Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!

Sunday 13th January. Sharnbrook Circular 10 miles. Grade: Leisurely

Meet outside of Parish Church of St. Peter on Church lane, MK44 1HU, at 10:00. Unfortunately there is no public transport available therefore lift share from Cambridge is recommended. We will explore the surprisingly hilly north Bedfordshire (well, to Cambridge standard!) bordering Northamptonshire. The villages en route include picturesque Odell, Ravenham and Radwell. Much of the walk is on the Ouse Valley Way. There will be a pub stop at Ravenham, and possibly Sharnbrook at the end depending on how people feel. Please bring lunch and boots for some muddy fields. 

Leader: Mei (07787 793472)

Saturday 19th January. Reservoir, Where Counties Meet and a Great Norman Hall. 14 miles. Grade - Moderate.

Meet at Stamford rail station at 10:05am. In the area where 4 counties meet, we set off from the picturesque town of Stamford, along the River Welland. After the pretty village of Ketton, we head to Rutland Water Reservoir and the smallest county in England. After passing the village of Empingham, site of War of the Roses battle, we walk beside reservoir to the town of Oakham known for its ales and a Norman great hall. The 9am train from Cambridge rail station gets to Stamford at 10.02am.

Please note this is a linear walk from Stamford to Oakham.

Leader: David K. (07578 323410)

Saturday 26th January. Ely to Littleport via Prickwillow - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely

Meet outside Ely railway station at 11:00 a.m..  A suitable train from Cambridge is the 10:35, which is also the 10:38 from Cambridge North, and which gets into Ely at 10:54.  This is a linear walk so those getting the train from Cambridge should buy a return to Littleport, but get off at Ely.  At the end of the walk, we will get the train back from Littleport to Ely or Cambridge.  This is a route through farmland and along waterways in the fens.  The packed lunch stop will be by the river Lark in Prickwillow (the drainage museum and its cafe are unfortunately currently closed for the winter).  The second part of the walk follows the Lark for a stretch, then uses some less well-trodden footpaths to Littleport, where the pub stop is at the Swan on the River.

Leader: Stephen B (07811 664747)

Saturday 2nd February. Grafham Water Circular, 10 Miles – Grade: Leisurely

Meet at 10.30am at the Mander Park car park on the south shore of Grafham Water (just west of the village of Perry, Cambridgeshire: sat nav PE28 0BX). Parking costs £3 for the whole day.

We will follow the footpaths around the reservoir, with a lunch stop along the way. Towards the end of the walk we'll also have a pub stop at the Wheatsheaf in Perry before walking the last bit back to the car park.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Leader: Diana (07872 624166)

Sunday 10th February. Wicken Fen Circular - 6 miles - Grade: Leisurely

Meet at 11.00am outside the car park and visitor visitor centre of The Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP.  We follow the footpath along the edge of the Fen along reed beds and open field boundaries towards the Five Miles Riverside pub at Upware where we can stop for a drink and return to the Village of Wicken and car park to the National Trust Visitor Centre and café. Please note that the car park costs £3.00 all day.

Description of Walk Grading System

Easy: Short walks (6 miles or less) on good quality paths with no difficult terrain. These walks should be suitable for anybody in their 20s or 30s who doesn't have a mobility disability and are particularly suitable for people who have done little walking before.

Leisurely: Slightly more difficult walks which represent the majority of walks we undertake. These walks may be longer (up to 12 miles) and while the paths will still generally be good, a few sections may be steep, muddy, rough or overgrown, so boots or good quality walking shoes are recommended. These walks should still be suitable for the large majority of people in our age group.
Moderate: More energetic walks still, either because they are long (>12 miles), have significant hills, are likely to be very muddy or overgrown or because a faster pace is expected. Walking boots are strongly recommended. Suitable for reasonably fit people with some walking experience, but may not be a good choice for your first walk with us if you haven't done much walking before.
Strenuous: Very long walks or those covering very hilly terrain, suitable for experienced walkers of above average fitness. If in doubt about your fitness, contact the leader beforehand. These walks are unusual on our main programme, but may feature in some of our weekends away.