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Keep Calm And Vote For Us

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You are a valuable part of the club: 

Thanks to each and everyone of you, we are made it happen yet again. Another successful year of brilliant walks and trips all around the country.

As a member of the club, we hope you had loads of fun over the year, hiking over mountains and flat lands, around lakes and forests, exploring the country side and getting to know the history and bio-diversity of the places. And most important of all, making friends and cherished memories.

Now, it is that time of the year, where we let others know, who we are and what we do. Once again, we request your support and ask you cast your votes. And make your voice heard. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

If you enjoyed our walks and if you believe we deserve to be valued as one of the best clubs in Cranfield, click on the link below and cast your votes.

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Have a look at this website to see all the walks done over the year.

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Saturday 19th January walk and shop: Great Barford to Bedford

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A lovely walk along the River Great Ouse  followed by a  stop at  a local outdoor shop – perfect for those needing to do some shopping before the  upcoming weekend trip to Peak District!

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                             Depart at 12 noon
Total walk length: circa 8 km (5  miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 18:00 hours                                                                                                           Refreshment stop at Danish Camp cafe                                                                                         Please note that the weather forecast is cold, and it may rain slightly – so please come prepared. Waterproofs will be needed. Surface mostly suitable for trainers but can be slightly wet underfoot.

Please Contact Borja at “b.lazarotoralles@cranfield.ac.uk” to confirm your participation.

Confirm your participation, latest by Friday the 18th, by dropping a mail to Borja.

Note: There is transport involved and only limited seats available. So, HURRY UP!!!

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Photos from our last walks.Would you like more info about this walk? See our previous posts on outdoor shopping and a trip to Great Barford.

 We are going to start the walk in the village of Great Barford, famous for its medieval bridge. Break at Danish Camp  – described as Bedfordshire’s best kept secret (we might spot a European eagle owl there), followed by a stop to admire the magnificent historical Dovecote and stables managed by National Trust. The walk will finish at Go Outdoors store at Goldington Road, Bedford, for some afternoon  shopping. Perfect if you like to try on new walking boots or get a new base layer!

Big thank you goes to Deborah who came up with the idea for this lovely walk.
 

Saturday 27th October walk & shop: Great Barford to Bedford

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A lovely walk along the River Great Ouse  followed by a  stop at  a local outdoor shop – perfect for those needing to do some shopping before the  upcoming weekend trip to Snowdonia National Park!

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                             Depart at 12 noon
Total walk length: circa 8 km (5  miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 18:00 hours                                                                                                           Refreshment stop at Danish Camp cafe                                                                                         Please note that the weather forecast is sunny – but coming prepared is advisable. Surface mostly suitable for trainers.  

Cost: £7 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £10
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor                            Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.            
Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Photos from our last walks.Would you like more info about this walk? See our previous posts on outdoor shopping and a trip to Great Barford.

 We are going to start the walk in the village of Great Barford, famous for its medieval bridge. Break at Danish Camp  – described as Bedfordshire’s best kept secret (we might spot a European eagle owl there), followed by a stop to admire the magnificent historical Dovecote and stables managed by National Trust. The walk will finish at Go Outdoors store at Goldington Road, Bedford, for some afternoon  shopping. Perfect if you like to try on new walking boots or get a new base layer!

Big thank you goes to Deborah who came up with the idea for this lovely walk.
 

Saturday 13 October walk & shop: Great Barford to Bedford

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A lovely walk along the River Great Ouse  followed by a  stop at  a local outdoor shop – perfect for those needing to do some shopping before the  upcoming weekend trip to Snowdonia National Park!

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                             Depart at 12 noon
Total walk length: circa 8 km (5  miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 18:00 hours                                                                                                           Refreshment stop at Danish Camp cafe                                                                                         Please note that a light rain is forecasted later in the afternoon – bring a rain jacket. Surface mostly suitable for trainers.  

Cost: £7 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £10
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor                            Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.            
Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

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Photos from our last walks.Would you like more info about this walk? See our previous posts on outdoor shopping and a trip to Great Barford.

 We are going to start the walk in the village of Great Barford, famous for its medieval bridge. Break at Danish Camp  – described as Bedfordshire’s best kept secret (we might spot a European eagle owl there), followed by a stop to admire the magnificent historical Dovecote and stables managed by National Trust. The walk will finish at Go Outdoors store at Goldington Road, Bedford, for some afternoon  shopping. Perfect if you like to try on new walking boots or get a new base layer!

Big thank you goes to Deborah who came up with the idea for this lovely walk.
 

Saturday 14 April: walk & shop – Great Barford to Bedford

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A lovely walk along the River Ouse  followed by a  stop at  a local outdoor shop – perfect for those needing to do last-minute purchase before the  upcoming Lake District trip!-)

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 13 hours                                                                                                                         
Total walk length: circa 8 km (5  miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 17:30 hours                                                                                                           Refreshment stop at Danish Camp cafe                                                                                         In wet weather conditions; please wear waterproof boots or bring a change of shoes/socks as your feet will get wet.    

Cost: £7 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £10
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor                            Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Photo by Ali Pakseresht

We are going to start in the village of Great Barford, famous by its medieval bridge. Break at Danish Camp  – described as Bedfordshire’s best kept secret (we might spot a European eagle owl there), followed by a stop to admire the historical Dovecote. Walk finishes at Outdoor store at Goldington Road, Bedford, for some afternoon outdoor shopping. Perfect if you like to try on new walking boots!

Would you like more info about this walk? See our previous posts on outdoor shopping and a trip to Great Barford.

12 November: walk & shop near Bedford

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 10.30 am                                                                                                                            A walk followed by a  stop at  a local outdoor shop
Total walk length: circa 8 km (5  miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 17:00 hours                                                                                                           Lunch: bring your own or purchase at Danish Camp cafe                                                              In wet weather conditions; please wear waterproof boots or bring a change of shoes/socks as your feet will get wet.    

Cost: £5 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £8
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor                            Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Great Barford bridge. ksodo

On Saturday 12 November we are going to do a walk along the River Ouse, starting in the village of Great Barford, famous by its medieval bridge. Break at Danish Camp for a late lunch (we might spot a European eagle owl there), followed by a stop to admire the historical Dovecote. Walk finishes at Outdoor store at Goldington Road, Bedford, for some afternoon outdoor shopping. Perfect if you like to try on new walking boots!

Would you like more info about this walk? See our previous posts on outdoor shopping and a trip to Great Barford.

22 October: walk & shop at Stony Stratford

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 11.00 am                                                                                                                            A walk followed by free time in the town centre. Stop at outdoor shop (walking society’s  members receive 20% discount)    
Total walk length: circa 10km (6 miles)                                                                                   Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.                                                                 Return: circa 17:00 hours                                                                                                           Lunch: bring your own or purchase at Stony Stratford’s town centre (see  http://www.stony-stratford.co.uk/orhttp://www.stony-stratford.co.uk/cafe.htm       

Cost: £5 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £8
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association office, 1st floor                                Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.

Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

 

On Saturday 22 October we are going to do a walk led by Deborah, one of our longstanding members. Deborah not only works at Cranfield University’s IT department but is also a keen and an experienced walker. And she is also our new Walk Information Officer – if you see a nice leaflet produced to go with one of our walks, that is all thanks to Deborah’s effort to make your walk experience even more memorable. I asked her a few questions about this planned walk:

Deborah, could you tell us more about the planned walk on 15 October?
 
This will be a circular walk, starting in the historic town of Stony Stratford. The starting point will be the bridge that gave the town its name, but the route we take on the day will depend to some extent on the weather.
 
If the weather is, or has been, wet we’ll walk through the Ouse Valley Park that lies in the floodplain of the river Great Ouse. The park is full of wildlife and also includes several historical features such as the Iron Trunk Aqueduct carrying the Grand Union canal over the river and at the eastern edge of the walk, the Wolverton Viaduct built by Robert  Stephenson in 1838  to carry the railway line over the river.
 
Our alternative route will be to the village of Cosgrove. After a slightly inauspicious start crossing over the busy A5, you’ll be transported back in time to an age when canal boats, not lorries, were used to carry commercial goods around the country. We’ll be walking on towpaths, originally used by the horses that pulled the boats, along the disused Buckingham Arm before crossing the lock gates at Cosgrove and joining the Grand Union canal. This is an attractive and interesting walk, but the farmland stretches can be muddy in wet weather.
 
Either way we’ll be back in Stony Stratford for a late lunch. Explore the High Street and the many courtyards off of it and you’ll find several cafes and pubs to choose from. I’d recommend Macintyre’s café – run by the Macintyre charity supporting those with learning difficulties – but unfortunately it’s only open until 1pm. Perhaps if you decide to come back to Stony you’ll pop in for coffee.
 
Tell us something about yourself.
 
I’ve been at Cranfield for over 6 years, working in the IT Department throughout. You might have met me if you’ve attended any of our training courses. I grew up in Bedford but moved to Milton Keynes when I graduated, so I know this area quite well. As a keen walker I like to make the most of living in such a wonderfully green city – there’s so much more to see than the shopping centre!
 
What is your favourite walk?
 
My favourite walks (apart from Milton Keynes of course!) would have to be around the town of Bakewell in the Peak District National Park – easy enough to get to for weekends away, or further afield the stunning Mawddach Estuary and the surrounding area in Snowdonia, North Wales.
 
What advice would you give to our walkers or what useful information could you share with us?
 
My walks won’t be extreme by any means! Just make sure you have a jacket and comfortable shoes with good grip, both should preferably be waterproof if you’re going to be joining our winter walks. A small rucksack containing a drink and a couple of snacks would be a good idea too. But often you’ll find that we either include a stop for refreshments or there’ll be somewhere for a cup of tea and a piece of cake afterwards -)
 
Thank you, Deborah. I look forward to our walk and visit to Stony Stratford next week. Kristina Sodomkova
 
An interesting fact about Stony Stratford – did you know that in the past, the world largest trams were used for transport in Stony Stratford? For more on history, see local council’s website: http://www.stonystratford.gov.uk/Visit_The_Area/History
 
Looking for an idea for a next visit to Stony Stratford?-Try the town and river walk