Castle Ashby (Sun. 15/06/14)

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The cost has now been reduced to £5.50 for members, £6.50 for non-members

Hiking Sunday! Join us in this double-walk to Castle Ashby.

The journey will begin with a 10.4Km route called A Fine State of Affairs that will take us from Castle Ashby village through fields to the River Nene, Whiston lock, and St Mary’s Church to finally end up again in Castle Ashby village.

But that is only the beginning, just after a quick rest it will be time for Castle Ashby. We have booked a guided tour to learn all about the property gardens: the Italian garden, the Orangery, the Butterfly garden, the Secret garden, the Maltese cross, the Rainbow border, and the Arboretum. After the tour we will be able to enjoy some of the house amenities, including: the Walled Garden Tea Room, the Garden Gift Shop, the Plant Centre, and the Farmyard (I have been told that it has teapot pigs! Awww…).

Activity date: Sunday, 15th of June 2014
Meeting point: The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield: 09:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx): 17:00
Walk length (approx): 10Km (3hours, route to the River Nene) + 6Km? (1.5hours, gardens) <> 16Km
Club members only?: No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number and the drives’ number.
Sign up at: Email with “Belen – Castle Ashby” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline: Thursday 12th of June by 1pm
Price: £5.50 members and £6.50 non members (includes transport, entrance fee to the house, and guided tour). Please bring the exact amount of money.
Meal provided?: No. You can bring packed lunch or buy something in Castle Ashby Village (e.g. The Buttery). However, ensure you bring snacks to keep the energy high during the walk and sufficient water.
Gear: Wear appropriate clothing and walking boots for a country walk taking into account the weather. It is liable to be wet and muddy underfoot.
Other information: Drivers Wanted. If you have a car and are willing to drive please let us know in the email. The drive will be reimbursed.  If we get sufficient drivers we will bring down the walk cost. 

Stowe landscape gardens and monuments (Sat. 26/04/14)

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We need drivers – if you want to come and have a car can you let us know sooner rather than later


Embark on a legendary journey and follow in the footsteps of 18th-century tourists by immersing yourself in 250 acres of stunning, informal landscape! Discover a fascinating history of a family and landscape that rose from sheep farming to becoming one of the most famous gardens in the world.



With a 1700’s Inn and 40 temples, Stowe harbours 300 hundreds years of history throughout its gardens, full of hidden meanings and secrets waiting you for discover them!




The three magnificent lakes, a bustling wildlife and the vast variety of wild-flowers that spring out  in this period of the year make of Stowe a splendid place to have a walk and enjoy the views regardless the weather, where our photographers will surely find plenty of views to immortalise.



The park offers a route around the gardens to discover the fresh beginnings and beauty of the spring flowers.


For more information, check out Stowe website:

Activity date:  Saturday 26th of April
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University) at 10:00 am
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:15 am
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  17.45 pm
Walk length (Km):  Around 5 miles
Club members only?:  No. But number are restricted to 16
Sign up at: Email with “Pedro – Stowe” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 25th April by 1pm
Price: £8 members, £12 non members
Meal provided?:  No. There is a shop and cafe, but you may want to bring food for a picnic!
Gear:  Appropriate clothes and footwear for a gentle country walk. Always carry some water with you.
Other information: Normal entry fee is £8.50, the Walking Society is covering transport. But as always we need drivers!

5 May: art & walk – visit to The Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green CANCELLED

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Visit one of the largest collections of art produced by a single person and see some of the most impressive bronze sculptures in the world – relax in beautiful surroundings

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A very different type of event organised by Cranfield University’s walks! To soak up the atmosphere of this place requires not to be rushed: Instead, take time to relax in the beautiful gardens of Henry Moore’s estate at Perry Green with its amazing giant sculptures;  take a leisurely stroll through the grounds to visit the Yellow Brick Studio to see how bronze is cast and to the Sheep Field Barn Gallery to view Henry Moore’s art work.

Henry Spencer Moore was an English sculptor and artist. He was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, England in 1898. He was a teacher and served in the army before going to Leeds School of Art. He is famous for making figurative sculptures with hollow spaces and for using flowing, abstract shapes. More info see Tate.

©Material Reproduced by Permission of The Henry Moore Foundation. Website

Event itinerary: 
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 9.00 am                                                                                                                          Tour of the Henry Moore’s House starts at 11.30am  followed a leisurely time at the grounds and gardens                                                                                                                          Return: circa 17:00 hours                                                                                                                   Lunch: bring your own or purchase at The Hoops Inn

Cost: £16 transport + £6 entry fee per person. For members of Cranfield University’s walking society reduced to £14 per person, for  non-members £20
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.

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