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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.

Note: FOR MEMBERS ONLY!

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.

What a weekend! ‘Cranfield University Walks’ mini marathon of events

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What a weekend! Yes, we’ve heard the sceptics who predicted an early death for our student walking society, especially given the fact that MSc students are here at Cranfield only for one year, which makes continuity and succession difficult if not impossible, and PhD students suppose to be too busy with their research to be involved in any extracurricular activities. Yet despite all these gloomy predictions we’ve just completed our very own mini marathon of events over the past weekend – and the sheer enthusiasm and interest from new students affirmed my own belief that it was time well spent.

On Saturday 20 October there was a walk from Cranfield University to the Stewarby Lake, with a lunch stop at the Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park. Unfortunately, the footpath from Cranfield University to Cranfield village was waterlogged and too muddy – but luckily, we had 3 drivers amongst us who transported our group of 15 to Cranfield village and from there we set of walking on the much drier National Route 51 of the National Cycle Network all the way to the Forest Centre. Reverend Gill then welcomed us in St Mary’s Church at Marston Moretaine for an excellent guided tour, tea & cake and more – this was the first time we were able to go up the church tower! -)

On Sunday morning 21 October we’ve had a water-themed walk, at Milton Keynes that was led by Alan, a member of staff from School of Engineering,  and his wife Diane. 17 Cranfield University students and staff attended this event, after a short but intense booking period going  only the night before via our social media.  The walk started along the Grand Union Canal and also the River Ouzel. We stopped for lunch at Willen Lake and then visited the Peace Pagoda and Tree of Life.

On Sunday afternoon 21 October we had the first  official meeting with our new student members of which 19 attended. Excellent turnout! Angela from Lodge Farm made us a big cake specially for this occasion. The agenda included:

  • 1. Walk plan and budget bid: ideas were jotted on posted notes and then organised per calendar months. Ideas were then discussed and scrutinised, key factors considered, and walk leader and event’s main point of contacts were established for many of the events.  The preliminary walk plan created at the meeting (and now being further refined) will form the basis for our budget bid from the fund allocated by the university to CSA.
  • 2. Committee members –  Sarah is our newly appointed Treasurer, Borja our Transport Co-Ordinator and Jonny our Events Organiser.
  • 3. First Aid Training – record number of our members are interested in this training!-)
  • 4. T-shirt design competition – is back! Last year, the competition did not materialize alas we now have Lucienne, Boopesh and Neelabha looking into rejuvenating the idea. Watch this space!-)
  • 5. Current transport policy – competitive sports get transport funded by sports hall budget. ‘Cranfield University’s Walks’ is not perceived as falling into this category – although we do run a Photo Competition!- this means that our society is being disadvantaged as we have to fund transport from our membership fees only (because CSA funding cannot be used for transport). Transport has been the biggest obstacle we have faced every time we organise an event outside of Cranfield campus – and we are often  able to run events only because of the good will of those students who have own cars and  are willing to be our drivers and offer a lift to others. We want to challenge this current policy! We strongly believe that financial support for transport must be awarded to student societies at Cranfield University on other merits than just ‘competitiveness’! ‘Cranfield University’s Walks‘ have brought an immense value to the overall student experience at Cranfield University – and also to Cranfield University itself  in terms of its image and distinctiveness. Cranfield University might be bit slow to realize this – but we students are well aware! Borja, our newly appointed Transport Co-Ordinator, and Boopesh will be looking into this issue in more detail.
photo from our walking society’meeting. Photos courtesy of Junese Chainarongrit.
For more photos from our walks, see our Picasa site via our Photos Page.

Sunday 21 October – a morning water walk @ Milton Keynes

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Walk itinerary:       
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 10.30 hours                                                                                                                  Return back circa 13.00 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 11 km (7 miles)                                                                                         Walk leaders:  Diane and Alan (School of Engineering)                                                       Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be bit muddy. Bring a snack and a drink – optional refreshments stop at Willen Lake cafe Transport: car sharing – Please let us know whether you require transport or have available spaces in your car to offer.

Update on Sunday morning 21 October – all available places are now taken, sorry!-)

Exploring Milton Keynes and the theme for this walk is water!-)  Join us for a pleasant walk along the Grand Union Canal and the Willen Lake. The plan is to go along the Grand Union canal and then across the fields to join  the River Ouzel and onwards to Willen Lake. We will have a little look at the Peace Pagoda and Tree of Life –  before returning back along the banks of the Grand Union canal.    

‘Cranfield University’s Walks’ @ – photos from our last walk at Milton Keynes

 


 

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!-)

Saturday 13 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 a light rain is forecasted later in the afternoon – bring a rain jacket. 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.

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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.