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:
Sunday 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.
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 touch! Finally..
Congratulations! Our 1st star walker is HoiKen, an MSc student from Malaysia, who attended
all of our six walks in the month of October!
Enjoy this easy peasy pre-season walk to the Lodge Farm!
If you have been in Cranfield the last year, you must be eager to get walking and socializing again (these last two weeks must have been tough for you as well 😉 ). If you are a new student, come and meet some new awesome people, maybe encounter your first English sheep, and taste the delicious products of the farm shop (cake, milk, ice cream, vegetables, bread…).
And who knows, we may end up in North Crawley having a beer in the Cock Inn or in the Cranfield Social Club 🙂 For the new English speakers, a teacher of mine told me once “one pint helps your English, however, five don’t”.
|Activity date:||Sunday 6th of October 2013|
|Meeting point:||The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)|
|Departing time from Cranfield:||14:30|
|Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):||17:30|
|Walk length:||5 Km (approx)|
|Club members only?:||No|
|Sign up at:||N/A|
|Meal provided?:||Cake! but you can buy something else in the farm|
|Gear:||Comfortable clothes and footwear, better hiking boots because the path may be muddy, and waterproof clothing (get used to it; Welcome to England!!). Always carry suficient of water with you.|
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop by the large chestnut tree Depart at 15.00 hours Return back at Cranfield University at circa 18.30 hours Total walk length: circa 6 km (3.7 miles) Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be muddy. There are some stiles to climb over. There is no cost associated with attending this walk, just turn up.
Expect some delicious cakes and ice cream. And a great opportunity to ask Angela about Lodge Farm’s non-homegenised milk, say hello to the cows and chickens or have a go at the trampoline.
A walk to Lodge Farm is one of the most popular local walks that Cranfield University’s students enjoyPhotos from past walks by Cranfield University’s students 2 Lodge Farm
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop, Depart at 17.30hours Return back circa 19.30 hours Total walk length: circa 5 km (3 miles) Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths. There are some stiles to climb over. There is no cost associated with attending this walk, just turn up. Bring some dosh if you want to buy fresh milk, bread and cakes @ Angela’s Farm shop -). Tea & coffee provided.
Take a break from your studies – join us for a short walk to Angela’s farm shop at Lodge Farm on the edge of the village of North Crawley.Expect some delicious cakes and ice cream! A great opportunity to ask Angela about Lodge Farm’s non-homogenised milk, say hello to the cows and chickens or have a go at the trampoline.
© Cranfield University’s Walks – photos from our walks to Lodge Farm
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop, Depart at 13.00 hours Return back circa 15.00 hours Total walk length: circa 5 km (3 miles) Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths. There are some stiles to climb over. There is no cost associated with attending this walk, just turn up.
Take a break from your studies – join us for an impromptu walk day after tomorrow afternoon to Angela’s farm shop at Lodge Farm. Expect some delicious cakes!A great opportunity to ask Angela about Lodge Farm’s non-homegenised milk, say hello to the cows and chickens or have a go at the trampoline.