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:
Today I am talking to Vikas. Hello Vikas! Tell us something about yourself. I was an MSc student in MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering,
What has been your role in the walking society? A little bit of everything actually. An enthusiastic participant primarily. But I also the web editor in chief for a while. Organized a couple of walks too.
What have been your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? Definitely the 1st would be the trip to Lake District. It was one of the most beautiful places I ever visited. EVER! Getting wet in the cool and crystal clear water of a waterfall in Lake District is something I can never forget! 2nd goes to All Hallows Eve Walk , along with the pumpking carving party organised prior to the walk. A walk in the dark through Forest of Marston Vale! Angela from Lodge Farm prepared for us specially some yummy scary cakes. It was very unique, first time I experienced celebrating this tradition. 3rd would surely be my hike in waist deep snow at a spectacular place called Peak District. ( Ah! What a trip it was. The one memory I will always hold on to here would be the slide down the Devil’s ladder. Felt like a kid on a slide but what we really did was to slide down on the frozen mountain side for over 30 ft.)
What walking boots and other walking gear do you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Definitely North Face! But any good water proof shoes with a good grip is good enough. For, as long as you are not wet and cold, you will really enjoy walking.
What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? Those were some of my best times in Cranfield [University].
Interestingly, during my 2nd walk, which was to Cranfield village, one of my shoes literally fell apart. A committee member whisked me promptly into the nearest outdoor store near Bedford so I could buy new shoes. It is a priceless memory for me. (That little gesture of commitment and care, inspired me to become a committee member of this amazing society)
Being a member, I took part in almost all the walks that year. It helped me to see some of the most beautiful places in England.
Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? Cranfield University initially could be a lonely place. Not knowing anyone, as a new student. Unable to travel much due to limited public transport readily available… An extraordinary University no less. But honestly, it is quite isolated. But once you join the walking society, all this will change. It is your get away pass out of Cranfield. You will get to see some amazing places, which you might otherwise miss out on, if you are coming from abroad just for one year of intensive studying. And most importantly, by joining Cranfield University’s walking society, you will make friends for life. Just remember, KEEP WALKING!
Thank you, Vikas, really nice talking to you. All the best in your future endeavours and keep in touch!
Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.
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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 members about their experiences of being part of the society:
Today I am talking to Jing. Hello Jing! Tell us something about yourself. I’m a PhD student in process system engineering in what was Cranfield’s School of Engineering (renamed to School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) as part of an ongoing change management programme).
What has been your role in the walking society? I used to help to organize local walks with Paul, a keen rambler from Cranfield village. He was very kind and offered to lead local walks now and then (once per month in 2013-2014) and I assisted him to take care of other things (walk posts, emails, transport etc.).
Congratulations! You have won an award at the latest Cranfield Students’ Association awards 2013/2014! The nomination read “Well done, Jing, great to see you gaining confidence and becoming a walk leader and an events organiser.” I won the award of “Bee’s knees” of the walking society in the academic year of 2013-2014. I am happy to get this unexpected award. I am also happy that I’m improving from the activities.
What have been your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? My favourite walks include weekend hikes in the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park, which are challenging but with amazing views. My favourite local walk is the one around Woburn deer park, in which you can see several different herds of deer in a very beautiful landscape.
What walking boots and other walking gear do you have that you found indispensable during the walks? Yes, waterproof boots and clothes are indispensable! Both my walking boots and clothes are Karrimor which I bought from the Sports Direct shop in MK center. The walking boots were less expensive and OK for not very wet conditions. But they proved not waterproof in very wet conditions! Besides, a pair of walking poles really helps in mountain climbing during weekend walks. I have a pair of walking poles by Trekrite that I bought from Amazon: they have survived very hash conditions such as mountain climbing in Scotland.
What does being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? Being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks opens the door of the UK’s landscape for me. I think I would have never walked around so many amazing places without joining the walking society. Also, it is an opportunity to go adventures. During weekend walks, you experience funny things, difficult challenges and warm helps from other members.
Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society? I think joining the walking society means that you can enjoy beautiful views, enjoy talking with people during the walks, or be happy organizing your own walks. Also you can challenge yourself in weekend walks!
Thank you, Jing, really nice talking to you. Keep on walking and all the best with completing your PhD studies!
Would you like to get involved in running the walking society in the academic year 2016-2017? Get in touch.
Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.