natural history walks

Sunday 16th December: Rambling with the Ramblers

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Be a part of the Olney Ramble Sunday…

Itinerary:

Meet at 9:30 am in front of  Cafe Book shop.

We will meet up with Paul Boatfield at 10 am, at an old Market Square (where the famous pancake race starts) after leaving the road we are going across fields and leading up to the village of Clifton Reynes where there is a fine example of the Ridge and Furrow, an ancient form of cultivation and fine views across the valley, the whole area has a very mediaeval feel to it. We will be coming out of the village on a traditional bridleway across the river and then walking back through the streets of this ancient town of Olney.

Cost: Free walk for members and 2 pounds for non members!

But please confirm your participation by the 14th (Friday). So that appropriate transport arrangements can be made.

Please note: It’s liable to be cold and wet underfoot so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a country ramble and bring something to drink and eat (may be a banana or biscuit) as we have a short break about halfway through.

The walk will be about 9.5 km (6 miles) finishing approximately about 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

Walk at Emberton Country Park- Olney, Natural History Walks series, July 2011. Photo by Chanlynn Ho.

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

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Friday 3rd August: Clifton Reynes walk with fish & chips

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                              Places in a minbus are limited  – book yours by emailing walking@cranfield.ac.uk      Cost: bring cash for fish & chips supper in Olney (about £4.50) and a drink at  Robin Hood pub.
Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk to Clifton Reynes, Natural History Walks series, July 2011.Photo by Sharon Birkholz.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular.

After a short ride to the quintessential English village of Clifton Reynes, a lovely walk across the fields to the historical town of Olneywill follow. We will stop in Olney for fish & chips picnic supper at the town’s market square. A walk back to Clifton Reynes will finish with a stop for drinks at  Robin Hood pub.      

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           27 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   26 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      03 August: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

Thursday 26 July: Lakes @ Milton Keynes

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University        

    Update on 25 July: due to road works near Olney and heavy traffic in that direction, this walk will now be instead at Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                    Refreshments provided, bring some change for a drink at  Robin Hood pub                      Minibus places are limited  – book yours at CSA  (PS: CSA 1st floor is currently being refurbished, the office is temporarily on the ground floor)                                                        Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk to Clifton Reynes, Natural History Walks series, July 2011.Photo by Sharon Birkholz.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. After a short ride to the outskirts of the historical town of Olney, this walk will take us across the fields to the quintessential English village of Clifton Reynes, popular with walkers. After a short stop at the local pub for a drink, we will head back, ending  the walk with a picnic in Emberton Country Park. 

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           27 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

Thursday 28 June: Emberton Country Park & Olney

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                    Walk will finish with fish & chips picnic in the historical town of Olney (included in the price)                                                                                                                                                 Places in a minibus are limited  – book yours at CSA 1st floor.                                               Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk at Emberton Country Park- Olney, Natural History Walks series, July 2011. Photo by Chanlynn Ho.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. After a short ride to the outskirts of the historical town of Olney, this walk will take us to explore Emberton Country Park. Followed by a walk to the centre of Olney and a fish & chips picnic in the Market Square.

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           28 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

Wed 20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes walk

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                    Refreshments provided, bring some change for a drink at  Robin Hood pub                      Places in a minbus are limited  – book yours at CSA 1st floor.                                               Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

Walk to Clifton Reynes, Natural History Walks series, July 2011.Photo by Sharon Birkholz.

A repeat from last year’s mini series of special natural history walks led by Alan Nelson (School of Applied Sciences). Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. After a short ride to the outskirts of the historical town of Olney, this walk will take us across the fields to the quintessential English village of Clifton Reynes, popular with walkers. After a short stop at the local pub for a drink, we will head back, ending  the walk with a picnic in Emberton Country Park. 

This year the special natural history series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team:

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           27 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)

The walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

NEW – Natural History Walks Summer 2012

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Explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cranfield University            

The series are sponsored by the university’s central Energy & Environment Team

20 June: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub)                                           28 June: Emberton Country Park and Olney with fish & chips                                                   19 July: Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes                                                                                      26 July: Olney to Clifton Reynes (with a stop at Robin Hood pub

Itinerary:                                                                                                                                      Meet at 5.30pm in front of Kings Norton Library. Return before 9pm.                                     Refreshments provided.                                                                                                                   Places are limited  – book yours at CSA 1st floor.                                                                         Cost: £3 for members of the Walking Society, £5 non-members.  Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                                                            Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the countryside.

These walks are subject to good weather conditions – have a look at this website on the day of each walk to see if there’s an update.

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Photos from our last year’s Natural History Walks series, July 2011.

Last year in July Cranfield University Walks, with the support of the Community Development Office, ran a mini series of special natural history walks that were led by Alan Nelson, staff from School of Applied Sciences. Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. Three of these special walks took place: to Caldecotte Lake; from Olney to Clifton Reynes; and around Emberton Country Park. The events proved to be extremely popular, with more than 20 students and staff attending the first two events and a smaller number attending the third (due to  poor weather on that day).

© Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Photos may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to cranfielduniversitywalks – Cranfield University’s walking society at https://cranfielduniversitywalks.wordpress.com/

Tree expert wanted

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In July this year we ran a mini series of special natural history walks. This was mainly thanks to Alan Nelson, staff member of School of Applied Sciences, who offered to do a number of early Thursday evening guided walks for us. Additionally, the Community Centre provided financial support in form of transport – individual taxis and a minibus, to be precise!  Three of these special walks took place: to Caldecotte Lake; from Olney to Clifton Reynes; and around Emberton Country Park. The events proved to be extremely popular, with more than 20 students and staff attending the first two events and a smaller number attending the third (influenced by the bad weather on that day).

Cranfield University students in discussion with Alan Nelson during a visit to Caldecotte Lake
Alan Nelson, our natural history guide

Alan has in-depth knowledge of fauna and flora; dragonflies in particular. Attending one of his guided walks allowed us to see nature in a very different light.  Our faces lit up and we listened intently; whether Alan was describing a longbow – a medieval historical weapon made from yew wood, discussing diseases troubling horse-chestnut trees, keelhauling, various plants such as teasel or the fact that a cygnet could be eaten by fox.

Teasel - one of many lovely photos taken on one of our guided natural history walks. Photos courtesy of Chanlynn Ho and Sharon Birkholz.

Now that autumn season is approaching and colour of the trees is changing so beautifully, it would be perfect to have a tree talk. I approached in person the Farm Woodland Forum, whose secretary happens to be Cranfield University member of staff, whether they could do a special interest walk for us. However, they don’t think they can help us at present.  So the hunt for a tree expert is still on!

If you are a tree expert or have any other natural history/botany expertise and would be happy to do either a lunchtime, short, guided walk or a longer weekend walk for our group, please contact us. Above all, you will be rewarded by knowing you have enriched life of many of our students.