Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

Saturday 3rd November. Wendons Ambo, Newport, Widdington and the Beechy Ride. 13.5 miles. Grade: Moderate
Meet at 9.46am at Audley End Train Station (take the 9.30am from Cambridge). There is plenty of parking at the station. This circular walk heads from the station to Widdington via Newport (up a few 'hills'!). After lunch on the green in Widdington and a pub stop at the Fleur de Lys pub, we will head to Debden Water and back to Audley End on the Beechy Ride.
Leader: Louise (07751 321717)

Saturday 10th November. St Ives and Ouse Valley Way Circular. 6 miles. Grade: Easy
Meet at the St Ives Park and Ride car park (Meadow Lane, St Ives, PE27 4LG) at 11:00. FREE day parking. We'll head through St Ives itself and across the meadow towards the beautiful villages of Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbots - deciding on which house we'll each buy in these beautiful villages! We'll stop for lunch at Houghton Mill café (don't forget your pennies), and then take the last stretch back through the Thicket to the centre of St Ives. Make the most of an autumnal day, with a trip to a tea room or pub before either returning by Guided Bus in the centre of town, or for those who came by car - back to the Park & Ride car park. Getting there/away - Cambridge Guided Bus (www.thebusway.info) has regular requested stops at the "St Ives park&ride" stop.
Leader: Katherine (07850 909482)

Saturday 17th November. West Stow. 9.5 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10am in the car park at West Stow Country Park, Icklingham Rd, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, post code IP28 6HG. grid ref 800715. Coming from Cambridge you can either drive A14, A11 to Barton Mills and then turn Right onto A1101, or come on A14 to J40, turn off Left for Cavenham then onto Lackford and turn Left onto A1101 and then Right to West Stow. There is a £2 charge for the car park. The area around West Stow is a somewhat different area in which to walk as there are extensive forest areas and the walking is on light sandy soil. We will walk through the Kings Forest in the morning returning via the village of West Stow and near to the Suffolk Wildlife Reserve of Lackford Lakes. There is a cafe at the park which will be open on our return for a drink as well as sandwiches, cakes etc.
Leader: Jane B. (07974 300989)

Sunday 25th November. Coton and Dry Drayton Circular. 9 miles. Grade: Leisurely
Meet outside Coton church (CB23 7PL apparently closest satnav) at 10.30am; you can cycle out from Cambridge quite easily, it's just the other side of the M11. We'll walk along the Wimpole Way to Hardwick and have lunch on the green at Dry Drayton. Walk back includes nice views of a massive 16th century house. This is a joint walk with Stag Walkers.
Leader: Richard A. (07876 370721)

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)

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.