Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

Sunday 26th June - South of Royston Circular - 12 miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at Royston Station outside the main entrance at 10:20.
Heading south out of town we will go through Royston Heath (listen to the skylarks) to the pretty village of Therfield.  Ensure that you have enough water on you from the beginning because this is the only pub on route and is only 1 hour out.  Then continue south along the Chain Walk and Icknield Way Path to Buckland where we will cross the A10.  At this point we are dizzyingly high with distant views as far as the cranes around Addenbrookes in Cambridge and it is a good spot to eat our packed lunches.  The return leg is directly north across a invisible bridge then through Reed (pub has closed down) onto the Hertfordshire Way and back to Royston including a memorably steep descent from the chalk downs.  Long trousers are recommended because there are nettles on the second half.
Plenty of parking at the station for £2.50 or take the train.  The 09:55 from Cambridge arrives at 10:15 (£4.50 return) or if coming from the south take the stopping train from KX that arrives at 10:06.
Leader: Matt P (07855 884267)

Sunday 3rd July - River Stort and Hatfield Forest - 12.5 miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at Bishop’s Stortford railway station (CM23 3BL) at 11:00am.  If coming by train, take the 10:32 train from Cambridge; buy a return ticket to Sawbridgeworth.  Parking at the station costs £1.30 for the day.
After leaving Bishop’s Stortford along the River Stort, we will head east along a disused railway line, which takes us to the edge of Hatfield Forest, a Norman royal hunting forest.  We will then head through the forest, stopping for lunch by the lake and café in the middle of the forest.  Later we return to the River Stort which we follow to the end of the walk in Sawbridgeworth.  Trains back to Bishop’s Stortford and Cambridge are at 4 and 38 minutes past the hour.
Leader: Simon (07792 067557)

Sunday 10th July - Path Clearing followed by Walk - Save the Date
We've received a request to do some path clearing at Steeple Morden.  Paul is going to co-ordinate this activity and organise a short walk afterwards.
Exact details TBC, but this is a placeholder for the meantime.
Contact: Paul (07557 021364)

Sunday 17th July - Great Chesterford to Linton and back via Hadstock - 11 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at Great Chesterford station CB10 1NY TL504424 at 10.04 (catch the 9:51 from Cambridge).
We will walk through Great Chesterford, before a gentle climb up the Icknield Way and down to Linton before looping back through Hadstock, and heading back down to Great Chesterford (where there are multiple pubs if required).
Trains back to Cambridge leave at 5 min past the hour.  There is limited parking near the station, but you can park in Great Chesterford and walk down to the station.
Leader Mark F (07794 520847)

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.