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Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Victor

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Since Cranfield University’s Walks  formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside. If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining us, hear from our existing and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
Peak District trip: having a lunch (Victor (standing on the right)
A lunch break during the Peak District

trip: (Victor (standing on the right)

Today I am talking to  Victor. Hello Victor! Tell us something about yourself. I studied Master of Science in Medical Diagnostics at the former School of Health.

What were your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? The Peak District trip was the most amazing, especially the part where we had to push Nicola’s car up the hill in heavy snow for over 2 miles. The next day’s walk on the snowy ranges of hills was also spectacular. The trip to Castle Ashby was exciting because we had new members joining a few oldies for the trip. We had one of the most amazing strolls along the lake and into the forest before having an evening tour of the castle. The Great Barford-Bedford walk along the river Great Ouse on a rainy weekend across the medieval bridge was also amazing. It was my first time I went to Bedford, visiting as a newbie in the country.

What walking boots and other walking gear  did you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Most of my walking gear were from the brand Karrimor. The boots were ankle high, waterproof and very light, making them ideal for any sort of trekking. I also had a waterproof coat to keep me warm especially during the winter walks.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? The walking society was like a second home to me as it offered me a chance to make valuable networks and learn about other cultures. The times I spent with other members was quite important because it allowed me to share ideas and information with fellow members. This is a society full of people who love and care…..Sarah, Johnny and Kristina just to mention a few.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? I would greatly recommend new students at Cranfield University to join this society because the experience is quite breathtaking. It not only provides a great weekend away from the tedious academic and research work, but also provides an opportunity to spend time with ‘strangers’ and get to know them better. I made a lot of friends during my association with this society, most of whom have been helpful in certain ways. The value of joining this society is priceless.

Thank you, Victor, great pleasure talking to you. All the best in your future endeavours and keep in touch!      

Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.

 

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Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Vikas

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Since Cranfield University’s Walks  formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside. If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining, hear from our existing and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
Vikas with Cranfield students in Lake District
Vikas and fellow students enjoying the views in the Lake District

Today I am talking to Vikas. Hello Vikas! Tell us something about yourself. I was an MSc student in MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering,

What has been your role in the walking society? A little bit of everything actually. An enthusiastic participant primarily. But I also the web editor in chief for a while. Organized a couple of walks too.

What have been your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? Definitely the 1st would be the trip to Lake District. It was one of the most beautiful places I ever visited. EVER! Getting wet in the cool and crystal clear water of a waterfall in Lake District is something I can never forget! 2nd goes to All Hallows Eve Walk ,  along  with the pumpking carving party organised prior to the walk. A walk in the dark  through Forest of Marston Vale! Angela from Lodge Farm prepared for us specially some yummy scary cakes. It was very unique, first time I experienced celebrating this tradition. 3rd would surely be my hike in waist deep snow at a spectacular place called Peak District. ( Ah! What a trip it was. The one memory I will always hold on to here would be the slide down the Devil’s ladder. Felt like a kid on a slide but what we really did was to slide down on the frozen mountain side for over 30 ft.)

What walking boots and other walking gear do you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Definitely North Face! But any good water proof shoes with a good grip is good enough. For, as long as you are not wet and cold, you will really enjoy walking.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? Those were some of my best times  in Cranfield [University].     

Interestingly, during my 2nd walk, which was to Cranfield village, one of my shoes literally fell apart. A committee member whisked me promptly into the nearest outdoor store near Bedford so I could buy new shoes. It is a priceless memory for me. (That little gesture of commitment and care, inspired me to become a committee member of this amazing society)

Being a member, I took part in almost all the walks that year. It helped me to see some of the most beautiful places in England.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? Cranfield University initially could be a lonely place. Not knowing anyone, as a new student. Unable to travel much due to limited public transport readily available… An extraordinary University no less. But honestly, it is quite isolated. But once you join the walking society, all this will change. It is your get away pass out of Cranfield. You will get to see some amazing places, which you might otherwise miss out on, if you are coming from abroad just for one year of intensive studying. And most importantly, by joining Cranfield University’s walking society, you will make friends for life. Just remember, KEEP WALKING!

Thank you, Vikas, really nice talking to you. All the best in your future endeavours and keep in touch!      

Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.

Interested in being the walking society’s committee member extraordinaire for the academic year 2016-2017? Get in touch.

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Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Jing

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Since Cranfield University’s Walks  formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside.   If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining, hear from our existing  members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
jing shi
Jing hiking in the Lake District

Today I am talking to Jing. Hello Jing! Tell us something about yourself. I’m a PhD student in process system engineering in what was Cranfield’s School of Engineering (renamed to School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) as part of an ongoing change management programme).

What has been your role in the walking society? I used to help to organize local walks with Paul, a keen rambler from Cranfield village. He was very kind and offered to lead local walks now and then (once per month in 2013-2014) and I assisted him to take care of other things (walk posts, emails, transport etc.).

Congratulations! You have won an award at the latest Cranfield Students’ Association awards 2013/2014! The nomination read “Well done, Jing, great to see you gaining confidence and becoming a walk leader and an events organiser.” I won the award of “Bee’s knees” of the walking society in the academic year of 2013-2014. I am   happy to get this unexpected award. I am also happy that I’m improving from the activities.

What have been your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? My favourite walks include weekend hikes in the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park, which are challenging but with amazing views. My favourite local walk is the one around Woburn deer park, in which you can see several different herds of deer in a very beautiful landscape.

What walking boots and other walking gear do you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Yes, waterproof boots and clothes are indispensable! Both my walking boots and clothes are Karrimor which I bought from the Sports Direct shop in MK center. The walking boots were less expensive and OK for not very wet conditions. But they proved not waterproof in very wet conditions!  Besides, a pair of walking poles really helps in mountain climbing during weekend walks. I have a pair of walking poles  by Trekrite that I bought from Amazon: they have survived very hash conditions such as mountain climbing in Scotland

What does being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? Being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks opens the door of the UK’s landscape for me. I think I would have never walked around so many amazing places without joining the walking society. Also, it is an opportunity to go adventures. During weekend walks, you experience funny things, difficult challenges and warm helps from other members.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? I think  joining the walking society means that you can enjoy beautiful views, enjoy talking with people during the walks, or be happy organizing your own walks.  Also you can challenge yourself in weekend walks!

Thank you, Jing, really nice talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best with completing your PhD studies!        

Would you like to get involved in running the walking society in the academic year 2016-2017?  Get in touch.

Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.

 

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Record-breaking weekend 4 ‘Cranfield University’s walks

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Our student walk society ‘Cranfield University’s Walks had a very busy weekend during which new Cranfield University’s students showed record interest in our walks:

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On Saturday 29th September 34 of Cranfield University’s students attended an early afternoon walk across the fields to Lodge Farm, North Crawley. It was so nice to see the  current student president Atma joining us for this event.!-) At one point our group split and so some of us went on a little detour via North Crawley village, before heading to Lodge Farm.  Angela who runs the Lodge Farm farm shop – and a current winner of our award for the “most welcoming local business” – prepared especially for us her amazing homemade cakes, ice cream and freshly baked bread. We sat in the garden sipping a cup of tea /coffee and watched those having a go at the trampoline or wandered off to say hello to the chickens. Then it was time to head back to Cranfield University via the working stables next door to Lodge Farm. Big thank you goes to our group of walk leaders for this walk: Shiwei, Moustafa, Nelia, Jason and Asteris. Special appearance by Periklis who travelled all the way from Rugby to attend this walk – wow!

After the walk, there was annual student clubs and societies fair from 5 to 8pm, organised by Cranfield Students’ Association. What very busy 3 hours it was! We did not stop! Big thank you goes to Alan and Graham for manning our table so eloquently; also Nelia, Farrukh and Periklis for their support. And let’s not forget to acknowledge the presence of our amazing photographers Asteris and Xiaojian, who is also our Photo Editor. 

On Sunday 30 September we organised a walk to Cranfield village. Last year the attendance was good – but this year, it was record-breaking! We counted 83 Cranfield University students at the start of this walk! Unbelievable! We descended on Cranfield village like a swarm of bees! We stopped at a local co-op supermarket, then getting a view of Marston Trift and Forest of Marston Vale, before heading back on a small section of the  National Route 51 of the National Cycle Network and then using the footpath that circumnavigates Cranfield airport. Big thank you goes to our group of walk leaders for this walk: Alan, Nelia,Farrukh, Dave and Alex. Also to our photographers Alan and Tomas.

On Monday 1 October at lunchtime there was yet another annual fair in CSA  which was an oportunity for new students to meet representatives of ‘Cranfield University’s Walks’: We  answered students’  numerous questions and signed up more new members. Big thank you  goes to our great team – Andrew, Jason and Eduardo and our award-winning photographer Asteris

This was our busiest weekend yet, with record attendance on our walks. The two student clubs & societies fairs led to 54 students and staff being recruited as our members. More are to join, as I gather from the number of email enquiries we’ve had in the past couple of days!-)

If you like to join our walking society, visit our Membership page and follow the instructions there.

Photos from last year’s club & societies fair – photos  courtesy of Asteris Apostolidis, Xiaojian Huang and Alan Nelson.
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Join ‘Cranfield University’s Walks’ at Clubs and Societies Fair

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Cranfield Students’ Association holds its annual fair in CSA on Saturday 29/09/2012 from 5 to 8pm and on Monday 01/10/21012 from 12.30 to 2pm

This is your chance to meet members of ‘Cranfield University’s Walks‘ and renew your annual membership or to register with our student walking society for the first time.

Last year the fair was an excellent opportunity to introduce our society ‘Cranfield University’s Walks’ to new students. There was a lot of interest in our walks and we have signed up 44 new members, bringing the total to over 70 paid members.

If you like to join our walking society, you can either come to the upcoming CSA fair or visit our Membership page for more information on how to join.

Photos from last year’s club & societies fair – photos  courtesy of Shiroshana Tissera