Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Sunday 27th July - Thetford forest and Little Ouse - 10miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at Brandon Station (IP27 0BA) at 11.30. We are starting a little later than normal to fit in with train times: the 10.52 from Cambridge arrives at Brandon at 11.25. If driving, there is no charge to park in the station car park. This is a circular walk leaving Brandon through farmland. We will pass Weeting Castle then walk through Thetford Forest, passing by Grimes Graves (a Neolithic flint mine) and Santon Downham, then follow the Little Ouse back to Brandon. We'll finish with a pub stop until it's time to catch the train home, which goes hourly.
Leader: Sarah C
Sunday 3rd August - Sharpenhoe, Barton-le-Clay and Streatley Circular - 11miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at 10:30am at Sundon Hills Country Park (LU3 3PE, TL 047285). We will follow the John Bunyan Trail via woodland north east towards Sharpenhoe. Continuing on east we will pass Barton-le-Clay where we will stop for lunch. We will then follow the Barton Hills which should offer fantastic views of the surrounding area and possibly a chance so see a Red Kite or two if we are lucky. Following the Chiltern Way and Icknield Way we will reach Streatley for a well earned pub stop. The final section of the walk will lead us back to the car park via the Sundon Hills Country Park.
Leader: Peter (07904243228)
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.