Walk Cambridge - Walk Diary

Walk Diary

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

Sunday 7th February - Hardwick, Coton, Madingley & Dry Drayton Circular - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at the Blue Lion, Main St, Hardwick, Cambridge CB23 7QU at 10:30am.
We will walk down to the bridal way towards Coton.  Then turning north up to the American Cemetery and on to Madingley for some lunch.  Then on to Dry Drayton for a pub stop and finish by heading back down South to Hardwick to the Blue Lion for a potential nice beverage (of tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a sausage roll.
As this is a February walk bring good walking boots as parts of the walk will be muddy.
Transport: if coming by car please don't park in the Blue Lion car park; you can park on the main road or even better in one of the quiet closes.  Or if you know where I live you can park around by mine and walk down.  You can also catch the Citi 4 bus from the city centre bus station (D3 stop) at 09:50; ask the bus driver to tell you when he is at the 'Hardwick, Cambridge Rd' stop, then walk down Cambridge Rd., past the shop to the old village centre and the pub (1 mile).  Return buses are at 39 minutes past the hour.
Leader: Andrew (07973 730875)

Sunday 14th February - Saxon Street, Cheveley, Ashley, Upend, Kirtling and almost Wood Ditton - 12 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at 10:15 outside The Old Plough, Ashley (CB8 9DX).
There is some parking in side-roads.
From Ashley we head down the road to the ruins of All Saints, Silverley, then turn off for the village of Upend (small, but some nice thatched cottages).  Next we pass through Kirtling where we can see Kirtling Towers (gatehouse to a Tudor castle), before following the bridleway to Wood Ditton, and a path to Saxon Street, where we have our pub stop at the Reindeer.  We can have our sandwiches here and the publican will even light the log burner for us.  Then back to Ashley via footpath or back road depending on the mud.
Leader: Paul E (07557) 021364

Saturday 20th February - Ferry Meadows, River Nene and Peterborough - 10 miles - Grade: Leisurely
*** UPDATE 06/02/16: the distance of this walk has changed from 12 miles to 10 miles. ***
Meet at Peterborough Station at 10:50am (10.01am train from Cambridge, £15 return with Network Railcard).
Walking past the cathedral we’ll head down to the River Nene and walk towards Ferry Meadows Country Park along the Hereward Way.  After lunch in the Park we’ll stop at the Lakeside Kitchen & Bar for a drink, returning beside the Nene Valley steam railway line. Possible pub stop on our return to Peterborough.
Parking at Peterborough Station costs £6 on a Saturday.  Direct trains return from Peterborough to Cambridge at 18 minutes past the hour.
Leader: Jane (07974 300989)

Sunday 28th February - Beane there - 9 miles - Grade: Leisurely
Meet at Watton-at-Stone railway station at 1:45 p.m.  This walk primarily follows the River Beane (a tributary of the Lea) from Watton-at-Stone to Hertford.  You can catch the 12.28pm train from Cambridge to Stevenage (arrives 1.03pm) then take the 1.34pm from Stevenage to Watton-at-Stone, arriving at 1.40pm.  There is a Tesco and several other options for food next to Stevenage rail station if you want to buy lunch there.  Alternatively you can drive to Watton-at-Stone - there's parking in Moorymead Close, next to the station.  Please meet on the platform upon arrival of the train.
This is a lovely little walk round the sleepy Hertfordshire village of Watton-at-Stone and broadly following the River Beane down to the county town of Hertford, where we'll finish in one of Hertford's many public houses.  It's flat, naturally, give or take a few hillocks, and can be a bit muddy.  Bonus points for spotting fish.
Return travel to Cambridge or Watton-at-Stone is from Hertford North, close to the pub.  Those travelling to the walk by rail may wish to buy a return to Hertford.
Leader: Rich (07980 315065)

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.