Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
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
Saturday 6th September - Toft To Bourn Circular followed by pub lunch (optional) – Approx. 6.5 miles - Grade: Leisurely.
Please arrive at Toft at 9.30, in order start the walk at 10:00 prompt – as we need to get to the pub before 14:00. For parking, please park on School Lane and spread yourself around a bit so as not to block the road up excessively. Then walk back and meet outside of the village Chinese takeaway - Tai Yuen.
The walk will be a gentle circular walk going through Caldicote and Bourn. Walking boots are recommended due to possible muddy paths; please note this walk isn’t dog friendly as we go through fields with livestock, there won’t be a specific lunch stop as we will be going to the pub for lunch afterwards and, finally, please bring a change of shoes for the pub afterwards!
We will go for food at the Blue Lion in Hardwick: http://www.bluelionhardwick.co.uk/ and the tables are booked for 14.00.
Please email me to confirm your place if you wish to come for lunch by no later than the Sunday 31st August. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leader: Nick Enge
Saturday 13th September - Earthworks Way and Devils Dyke Circular - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet Outside the Dykes End Pub in the village of Reach, Cambridge. 8 Fair Green, Reach, Cambridgeshire, CB25 OJD at 10:45.
Circular walk starting from outside of the Devils Dyke pub in Reach: (8 Fair Green, Reach, Cambridge, CB25 OJD); We follow the Earthworks Way footpath to view the site of the Burwell Castle Earthworks and village church at Burwell. We then follow the bridle path that meets up with the Devils Dyke Way. (The Devils Dyke is an Anglo- Saxon monument which runs for 7.5 miles from Reach to Wooditon). The Devils Dyke Way crosses a dismantled railway and meets up with a straight footpath that goes straight in to the village of Swaffham Prior to pass Swaffham Prior Windmill. We then head back along Barston Drove to the village of Reach for a well deserved drink at the Dykes End Pub.
There is a free public car park near the pub at the corner of Burwell Road in the village of Reach but spaces are limited. Other parking available in the village of Reach. Paths are good but a little overgrown in places so trousers recommended.
Leader: Gerard Duncan 07944 673974
Sunday 21 September - West Cambridgeshire villages - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet 10:30am grid ref TL 360 562 outside Tai Yuen Chinese restaurant, High street Toft post code CB23 2RL.
Parking options in village in surrounding streets such as Millers road or in small car park off School Lane.
A pleasant undulating country walk across some arable fields and along woodland tracks. We will visit the peaceful villages of Kingston and Bourn - with its quaint cottages and 13th century church with a crooked spire.
Leader: J Sutton 07729 434743
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.