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6 great walks we had this October!

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The student society Cranfield University’s Walks had a busy month. Following our attendance at CSA student societies and clubs fair on 1st and 4th October, 6 local walks were organised for students and staff. The aim of these events was to show that Cranfield University and its surrounding areas are located in the midst of beautiful countryside that is ideal for walking.

A quick glance at the walks we’ve done in October:

featured-imageSunday 2nd October, a circular walk to Cranfield village: Fantastic turnout for our 1st walk! More than 40 students and staff  set off from Cranfield University and continued on the cycle path to Cranfield village. The cycle path had been only recently completed; it appears to loosely connect to the national 51 cycle route that goes from Cranfield village to Marston Moretaine and Bedford.

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Our 1st walk, 1st group picture!

In Cranfield village students were shown the site of the St Peter & St Paul’s church, Swan pub, and Budgens and Co-op supermarkets .  Our group admired the views towards the Forest of Marston Vale, a community forest stretching behind the village high street towards Marston Moretaine. Return journey was led via the public footpath that circumnavigates Cranfield airport.

Saturday 7th October – A walk & shop trip: Discovering Bedfordshire’s best kept secrets! Following a short drive, 7 of us set off from the village of Great Barford, known for its beautiful medieval bridge. The walk continued along the River Great Ouse to Danish Camp and with a stop at the historical Willington Dovecote and Stables. Final stop was at Go Outdoors store on the outskirts of Bedford, a  perfect place to unwind for some shopping – new walking boots, base layers, hiking socks and more!

Sunday 8th October, special interest walk – geology of Dunstable Downs: A minibus took our group of 13 about 30km south of Cranfield University, to visit  the highest point of East of England. After a lunch at The Chiltern Gateway Centre run by National Trust, we met with our guide who teaches geology at Birbeck College, University of London. This was a circular walk, circa 10km in length. It included a stop at  at the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. We learned about the fascinating history of the area going back millions of year –  think of dry valleys, shallow seas and lots of chalk!

Saturday 15th and 22nd of October, a walk to Lodge Farm and Farm Shop: There was a group of 25 and 8 of us respectively on these short walks from Cranfield University across the fields to the quintessentially English village of North Crawley and then to Raw Milk Dairy and Farm Shop run by Angela and Gary Adderson on the outskirts of the village. Homemade cakes, bread, fresh raw milk and cream awaited us. We enjoyed complimentary teas and coffees whilst sitting in Angela’s garden and even got a tour of the dairy and learned about milking cows.

Tuesday 25th October, a special evening walk in the dark: 31 of us headed in the dark from Cranfield University via the footpath that circumnavigates the airfield to Cranfield village and beyond, via Marston Thrift to the village of Marston Moretaine. On the way students learned local ghost stories. Huge thank you goes to The Bell pub at Marston Moretaine for accommodating our large group for refreshments. Special spooky-themed cakes were made for us by Angela from Raw Milk Dairy and Farm Shop at Lodge Farm.

Our October walks were attended by staff and MSc and PhD students from across different schools. European countries were well-represented; we also had students from Australia, USA, Guatemala, Mexico, Cameroon, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Malaysia, China, and India.

More walks are planned before Christmas. Would you like to get involved helping Andrew and Kristina organise future events for students and staff at Cranfield University? There are volunteer positions available to join our award-winning team, visit our Committee page to learn more. Or do you have a car and would you be willing to be one of our volunteer drivers and thus help us cut out transport costs? We like to hear from you,  get in touchFinally..

Congratulations! Our 1st star walker is HoiKen, an MSc student from Malaysia, who attended

 all of our six walks in the month of October!start-walker

Wednesday 31 October: All Hallows Eve Walk

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 7pm                                                                                                                                Return: before 22.00 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: 7 km ( circa 4.5 miles).                                                                                   Terrain: suitable for wearing trainers                                                                                               Walk leader: Andrew Potter from School of Applied Sciences.                                                  Event organisers: Sarah, Kristina & Vikas (Committee Members)                                              Refreshments at the end of the walk at The Bell pub, Marston Moretaine.  

Only limited places available.  Please book your place by 2:00 PM Friday 26th Oct.

UPDATE ON 28 OCTOBER; ALL PLACES BOOKED

Cost: £5 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £8
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor                            Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.

St Mary’s church tower – photo by Periklis Lolis

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Join us for this special Halloween walk in the dark on Wednesday evening. After a short journey to Cranfield village where the walk will start, we will continue  on the National Route 51 of the National Cycle Network towards the Forest of Marston Vale; through the wooded Marston Trift to the neighbouring village of Marston Moretaine; ending there by the 15th century church of St Mary. This is a beautiful ancient church with an unusual detached tower that perhaps served once as a watchtower, or a place of refuge. A very special event not to be mised!-)

Light candles with us in the church graveyard for the upcoming day of “all souls” and soak up the magical atmosphere of the church lit up at night.  

Did you know? Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago. See also: http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm

Tuesday 18 September: fish & chips walk to Cranfield village

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Walk itinerary: 
Meet by the chestnut tree in front of cafe bookshop
Depart at 5.30 pm                                                                                                                                  Total walk length: circa 6 km (4 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 7.30pm                                                                                                                          No booking required for this walk,  just turn up.                                                                        Fish & Chips: cost circa £5.50                                                                                                       Please wear appropriate footwear                                              

photo by Mi Jang

 If you are free on Tuesday evening, why not join us for a walk to Cranfield village, using the public footpath ? The footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village circumnavigates the airfield. We will be stopping at a local chippy for fish & chips and the local Co-operative store, before having a picnic in the fields.

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there is an update.

The public footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village circumnavigates the Cranfield airport.
Earlier posts by Cranfield University Walks about walking to Cranfield village from Cranfield University campus: For path’s sake; Cranfield village, airport security and a tea party, New: works on the footpath to Cranfield village

For basics of footpath law in England and Wales see http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/britain/footpathlaw

Tuesday 14 August: evening walk to Cranfield village

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Walk itinerary: 
Meet by the Main Reception
Depart at 7 pm                                                                                                                                  Total walk length: circa 6 km (4 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 9.30pm                                                                                                                          No booking required for this walk,  just turn up.                                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear –  it may be bit muddy and bring a torch if you have one -)                                                                                                                               

 If you are free on Tuesday evening, why not join Jason and his friends for a walk to Cranfield village, to stop at a local pub for drinks.

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there is an update.

The footpath to Cranfield village follows boundaries of Cranfield Airport. Photo courtesy of Jeongha Ha
The public footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village circumnavigates the Cranfield airport.
Earlier posts by Cranfield University Walks about walking to Cranfield village from Cranfield University campus: For path’s sake; Cranfield village, airport security and a tea party, New: works on the footpath to Cranfield village

For basics of footpath law in England and Wales see http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/britain/footpathlaw

 

Sat 28 July our awards night: last chance to book!

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Cranfield University Walks special summer eventA walk, BBQ,quiz, raffle and awards – including announcement of winners of our best photo competition –  all in one event! 
Update on 6 July: this event has now been cancelled, mainly due to lack of available volunteers who would help to organise it. Prizes from our sponsors will be distributed to the winners of our best photo competition.

Sponsors to date:

 Angela Jane’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Lodge Farm, North Crawley:  homemade cakes, ice cream & more. The Beesness: delicious preserves, jams & honey. Glynise King, Sherington: tranquillity holistic therapies (book a massage via university’s Medical Centre). The cafe bookshop @ Cranfield campus: fresh coffee and cakes, books & more. Digital Visitor: kindly donating a ‘cycle pack’ with a helmet, gloves, puncture repair kit, light and bike tool kit. Cranfield Students’ Association – a bottle of  bubbly. 

Photo by Periklis Lolis

Come &  join us for a fun packed early evening to celebrate the good times that this society has provided to its student members and pay tribute to those special people who have made telling contributions to its success. Starting with a stroll across the fields from Cranfield University to North Crawley and a walk back at the end of the awards.

When? 28 July 2012                                                                                                                         Meet in front of cafe bookshop                                                                                                Depart at 16.00 hours  a  walk to Lodge Farm, North Crawley                                      Return circa 8.30pm                                                                                                                         Book your place at CSA 1st floor  by  6 July 2012                                                            Cost: £3 members, £5 non-members. Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                    

The event is subject to good weather conditions. – have a look at this website nearer to the date to see if there’s an update.

Wednesday 2 May: fish & chips walk to Cranfield village

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Walk itinerary: 
Meet under the spreading chestnut tree by The Cafe Bookshop.
Depart at 17.30 pm                                                                                                                        Total walk length: circa 6 km (4 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 19.30 hours                                                                                                                   No booking required for this walk,  just turn up.                                                                            Fish & Chips: cost under  £5.50                                                                                                Please wear appropriate footwear –  it may be bit muddy.                                                                                                                                         Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

photo by Mi Jang

 If you are free on Wednesday evening, why not join us for a walk to Cranfield village, using the public footpath ? The footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village circumnavigates the airfield. We will be stopping at a local take away for some fish & chips and the local Co-operative store, before having a picnic in the fields.

The Walking Society “Cranfield University Walks“, as part of its aims, serves to raise awareness amongst Cranfield University students about  the existence of the footpath to Cranfield village – especially at the time when the latest CSA presidential candidate claims in the CSA Election Booklet (available for download from the university’s intranet main page) there is no footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village at all. Voting for new CSA President and International Students Officer will take place on Thursday 3rd May from 10am-5pm in the CSA Foyer, Cranfield campus.

For basics of footpath law in England and Wales see http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/britain/footpathlaw

Earlier posts by Cranfield University Walks about walking to Cranfield village from Cranfield University campus: For path’s sake; Cranfield village, airport security and a tea party

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Wednesday 16 November: evening fish & chips ramble

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Walk itinerary: 
Meet under the spreading chestnut tree by The Cafe Bookshop.
Depart at 7.00 pm                                                                                                                      Total walk length: circa 6 km (4 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 22.00 hours                                                                                                                   No booking required for this walk,  just turn up.                                                                            Fish & Chips cost: £6.50 per person, £5  per person for members of the walking society (subsidised rate)                                                                                                                               Please wear appropriate footwear –  it is going to be muddy.                                      Bring a torch if you have one.                                                                                                    Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

photo by Mi Jang

We’ve had lot of interest in doing another evening walk. So if you are free on Wednesday evening, why not join us for a ramble across the field to the village of North Crawley? We will be going to the Cock pub for some fish & chips.