Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

Saturday 28th May - St Ives to Godmanchester and the Ouse Valley Way - 12 miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at the St Ives Park & Ride car park at 10:30.  Parking is £1.
We’ll head through St Ives itself and across the meadow towards the villages of Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbots.  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.
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 light evening 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 (07834 933616)

Sunday 5th June - Cambourne, Knapwell and Boxworth - 8 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10.30 in the Morrison’s car park at the end furthest away from the store.
The Citi 4 bus from Cambridge departs Drummer Street bus station at 09.50 and arrives at Cambourne, Morrison’s at 10.15.  Buses back to Cambridge depart at 33 minutes past the hour (last one at 17.33).
We will head north towards Knapwell and then Boxworth, passing alongside fields of Linseed and Peas along the way.  We’ll stop on the Green in Boxworth for lunch and then have a drink at the Golden Ball before heading back to Cambourne via Battle Gate Road and Thorofare Lane.
Leader: Diana (07872 624166)

Saturday 11th June - Chiltern Circular - 10-12 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10:45 in front of The Cricketers pub on Sarratt Green (www.brunningandprice.co.uk/cricketers) in Sarratt, Herts.
We’ll walk along the Chess River Valley in a lovely part of the country, with varied scenery, rolling hills, forests and nice little villages.  This time of year is always nice if the weather is kind but bring boots in case it's muddy.  There are 3 pub stops!  So it will be a relaxed all-day walk.  One has Thai food for any snacks/curries you may want later but we'll have packed lunch on chenies green.
Eventually we’ll return back to The Cricketers around 5.30-6pm, and if people would like dinner there then I can book a table.  Text Matt on the number below or email matthewhersch@hotmail.com and he'll put your name down for a dinner place.  Let Matt know if you’d like food ideally by Monday 23 May as he’ll reserve a table.  It can get busy at the pub so I will book the table for around 6pm.  All welcome.
Please park carefully by the green or in side roads, do not use The Cricketers car park.  It takes just over an hour to get there via M25.
Leader: Matt H (07775 936506)

Saturday 18th June - Upper Dean and Swineshead - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at the Three Compasses pub in Upper Dean (PE28 0NE, TL043676) by 11.00am.  We have permission from the landlord to use the pub car park, but please park responsibly at the back of the car park.
We'll walk over to Swineshead through fine woodland, and (weather-permitting) also visit the delightful village of Shelton to make a figure-of-eight outing.
Leader: Richard A (07876 370721)

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.