Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

**** Reminder: you are welcome to join the group for no more than 2-3 walks. After that, you are kindly invited to become a member of Ramblers UK! Membership is roughly £3/months single or about £4/month as a couple and entitles you to join any Ramblers walks or weekends away in the UK. Being a group member on Meetup or Facebook does not qualify as Ramblers membership. ****

Saturday 14th September. Burial Mounds and Mills. 9.5 miles (circular). Grade: Easy.

Meet at 10.30am in front of the Crown Inn, 11 High Street, Linton, CB21 4HS. (Meet at 9.45am at Cambridge Bus Station for the 10am Number 13 Bus to Linton).

Setting off from Linton, we first head for the massive Bartlow Hill burial mounds. This includes the largest barrow north of the Alps which is 15 metres high and we will climb to its top. Next its the village of Ashdon with its historic windmill and pubs. We then head to Hadsctock via through fields, woods, and places with names like Little Bowsers. From Hadstock its short walk back Linton in which we pass the Linton zoo.

Leader: David K  (07578 323410)

Sunday 22nd September - Woburn Safari Park Circular - 10 miles - Grade: leisurely

Meet at the free village car park on Park Street in Woburn (SP950331) by 10:30am. Satnav is listed as MK17 9PG, but be careful not to drive out of the village, as this is also the postcode of the estate office a mile further on! Best to use MK17 9PX, and then look for the adjacent road sign to Park Street. The car park does fill up quickly; there is however some on-street parking that is not limited to two hours. Starting and finishing in the beautiful village of Woburn, we will walk through the deer reserve, passing Paris House and walking right past the Elephants enclosure and we usually also see Rhino, Camels and other wild animals! Make sure to bring provisions (packed lunch). We will have a pub drink at the end. There are toilets both in Woburn and also at the entrance to Woburn Safari Park. The entrance to the park is approx 6 miles into the walk, we will stop here for approx 30 minutes - dependent on the weather conditions! The walk is not suitable for dogs as there are a lot of wild animals en route.

Walk Leader: Mei (07787 793472)

28th/29th September

There is currently no walk scheduled this weekend because no-one has volunteered to lead one! If you would like to see more walks scheduled, please consider becoming one of our walk leaders. It's easier than you think, and it means you get to choose the date, location and distance of one of our walks! All you need to do is:

* Find your route on a map - Ordnance Survey maps show public footpaths and are available in many shops, and also online at places like https://streetmap.co.uk.

* Ideally, recce (reconnoitre) your route in advance, either on your own, or with a friend or another member of Walk Cambridge.

* Contact our Walks Coordinator to agree your date - see http://walkcambridge.org/contact.html.

* Finally, you do need to be a paid-up member of the Ramblers by the time you lead your walk, and you should take a map with you.

If you'd like some help to begin with, please do come along to one of our combined pub meet & walk planning meetings, where other walk leaders will be present with maps, advice and suggestions. 

For the most up-to-date list of Walk Cambridge rambles, see also our Facebook and Meetup pages

Join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/walkcambridge/

And our Meetup is at: https://www.meetup.com/walk-cambridge/ 

Sunday 6th October: Old Stevenage, Weston & Chesfield (9 miles - Leisurely)

Meet at Church Lane North car park, Church Lane, Stevenage SG1 3AN at 10.30am. Parking is free here but spaces are limited. Primett Road North car park (behind Waitrose) is a short walk away and is only 50p. For those using public transport, Stevenage Railway Station is just under a mile away; the walk leader will be getting the train from Hitchin at 09.58, due in Stevenage at 10.03, and can meet any walkers who wish to join from the station to the start point. If travelling from Cambridge this is the service leaving at 09.28.

This walk starts in the historic Old Town area of Stevenage and explores the countryside a short distance away. On leaving the town, we pass by St Nicholas Church and head towards Graveley, with wide-ranging views over the local farmland. After a gentle climb up Brooks Hill we’ll stop for a drink at The Cricketers in Weston before a picnic lunch. On our return route we glimpse a ruined church at Chesfield then come back into ‘Forster Country’, named after the novelist born nearby who described the district as “the loveliest in England”. At the end of the walk there is the chance to visit the Old Town’s new craft beer venue The Broken Seal Tap Room.

This is a joint walk led by Stag Walkers.

Walk Leader: Al (07882 513720)

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.