at biodiversity in that region. I just love nature.

What is your favourite walk?           Everywhere where you can find some patch of nature is fine ! But my favorite walks are in the mountains of my country (Czech Republic). I grew up there and that is where you can observe all the changes that happen in nature.

What advice would you give to our walkers or what useful  information could you share with us?                                                                                                                                                   Feel the nature ! It’s not necessary to be able to identify hundreds of species of  trees or animals. In contrast I think that the most important thing for every human is to maintain a deep personal connection with nature and the natural environment. After all, it is here for us to enjoy -). 

Many thanks, David. I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming lunchtime tree walks.

Kristina Sodomkova
 
Do you like to decorate your room of office walls with pretty artwork, using fallen leaves and a poster paint? Come to the CSA 1st floor after the lunchtime tree walks on Thursday and Friday 10-11 November.