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


The other side of the Chimneys – Stewartby (Sat. 15/02/14)

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You can see 4 chimneys looking in the direction of Bedford, the site of the Stewartby brickworks. We will get quite close to the chimneys and have a view of the brick making kilns. Stewartby was once the largest in the world employing 4,000 people producing 18 million bricks a week. It’s now redundant, leaving a model village (a village built by the industrialists to house their workers). The walk will mainly be on flat hard well-drained surfaces but soft and wet underfoot for the first and last parts.

Stewartby Brickworks to Cardington Airship Sheds. 2009. By Tony Margiocchi (Snapperz).
Stewartby Brickworks to Cardington Airship Sheds. 2009. By Tony Margiocchi (Snapperz).
Activity date:  Saturday 15th February
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield   University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:45
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  15:00
Walk length (Km):  9.5 km (6 miles)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at: (Subject: LILY- STEWARTBY WALK, If you have a car and could give a lift (that would be great) please say it in the email)
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 14th February (before   1:00 PM)
Price: £2members, £3non-members (for transport, be will collected on   that walking day, and please take the exact money)
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch.
Gear: Comfortable clothes and   footwear, better hiking boots because the path may be muddy, and waterproof   clothing.  Always carry some water with you.
Other information:  None