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Woburn Deer Park (Sat. 17/05/14)

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Woburn Deer Park was set up by the Dukes of Bedford a few hundred years ago as a private ground to keep deer for hunting. The whole landscape gives scenic vistas with small hills, valleys, individual trees and wooded areas.

The walk will mainly be in the parkland, the woods, country paths and a bit of road. Usually we could see six different herds of deer! There is a very pleasant place for the lunchtime stop, where we can sit down on benches with view of a traditional village cricket ground and maybe undercover.

Woburn Deer Park. Woburn Abbey.
Woburn Deer Park. Woburn Abbey.
Activity date:  Saturday, 17th May
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:45
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  15:00
Walk length: 6.5 miles
Club members only?:  No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number and the drives’ number.
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Jing – Woburn” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 16th May by 1pm
Price:  £3 members  and £4 non members
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch for a lunch stop
Gear: Wear appropriate clothing and walking boots for a country walk taking into account the weather. It is liable to be wet and muddy underfoot.
Other information:  Drivers Wanted. If you have a car and are willing to drive please let us know in the email. The drive will be reimbursed.

North Loughton Valley Park & Concrete cow brewery – (Sat.11/04/14)

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Note: Now meeting at 10:30am NOT 11:00

The theme this weekend is “concrete cows”. Join us for this walk where we will take a circular walk around North Loughton Valley park, passing by the partly restored roman villa, the Bradwell windmill and of course the infamous concrete cows that Milton Keynes is known for.

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We will continue to Lodge lake, passing by the hills and hollows, a haven for wildlife (and maybe a grass snake or two) where you can attempt the “trim trail”, a series of exercise stations with ladder climbs, hurdles and leapfrogs.

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Every attempted to make your own beer? Maybe tried the “cock and bull” or “watling gold” at the CSA? After the valley park we will be visiting the Concrete Cow Brewery for an introduction to the beer making process, along with a taster sessions and a gift pack of three ales normally retailing at £9

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Activity date:  Saturday 12th April 2014
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  14:00
Walk length (Km):  6 Km (approx)
Club members only?:  No (but only 10 places)
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Sarah – Concrete cow brewery” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 11th April at 1pm
Price:  £4 members £5 non members
Meal provided?:  No, bring a packed lunch or snacks
Gear:  Comfortable clothes and footwear, walk will be all paved path, gravel trail so shouldn’t be muddy or wet. Water.
Other information:  As always if we could have one more driver that would be peachy!

 

Harrold-Odell Country Park (Sat. 22/03/14)

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This walk is a 5.5 miles circular route: from the Old Watermill at Odell,  a gentle walk to the high ground in the bends of the River Great Ouse (with great views when walking the ridge, it’s said you can see five church spires).

 

Odell Mill September 2008

 

then along by a sunken road to Freer’s Wood and a historic paddock, back down to the river along the causeway to an ancient bridge over the River Great Ouse and on to the Country Park (where you will find many wood carvings), through a meadow along the river and back to Odell.

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Activity date:  Saturday, 22nd March
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:40
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  15:00
Walk length (Km): 5.5 miles
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at:  Email: walking@cranfield.ac.uk; Subject: JING_Odell-Harold
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 21st March by 1pm
Price:  £3 members, £5 non-members, drivers will be reimbursed
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch for a long lunch stop
Gear: Appropriate clothes and footwear for a gentle country walk. Always carry some water with you.
Other information:  Drivers Wanted. If you have a car and are willing to drive please let us know in the email. You will be reimbursed.

 

Dunstable Downs (Sun.16/03/14)

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Dunstable Downs is an extensive chalk and grassland region designated as one of 38 Areas of Natural Outstanding Beauty in the UK. This will be a circular walk starting and ending at Chilterns Gateway Centre, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Cranfield University. This pleasant walk will take us along the boundary of Whipsnade Wildlife Park , after a stop to see the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral that was planted by Mr EK Blyth between 1931 and 1939. Don’t miss the amazing views, kite flying, and an opportunity to taste the traditional Bedfordshire Clanger!

Dunstable Downs

Activity date:  Sunday 16th of March
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (aprox):  16:30
Walk length (Km):  10 Km (approx.)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at:  Email: walking@cranfield.ac.uk; Subject ‘ALEX – Dunstable Downs’
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 14th March @ 1pm
Price:  £4 members, £6 non-members
Meal provided?:  No, but you can buy something in the Visitor Centre
Gear: Comfortable clothes and footwear, better hiking boots because the path may be muddy, and waterproof clothing. Always carry enough water with you.
Other information:  ‘Drivers Wanted‘ If you are willing to drive please let us know. Many Thanks.
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White Horse Hill and Ashdown Park (Sat. 25/01/14)

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DESPERATE call for DRIVERS for this walk!! If nobody else volunteers for driving we may have to cancel the trip :_( On Thursday I will send an email to all the people who has signed up with the resolution.

Join to this day-out hike and meet the White Horse Hill and Ashdown Park by the hand of our National Trust guide Nan Pratt. This park is home of Neolithic tombs, dragon legends, Giant’s Steps, Bronze-Age ginormous art, and Iron Age remains (extended info at the end of the post).

Tomb of Wayland's Smithy explained by our National Trust Ranger Andy Foley. White Horse Hill and Ashdown Park, Uffington. October 2011.
Tomb of Wayland’s Smithy explained by our National Trust Ranger Andy Foley. White Horse Hill and Ashdown Park, Uffington. October 2011.

Planning (bear in mind that it may be subjected to modifications):

  • 08:00 (yes, AM, and yes, on Saturday): Departure from Cranfield University
  • 09:45: Arrival and stop for physiological needs
  • 10:00: Hike starts
  • 14:00: Hike ends
  • 14:15: Stop for physiological needs (Pub time!)
  • 15:00: Departure to Cranfield University
  • 16:45: Arrival to Cranfield University
Uffington Castle. White Horse Hill and Ashdown Park, Uffington. October 2011.
Uffington Castle. White Horse Hill and Ashdown Park, Uffington. October 2011.
Activity date:  Saturday 25th of January of 2014
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  08:00
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  16:45
Walk length (Km): 12.4 (7.7 miles) (approx)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at: Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Belen – White Horse” in the subject title and your phone number in the body. If you have a car and you volunteer to drive people to the destination, state so in the email please. Fuel and parking expenses will be covered by the club. This walk will only be possible if we have sufficient drivers. The places will be given by sign-up order. However, drivers will have priority as without them we cannot get to the destination. Limited places.
Sign-up deadline:  Wednesday 22nd of January of 2014
Price:  £10 for club member and £13 for non-members (includes transport and guided hike)
Meal provided?:  No. Although we are going to stop in a cafe or pub before and after the walk, you will need packed lunch. As always, take sufficient water and energetic food (chocolate, nuts, etc.) with you.
Gear: Comfortable and waterproof clothing. As always, we recommend wearing hiking boots; The weather may be rainy and the terrain muddy. You may want to take spare clothes with you just in case you get soaked.
Other information:

Ancient rolling downland, home to an enigmatic chalk hill figure

The internationally-renowned Bronze-Age Uffington White Horse can be seen for miles away leaping across the head of a dramatic dry valley in the Ridgeway escarpment.

The horse is only part of the unique complex of ancient remains that are found at White Horse Hill and beyond, spreading out across the high chalk downland.

The Manger, a dramatic dry valley has steep rippled sides left from the retreating permafrost during the last Ice Age. These ripples are known as the Giant’s Steps.

To the east of the Manger lies Dragon Hill, a small roundish hill with a flattened top. It is said to be the site where St. George, England’s patron saint, slew the dragon. The blood poisoned the ground and left a white chalk scar for all to see.

Crowning White Horse Hill is an Iron Age hillfort known as Uffington Castle. A simple design of one rampart and ditch, the castle at 860 feet (262m) above sea level forms the highest point in Oxfordshire, with views for miles around over six counties.

Across the property Burial Mounds can be spotted. These date from the Neolithic period and have been reused up to the Saxon age. The largest contained 47 skeletons and this can be seen as you walk up to the Horse from the car park, if you look carefully.

GO-APE: tree top adventure (Sun. 09/03/14)

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We need drivers please!!!

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan, and join us for this tree top adventure.  Go Ape offers two to three hours of tree top high wires, tricky crossing (using ladders, walkways, tunnels) and of course flying through the air on the zip wires and Tarzan swing.

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This adventure normally costs £30, but we will do it for £25 which will include transport there and back. We need drivers for this event so let us know if you can.

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Activity date:  Sunday 9th of March
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  11:15
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  16:00
Walk length (Km): N/A
Club members only?:  No (only 15 spaces available)
Sign up at: Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Pedro – Go Ape” in subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 28th of February
Price:  £25
Meal provided?:  No, but you can buy food in the place, or bring along some lunch.
Gear: We suggest that you wear something you don’t mind getting grubby. Dress for the weather so bring along a mac if it’s raining! Make sure your stomach area is covered. Please wear appropriate footwear with soles with good grips. No sandals or slip-off shoes. You’ll need closed toe and heel shoes (with flat soles). We recommend gloves. Long hair must be tied back.
Other information:  Don’t sign up if you think you may be pregnant 😉

Go Ape promotional video (bear in mind that we will only do the Tree Adventure):