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Saturday 9th February - Walking Safari with wolves, elephants & lions* 9 miles

Please note that this walk has been planned with children in mind. Everyone is welcome to join the walk, but please bear in mind that its intended to be a more gentle stroll for members with children who would like to encourage their children away from the Xbox and other tedious electronic devices etc ;-)

Everyone should be able to walk the entire distance specified.

Walk Highlights:
The walk will be relatively flat with the odd small hill with 6 miles/9.8 kms prior to lunch in Woburn. A further 3.5 miles/5 kms will follow lunch and get us back to Woburn Sands.

The walk will take us via Husborne Crawley and then around Woburn Safari Park from where we have in the past seen Elephants, Lions, Wolves, Buffalo, Camels etc (all without the entrance fee). After the Safari Park we will enter Woburn Deer Park with large herds of deer in a magnificent country park with its lakes.

Lunch will be a pub lunch served at the Black Horse. I will endeavour to have a menu so that you can pre select food on the train to ensure a speedy service when we arrive. If you prefer to take your own lunch I am sure they will be OK if you eat it in the beer garden.

Typical Sunday lunch menu and prices;

Pub: http://www.blackhorsewoburn.co.uk/

Menu : http://www.peach-events.co.uk/Customisation/6TheBlackHorse/Menus-SeasonalMenu.pdf

Local History

Woburn was found in the Domesday Book of 1086. It is best known as the location of Woburn Abbey (a stately home), founded by Cistercian monks in 1145 and granted to the first Earl of Bedford in 1538 after the dissolution of the monasteries, and Woburn Safari Park. Then, during the English Civil War, the Cavaliers burned down much of the village and in 1724 a third fire destroyed much of the town, which was re-built in the Georgian style that remains today.

During the nineteenth century, Woburn was an important staging post on a nationwide coaching network. The town had 27 inns and the first 24 hour post office outside of London. However there are not as many inn or pubs remaining for our lunch.

Travel Logistics:

DISTANCE - 15 km (9 miles) approx.
We will allow approximately 4 hours for walking, depending upon the speed of the group and excluding any breaks.

MEETUP POINT – Outside the main ticket office at London Euston Station

MEETUP TIME - 9.45 am (be punctual).

TRAIN DEPARTS – 10.10 am (with or without you)

WALK DEPARTS – 11.25 am from Ridgmont Station

DESTINATION – Returning from Woburn Sands

DRIVERS - Park at Ridgmont Station and arrive by 11.22. You will need to get the train from Woburn Sands to Ridgmont at the end of the walk in order to return to your car.
LUNCH - We will have a pub lunch over halfway in the walk at the Black Horse which is a lovely 18th eighteenth century terraced frontage pub behind which belies a Tardis-like interior in which the cosy bar, lined with old leather-upholstered settees, leads on to a restaurant beyond.

Through the carriage arch to the side, lies a secluded courtyard garden – a secret well worth discovering as The Independent on Sunday said when they popped in!
A copy of the menu will be available on the train to pre order the food.

RSVP
If you do change your plans please update your RSVP so others can take advantage of the walk. Thank you for your understanding.

Please bring snacks and water to keep you going. I'll probably have another cake or two...

TRAVEL & COSTS -£11.00 (Group Saver4 return), £20.60 (day return).

We will take the 10.13 service from Euston to Ridgmont Station, changing at Bletchley and then arrives 63 mins later. The price is £11.00 return with the GroupSave 4 option.
Please allow funds for the pub lunch.

When you buy a GroupSave 4 ticket you need to travel out and return in the same 4 group to ensure validity of the ticket. The GroupSave price option is not guaranteed, and you may have to pay a more expensive ticket.
Punctuality generally ensures a higher probability to take advantage of the cheapest offer.

The £5 donation per adult.

It's frustrating for everyone when there are people on the waitlist and others choose to book onto an event then No Show

The donation will be entirely used towards the training for the hike leaders to ensure better skilled hike leaders in the future and to cover any costs incurred.

Equipment Required:

  • Waterproof waking boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers if you have them, after all this is England and it’s known to rain sometimes.
  • Suitable trousers, not jeans unless you love being cold and wet once it rains and don’t mind having your pleas for sympathy, because you are wet and cold, ignored.
  • Water & snacks to keep you going until lunch
  • Cash for rail tickets, donation and money for lunch.
  • Sense of fun and patience


* Denotes that no guarantee is made for the sighting of any animals.

Finally:
It is impossible to state a specific return time as it depends on weather conditions, the general pace of the group and other unplanned factors. Those who decide to join the hike, please consider yourself committed for the entire day.

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  • Sarah B

    Excellent day. Noisy and eventful with the little people in tow but lots of fun. First (and hopefully not the last) time my daughter has hiked. She had a ball and is shattered today. Thank you Mike for organising. Thank you all for your patience! Anything can be accomplished with the help of cadbury mini eggs and minstrels!

    February 10, 2013

  • Sarah B

    Excellent day. Noisy and eventful with the little people in tow but lots of fun. First (and hopefully not the last) time my daughter has hiked. She had a ball and is shattered today. Thank you Mike for organising. Thank you all for your patience! Anything can be accomplished with the help of cadbury mini eggs and minstrels!

    February 10, 2013

  • Mike H

    Excellent company and thanks to everyone for sticking with it. So we can tick off kangaroos, lions, elephants, black bears, emus, ostrich, camels and of course cheeky monkeys...they did seem to hang around all day! Thanks everyone for your patience.

    February 9, 2013

  • Sophie

    :-$! No excuse, just had a long week. Need to recharge. Excellent Safari :-)

    February 9, 2013

  • Grae

    Sorry - too fluey!

    February 8, 2013

  • Craig K.

    unforuntatly, I can't now make it... a real shame

    February 8, 2013

  • Katharine

    No longer able to come. Hope it is a brilliant day for the rest of you. Enjoy.

    February 7, 2013

  • PEARLE

    it sounds great :)

    February 3, 2013

  • Steven

    Do you think they will have removed the ostrich from the rhino by next Saturday!? :-)

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Mike H

    For those of you traveling by rail and with children this will be of interest;

    GroupSave offers the opportunity for three or four people (minimum one adult) to travel for the price that two adults would normally pay on various off-peak ticket types.

    Up to four additional children can accompany the main party, and travel at the flat fare of £1 each, single or return (not valid on ScotRail). In addition two children under the age of five can travel free of charge with each fare paying passenger.

    January 15, 2013

  • Nicole

    Sorry I cannot come!

    January 6, 2013

  • Kimhee V

    Sorry, doing another walk!

    December 26, 2012

  • Mike H

    Hi, Someone has asked if the hike is suitable for a all terrain pushchair. Sadly no. Ideally children should be able and willing to walk the distance stipulated or in a suitable carrier if you intend carrying them. I hope this clarifies the situation/expectation.

    December 26, 2012

  • Tamara

    Can no longer make it

    December 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    No longer able to make it. Have a good day

    December 14, 2012

  • Maria

    Sorry did not realise it was for kids

    December 14, 2012

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