T-shirt design competition

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Take part in “Cranfield University Walks” T-shirt design competition!

We are looking for sophisticated ideas for a logo and overall T-shirt design that will represent positively the ethos of the walking society “Cranfield University Walks

Required format of design: a vector file of a good quality. This can either take the form of a .ai or a .eps or a pdf file.

Cranfield University’s logo to be included as part of the overall look but separate from the designed image, to be placed on either a left or right breast – guidelines and logo can be found on intranet page (on intranet search for page “Toolkits, guidelines & templates”)

T-shirt specification: short-sleeved

Submission deadline: 10 December 2012

Send your designs to: walking@cranfield.ac.uk

Voting will take place during January 2012.

Prizes to win: Cinema tickets/£20 vouchers

Winning design(s) will be materialized.

For more information contact Neel: n.chatterjee@cranfield.ac.uk

another variation of the D.A.R.E T-shirt design

Even seemingly uninteresting walks organized by our walking society can be a huge source of inspiration. After a deep discussion with the committee members for planning future walks and budget, our attention was then drawn to the fact that we did not have a T Shirt of our own. And that, we needed a good T Shirt to show Cranfield, who we are. 2 members, Lucienne and Neel volunteered to drive this venture. Hence this competition announcement.

Walk on Saturday 17 November: exploring Cranfield Part II

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 12.30 am                                                                                                                           1.15 pm – 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 1:00 pm.                                   Total walk length: circa 6 miles

Return: circa 16.30 hours                                                                                                           Bring with you a packed lunch and a drink (optional stop at Co-op supermarket)             Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths. Also, a some clouds and drizzle is predicted, please come prepared.

There is no cost associated with attending this walk.                                                               

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

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On Saturday 17 Novemner we are going to do a walk led by Paul from Cranfield village.  We met Paul during the last guided walk Exploring Cranfield Village Part 1. We did a 16 km walk last time where we had an amazing walk in and around Cranfield. Now, to continue on this wonderful exploration, we are having a follow up walk.

Paul is an experienced rambler from Cranfield Village. And he has kindly agreed to lead the follow up walk as well, to explore a few more areas near by. So here it is; we are going to do a walk with Paul this coming Saturday. But first, Kirstina Sodomkova (the pillar of our walking group)  asked Paul couple of questions:

Paul, could you tell us more about the planned walk on 17 November?
 We will be leaving Cranfield a south westerly direction going across fields to a little used church that can only be reached on foot paths, taking in the splendid views and the Autumn colours, then having a short  break. Returning through the woods partly on the John Bunyan Trail. And back to Cranfield
Tell us something about yourself.
 I was brought up in London and started rambling in my early teens, with school friends, catching the train on Friday evening out into the countryside, then walk to a youth hostel. Next day, after we done the chores, on to another for the night, then back home on Sunday in time for tea (or so we promised).  I have lived in Cranfield for some 22 years now.
What is your favourite walk?
 In England there’s many pleasant walks taking the views, going somewhere of particular interest or just want to get out.  But my favourites are the expeditions with my son and grandson.
What advice would you give to our walkers or what useful information could you share with us?
 Get an ordnance survey map of the area you’re in or going to, 1:25000 scale Explorer map –  the one with orange on its cover ( there is a problem for Cranfield as it’s on the corner of four maps)
This link gives some independent help in choosing walking boots: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2010/04/which-reveals-the-best-walking-boots-207719/  Sometimes TK Max, a shop In the Centre Milton Keynes, has reasonable quality walking boots at discounted prices.
Thank you, Paul. We look forward to our walk on Saturday.  Kristina Sodomkova

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.

Sunday 28th October: Roast Dinner at North Crawley

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 Traditional English Roast Dinner/Lunch in the Cock Inn at North Crawley’s 12:30pm 

Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 11:00 hours                                                                                                                     Return back circa 14.30  hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 6.6 km (4 miles) approx                                                                           Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk as the weather is predicted to be cloudy. Light rain expected – wear a waterproof jacket.

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


Cost –  £5 for the meal (normal price £7.95, for this event subsidised by our walking society). The walk is otherwise free.

Please register at the CSA office 1st floor at the earliest as we have a 15 members limit. And also please do specify the choice of meal that you would prefer to have, as in Pork or Beef or Lamb or Chicken or Vegetarian.

Friday 12 October: Afternoon walk to Lodge Farm

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop by the large chestnut tree                                                     Depart at 17.30 hours                                                                                                                     Return back at Cranfield University at circa 19.00 hours                                                         Total walk length: circa 6 km (3.7 miles)                                                                                     Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be muddy.
 There are some stiles to climb over.                                                                            There is no cost associated with attending this walk, just turn up.           


Join us for a short walk to  Angela’s farm shop at Lodge Farm on the outskirts of the quintessentially English village of  North Crawley.  

Expect some delicious cakes and ice cream. And a great opportunity to ask Angela about Lodge Farm’s non-homegenised milk, say hello to the cows  and chickens or have a go at the trampoline.

A walk to Lodge Farm is one of the most popular local walks that Cranfield University’s students enjoy – check some of the photos from our past walks there!-)