Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Ali

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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:
                      Ali in action.

Today I am talking to one of our most inspiring membersHello there, tell us something about yourself. Hi, my name is Ali and I’m from Saudi Arabia. I studied my Master of Science in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University, academic year 2016/2017.

What was your role in the walking society? I was the Photo Editor. As a committee member, my role included helping the committee in planning the walks but it was mainly to document every walk we had and share it through our social media pages.

Congratulations! You have won an award from the walking society. Thank you! I received the Chief Photographer award during our last year’s Christmas pub walk to North Crawley .

What were your 3 favourite walks and why? 

Snowdonia National Park: A hiking trip for three days with a group of energetic and lovely members of the walking society.  That experience showed how a team can work in a tough environment like climbing Snowdon Mountain.

Olney Christmas Market Walk: A walk that included passing by and seeing several attractive locations along the  River Great Ouse and Olney River Meadows  that are nature, the old market town and the Christmas market with a flavour of Victorian England.

Stevington Windmill Walk: A special walk to view an impressive postmill (a type of windmill that could be turned to face into the wind) built in the 18th century and the only complete windmill left in the county of Bedfordshire.  A historic windmill which is sort of  hidden, a stunning place to visit in Bedford.

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you?

Being a member of this society gave me the opportunity to enjoy two things. Firstly, wondering around the beautiful countryside, villages and towns and knowing about their fascinating history. Secondly, I was honoured to work with and learn from the committee and our friends, Kristina and Alan, who all were driven by passion toward making this society lively and successful.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that the Walking Society does complete the studying experience at Cranfield University, especially for international students like me so I strongly recommend it.

Thank you, Ali ! It was a pleasure talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best in your future endeavours!

Ali and fellow members of the walking society at Chicheley Hall.

Read further interviews with our members on our testimonials’ page.
Would you like to be part of the walking society?  Learn on how to join the Cranfield University’s Walks here

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Photos! Photos everywhere!

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Here you are, a new photo-summary of our activities:


Memories from some of the last walks

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We are in Flickr

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Are your cameras ready for breathtaking landscapes, startled/indiferent animals, stone buildings, and tired hikers? We always have great photographers among our walkers, and we love them to show their pictures.

As you know, we are currently looking for a Photo Editor. He/she will make sure that our graphic memories are shared and properly treasured. He/she can also be the official photographer of the Walking Society!! We certainly need official photographic reports of our events. If you like photography, this position is meant for you 😉

But for the moment we have set up a group in Flickr:

Sharing with the Cranfield Walkers

If you have a Flickr account, you can share there your pictures from the walks. If you don’t have it, you can always take a look to the photos from our routes.

We look forward to seeing your photos!

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Saturday 27th July – Ampthill (the photography walk!!) UPDATE: TIME CHANGE!!

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Join us for this fun walk where we will incorporating our love of walking with our love of photography! The walk will begin at Ampthill park, a fascinating heritage site, most noted for Ampthill castle, where Henry VIII stayed. The walk continues to the haunted Houghton house, a 17th century mansion, designed to be a hunting lodge.


Andrew will be telling us the fascinating story of the magical golden rabbit treasure that prompted hundreds of people to start digging for this treasure!

golden rabbit

During the walk, one of our resident photographers, Josie will be teaching about photography and the tips and tricks for taking a great picture. Bring your camera, any camera will do, even the ones on your phone.

If anyone wants to be a model, and is comfortable being in front of the camera feel free to dress up a bit and come along…what better surroundings than the castle where Henry VIII stayed!

The walk will be 8km long, finishing with a picnic in the park so if everyone brings along some food we can share it around. Bring lots of water!

Leave from NatWest bank at 14:30 p.m o9:30 (as there is heavy rain forecast in the afternoon)

The walk will cost £3, £5 for non-members to cover transport. If we have people who are willing to drive let us know. To sign up, please email

Deadline for signing up is Friday 26th July at 13:00