Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
*** Note: there are two walks over the weekend of 22nd-23rd October ***
Saturday 22nd October - Stowmarket and Needham Market Circular - 8-9 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10.45am for 11.00am start outside Stowmarket Train Station.
This will be a circular walk of 8-9 miles. We will follow the Gipping Valley River footpath and the course of the river Gipping to Needham Market. At Needham Market we will stop for a bite to eat or drink at Alder Carr Farm Café and Shop, before returning to Stowmarket via the Gipping Valley River footpath.
There are regular trains from Cambridge to Stowmarket and parking is available in Stowmarket.
Leader: Gerard D (07944 673974)
Sunday 23rd October - The Gransdens, Waresley Wood and Hatley Park - 8 Miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet in the car park for the Wildlife Trust on Waresley Road, just south of Little Gransden. Follow signs to the car park.
On the walk hopefully we will catch some autumnal colours in the woods and see some light aircraft taking off from the airfield before reaching the outskirts of Hatley Park.
Bring your packed lunch as usual. Pub stop will be at the Crown and Cushion towards the end of the walk.
Leader: J Sutton (07729 434743)
Saturday 29th October - Ipswich to Shotley Gate Linear - 13 miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at Ipswich railway station at 10:15 to join Helen along this cobweb-banishing stretch, from the hideous town of Ipswich through increasingly gorgeous Suffolk countryside with estuary views, to the non-existent hamlet of Shotley Gate where we can wait in the pub for our bus ride back to town.
The train from Cambridge leaves at 8.44am, arriving 10:02. It's a bit pricey at £17.30 return but totally worth it for that sea air! There is parking at Ipswich station as another option.
There'll be a pub-stop en-route at the almost ridiculously picturesque Butt & Oyster. Bring a packed lunch, waterproofs and some good boots as there are likely to be a few muddy bits. Please note that because of the distance and shorter days the pace will be brisk and we won't be making frequent rest stops.
Leader: Helen (07531 272311)
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.