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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew and Kristina
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.
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.
About 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.
Reminders 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.
It 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
Who 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)
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!