Remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink on all walks!
Sunday 30th August - River Stort Navigation from Bishop's Stortford - 7-17 Miles - Grade: Leisurely to Moderate
Walk the River Stort navigation to between Bishop's Stortford and Broxbourne. The walk follows a canal and is a world of narrow boats, locks and wildlife. From Bishop's Stortford to Harlow the walk is rural, from Harlow the walk is increasingly urban.
The walk in total is about 17 miles, but for those that prefer a shorter walk there are rail stations en route that provide an exit, e.g Harlow Mill 7 miles, Harlow Town 9 miles and Roydon 12 miles. If you prefer not to walk the full 17 miles and are travelling by train, then I suggest getting a return from Cambridge to the furthest station you might walk to. If travelling by car, then purchase a single back to Bishop's Stortford at the end of the walk.
The intended pub stop is at Broxbourne, but there are other pubs on route e.g. Harlow Town.
Meet: Main entrance Bishop's Stortford railway station (over the bridge from where the train from Cambridge arrives), 10.28. Get the 9:51 from Cambridge or park at the station or locally in Bishop Stortford.
Leader: Andy Burnett
Saturday 5th September - Moulton, Gazeley and Dalham - 8 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at the Packhorse Inn in Moulton, CB8 8SP, at 11 a.m., for an 8-mile circular walk which takes in the villages of Gazeley and Dalham. Bring a packed lunch for a lunch stop at the top of a hill which has some amazing views, plus some interesting old buildings. The lunch stop will be followed by a visit to the Affleck Arms in Dalham. Another possible pub stop is the Packhorse Inn at the end of the walk.
Leader: Stephen B (07811 664747)
Saturday 12th September - Sandy/Everton Circular - 9.5 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 11:15am opposite the Bell Pub (Station Rd Sandy, Bedford SG19 1AW), just outside Sandy train station. You can park down the side road by the Bell Pub. Public transport is only good from London so ask for a lift if you don't have a car. The walk begins on the other side of the railway track down a quiet road towards Sandy Warren and the nature reserve. We then wind our way up to Everton, stopping for lunch on the way. Then water our parched throats in the pub at Everton before heading back to Sandy along the Greensand Ridge walk.
Leader: Andrew (07973 730875)
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.