Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Saturday 27th August - Footpath clearance at Balsham with Cambridge Walking Group
This is about 300 metres of path that needs clearing. It's a proper countryside footpath rather than a village path this time, and is apparently quite overgrown. I will bring a few tools, but any additional equipment would be useful. As it’s more challenging than last time there is no walk afterwards, although I imagine we could manage a visit to a pub. Meet at 10.00 at the Church car park in Balsham CB21 4DS.
Organiser: Paul (07557 021364)
Sunday 28th August - St. Ives to Swavesey and back circling the nature reserve - 11 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 11:00 at St Ives Park and Ride, Meadow Lane, St Ives PE27 4LG. The guided bus can be caught from Cambridge to St Ives. For those who drive, parking costs £1 for the first 18 hours.
We will head over to Swavesey along the south side of the nature reserve, then return along the river path after a pub stop (venue TDB). Insect repellant might be advisable.
Leader: Paul (07557 021364)
Saturday 3rd September - Long Melford to Lavenham circular - approx 10 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10.30am at the free car park opposite Long Melford Hall (TL864462, CO10 9AA). It is a small car park and easily missed but look out for it.
This delightful walk takes us through the glorious Suffolk countryside and includes pub stops in Lavenham and one at the end in Long Melford. There will be a few rolling hills and remember to bring your pack lunch although there is a shop in Lavenham for last minute ice creams! From there we will loop back to Long Melford across fields with some places being muddy if it happens to rain. Long Melford has a few tea rooms as well if people want to have a cram tea after the walk.
Leaders: Matt & Fi (07775 936506)
Saturday 10th September - Clare and Cavendish Circular - 7.5 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10:45 at Clare Castle Country Park Car Park, Malting Lane, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NW.
Starting from the car park at Clare Castle Country Park we walk below the castle mound through the park. We will follow the Stour Valley footpath to the village of Cavendish where we stop for lunch before returning to Clare following the course of the River Stour.
Leader: Gerard D (07944 673974)
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.