Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Saturday 28th November - Thurston to Bury St Edmunds - linear walk (7 miles) and Christmas market - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at Thurston Station at 10:30 to coincide with the arrival of the 08:50 from Cambridge. There is parking on the streets of the village for drivers. We will head out of Thurston and across the Rougham Hall estate into the village of Rougham itself. Next we walk across the fields to Rushbrook village before making our way into Bury St Edmunds. We end in the Abbey Gardens where we can join in the festivities at the Bury Christmas market. There is no pub stop on the walk however there are many opportunities for mulled wine and mince pies amongst many other food and drink stalls at the market. The train station is a short walk from the market and trains to Cambridge leave on the hour. Trains to Thurston are at 25 minutes past for drivers.
Leader: Claire (07850) 718129
Sunday 6th December - Barrow/Hargrave Circular - 11 Miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at the car park of the abandoned supermarket in Barrow (IP29 5AF) at 10:15. If your car is besieged by hordes of killer ducks (a la Hitchcock) you will have found the correct location. We head out to the imposing ruins of Denham castle* before turning south-west to Hargrave, and then returning via various woody bits. Pub stop is at the end at the Three Horseshoes, but alas they don’t do food on Sunday.
Leader: Paul (07557 021 364)
* your experience may vary - some imagination/LSD required, there WILL be mud!
Sunday 13th December - Ely to Littleport (linear) - 8 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet in front of Ely railway station at 10:30 a.m. - this is timed to coincide with the arrival of the 10:06 from Cambridge, which arrives into Ely at 10:22. This is an 8-mile linear walk which starts by heading out to Prickwillow, where the plan is to have our packed lunches by the drainage museum (unfortunately now closed for the winter). From Prickwillow we will head north on a less well-trodden route along the river Lark and across farmland (possibly muddy) to the Swan on the River at Littleport, which will be our pub stop. From the Swan on the River it is only another half mile or so to Littleport railway station, where there are hourly trains back to Cambridge (at 10 minutes to each hour).
Note: walkers coming on the train from Cambridge should BUY a return ticket to Littleport, but GET OFF at Ely on the outward journey in the morning. Those travelling to Ely by other means can buy their ticket back to Ely at Littleport.
Leader: Stephen B (07811 664747)
Saturday 19th December - Wimpole Christmas walk - 5.5 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Please meet at Wimpole Hall car park at 10.30am for this Christmas ramble around the grounds. We'll walk in this lovely area and I'll bring the usual port and mince pies to warm ourselves, but feel free to bring any nibbles as well! We should be done by 2pm or so to make sure you're back to get ready for the party that evening. If you're a national trust member, parking is free otherwise it's pay and display for a couple of pounds or so. Please offer lifts as public transport isn't great, but there is plenty of parking. Bring boots as can be muddy!
Leader: Matt H (07775 936506)
Saturday 2nd January - Foxton and surrounding villages - 8 miles (13km) - Grade: Leisurely
Helping you to stick to your New Year’s resolutions let’s kick off 2016 with... Meet on Platform 1 of Foxton Station (CB2 6SJ, TL409487) at 11:00. Please park considerately on Station Road, so if you are driving from Cambridge it's the left turn just after the railway crossing. For those coming by train from Cambridge there is the 10:55 to London King's Cross, which arrives at Foxton at 11:05. There are return trains at XX:17.
This first walk in the new year takes us to the villages of Fowlmere, Thriplow and Newton (with a pub stop), and back to Foxton. It's an old favourite. It may well be muddy, so please bring your boots.
Leader: Katherine (07834 933616)
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.