Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

*Please note change of date, this walk is now on Sunday*
Sunday 21st May - Broads, Roman Forts, Priory, Bunkers, and Beach - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely

A linear walk in the Norfolk Broads National Park meeting at Haddiscoe station at 11.30 and finishing in Great Yarmouth by the sea!
For those coming by train, take the 8.50 from Cambridge (or 8.54 from Cambridge North) to Norwich, then the 10.58 train to Lowestoft getting off at Haddiscoe at 11.26. Buy a return to Haddiscoe (£18.20): but if we travel together we can get Groupsaver tickets, so prior liaison with walk leader or other walkers is recommended for meeting to achieve this: please note that the walk leader will be at Cambridge North station.
For those coming by car, there is a free car park at Haddiscoe station (NR31 9JA) returning by train on the 16.17 or 18.17 from Yarmouth.
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 a bit of seaside snacks.
Leader: David K. (07578 323410)

Sunday 28th May - Cambridge North to Anglesey Abbey and back - 13 miles. Grade: Moderate. Joint Walk with Metropolitan Walkers.
Meet at Cambridge North railway station at 11.30am. Met Walkers will be coming in on the 11.35am arrival from London.
Feel privileged as being some of the first walkers using the brand new station. From here we follow the River Cam to Horningsea before heading east towards Anglesey Abbey for a chance to explore the grounds. After lunch we head south through the surrounding countryside before circling back through the outskirts of Cambridge and finish in Fen Ditton. Bring a packed lunch but refreshments possible at lunch and at the end.
Leader: Simon B. (walksorg@yahoo.co.uk)

Saturday 3rd June - Needham Market to Great Blakenham - 12 miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at Needham Market train station (TM091549) at 11:00 am. The plan is to catch the 9:44 train from Cambridge, which gets into Needham Market at 10:50.
We begin by walking South East along the River Gipping for about 4 miles, taking us past fishing lakes and a rare breeds farm.  At Great Blakenham we leave the river and cut West across fields on a gradual climb to Chaffinch Wood. Turning North, our path leads us by Bonny Wood and Priestley Wood before taking us back to Needham Market via The Causeway and The Drift tracks. Opportunities for pub stops in Great Blakenham and Needham Market.
Return trains leave Needham Market at 29 minutes past the hour.
Leader: Ian M. (07940 217608)

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.