Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

Saturday 1st August - “C” Cambridge - Approx 6 miles/10km - Grade: Easy
Meet at the Giraffe restaurant end of the bus station (Drummer St, Cambridge) at 11:00. A circular walk of Cambridge, with specific focus on places beginning with a “C” – Colleges, the Commons including Midsummer and Jesus Green, the River Cam, Rowing Club houses, Churches/Chapels (no Cathedral), Cyclists, Hobson’s Conduit, the parks including Christ’s Pieces, bridges including Crusoe, Clare and Mathematical, The Eagle public house (where Crick and Watson came up with their proposal for the structure of DNA) and the Corpus Clock.
A great introduction to those new to the area, new to walking or new to the group.
Bring drinks and snacks, and we’ll seek refreshment at the end of the walk.
Leader: Katherine (07834 933616)

Sunday 9th August - Bishops Stortford, Hatfield Broad Oak and Hatfield Forest Circular - 13.5 miles - Grade: Moderate (joint walk with Hike Essex)
Meet at the main entrance of Bishops Stortford Station, CM23 3BL / TL492209, at 10:15 (a train from Cambridge arrives at 10 and one from Harlow at 10:10). We will head out of Bishops Stortford and across the M11 to Great Hallingbury and then, using part of the Harcamlow Way and the Forest Way, make our way to Hatfield Broad Oak which should be the lunch and pub stop (the plan is packed lunch en route and drinks at the pub). After the break we head north on the Three forests way to Hatfield Forest itself and then back to the station at Bishops Stortford, where trains head back to Cambridge at 10 and 44 mins past the hour, and towards London on the hour and 28 mins past.
There is parking at the station which according to the website costs £1.30 on Sunday.
Leader: Heidi (07432 138692)

Sunday 16th August - Cawdle Fen: The Expanded Edition (a 10 mile circular walk from Ely) - Grade: Leisurely
Meet outside Ely Cathedral at 10:45 (for those coming by train, the 10:06 from Cambridge arrives in Ely at 10:22 and the Cathedral is just a short walk up the hill). The walk starts by heading out of Ely across Cawdle Fen to Little Thetford, before taking us into Stretham for lunch and a pub stop. We return to Little Thetford via Plantation Farm, following Grunty Fen Drain and the Ouse for the final leg of the journey, concluding at The Cutter Inn.
Leader: Stephen C 07726 905 331

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.