Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Sunday 3rd August - Sharpenhoe, Barton-le-Clay and Streatley Circular - 11miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at 10:30am at Sundon Hills Country Park (LU3 3PE, TL 047285). We will follow the John Bunyan Trail via woodland north east towards Sharpenhoe. Continuing on east we will pass Barton-le-Clay where we will stop for lunch. We will then follow the Barton Hills which should offer fantastic views of the surrounding area and possibly a chance so see a Red Kite or two if we are lucky. Following the Chiltern Way and Icknield Way we will reach Streatley for a well earned pub stop. The final section of the walk will lead us back to the car park via the Sundon Hills Country Park.
Leader: Peter (07904243228)
Saturday 30th August - Thurston to Bury St Edmunds Circular - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10.45am in the car park to the Thurston train station. (Station Hill, Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3QU.) Starting from the Thurston train station, we follow cycle and footpaths to Bury St Edmunds, passing fields and woodland with views of the Rougham airfield. When we arrive to Bury St Edmunds, we follow Shakers Lane and the River Lark that leads us directly to the Abbey Gardens, where we will stop for lunch, ice creams and coffee. We then retrace our route back along the cycle and footpaths back to the village of Thurston. The footpaths are very good therefore gaiters are not required for this walk.
Please bring a packed lunch or money for a coffee/ ice cream at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.
There are regular trains from Cambridge to Thurston.
Leader: Gerard D
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.