Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Sunday 21th January. Whittlesford and the Drift. 8 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10:45am at Whittlesford Parkway station (CB22 4NL). Trains leave from Cambridge station at 10:24 and also at 10:32. For those coming by car, I would recommend parking on the adjacent access roads since there's almost always a free spot on Sundays, although there are NCP car parks on both sides too.
We will explore two of south Cambridgeshire's best kept villages, Whittlesford and Thriplow, and the gentle countryside around. Return will be to Whittlesford Parkway station from which there are three trains an hour to get back into the bustle of the city.
Leader: Richard (07876 370721)
Sunday 28th January. Grantchester: The Long Way Round. 7 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 11:00am on the backs at the corner of Silver Street and Queen's Road. The walk takes us out of Cambridge along the Vicar's Brook, passing the nuclear bunker on the way. We then follow the busway through Trumpington, where the new housing estate appears to be competing with the nearby Addenbrookes site for the Carbuncle of the Year award. On reaching the Park & Ride, there is scope for a toilet stop before we venture into Trumpington Meadows. We then pass Byron's Pool to take us into Grantchester, where we have a choice of pub stops. The walk concludes by taking the more conventional route along the river to lead us back to Cambridge.
Note that there are no shops along the route, so a packed lunch is essential. The paths are mostly solid but there may be some muddy bits as we approach Grantchester.
Leader: Steven (07726 905 331)
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.