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Saturday 11th February: North Crawley Pub Lunch Walk

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Our pub walk is back! Join us for a countryside walk from Cranfield University to the quintessentially English village of North Crawley via Folly Lane. Enjoy a lunch at a local pub before heading back to the university via a footpath across the fields.

Walk itinerary      
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop

Depart at 11.30am. Return back circa 16:00 hours

Total walk length: circa 7km (4.3 miles)

Surface: tarmac (Folly Lane), grass & field (footpath, return journey). Please bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains. It is likely to be wet and muddy underfoot on the footpaths.

Advance bookings are necessary for the pub lunch. Pay for your lunch at the pub. View menu here.

Teas and coffee included in the price of the walk.

Book your place online here.

The Cock Inn at Ncock-innorth Crawley is a friendly pub run by Jackie and Gary Magee. Visit the pub’s website here

Did you know?  In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was referred to as “Crauelai”. Learn more on the site of the North Crawley Historical Society.

 

Photos from our last pub lunch walk:

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Saturday 10th December North Crawley Pub Lunch Walk

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 Get some fresh air, leave the university campus behind! Join us for a pleasant walk from Cranfield University to the quintessentially English village of North Crawley via Folly Lane. Enjoy a lunch at a local pub before heading back to the university via a footpath across the fields.

Walk itinerary      
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop

Depart at 12 noon. Return back circa 15.30 hours

Total walk length: circa 7km (4.3 miles)

Surface: tarmac (Folly Lane), grass & field (footpath, return journey).

Please bring a waterproof jacket in case of a rain. Trainers as a footwear are fine, it maybe wet and muddy underfoot.

Cost: walk is free, pay for your lunch at the pub. View menu here.

Number of places available: 16  Advance bookings are necessary for the pub lunch.

Book your place online here.

 

The Cock Inn at North Crawley is a friendly pub run by Jackie and Gary Magee. Visit the pub’s website here

Did you know?  In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was referred to as “Crauelai”. Learn more on the site of the North Crawley Historical Society.

 

 

Friday 27 April – Green Week walks

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Green Week is taking place on Cranfield campus this week – take part in events organised by Cranfield University Walks

1) Lunchtime biodiversity walk around Cranfield campus                                                              Walk itinerary: 
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                 Depart at 13.10 hours                                                                 Return 14.00 hours                                                                      There is no cost associated with attending this walk, just turn up.

Lunch break with a difference! Learn about the fauna and flora on Cranfield campus from our walk leader, Alan Nelson from School of Applied Sciences – an expert on dragonflies and an experienced bat surveyor.   

2) Early evening walk to Lodge Farm, North Crawley                      Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 17.30 hours                                                                                                                     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.           

Last year students enjoying a visit to Lodge Farm

Take a break from your studies – join us for a walk 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.


30 November: lunchtime waste & recycling walk

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Interested in learning about waste and recycling on Cranfield University‘s campus? Unsure where bins for plastic or food  waste are  located?  Confused by the variety of rubbish bins available?

Join us then for a special lunchtime walk organised by the walking society “Cranfield University Walks” and CSA Green Team (led by the newly elected student Green Officer Marie Lefebvre)

Walk itinerary: 
Meet in front of Mitchell Hall.
Depart at 13.00 hours                                                                                                                       Walk duration: 1 hour                                                                                                                       There is no cost associated with attending this walk – just turn up.                                            Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Steve checking contents of a bin designated for paper, envelopes, magazines & cardboard

Our guide for this walk will be Grounds Manager Steve Watson. You can read a mini interview with Steve in our previous post.

23 November: lunchtime waste & recycling walk

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Interested in learning about waste and recycling on Cranfield University‘s campus? Unsure where bins for plastic or food  waste are  located?  Confused by the variety of rubbish bins available?

Join us then for a special lunchtime walk organised by the walking society “Cranfield University Walks” and CSA Green Team (led by the newly elected student Green Officer Marie Lefebvre)

don’t be rubbish at rubbish

 

Walk itinerary: 
Meet in front of Mitchell Hall.
Depart at 13.00 hours                                                                                                                       Walk duration: 1 hour                                                                                                                       There is no cost associated with attending this walk – just turn up.                                            Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Steve checking contents of a bin designated for paper and cardboard only hmm, no glass bottles in there

Our guide for this walk will be Grounds Manager Steve Watson. I have met up with him this week for a tour of the facilities. Whilst rummaging through various rubbish bins with wrongly allocated waste – from  bins at Stringfellow Hall and Chilver Hall allocated for paper and cardboard only but still full of glass bottles to a rubbish bin at the Sports Hall designated for plastic bottles, yet full of paper tissue – I took the time to ask him a few questions.

                                                                       Steve, tell us something about the planned walk.

This will be a lunchtime walk with a difference! A tour of the campus and the waste facilities will be spiced up by anecdotes about the history of the Cranfield University’s campus and its buildings – after all, I am based at the Estates Department*.

You know, I’m actually a secret Government Agent sent here on a covert mission to make sure that Cranfield University becomes the best campus in the country, if not in the world,  for recycling! This walk is just one way of trying to achieve this. Do not, I repeat, do not expect the ordinary!

Tell us something about yourself.

I nearly died in 1984 and it sort of put things in perspective, well it would,  wouldn’t it?  It’s not every day you wake up in hospital with nurses, doctors and all your immediate family smiling at you. I quit a mundane tedious job, started doing basic qualifications, learnt to enjoy radical cutting edge theatre and poetry plus books in general. Close friends call me “Prof” as I usually have a book in my hand. Please keep this a secret!

What is your favourite walk?

On campus it’s a good two-mile walk to cover the areas that I’m responsible for so I listen to punk poet John Cooper Clark or Alan Moore on my Ipod whilst checking recycling bins, lawns and more!

Outside of campus, a walk round Manchester City Centre over the scene of the Peterloo Massacre where government troops on horseback and with swords waded into unarmed protestors back in 1819.

In London I would recommend a charming city walk through parts of London’s East End close to Spitalfields and Brick Lane. For example, Princelet St is a former residential house that became a synagogue with the chapel being built over the garden but invisible from the street and Dennis Severs House has been repopulated with Georgian artefacts and other effects that take you back in time!

 I also have an interest in psychogeography which is about the way you appreciate landscapes as living storyboards of human influence. I  then recommend quite simply a wonderful book called Edgelands by  poets Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts. They authors explore and reflect upon that familiar, yet often unknown terrain, between city and countryside. These are the ‘edgelands’, found on the periphery of cities and larger towns; landscapes of wasteland, landfill sites, ruins, allotments and wild gardens, graffiti covered road bridges, sewage plants, woodlands and unexpected paths. So this book encourages you to take a walk with a difference – tramping round cityscapes or …edgelands!

Wow, thank you very much Steve. I look forward to the upcoming walk. 

* KS – could not find a more suitable link to another Estates Department’s web page on Cranfield University’s external website

Unable to attend this walk on Wednesday 23 November? Another walk with Steve is planned for Wednesdays 30 November and  7 December. Check this website nearer to these dates for an update .

10 -11 November: lunchtime tree walks

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Photo  by Shiroshana Tissera

Walk itinerary: 
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                 Start 13.00 hours     Finish: 14.00 hours                          No cost – just turn up                                                           Enjoy the stunning displays of autumnal hues with this short tree identification walk around the campus (35 min),  followed by  leaves-painting session at the CSA.

The first two lunchtime tree walks around the Cranfield University’s campus!-) 
 
 
Our guide for these walks will be David, current MSc student at Cranfield University. I asked him a couple of questions:

David, could you tell us more about the planned tree walks?
I would say it is more a “biological” walk than a “tree walk” – Its more about appreciating nature as a whole. Trees are just one part of our mother Earth :). During the walk, I will try to tell you something about basic dendrology, ornithology, ecology… but don’t expect any overbearing academical knowledge. – just  a nice and friendly walk around Cranfield campus.

David, our guide - let's hope he is coming alone for the tree walk!-)

Tell us something about  yourself.               I studied ecology and conservation biology at Charles University in Prague. Currently I am studying for MSc in  Land Management at Cranfield University. In the last couple of years I participated in few expeditions to Africa; during which I always felt a sense of astonishment at biodiversity in that region. I just love nature.

What is your favourite walk?           Everywhere where you can find some patch of nature is fine ! But my favorite walks are in the mountains of my country (Czech Republic). I grew up there and that is where you can observe all the changes that happen in nature.

What advice would you give to our walkers or what useful  information could you share with us?                                                                                                                                                   Feel the nature ! It’s not necessary to be able to identify hundreds of species of  trees or animals. In contrast I think that the most important thing for every human is to maintain a deep personal connection with nature and the natural environment. After all, it is here for us to enjoy -). 

Many thanks, David. I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming lunchtime tree walks.

Kristina Sodomkova
 
Do you like to decorate your room of office walls with pretty artwork, using fallen leaves and a poster paint? Come to the CSA 1st floor after the lunchtime tree walks on Thursday and Friday 10-11 November.