Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Sunday 22nd July. Castle, Countryside and a Leather bottle from Pleshey. 11 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet outside the Leather Bottle Inn in Pleshey, just over the border in Essex (sat nav CM3 1HG), at 11.00am.
From Cambridge probably easiest just to take M11/A120 - all fast roads - to Dunmow, and then a couple of miles down the B1008 to Ford End from where Pleshey is signed to the right. Parking courteously please on the road.
Pleshey is a lovely village with substantial castle earthworks. We'll walk down towards the splendidly named Chignall Smealy and visit some rustic hamlets before having a few in the inn at the end.
Leader: Richard A. (07876 370721)
Saturday 28th July. Broads, Roman Forts, Priory, Bunkers, and Beach. 10 miles. Grade: Leisurely
A linear walk in the Norfolk Broads National Park meeting at Haddiscoe station at 10.35am and finishing in Great Yarmouth by the sea! For those coming by train, take the 8.09am from Cambridge (or 8.13am from Cambridge North) to Norwich. Then take the 10.05am train to Lowestoft getting off at Haddiscoe.
For those coming by car, there is a free car park at Haddiscoe station (NR31 9JA). Setting off we will first walk to the ruins of a 13th century priory at St Olave's. Then it's through Waveney Forest, which has WWII bunkers. After passing a Bronze Age barrow, we head to Burgh Castle and then see large walls of its Roman fort, built to protect the coast from Saxon raiders. Then it's along Breydon Water which is full of coastal birds and we finally head to Great Yarmouth for seaside snacks.
The walk leader will be leaving from Cambridge North Station and will be meeting people there at 8:00am. The ticket price is £18.90 return but a group saver ticket would be cheaper. Leader will be wearing an Indiana Jones hat.
Leader: David K. (07578 323410)
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.