Marston Moretaine

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.

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


Tour of St. Mary’s church and Stewartby (Sat. 23/11/2013)

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Join us for a walk from Cranfield University, via Cranfield village, to the Forest Centre  & Millennium Country Park, with a view over the Stewarby Lake, where we will stop for a lunch at the cafe (bring your own lunch or purchase at the cafe). This will be followed by a walk to  and a guided tour of the ancient  St Mary’s Church at Marston Moretaine by   Reverend Gillian Webb – who received our award for the most welcoming local community. The tour of the historical church will end with a nice a cup of tea. -) Transport will be arranged to take us back to the university.
Marston Moretaine Village Fete, St Mary's Church, Marston Moretaine. June 2013.
Marston Moretaine Village Fete, St Mary’s Church, Marston Moretaine. June 2013.
Activity date: Saturday 23rd of November
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  18:00
Walk length:  8km (approx)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at: with “Rodrigo – Stewartby” in title
Sign-up deadline:  20th of November
Price:  £4 for members 6£ for non-members
Meal provided?:  Lunch not included. Tea will be given at the church.
Gear:  Comfortable clothes and footwear, better hiking boots because the path may be muddy, and waterproof clothing. Always carry suficient of water with you.
Other information:  N/A

Fresh pictures!

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Find here some of the pictures from the last walks!

More photos on our Facebook Group and in our Flickr group “Sharing with the Cranfield Walkers“.

Marston Moretaine forest – Spooky Walk (Thu. 31/10/13)

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Join the Halloween walk!!
Britain is a place rich in folklore, myths and legends of great variety originating from its many historical periods; from the ghosts of Roman soldiers near York to the spectres of Spitfire pilots at some of our airfields. Cranfield and its surrounding villages all have a long history and their own local legends and sites of paranormal activity.
Halloween is an ancient tradition dating back thousands of years although its exact origins are disputed. Although different cultures practiced this tradition in different ways, it has always been associated with the supernatural; a time when the barriers between this world and the next become thin.
Misty Graveyard, Halloween
This Halloween, we will guide you to some of the local areas where ghosts have been spotted and talk about the local legends associated with them. We will also encourage our members to tell the ghost stories from their home countries.
The walk will start in Cranfield at 7:00 PM and finish in Marston Moretaine (roughly 4 miles away) where back in the CSA in Cranfield University there will be drinks, and cake provided. We should leave the pub around 10 ish. There will be a cost of £5 for members and £8 for non-members to cover the transport and food.
Activity date:
 Thursday 31st  of October 2013
Meeting point:
 The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):
Walk length:
 6 Km (approx)
Club members only?:
Sign up at: with “SPOOKY WALK” in title
Sign-up deadline:
Tuesday 29th (this is absolute as we need to order transport, cakes and book tables in the pub)
 £5 for members £8 for non-members. Have with you the exact amount of money the day of the walk.
Meal provided?:
 Cake and warm drinks at the Bell pub in Marsten Moretaine the CSA in Cranfield University
 Check the weather forecast beforehand, warm clothing is advised
Other information:
 Walk involves areas of recorded paranormal activity!