Walk Diary

Don't forget to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!

Sunday 13th April - Histon and Rampton circular - 8 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 11:00 at Histon village green, CB24 9LQ, for a circular 8-mile walk to Rampton and back.  The route has some good views.  Possible pub stop at the Black Horse in Rampton, we'll see how everyone is feeling.  Parking spaces at Histon village green might be scarce, so if you are driving allow time to find a space somewhere else and walk back.
Leader: Stephen B (07811 664747)

Saturday 19th April - St Ives to Godmanchester - 12 miles (20km) - Grade: Moderate
Meet at the free St Ives Park & Ride car park (Meadow Lane, St Ives, PE27 4LG) at 10:30. Grid Ref: 225/TL320708. We’ll head through St Ives itself and across the meadow towards the villages of Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbots – deciding on which house we’ll each buy in these beautiful villages! 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. By popular demand 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 long Easter weekend 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 27th April - Newport to Great Chesterford Linear - 12 miles (20km) - Grade: Moderate
Meet at 10.15 at Newport station (TL522335 CB11 3PL). The walk takes us along the Harcamlow way, past Audley End and then to Saffron Walden. After lunch at the Bridge End Garden we head on through gently rolling countryside to Little Chesterford and then Great Chesterford and the pub.
If you are getting the train we will get the 9.51 to Newport (the Liverpool Street train) and return from Great Chesterford Station. Trains run once an hour (xx.02) from Great Chesterford to Cambridge. Buy a return ticket to Newport.
If you are driving, be aware this is a linear walk so you will need to get the train either to the start or from the end. It should be possible to park on the streets close to either station. If you park at Great Chesterford the train to Newport leaves at 10.04.
Leader: Laura P (07733168715)

Sunday 4th May - Great Shelford and Babraham Circular - 13 miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at 10:30 am leaving from Baraham Road Park and Ride (TL 478544), park by the marker for section 12a. Tickets were not required on the day I checked but please do check yourself on the day in case the rules have changed. We will walk out towards Addenbrooke's Hospital then down the cycle path towards Great Shelford, through Stapleford onto Babraham for a quick drink then onto to Wandlebry and the Gog Magog hills following the Roman road nearly all of the way back to the cars.
Leader: Charlie (07733343278)

Saturday 10 May - Stowmarket circular - 11mi (18 km) - Grade: Moderate
Meet at Stowmarket train station (TM052588) at 10:50 am.  Catch the 9:44 train from Cambridge, which gets into Stowmarket at 10:44.  We begin by heading South out of Stowmarket along the river Gipping for about 3 miles passing by some woodland.  Before Needham Market, we cross the river and head South West and uphill across farmland via a couple of small woods.  After Gibbon's Farm we turn North passing by Lady Well and Lower Badley Wood.  The route then takes us to Moats Tye, where we will turn back towards Stowmarket going round Bonny Wood.   Opportunities for a pub stop in Stowmarket.  Return trains leave Stowmarket at 35 minutes past the hour.
Leader: Ian M (07905376210) 

Sunday 18th May - Nene Park and Castor Circular - 10 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet in the car park on the right 11:00 am, half way along Splash Lane in Castor (PE5 7BD). The walk will take us through along the river Nene and into Nene Park before following the Nene Valley Railway back to the Castor Backwaters where we will re-join the river Nene and walk along through Ailsworth across to Water Newton and back into Castor where we will finish at the Royal Oak pub.
Leader: Claire B

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.