Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Sunday 2nd October - Barkway and Nuthampstead Circular - 9 Miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet by 11am in the car park opposite Barkway Village Hall (SG8 8BS, TL386360). If coming from the Cambridge direction it's on your left before Barkway village, a hundred yards or so after the entrance to Cokenach Park. It is free but occasionally does fill up, in which case it is straightforward to park in Barkway and walk back along the pavement to the start point.
We will visit the charming hamlet of Newsells and continue to Nuthampstead for refreshment before returning to our start point to complete a leisurely circuit.
Leader: Richard A (07876 370721)
Saturday 8th October - Cawdle Fen the Extruded Edition - 9 Miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet outside Ely Cathedral at 10:45 (for those coming by train, the 10:01 from Cambridge arrives in Ely at 10:14 and the Cathedral is just a short walk up the hill).
The walk starts by following the signposted Cawdle Fen walk out of Ely to Little Thetford, where we diverge south. After skirting the edge of Plantation Farm, the route joins the river at the confluence of the Cam and the Ouse, where there is sadly no longer a pub. We then follow the bank of the river back to Ely, finishing at the Cutter Inn.
Please note, there are no shops on the route and the pub stop is at the end, so please make sure that you have all necessary provisions before setting off.
Leader: Stephen C (07726 905331)
*** 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.
Walk Leader: J Sutton (07729 434743)
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.