Castle Ashby (Sun. 15/06/14)

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The cost has now been reduced to £5.50 for members, £6.50 for non-members

Hiking Sunday! Join us in this double-walk to Castle Ashby.

The journey will begin with a 10.4Km route called A Fine State of Affairs that will take us from Castle Ashby village through fields to the River Nene, Whiston lock, and St Mary’s Church to finally end up again in Castle Ashby village.

But that is only the beginning, just after a quick rest it will be time for Castle Ashby. We have booked a guided tour to learn all about the property gardens: the Italian garden, the Orangery, the Butterfly garden, the Secret garden, the Maltese cross, the Rainbow border, and the Arboretum. After the tour we will be able to enjoy some of the house amenities, including: the Walled Garden Tea Room, the Garden Gift Shop, the Plant Centre, and the Farmyard (I have been told that it has teapot pigs! Awww…).

Activity date: Sunday, 15th of June 2014
Meeting point: The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield: 09:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx): 17:00
Walk length (approx): 10Km (3hours, route to the River Nene) + 6Km? (1.5hours, gardens) <> 16Km
Club members only?: No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number and the drives’ number.
Sign up at: Email with “Belen – Castle Ashby” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline: Thursday 12th of June by 1pm
Price: £5.50 members and £6.50 non members (includes transport, entrance fee to the house, and guided tour). Please bring the exact amount of money.
Meal provided?: No. You can bring packed lunch or buy something in Castle Ashby Village (e.g. The Buttery). However, ensure you bring snacks to keep the energy high during the walk and sufficient water.
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.  If we get sufficient drivers we will bring down the walk cost.