Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

Sunday 19th May Cambourne, Knapwell and Boxworth circular, 8 miles Leisurely

Meet in the Morrison’s car park, Broad Street, Cambourne CB23 6EY (at the end furthest away from the store). The Citi 4 bus from Cambridge departs Drummer Street at 10.00 and arrives at Cambourne, Morrison’s at 10.25. Buses back to Cambridge depart at 25 past the hour (the last one at 17.25). We will head towards Knapwell and then Boxwworth, where we will stop on the Green for lunch. For anyone who wants, there will also be a pub stop at the Golden Ball.  We will then head back to Cambourne.

Leader: Diana (07872 624166)

Wednesday 22nd May. Evening walk and street food, Newton and Rowleys Hill. Length: 3.2 miles (5km). Grade: Easy

Meet at 6.20pm opposite the Queens Head pub in Newton (CB22 7PG). Wednesdays are the street food evening, but it's easy just to turn up Town Street to find offroad parking. We'll go for a stroll up to a nice viewpoint and get back about an hour later to find the queues have died down and we can partake of the above-mentioned van-issued provender. Easy six mile cycle ride from Cambridge (best route is to come through Trumpington Meadows over the A14 cycle bridge, then it's half left by the boardedup old pub with 'Vujon' written on it).

Leader: Richard (07876 370721)

Sunday 26 May - Broads, Roman Forts, Priory, and Beach - 11.5 miles. Grade: Moderate

A linear walk in the Norfolk Broads National Park meeting at Haddiscoe station at 11.27am and finishing in Great Yarmouth by the sea! For  those coming by train, take the 8.50am from Cambridge to Norwich. The walk leader will be in front of the station at 8:30am and wearing an Indiana Jones style hat. At Norwich take the 10.58am train to Lowestoft getting off at  Haddiscoe. For those coming by car, there is a free car park at Haddiscoe station (NR31 9JA).

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. Next we head to Burgh Castle and see the large walls of its Roman fort, built to protect the coast from Saxon raiders. We will have a packed lunch among its ruins and view the landscape from it. Then it's along Breydon Water which  is full of coastal birds and we finally head to Great Yarmouth for likely fish and chips and ice cream on the beach.

For those going by train, please purchase an Anglia Plus One Day Ranger for £24.00. For those going by car, Haddiscoe and Great Yarmouth are on separate lines. It would be easier to park at Brundall (last station for both lines) and get a train from there. Purchase a return from Great Yarmouth to Haddiscoe for £6.80. Otherwise, one of our members may be able offer lifts from Great Yarmouth to Haddiscoe.

Leader:  David K. (07578 323410)

Saturday 1st June. St Ives to Godmanchester and the Ouse Valley Way Circular. 12 miles. Grade: Moderate

Meet at the St Ives Park & Ride car park (Meadow Lane, St Ives, PE27 4LG) at 10:30. FREE day parking. We’ll head through St Ives itself and across the meadow towards the villages of Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbots – deciding on which house we’ll each buy in these beautiful villages! Across the common to the roman town of Godmanchester, for our lunch stop.  In the afternoon we'll join the Ouse Valley Way (passing through a nature reserve, so don't forget your binoculars) and work our way back to St Ives. By popular demand we'll stop for afternoon tea at Houghton Mill, and then take the last stretch back through the Thicket to the centre of St Ives. Make the most of the mid-summer light with a drink or two at some pubs in St Ives, 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 8th June. 'Where there's a Willingham, there's an Ouse Valley Way'.  14 miles, Grade: Moderate

Meet at Longstanton Park & Ride (on the guided busway) at 10:00.  Full timetables are on http://www.thebusway.info/routes-times.shtml but I recommend the 9:27 from Parkside or the 9:20 from Drummer Street.  The walk starts along the busway before branching off to Cottenham Lode, skirting the villages of Rampton and Cottenham before it joins the River Great Ouse.  As we follow the Ouse Valley Way, the high banks offer a view over the surrounding countryside. We then follow the Aldreth Causeway towards Willingham, crossing the site of a fort on the way.  From Willingham we head back to the busway and return to the Park & Ride.

Leader: Stephen C 07726 905 331

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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.