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Sunday 21 October – a morning water walk @ Milton Keynes

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 10.30 hours                                                                                                                  Return back circa 13.00 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 11 km (7 miles)                                                                                         Walk leaders:  Diane and Alan (School of Engineering)                                                       Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be bit muddy. Bring a snack and a drink – optional refreshments stop at Willen Lake cafe Transport: car sharing – Please let us know whether you require transport or have available spaces in your car to offer.

Update on Sunday morning 21 October – all available places are now taken, sorry!-)

Exploring Milton Keynes and the theme for this walk is water!-)  Join us for a pleasant walk along the Grand Union Canal and the Willen Lake. The plan is to go along the Grand Union canal and then across the fields to join  the River Ouzel and onwards to Willen Lake. We will have a little look at the Peace Pagoda and Tree of Life –  before returning back along the banks of the Grand Union canal.    

‘Cranfield University’s Walks’ @ – photos from our last walk at Milton Keynes

 


 

Saturday 20 October: Stewarby Lake & St Mary’s Church

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop at 11.am for those departing from Cranfield University);     Or at 11.50am for those joining us at Cranfield village: meet us by the gate  where the footpath from Cranfield University leads into the road  (click on the hyperlink on the word “by the gate” to see the point as an arrow on this map).                                                      Total walk length: circa 8 km (5 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 18.00 hours                                                                                                                Terrain: suitable for trainers but it may be bit muddy.                                                        Walk guides: Vikas and Kristina                                                                                                       Cost: £3 for members and £5 for non-members (covers cost of refreshments at St Mary’s church + transport)   Book your place with Glenda at CSA 1st floor.                                  Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Join us for a walk from Cranfield University, via Cranfield village, to the Forest Centre  & Millennium Country Park, with a view over the Stewarby Lake, where we will stop for a lunch at the cafe (bring your own lunch or purchase at the cafe). This will be followed by a walk to  and a guided tour of the ancient  St Mary’s Church at Marston Moretaine by   Reverend Gillian Webb – who received our award for the most welcoming local community. The tour of the historical church will end with a nice a cup of tea. -) Transport will be arranged to take us back to the university.

beautiful church of St Mary’s at Marston Moretaine – photo ksodo
Stewarby Lake – photo by Shiwei Fan

Saturday 21 July: Odell-Bozeat-Harrold special walk

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Special walk through the beautiful Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire countryside, with cream teas served in Bozeat

Walk itinerary:      
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 13.00 am                                                                                                                    Return back circa 19.30 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 20 km (12.5 miles)                                                                                    Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be muddy.                                                                                                                                                   Refreshments:  cream teas served at Bozeat.  Final stop at The Bell pub in Odell for drinks.                                                                                                                                            Transport: 16-seater minibus. Please email us to book a place.
                                           Cost: this is a fundraiser. Attendees are asked 2 make a donation on the day. Thank you! -)

Photos from Harrold-Bozeat-Odell walk  in August 2011. © Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012.

Repeat of one of our popular events  from last year: join us on a circular walk that starts in the beautiful Harrold- Odell Country Park in North Bedfordshire. Walk continues through the charming village of Odell; continuing through the woods and pass the Poddington Airfield that hosted US army during the World War II and a Polish camp until 1956-7. Next entering the enchanting Forty Foot (Acre) Woods with its spectacular hide and then soon onto the fields surrounding the village of Bozeat. There we are invited into the garden of Glenda and Robert for a light lunch and some traditional English cream teas. Followed by another hour’s walk back to the village of Harrold and to the lake of Harrold-Odell Country park. Last stop – The Bell pub in Odell.

Cream teas @ Bozeat: Glenda’s husband served a long time in Royal Navy and so she is an avid supporter of The Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes charities. Therefore instead of being charged for our amazing cream teas this Saturday, Glenda asks us to make a donation on the day that will go towards the charities that she supports. Transport is paid for by the walking society ‘Cranfield University Walks‘.

Saturday 14 July: Woburn Abbey deer park POSTPONED

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Update on Saturday morning 14 July:  MESSAGE FROM Diane, our walk leader: I walked the route Wednesday morning and it was flooded in places because of all the rain we are having. I had two other routes in mind where we  could have walked on  hard surfaces, but this morning I have been out in the car to have a look and the river is up so high and over the banks in places that no way could we get through. Verdict: WALK POSTPONED until another date TBC.

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 13.00hours                                                                                                                   Return back circa 17.30 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 10 km (circa 6.5 miles)                                                                             Walk leaders:  Diane and Alan (School of Engineering)                                                       Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it is likely to be muddy and we may get a rain shower                                                     Bring a drink & a snack.                                                                                                                Transport: car sharing – Please let us know whether you require transport or have available spaces in your car to offer.

 

Photos: Woburn Abbey walk last year. © Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012.
 

Repeat of one of our popular walks: join us on a short drive less than 10 miles from Cranfield University to the pretty Woburn – one of the most historical towns in Bedfordshire. The walk takes us on a public footpath through the beautiful grounds of Woburn Abbey  and the deer park.

Saturday 16 June: Odell-Bozeat-Harrold special walk POSTPONED

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UPDATE ON 12 JUNE: PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS FORECASTED FOR SATURDAY 16 JUNE THIS WALK IS BEING POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC

Special walk through the beautiful Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire countryside, with cream teas served in Bozeat

Walk itinerary:      
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 10.00 am                                                                                                                    Return back circa 17.00 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 20 km (12.5 miles)                                                                                    Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be muddy.                                                                                                                                                    Bring a drink – refreshments provided at Bozeat                                                          Transport: car sharing – Please let us know if you  have available spaces in your car to offer.
                                                                                                                                                    Cost:  £5 members,  £10 non-members,  drivers – free. Book your place with Glenda at CSA 1st floor.

Photos from Harrold-Bozeat-Odell walk  in August 2011. © Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012.

Repeat of one of our popular events  from last year: join us on a circular walk that starts in the beautiful Harrold- Odell Country Park in North Bedfordshire. Walk continues through the charming village of Odell; continuing through the woods and pass the Poddington Airfield that hosted US army during the World War II and a Polish camp until 1956-7. Next entering the enchanting Forty Foot (Acre) Woods with its spectacular hide and then soon onto the fields surrounding the village of Bozeat. There we are invited into the garden of Glenda and Robert for a light lunch and some traditional English cream teas. Followed by another hour’s walk back to the village of Harrold and to the lake of Harrold-Odell Country park. Last stop – The Bell pub in Odell.

Walking in Wales: Cranfield University students jump 4 joy!

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A special walking weekend in Brecon Beacons National Park organised by Cranfield University’s Walks took place 25 to 27 May.

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Altogether, 12 Cranfield University students of 8 nationalities (Spanish, Chinese, English, Iranian, Dutch, Indian-Portugeese, Ecuadorian and Czech), 2 family members and 1 walk leader/university staff  took part in this special trip to South Wales.

The weekend started very early (6am) on Friday morning by a road trip to the seaside town of Tenby; 10 students in 2 cars convoy. Getting on a boat from Tenby to Caldey Island was so relaxing – indeed surreal, after several hours spent driving on a busy motorway. A quick picnic lunch at the grounds of Caldey Abbey; then most of us opted for a cliff walk to see the lighthouse and then hit the local beach. Dip into the cold sea was followed by building an impressive sand castle – with a sophisticated drainage system,  green roof and very own Great Wall of China.

In the late afternoon we headed inland. Accommodation was booked at YHA Danywenallt by the beautiful and tranquil Usk Reservoir . This is where we met the rest of our group. Big thank you goes to Toni, Hostel Manager, who arranged for everyone to have accomodation at YHA Danywenallt; in spite of 3 of us originally booked to stay in nearby hostel YHA Brecon.

On Saturday we did a moderate to hard 23 km (14.5 miles) walk, conquering 4 top summits of Brecon Beacons, including the highest peak Pen y Fan (886m) and neighbouring Fan y Big (719m).  We were being blown away on top of these mountains – not just by the beauty of the place but quite literally,  by winds reported to be reaching 80 km (50 miles) per hour.

On Sunday we did a shorter, about 10 km (6 miles) walk; along the river Hepste, through woodland, walking up and down to a number of enchanting waterfalls – including the famous Sgwd yr Eira (meaning “Fall of Snow“) behind which we walked, took photos  and where we had a picnic lunch.

Weather on both days was fantastic: sunny and very warm. Overall, the trip to South Wales was a great success: Cranfield University students just could not stop jumping 4 joy!-)

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

  •  Toby, Lecturer from School of Engineering; our walk leader and also driver, for taking his time off to spend the weekend with Cranfield University students and for guiding our group through the spectacular Brecon Beacons National Park
  • 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 drivers: Toby, member of staff and our walk leader; and Pedro, PhD student who came forward at a late stage of planning this trip and thus allowed further 4 students to participate.
  •  Our photographers: Belen, Ali, Xiaojian 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.

ksodo – event’s organiser & 3rd driver

Read about our previous walking weekend in Lake District.

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Saturday 9 June: River – canal walk @ Milton Keynes

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 12.30 hours                                                                                                                   Return back circa 16.30 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 11 km (7 miles)                                                                                         Walk leaders:  Diane and Alan (School of Engineering)                                                       Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it is likely to be muddy.                                                                                                                                     Stop for refreshments at Caldecotte Arms                                                                            Transport: car sharing – Please let us know whether you require transport or have available spaces in your car to offer.

 Canal – river – lakes is the theme for tomorrow. The adverse weather has changed our plans yet again – a walk at Woburn Abbey grounds is now being postponed and instead we are going to go for a walk along the Grand Union Canal and river in Milton Keynes, pass the Caldecotte and Willen Lakes.

Caldecotte Lake during our visit last year – will we get some sunshine tomorrow? © Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012.