Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Saturday 15th April - Shouldham and Pentney Abbey, Norfolk, Circular Walk - 10 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at the car park in Shouldham Warren, a Forestry Commission car park about 1km north of Shouldham, at 10.30am (Grid ref TF680105, PE33 0DQ).
A circular from Shouldham Warren including a possible visit to the ruins of Pentney Abbey and taking a route along the north bank of the River Nar from the Abbey to the High Bridge. The return route is via Wormegay, pub stop on return to Shouldham.
Leader: Jane B. (07974 300989)
Saturday 22nd April - London Marathon Walk - 27 miles - Grade: Strenuous. Joint Walk with Metropolitan Walkers
Want to complete the London Marathon, but prefer not to run it? This walk will take us round the full course in the build up to the event itself. We'll each don 'race' numbers (provided by the walk leader) bearing the name of a famous person from the 36-year history of the London Marathon, one of the world's greatest races. We'll take in the famous Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and many other sights as we wend our way through the Capital to break the tape on The Mall.
The aim is to start at the same time of day as tomorrow's race - finishing in the early evening. There will be a toilet and short rest break at one-quarter and three-quarters way, plus lunch at half-way in Potters Fields Park, which is next to City Hall (postcode SE1 2AA - nearest Tube: London Bridge).
If you'd like to join part-way, please do so at City Hall (we will leave City Hall at 2pm or later; please text the walk leader in advance to say you intend to do this so we know to look out for you). If you need to drop out, there are several options on the day. There may be very minor alterations on the day to enable the use of pavements and safe road crossings.
Bring enough food and water for the whole walk. We'll head to a pub at the end for a quick drink before catching an evening train home.
Catch the 07.15am service from Cambridge to London King's Cross (scheduled to arrive 8.05am) and then take the Northern line to London Bridge ready for the 09:04 service to Blackheath (arrives 09:16). You can meet the walk leader at London Bridge or Blackheath. Suggest buying a Travelcard and wearing trainers, given the urban terrain.
Leader: Rich T. (07980 315065)
Sunday 30th April - Bluebells of Ashridge - 11.6 miles (4.8 morning, 6.8 afternoon) - Grade: Leisurely. Joint Walk with Chiltern 20s-30s
Two circular bluebell walks in one day from the same start point at Aldbury Common just off the B4506 (sat nav HP4 1LU, SP970131). Please feel free to join at any part of the day including a pre-walk breakfast at the Café by the monument from 10:00.
In the morning at 11:00 we take a route through the beech woodlands and bluebells of Northchurch Common which typify the Chilterns in spring. We'll return to the monument for lunch. Either bring a packed lunch or take advantage of the Café at the Visitor Centre.
If you haven't joined us on the morning walk, come for lunch at the Café by the monument from approx 13:00 before the second walk at 14:00.
We will head west dropping into the picturesque village of Aldbury before picking up the Ridgeway along the edge of the Chiltern escarpment with views to Ivinghoe Beacon in the distance. A short climb out of Incombe Hole into Crawley Wood carpeted with bluebells. Continuing through woods filled with wild garlic on the way to the famous Dockey Wood for a stunning bluebell display. To finish the walk returning towards the Bridgewater Monument through the woods of Ivinghoe Common reaching the Café just before it closes.
Leader: Paul R. (07974 696802)
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.