St Mary’s Church at Marston Moretaine

Saturday 4 February: Stewartby Lake – Forest Centre – St Mary Church

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Join us for a pleasant walk from Cranfield University, via Cranfield village and the wooded Marston Trift, to the Forest Centre  & Millennium Country Park, with a view over the Stewartby Lake, where we will stop for a lunch at the cafe (bring your own lunch or purchase at the cafe). This will be followed by a walk to  the ancient  St Mary’s Church at Marston Moreteyne where we will get a tour of this historical church. Transport back to the university included.
Walk itinerary:
Meet in front of the Cafe Bookshop. Depart at 10.30am.
Those joining us at Cranfield village, meet us at 11.30 am in front of The Swan pub.
Return: circa 16.30 hours  Total walk length: circa 10 km (6.5miles)  Surface: mainly tarmac or gravel path but it may be muddy. Cost: £6 members, £8 non-members. Stop for lunch: at Lakeside cafe

Book your place online here.

 Weather forecast:unsettled.Please bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains.


Wednesday 31 October: All Hallows Eve Walk

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of the Main Reception                                                                                              Depart at 7pm                                                                                                                                Return: before 22.00 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: 7 km ( circa 4.5 miles).                                                                                   Terrain: suitable for wearing trainers                                                                                               Walk leader: Andrew Potter from School of Applied Sciences.                                                  Event organisers: Sarah, Kristina & Vikas (Committee Members)                                              Refreshments at the end of the walk at The Bell pub, Marston Moretaine.  

Only limited places available.  Please book your place by 2:00 PM Friday 26th Oct.

UPDATE ON 28 OCTOBER; ALL PLACES BOOKED

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.

St Mary’s church tower – photo by Periklis Lolis

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

Join us for this special Halloween walk in the dark on Wednesday evening. After a short journey to Cranfield village where the walk will start, we will continue  on the National Route 51 of the National Cycle Network towards the Forest of Marston Vale; through the wooded Marston Trift to the neighbouring village of Marston Moretaine; ending there by the 15th century church of St Mary. This is a beautiful ancient church with an unusual detached tower that perhaps served once as a watchtower, or a place of refuge. A very special event not to be mised!-)

Light candles with us in the church graveyard for the upcoming day of “all souls” and soak up the magical atmosphere of the church lit up at night.  

Did you know? Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago. See also: http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm

Saturday 20 October: Stewarby Lake & St Mary’s Church

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop at 11.am for those departing from Cranfield University);     Or at 11.50am for those joining us at Cranfield village: meet us by the gate  where the footpath from Cranfield University leads into the road  (click on the hyperlink on the word “by the gate” to see the point as an arrow on this map).                                                      Total walk length: circa 8 km (5 miles)                                                                                   Return: circa 18.00 hours                                                                                                                Terrain: suitable for trainers but it may be bit muddy.                                                        Walk guides: Vikas and Kristina                                                                                                       Cost: £3 for members and £5 for non-members (covers cost of refreshments at St Mary’s church + transport)   Book your place with Glenda at CSA 1st floor.                                  Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

Join us for a walk from Cranfield University, via Cranfield village, to the Forest Centre  & Millennium Country Park, with a view over the Stewarby Lake, where we will stop for a lunch at the cafe (bring your own lunch or purchase at the cafe). This will be followed by a walk to  and a guided tour of the ancient  St Mary’s Church at Marston Moretaine by   Reverend Gillian Webb – who received our award for the most welcoming local community. The tour of the historical church will end with a nice a cup of tea. -) Transport will be arranged to take us back to the university.

beautiful church of St Mary’s at Marston Moretaine – photo ksodo
Stewarby Lake – photo by Shiwei Fan