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Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Ali

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Since Cranfield University’s Walks formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside. If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining, hear from our existing and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
                      Ali in action.

Today I am talking to one of our most inspiring membersHello there, tell us something about yourself. Hi, my name is Ali and I’m from Saudi Arabia. I studied my Master of Science in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University, academic year 2016/2017.

What was your role in the walking society? I was the Photo Editor. As a committee member, my role included helping the committee in planning the walks but it was mainly to document every walk we had and share it through our social media pages.

Congratulations! You have won an award from the walking society. Thank you! I received the Chief Photographer award during our last year’s Christmas pub walk to North Crawley .

What were your 3 favourite walks and why? 

Snowdonia National Park: A hiking trip for three days with a group of energetic and lovely members of the walking society.  That experience showed how a team can work in a tough environment like climbing Snowdon Mountain.

Olney Christmas Market Walk: A walk that included passing by and seeing several attractive locations along the  River Great Ouse and Olney River Meadows  that are nature, the old market town and the Christmas market with a flavour of Victorian England.

Stevington Windmill Walk: A special walk to view an impressive postmill (a type of windmill that could be turned to face into the wind) built in the 18th century and the only complete windmill left in the county of Bedfordshire.  A historic windmill which is sort of  hidden, a stunning place to visit in Bedford.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you?

Being a member of this society gave me the opportunity to enjoy two things. Firstly, wondering around the beautiful countryside, villages and towns and knowing about their fascinating history. Secondly, I was honoured to work with and learn from the committee and our friends, Kristina and Alan, who all were driven by passion toward making this society lively and successful.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that the Walking Society does complete the studying experience at Cranfield University, especially for international students like me so I strongly recommend it.

Thank you, Ali ! It was a pleasure talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best in your future endeavours!

Ali and fellow members of the walking society at Chicheley Hall.


Read further interviews with our members on our testimonials’ page.
Would you like to be part of the walking society?  Learn on how to join the Cranfield University’s Walks here

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Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Chen

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Since Cranfield University’s Walks formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside. If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining, hear from our existing and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:

Today I am talking to one of our most active members of past academic year. Hello there, tell us something about yourself. Hello I am Chen, a student in MSc Welding Engineering at SATM School, Cranfield University. Academic year 2016/2017.

Say hi to Chen, one of the walking society’s dedicated committee members. 

What was your role in the walking society? I was the Membership officer, responsible for collecting, processing membership sign up forms and maintaining the mailing list for upcoming events announcement. Occasionally I helped with the event planning and photo taking.

Congratulations! You have won an award from the walking society. Thank you! I received an award during our Christmas pub walk to North Crawley last year as the member who attended most walks between September and December 2016.

What were your 3 favourite walks and why? The first would be Snowdonia National Park, 3 days, 2 nights. It was the first ever big trip organised by the new committee and our first hand experience on the planning, paperwork and preparation that had to be done. With the event taking place 3 months from announcement in early summer for advance accommodation booking, the participation rate was relatively low as some students were uncertain about their schedule, concerned they would be writing up their theses back in their home countries during that period. Fortunately we managed to get both accommodation and participation ready with special arrangement even a month before departure. With none of the participants having visited the national park before nor being  professional hikers we all took precaution and hoped for the best. It turned out great! The path, the weather, the stunning view and a birthday celebration for the president, which fell on the same day. From this event, the committee gained major experience for the next.

The second would be Peak District National Park, 2 days 1 night. It was interesting. We lost our direction at the top because it was a vast landscape full of tall vegetation with hardly any visible sign or a path. Getting lost was fun and I enjoyed it, having a chance to explore the unknown and making important judgement along the way. Eventually we were back on track and rewarded with a nice view!

The third would be Willington Dovecote, now managed by National Trust. It was the first walk organised by the walking society for new students that I joined.  The walk from Great Barford along the Great River Ouse was led by Alan and Kristina. We began to know each other and ended the walk by shopping at the Go Outdoors shop. It is the first walk where it all started for me – and I caught the walking bug!

What walking boots and other walking gear do you have that you found indispensable during the walks? I didn’t place an importance into the walking gear initially. I had my first serious hiking of a 4000m altitude with industrial boots, partly because that was the pair I had and partly as I was curious  to find out what were the advantages of wearing such boots (steel toe cap and sole against rocks, mud proof , water proof, windproof and good traction against oily surface). It works but with low bending flexibility and stamina consuming. From there I learnt about the importance of getting a pair of suitable walking boots. As a fan of waterproof shoes (avoiding all chance of getting wet feet), I had a pair of Timberland boots for walking. It works well, even for daily use to classes. Wind proof jacket and pants are absolutely necessary too.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you?

Phew, it was full of surprises and passion! Coming from a hot city full of cars, highways and buildings (I am from Kuala Lumpur), walking in a shopping mall is the norm during weekend. One of my objective during my time spent in the UK is to have some nice outdoor walks and hiking. When I saw Walking Society booth during the club & society event, I joined as a member without much thought. As time passed, I was surprised to know that the society had closed for a year, was revived and ran with great passion by Kristina, the founder, for almost half a year before a full committee was formed. Rather than running away from being a committee, I have accepted Kristina’s offer to be the Membership officer in hope that I can contribute to some extent. Not long after, the president expressed his wish to resign came in as the next jaw dropping surprise, followed by the Snowdon trip at the brink of being scrapped due to low participation and high advance payment. Even so, the team remained resilient. Out of expectation, a quiet member stabilised the society by volunteering himself as the new president, flooding the society with his raging passion. The team sailed through all the hurdles one by one and things eventually back on track.

Finally, the last surprise arrived: the society was given the Best Event award 2016-2017 by Cranfield Student Association, returning to its past glory! I was genuinely stunned during the event as it was the least expected outcome right from revival. The best of all, it was a treat to know a group of very supportive members whom practise the same interest, having a nice chat and encounter during each walk. Not to forget, Kristina’s passion in the society is an eye opener for me. With the memorable year ended, I think the walk continues for all of us, both physically and mentally, exploring new paths and wonders. Hopefully someday we will cross each other’s path again.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? Definitely join I would say to those who enjoy walking and photography! It is a wonderful chance to meet people with the same interest from different schools within the university and from different countries across the world.

Thank you, Chen, really enjoyed talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best in your future endeavours!

Read further interviews with our members on our testimonials’ page.
Would you like to be part of the walking society?  Learn on how to join the Cranfield University’s Walks here

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Monday 16th January: Walking Society’s Members Meeting

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Planning walking society’s activities (year 2012)

Walking society members, help us put together a great plan of walks and other activities for the new year 2017!

 

The walking society organised 9 local walks for the new students at Cranfield University between the months of October and December 2016. You can read about some of these events here.  These walks followed the footpath and cycle path to Cranfield village; showed us the way across the fields to a local farm shop  and along a country lane to a local pub in the quintessential village of North Crawley; led us to visit a nearby historical market town of Olney and the medieval hunting ground of Salcey Forest; and explore the geology of the highest point of East of England and Bedfordshire’s best secrets.

Where could our walks take us in the new year 2017? This is an opportunity for our walking society’s members to have their say and get actively involved in planning our next walks.

Pop in to the CSA (Building 114, Cranfield University) lounge upstairs at 18.30pm on Monday 16th January. Confirm your attendance by registering via our Eventbrite page.


If you are not a member yet, this is an opportunity for you to meet our friendly bunch and join our society.

Looking forward to seeing you!

If you cannot attend this meeting in person and would like to contribute with ideas for upcoming activities, you may email us at cranfielduniversitywalks@gmail.com

Andrew and Kristina

Saturday 26th November – Salcey Forest Afternoon Walk

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Visit the nearest densely wooded area to Cranfield University the beautiful  Salcey Forest. Enjoy the magnificent views from the top, as we follow its tree top trail.

533698_10151707926365095_1997359578_nWalk itinerary:
Meet in front of the Cafe Bookshop by the large chestnut tree      Depart at 13.00 hours  Return: circa 17:30 hours
Total walk length: circa 10 km/ 6miles

Lunch/ Refreshment stop at  Salcey Forest cafe at the start of the walk. Bring your own lunch or purchase.    

Number of places: only 8   –  more places will be available if more volunteer drivers come forward. If you are a driver, get in touch.

Cost: £3 (members), £6 non-members

Book your place online here.

Surface mostly suitable for trainers. Bring a waterproof jacket and a bottle of water with you.

1004941_10151707927860095_1132880326_nAbout Salcey Forest: A former medieval hunting forest, it can be found in the south of the county of Northamptonshire, to the east of Hartwell village and about 23km east/north of Cranfield University. Map of the forest can be found here.

The Tree Top Way rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor, with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres reached by steps. The structure offers stunning views across Salcey Forest and the adjoining woodlands of Yardley Chase.

253790_114468385306364_1374999_nReminders of the forest’s past are visible, such as miles of ancient woodbanks, building remains and ancient trees. The ‘druids’ or veteran oaks in Salcey are rare and amazing wildlife habitats, and some of the old oaks are believed to be over 500 years old.

998454_10151707928000095_10953251_nIt is said that during the Second World War, elephants from circuses were put to use to fall trees in the forest. There is a pond named The Elephant Pond where the elephants could bathe at the end of the day. The forest was served by its own railway station on the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway until 1908.

More info: Forestry Commission

Photos: @Cranfield University's Walks

 

 

New committee members sought: be part of our winning team!

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we-need-youWho is behind Cranfield University’s Walks?

Currently the activities of the walking student society at Cranfield University are managed by Andrew, a member of staff and a PhD student, and Kristina, founder of this walking society and an ex- PhD student.

Cranfield University’s Walks is now looking for volunteers to form its committee for the academic year 2016-2017. Having a committee is a prerequisite for any student society to be eligible to apply for funding from Cranfield Students’ Association.

What committee positions are available?

1st and 2nd Photo Editor

Social Media Officer (Facebook, Instagram)

Funding Officer

Transport Coordinator 

Membership Officer

Treasurer (Finance)

Why become a committee member for Cranfield University’s Walks?

This is what our past committee members say:

Getting involved on the committee is a great way to gain organisational skills, as well as 
meeting the locals.(Sarah,a committee member extraordinaire, President and 2x Treasurer) 
This will help you to develop quite a few useful skills such as planning, budgeting, leadership, team working, etc. Not joking. I very successfully used my experience of being a committee member in the competency questions of job applications and interviews.This led me to be offered a place on a graduate scheme with Rolls-Royce. (Belén, Photo Editor, Social Media Officer - the voice of the walking society!) 
I won the award of “Bee’s knees” of the walking society in the academic year of 2013-2014. I was happy to get this unexpected award.I was also happy that I improved from the activities (Jing received Cranfield Students’ Association awards 2013/2014. The nomination read “Well done, Jing, great to see you gaining confidence and becoming a walk leader and an events organiser.” ) 
By joining Cranfield University’s walking society, you will make friends for life. Just remember, KEEP WALKING! (Vikas, the most enthusiastic participant of the society's activities and its WordPress Editor-in-Chief, a committee member extraordinaire) 
It helps you win friendship, keep fit, see beautiful scenery, but also enriches your knowledge in nature and history.It would definitely make your life at Cranfield University different and much more delightful and enjoyable.(Xiaojian, Photo Editor, Picasa and HTML troubleshooter) 
The walking society at Cranfield University was one of the warmest fraternities I got involved 
with on campus.(Ann, Membership Officer) 

Read more on our Testimonials page.

Kristina says: This is a fantastic opportunity for you to be at the heart of the student community at Cranfield University: as the founder of the society and a committee member it has been priceless for me to see Cranfield students so happy on our walks in the fresh air, out in the beautiful countryside. By being part of our committee, you gain valuable transferable skills such as using WordPress and Eventbrite and being a good leader. Or perhaps you already have some great experience that could benefit our student walking society ‘Cranfield University’s Walks’.  Whatever the reason, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested to be part of our winning team and to discuss further these positions!

Our email: cranfielduniversitywalks@gmail.com
Working out the logistics: As our Transport Coordinator, you may get to coordinate some oversized vehicles -)

Sat 1st and Tuesday 4th October: Clubs and Societies Fair

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A very warm welcome to all new students arriving at Cranfield University!

This year Cranfield Students’ Association holds its annual fair in CSA   

Location: CSA, Building 114, Cranfield University, download campus map here.

  • on Saturday 1st October from 5 to 8pm and

  • on Tuesday 4th October from 5 to 7pm

The great news is that this year the award-winning society ‘Cranfield University’s Walks‘  is back!

Known for drawing a friendly crowd, the society had organised a range of walks, from strolls to North Crawley and Cranfield village to weekend hikes in Snowdonia and Lake District. Few pics from our amazing walks are included in this post; many taken by Cranfield students  and very talented photographers. See what our past members say and why is it good for you to walk!

Cranfield Students’ Association fair: Meet the walking society’s founding members,  renew your annual membership or  register with our student walking society for the very first time.

Join our walking society now by completing an online form.

Photos from previous club & societies fairs – photos  courtesy of Shiroshana Tissera and Sarah Bergin. Photos from previous walks @cranfielduniversityswalks. 

 

 

Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Ann

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Since Cranfield University’s Walks  formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside. If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining, hear from our existing and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
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Ann attending the Peak District hiking weekend. It was cold!

Today I am talking to Ann. Hello Ann! Tell us something about yourself. I was registered as a student for MSc in Air Transport Management for the 2012/2013 academic year.

What was your role in the walking society? I was the membership officer during my time, responsible for collecting and processing filled-in membership forms and for issuing membership cards to new members.

What were your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? The trip to Peak District stands out among all the walks I participated in. it literally was such a spectacular trip. One day we had hiked through several feet of snow, then it rained during the night and by morning, the snow was gone and the mountains all green. I can still remember it like yesterday.

The second was a walk to North Crawley for the Guy Fawkes fireworks night. I remember it showered a bit on our way there but the display that night made it all worth it. It was a beautiful night.

The third would be my very first walk to Angela’s Farm on the outskirts of North Crawley. I might never have made that walk, was doubting if it would be worth my while. But how wrong was I? Opened me up to a whole new world around Cranfield. I sure did repeat that walk many a times by myself or with a friend whenever I needed a break from campus. It became my getaway walk.

What walking boots and other walking gear  did you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Merrel , I think? Honestly I can’t remember the brand. It was up to the task though. What I considered must-haves was my pair of Craghopper waterproof trousers and my Regatta 3-in-1 jacket – they were good enough for all my walks.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? The walking society at Cranfield University is one of the warmest fraternities I got involved with on campus. I experienced such great camaraderie on the very first walk that I just had to be involved. I met some great people, and it gave me an escape from all the academic stress. I also got to enjoy the great outdoors, made me feel so much at peace with my environment. Honestly, I looked forward to walk weekends.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society?  Why not the walking society? It is the best club to meet new people (there’s always someone new on every walk), explore your environment, walk away from the academic stress (quite literally), enjoy the great outdoors whilst burning calories. How healthy is that?

Seriously though, I got to see some of the most beautiful places in England through this student society. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more than a ‘schooling’ experience at Cranfield University. You can’t get it wrong with Cranfield University Walks!

Thank you, Ann, so lovely talking to you. All the best in your future endeavours and keep on walking!

Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.

 

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