Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

Sunday 12th July - Waterbeach, Lode and Horningsea - 11 Miles - Grade: Moderate
Meet at 11:15 at Waterbeach train station (CB25 9HT). The train from Cambridge leaves at 11:06 am (arriving at 11:12 am). If driving, the station car park costs £2 on a Sunday, but there is also quite a bit of on-road parking further into Waterbeach. Please park considerately. The walk will take us east out of Waterbeach, following initially Bottisham and then Swaffham Bulbeck lode. We will then head south down to Lode and across through Quy Fen towards Horningsea and then back to Waterbeach for a well deserved drink at the Bridge pub.
Leader: Stu (07812 555052)

Wednesday 22 July - Summer evening walk (leave @ 7pm) and monthly social (from 8pm) - 3.6 miles / 5.5km - Grade: Easy
This month's evening social and summer walk is at The Queens Head pub, Newton (CB22 7PG), a lovely country inn which is easy to get to from Cambridge. By bike, head out of town on the Trumpington Road (A10) and fork left at the Vujon in Harston - you'll see the pub sign a mile and a quarter on from there. (It is possible to avoid the M11 roundabout by turning right at the junction with the new road to Addenbrookes - about 300 yards after Waitrose, and following the designated cycle route over the track bridge. Bring lights for the return!) By car, lots of free parking on the B1368 or on Town Street. By bus, the number 31 leaves Drummer Street at 6.20pm, taking a lethargic thirty five minutes to dawdle to Newton; a return lift into Cambridge is openly offered!
Meet by 7.00pm for a constitutional walk (3.6 miles / 5.5km; grade: easy) which will take us up the slopes of Rowleys Hill for a fine view across south Cambridgeshire. There is one short section which can get muddy so a robust shoe is advised, but not critical. We'll return in time (approx 8.15pm) for those who have not eaten earlier to enjoy a late dinner of a platter of bread and meats, cheese or salmon; or the celebrated Queens Head hot soup. No obligation to join us for the walk, loiterers in the pub (arrive from 8pm) can still entertain the regulars.
Contact / leader: Richard (07876 370721)

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.