Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Sunday 17th March. Epping Forest and surrounds. (14 miles, Moderate). Note: There is a drop-in and drop-out point at 6 miles.
This lovely linear walk takes us through one of the London's green lungs en route to Epping Forest, where we'll spend the second half of the walk.
By car: park at Epping station by 11.15am and use Oyster or contactless to take the Central Line to Snaresbrook, meeting at 12noon.
By train: Catch the 09:51 from Cambridge to Liverpool Street, then the Central Line to Snaresbrook, meeting at 12noon. Buy a travelcard.
Alternatively, you are welcome to join us at the 6-mile point, which is the Brewers Fayre Royal Forest pub in Chingford (Rangers Road, E4 7QH). To join us here, you can catch the 11:51 from Cambridge, changing at Hackney Downs (arrive 13:05, depart 13:10), arriving into Chingford station at 13:29). Walk 10mins to the pub, and meet at the entrance ready to go at 2.45pm (if we're there earlier, we'll have a drink). Buy a travelcard.
We'll then head into the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, finishing at Epping station.
Leader: Rich (07980 315065)
Saturday 23rd March. Grantchester - The Rupert Brooke Walk. 13 miles. Grade: Moderate.
Meet at Sheford Rail Station at 10.44am. This is a joint walk with Capital Walkers, members of this group will be travelling by train to arrive at Shelford station at this time. A walk in Cambridgeshire from Shelford via Hauxton & Haslingfield (lunch) and then on to the orchards of Grantchester, finally ending in Cambridge. Please bring a packed lunch. We will stop for tea & cakes at a National Trust Property late in the afternoon in Rupert Brooke's famous orchard. There will be a pub break in Cambridge City Centre at the end of the walk. Please note that this is a linear walk.
Leader: Teri (07795 106238)
Saturday 30th March - Watlington to Downham Market linear walk. 6.5 miles or 11 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet 10:27AM in Watlington railway station car park (PE33 0JF). If travelling by train, then the northbound train towards King's Lynn leaves Cambridge central at 9:35 (9:38 from Cambridge North) and arrives in Watlington at 10:27.
This is a linear walk. If coming by car, you could park
at Downham Market station (PE38 9EN) and catch the train departing Downham
Market at 10:22 to Watlington. Alternatively you can park in Watlington station
car park (PE33 0JF) and get a train back after the walk. Note that parking
charges may apply at these car parks.
We'll take a pleasant route following the River Great
Ouse and flood relief channel between Watlington and Downham Market (6.5
miles). You have the option of stopping there or can join us for another 4.5
mile loop. This continues along the Fen Rivers Way to Denver sluice, a huge
water management project that plays a key role in the drainage of the fens.
There is a refreshment opportunity at the Jenyns arms, before looping back to
Downham (and more refreshments if required!).
Leader: Matt F (07721 710 490)
Saturday 6 April. Linear Walk (Station to Station) – Royston to Audley End. Approximately 18 miles. Grade: Moderate.
Meet at 10:20am at Royston Train station entrance. The 9:56 from Cambridge will get you into Royston on time.
From here we head south through Royston town centre and out towards the Hertfordshire Way path. The path climbs steadily up towards Reed with wonderful views of the surrounding area. From Reed we start heading eastwards towards our destination passing through Barkway for a short pub stop at the Tally Ho. Then onwards through open fields, alongside wooded areas and more great views as we head into Great Chishell for a second pub stop at the King William IV. From here we continue on to Chrishall briefly joining the Icknield Way Path into Elmdon. From Elmdon we then follow other paths passing over the M11 to reach Audley End Train station for the early evening. Trains back to Cambridge run approximately every 10 minutes.
Leader: Paul H (07913 203 620)
Sunday 28th April. The Legendary Bluebells of Ashridge. Joint walk with Chiltern Young Walkers. Distance: 11.6 miles (4.8 miles morning; 6.8 miles afternoon). Grade: Leisurely
Two circular bluebell walks in one day from the same start point. Please feel free to join at any part of the day including a pre-walk breakfast at the Brownlow Café by the monument from 10:00a.m. (the cafe is on the left-hand side of the green as you approach from the car park). Walks start point is the Bridgewater Monument on the Ashridge Estate near Tring; parking is best in the main Ashridge Estate car park (sat nav HP4 1LU, grid ref SP970131).
Leaving at 11am from the monument, in the morning we take a shorter route through the beech woodlands of Aldbury and Northchurch commons which typify the Chilterns in spring with carpets of bluebells. We'll return to the Monument for lunch. Either bring a packed lunch or take advantage of the Café at the Visitor Centre.
Leaving at 2pm from the monument, in the afternoon we will head west dropping into the picturesque village of Albury before picking up the Ridgeway along the edge of the Chiltern escarpment with views to Ivinghoe Beacon in the distance. A short climb out of Incombe Hole into Crawley Wood which is carpeted with bluebells. Continuing through woods filled with wild garlic on the way to the famous Dockey Wood for a stunning bluebell display. Along the way, we'll pass through a gate bought by Chiltern Young Walkers. To finish the walk returning towards the Bridgewater Monument through the woods of Ivinghoe Common and more bluebells reaching the Café just before it closes
Leader: Paul R. (07974 696802)
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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.