Explore Milton Keynes & Easter egg hunt (Sat. 19/04/14)

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As it is the Easter season, keep an eye out for Easter eggs hiding along the route!! Your walk leader may offer some clues! Embrace your competitive side and pick up a spoon and race with your newly found eggs. This walk explores the countryside of Milton Keynes taking in the Tree Cathedral, Small Brick Kilns and The Peace Pagoda.

Tree Cathedral. Milton Keynes.
Tree Cathedral. Milton Keynes.

The tree cathedral’s outline is based on Norwich Cathedral and was designed in 1986 by landscape architect Neil Higson. He chose different species of trees to represent the character of the Cathedral’s sections: hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the Nave, evergreens to represent the central tower and spires, flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. In springtime colourful bulbs represent the sun shining through stained glass windows onto the ground.

Small Brick Kilns. Milton Keynes.
Small Brick Kilns. Milton Keynes.

These kilns were used in the late 1800s to produce bricks from local clay for local house construction. Bricks have been made in the Milton Keynes area for at least five hundred years.

Peace Pagoda. Milton Keynes.
Peace Pagoda. Milton Keynes.

The Peace Pagoda was built by the the monks and nuns of the Nipponzan Myohoji as a symbol of world brotherhood. Above it, 1,000 cherry trees commemorate the victims of war, while prayers and messages of hope decorate the nearby One World Tree. Alongside the Pagoda is the distinctive Buddhist Temple, where the public is welcome inside or to visit the grounds with their Japanese and Zen gardens.

Activity date:  Saturday, 19th April
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University) at 10:10 am (if late please go to the bus stop directly)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:28 am from the bus stop (People from the village could take the bus 10:17 am at Cranfield war memorial if you wish)
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx): 2:51pm
Walk length (Km): 6 miles
Club members only?: No
Sign up at: Email with “Jing – MK” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 18th April by 1pm
Price: Return bus fare from Cranfield to MK Village (£2 with student card)
Meal provided?: No. Bring food for a picnic!
Gear: Appropriate clothes and footwear for a gentle country walk. Always carry some water with you.
Other information:  If you will take the bus from the village, please mention it in the email. Bring a spoon along if you want to get involved in the egg & spoon race


Dunstable Downs (Sun.16/03/14)

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Dunstable Downs is an extensive chalk and grassland region designated as one of 38 Areas of Natural Outstanding Beauty in the UK. This will be a circular walk starting and ending at Chilterns Gateway Centre, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Cranfield University. This pleasant walk will take us along the boundary of Whipsnade Wildlife Park , after a stop to see the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral that was planted by Mr EK Blyth between 1931 and 1939. Don’t miss the amazing views, kite flying, and an opportunity to taste the traditional Bedfordshire Clanger!

Dunstable Downs

Activity date:  Sunday 16th of March
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (aprox):  16:30
Walk length (Km):  10 Km (approx.)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at:  Email:; Subject ‘ALEX – Dunstable Downs’
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 14th March @ 1pm
Price:  £4 members, £6 non-members
Meal provided?:  No, but you can buy something in the Visitor Centre
Gear: Comfortable clothes and footwear, better hiking boots because the path may be muddy, and waterproof clothing. Always carry enough water with you.
Other information:  ‘Drivers Wanted‘ If you are willing to drive please let us know. Many Thanks.