Woburn Deer Park (Sat. 17/05/14)

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Woburn Deer Park was set up by the Dukes of Bedford a few hundred years ago as a private ground to keep deer for hunting. The whole landscape gives scenic vistas with small hills, valleys, individual trees and wooded areas.

The walk will mainly be in the parkland, the woods, country paths and a bit of road. Usually we could see six different herds of deer! There is a very pleasant place for the lunchtime stop, where we can sit down on benches with view of a traditional village cricket ground and maybe undercover.

Woburn Deer Park. Woburn Abbey.
Woburn Deer Park. Woburn Abbey.
Activity date:  Saturday, 17th May
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:45
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  15:00
Walk length: 6.5 miles
Club members only?:  No. But limited spaces depending on the whole number and the drives’ number.
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Jing – Woburn” in the subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 16th May by 1pm
Price:  £3 members  and £4 non members
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch for a lunch stop
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.

Woburns Sands Heritage Trail & Chocolate workshop – (Sat 01/03/14)

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Join us on this heritage trail as we discover why the town of “Hogsty End” was changed to Woburn Sands, why a brickworks labourer was awarded the Albert medal, and how they used to tell if a murderer really was guilty.


After this, we will indulge in some yummy treats as we learn how to make healthy raw chocolate, and find out why it is so good for us. Mmmm guilt free chocolate!!

chocolate photo 1

Only 10 spaces available, and as always one more driver would be appreciated!

Activity date:  Saturday 1st March
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  11:00
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  15:30
Walk length (Km):  5 Km (approx)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at:  Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Sarah – Chocolate workshop”
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 28th February @ 1pm
Price:  £2 members and non members
Meal provided?  No, bring a packed lunch or there are lots of pubs.
Gear: This walk will be paved the whole way so you shouldn’t get muddy. Bring rain jacket (as always!)
Other information:  There are only 10 spaces available so sign up early



GO-APE: tree top adventure (Sun. 09/03/14)

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We need drivers please!!!

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan, and join us for this tree top adventure.  Go Ape offers two to three hours of tree top high wires, tricky crossing (using ladders, walkways, tunnels) and of course flying through the air on the zip wires and Tarzan swing.

Go Ape 4

This adventure normally costs £30, but we will do it for £25 which will include transport there and back. We need drivers for this event so let us know if you can.

Go Ape 5

Activity date:  Sunday 9th of March
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  11:15
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  16:00
Walk length (Km): N/A
Club members only?:  No (only 15 spaces available)
Sign up at: Email walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Pedro – Go Ape” in subject title
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 28th of February
Price:  £25
Meal provided?:  No, but you can buy food in the place, or bring along some lunch.
Gear: We suggest that you wear something you don’t mind getting grubby. Dress for the weather so bring along a mac if it’s raining! Make sure your stomach area is covered. Please wear appropriate footwear with soles with good grips. No sandals or slip-off shoes. You’ll need closed toe and heel shoes (with flat soles). We recommend gloves. Long hair must be tied back.
Other information:  Don’t sign up if you think you may be pregnant 😉

Go Ape promotional video (bear in mind that we will only do the Tree Adventure):

Luminaries Woburnensis (Lantern walk) (Sat. 07/12/13)

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Luminaries Woburnensis – stemming from the latin “to shine”, this atmospheric night time walk is not to be missed.
Kicking off with a view of the Chinese Dairy, the walk will continue with views of art installations, ice sculptors and the opportunity to launch your own lantern across the lake – a feast for all our photographers!

Speaking of feast, there is food and hot drinks available to buy on the night (cost £10) however they accept CASH payments only. 

Ice sculpture. Luminaries Woburnensis. Woburn Abbey. February 2012.
Ice sculpture. Luminaries Woburnensis. Woburn Abbey. February 2012.
Activity date: Saturday 7th of December
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  16:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  20:30
Walk length:  Not very long
Club members only?:  No, (but limited to 20 people only)
Sign up at:  walking@cranfield.ac.uk with “Sarah – Woburn Abbey” in title
Sign-up deadline:  29th of November @ 13:00 (as need to book tickets)
Price:  £8 for members £10 for non-members
Meal provided?:  No but you can buy hot drinks and food there.
Gear: Please wear appropriate clothing.  This is an outdoor event and the route through the gardens will include walking on grass – which can get muddy in winter conditions.  Bring a torch if you want.
Other information:  There will be a lunchtime meet-up to collect money, if I have 20 names before 29th November I will email them with the date/time to meet. Find here the original description of the event in the Woburn website.

Woburn Sands (Sat. 16/11/13)

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Join us in exploring the countryside around Woburn Sands (around 5 miles south of Cranfield). The walk will start from Woburn Sands, Russell Street car park (High Street end) MK17 8NU, SP929357. It’s a 6 mile (9.5km) walk mainly on the flat with a short steep hill through woods and then the downhill bit.  It will be going through parklands, woods and villages, along country paths and country roads.

Woburn Sands

Activity date:  Saturday 16th November
Meeting point:  The Café Bookshop (Cranfield   University)
Departing time from Cranfield:  10:30
Arriving time to Cranfield (approx):  15:00
Walk length (Km):  9.5 km (6 miles)
Club members only?:  No
Sign up at: walking@cranfield.ac.uk (Subject: JING-WOBURN SANDS WALK, and   better to leave your mobile number in the email just in case of not   contacting with you)
Sign-up deadline:  Friday 15th November (before   1:00 PM)
Price: £3 members, £5 non-members (for transport, be will collected on   that walking day, and please take the exact money)
Meal provided?: Please ensure you bring a packed lunch.
Gear: Comfortable clothes and   footwear, better hiking boots because the path may be muddy, and waterproof   clothing.  Always carry some water with you.
Other information:  None

Woburn Park, Deer and Trees, Saturday 13th April.

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A walk led by Paul Boatfield.

The walk will start from Woburn, Park Street, car park, which is opposite St Mary’s Church,
Its 6 1/2 mile (10.5 km) circular walk with just the usual up and downs steps and styles

We will mainly be going through The Private Woburn Estate, parklands and lakes, the home of 9 species of deer. (Paul saw 5 herds when surveying the route last week), there are many fine trees and views. The  break will be just over halfway round at the traditional village cricket ground of Evershot.

Bring a drink and snack for the break, wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a winter’s walk in the country

Meet by the Natwest bank, Cranfield Campus 1:30 pm 

Due to demand the walk will cost £2, there is transport involved so let us know if you are going by emailing walking@cranfield.ac.uk by Friday 12th April @1:30 

Saturday 21 July: Odell-Bozeat-Harrold special walk

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Special walk through the beautiful Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire countryside, with cream teas served in Bozeat

Walk itinerary:      
Meet in front of Cafe Bookshop,                                                                                                 Depart at 13.00 am                                                                                                                    Return back circa 19.30 hours                                                                                                           Total walk length: circa 20 km (12.5 miles)                                                                                    Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk on country footpaths – it may be muddy.                                                                                                                                                   Refreshments:  cream teas served at Bozeat.  Final stop at The Bell pub in Odell for drinks.                                                                                                                                            Transport: 16-seater minibus. Please email us to book a place.
                                           Cost: this is a fundraiser. Attendees are asked 2 make a donation on the day. Thank you! -)

Photos from Harrold-Bozeat-Odell walk  in August 2011. © Cranfield University Walks, 2011 – 2012.

Repeat of one of our popular events  from last year: join us on a circular walk that starts in the beautiful Harrold- Odell Country Park in North Bedfordshire. Walk continues through the charming village of Odell; continuing through the woods and pass the Poddington Airfield that hosted US army during the World War II and a Polish camp until 1956-7. Next entering the enchanting Forty Foot (Acre) Woods with its spectacular hide and then soon onto the fields surrounding the village of Bozeat. There we are invited into the garden of Glenda and Robert for a light lunch and some traditional English cream teas. Followed by another hour’s walk back to the village of Harrold and to the lake of Harrold-Odell Country park. Last stop – The Bell pub in Odell.

Cream teas @ Bozeat: Glenda’s husband served a long time in Royal Navy and so she is an avid supporter of The Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes charities. Therefore instead of being charged for our amazing cream teas this Saturday, Glenda asks us to make a donation on the day that will go towards the charities that she supports. Transport is paid for by the walking society ‘Cranfield University Walks‘.