Lunchtime Biodiversity Walks

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Following the success of biodiversity walks organised by Cranfield University’s Walks in summers of 2011 and 2012, a new lunchtime series is planned for spring/ summer 2013:
Thursday 2nd May
Wednesday 29th of May
Wednesday 5th of June
Wednesday 12th of June
Wednesday 26th of June
Meet Outside building 26 (Main Reception)
No need to book just turn up
Time:  13.00- 13.45 hours
A selection of routes around Cranfield University campus
Walk leader: Alan Nelson (a member of staff from School of Applied Sciences and a wildlife expert )
Organiser: Becky Shepherd (university’s Energy and Environment team)
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.

Walk on sunny Saturday 6 October: exploring Cranfield

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Update on Saturday morning 6 October:  due to a long period of rain yesterday evening, please note that this route might be bit muddy today. If your shoes are not waterproof, you may want to bring with you a change of socks or another pair of shoes just in case.

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop by the large chestnut tree                                                 Depart at 12.30 hours                                                                                                                       13.15 hours – meeting Paul, our guide, at Cranfield village;  by the gate  where the footpath from Cranfield University leads into the road  (click on the hyperlink to see the point as an arrow on this map). For those who live in Cranfield village, you can join us there at 13.15 hours.                                                                                                                            Total walk length: circa 13.5 km (8.5 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 17.30 hours                                                                                                                    Bring with you a packed lunch and a bottle of water (optional stop at Co-op supermarket at Cranfield village)                                                                                                                                   Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths.                
There is no cost associated with attending this walk. No bookings required, just turn up. Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Photos from last year’ walk: More than 30 Cranfield University’s students enjoyed this pleasant walk through Cranfield’s countryside on one sunny October day.

On Saturday 6 October we are going to do a repeat of last year’s walk led by Paul from Cranfield village. The weather forecast is perfect – sunshine all day long!  Paul is a keen walker and a member of Ouse Valley Ramblers walking group. Paul says about this walk: This will be a circular walk from Cranfield village in south-easterly direction, taking in woods and  open fields; providing good views of the undulating countryside. It will introduce  students to some of the features of Bedfordshire with a bit of information on the industrial history of the area.  This route might be bit muddy and there’s one very low stile to cross over.”

Our aims are up

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Our Aims page is up! Any club or society formed under the CSA is required to identify its clear aims and objectives. For our walking society, this is quite straightforward – our aim is to promote walking amongst students and staff at Cranfield University.

Thinking about how we then perceive walking, I reflected on our events and feedback from students attending our walks. Soon I realized that walking is certainly much more than purely a physical activity good for your wellbeing. Of course, it is a means of transport (in spite of what our Transport team thinks) but our walks also serve, among other purposes, as educational activities and language classes.

See the list of benefits we identified on Our Aims page. Is there a purpose or a benefit of our walks that we have forgotten about? Would you like to share with us your experience from attending one of our events? We like to hear from you!-) 

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