Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Saturday 15th December. Wimpole Christmas Walk. 5.5 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet at Wimpole Hall car park at 10.45am for the annual Christmas ramble around the grounds. We'll walk in this lovely area and maybe sample a mince pie and some port along the way! We should be finished by 1.30-2pm, to ensure those going to the group Christmas dinner can get their glad rags on. If you are a National Trust member parking is free, otherwise it is pay and display. Lift sharing from Cambridge would be recommended as public transport isn't great. It may be muddy, so don't forget your boots.
Leader: Matt H. (07775 936506)
Saturday 22nd December. Haddenham and Wilburton. 7½ miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 11 a.m. at the junction of Camping Close and the High Street in Haddenham, postcode CB6 3UA. These two villages lie south-west of Ely on high ground which offers great views over the fens to the south. We'll be enjoying those views as well as visiting an orchard, a secret airfield, and a special type of farm where, it is said, one can see owls in the daytime. The lunch stop will be around the halfway point and can be followed by a visit to the Kings Arms pub in Wilburton. At the end of the walk there's an optional second pub stop at the Three Kings in Haddenham.
Leader: Stephen B (07811 664747)
Saturday 29th December. Clare and Cavendish Circular Walk, Sudbury, Suffolk. 7.5 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meeting at 11.00am at the car park to Clare Country Park, Malting Lane, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk (CO10 8NW) we walk past Clare Castle and follow the Stour Valley Path to the Village of Cavendish where we stop for lunch on the Green. We then follow the course of the River Stour along footpaths along hedgerows and open fields to return to Clare Country Park for a drink at The Bell Pub. Please note that car parking at Clare Country Park costs £2.00 all day.
Leader: Gerard (07539 293004)
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)
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.