• Toddington and the Chalgrave Heritage Trail (12 Mile Circular Walk)

    Sundon Hills Country Park

    £3.00

    A very pleasant walk from Sundon country park, through countryside and farmland, following the ancient Icknield Way and the Chalgrave Heritage Trail to Toddington. What to Expect A 12 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be overgrown in places. There will be a few hills but nothing too challenging, total ascent 900ft. We will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk. This walk will not be too challenging and will be suitable for anyone with a reasonable standard of walking fitness. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow others to attend. Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club. The Finer Points Start: Start point is the car park at Sundon Country Park, Harlington Road Upper Sundon. Nearest post code LU3 3PE. The postcode is not exact so best to follow the directions from the app. Walk Starts at 09:30. Parking: The car park is free Distance: 12 Miles Total Ascent: 900ft Walk Time: Approx 4.5 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: There will be a break around the halfway point so bring a drink and a snack. Public Toilets: There are no public toilets available on this walk. There are no dogs allowed on this walk. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information Contact Nick[masked]

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  • Olney - Salcey Forest 19 Mile Circular

    Fairfield Close

    £3.00

    The next of our summer long walks starts and finishes in the Pretty and historic market town of Olney then follows the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk through some very lovely villages and countryside to the magnificent Salcey Forest. We will be taking a break in Salcey Forest visitor centre before returning to Olney through more beautiful countryside and woodland. What to Expect A 19 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be overgrown in places. There will be lots of rolling hills but no steep climbs, total ascent 1100ft. we will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk. Due to the distance this is a reasonably challenging walk and will be suitable for regular walkers with a good standard of walking fitness. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow others to attend. Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club. The Finer Points Start: Start point is the long stay car park on East Street opposite Fairfield Close. Nearest postcode MK46 4DP. (The best way to find it is to follow the google map link on the Meetup App) Walk Starts at 09:30 Parking: Parking is free in the Long Stay car park on East Street opposite Fairfield Close. All other car parks in the town are limited to 2 or 3 hrs. Distance: 19 Miles Total Ascent: 1100ft Walk Time: Approx 7 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: There will be a break around the halfway point at the Salcey Forest Visitor Centre. There is a very nice café so bring some money for tea and cake or you can bring your own drink and a snack. Toilets: There are Public Toilets in the Market Square in Olney that should be open for the start and end of the walk and at the halfway point in Salcey Visitor Centre. There are no dogs allowed on the walk. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information Contact: Nick[masked]

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  • Sandy , Potton and Everton - 11.5 Miles Circular Walk

    Stephen Troope has kindly offered to lead this walk The walk goes through the RSPB headquarters and then skirts the edge of the Sandy quarry and Potton before arriving at Everton where we will take a 15 minute lunch break . We then pass through the Everton Estate, then on to the S.O.E memorial at Tempsford before returning to Sandy. The walk is generally flat although there are some steepish steps in the RSPB grounds. As usual some of us will be heading to the pub (The Queens Head) for some light refreshment after the walk and everyone is invited to join us. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time . Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club Start: - Town Centre Car Park, High Street, Sandy, SG19 1AG . The entrance is opposite Mama's coffee shop Walk starts at 10am sharp - sorry we can't wait if you are late Parking: Town Centre Car Park, High Street, Sandy, SG19 1AG NOTE - There is also a smaller car park in the market square which is a 1 minute walk away from the starting point Distance 11.5 miles Time . Approx 3.75 hours ( including stoppages ) Charge . There will be a £3 charge for the walk Refreshments , There will be a break at about the half-way point so bring a drink and a snack Public Toilets . 1. There WILL be public toilets at the RSPB about an hour into the walk 2. There MAY be toilets available at the lunch stop at The Thornton Arms at Everton , subject to timings but please buy something if you want to use the pubs facilities) 3. There WILL be toilets at The Queens Head , Sandy at the end of the walk Climbing and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury . Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information contact Stephen Troope[masked]

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  • Cranfield and The Marston Vale (11 Mile Circular Walk)

    Cranfield Village Hall

    £3.00

    A circular walk from Cranfield through the Forests and Valleys of The Marston Vale. This once industrial landscape of clay pits, brick factories and landfill sites was designated as a community forest in the 1990’s and is in the process of being given back to nature with the creation of several lakes, extensive wetlands and the planting of a million trees, making this a very nice walk in this now beautiful area with some great views across the vale. What to expect An 11 mile walk through woodland and open fields, mainly on good tracks, some may be overgrown in places. There will be few hills but nothing too challenging and a total ascent of 800ft. We will maintain a pace of around 3 mph throughout the walk. This walk is not too challenging but there are a few hills to tackle. It is suitable for anyone with a moderate standard of walking fitness. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow others to attend. Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club. The finer details Start: Village Hall, Court Road, Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0DR Walk Starts at 9.30 am. If you are going to be late please let me know or we may leave without you. Parking: There is Parking in Court Road at the side of the church. Distance: 11 miles Total Ascent: 800ft Time: Approx 3.5 - 4 hrs (includes stoppages) Charge: There is a £3:00 charge for the walk. Refreshments: There will be a break at about the halfway point so bring a drink and a snack. Public Toilets: There are no toilets available on the walk although there is a pub at the end that you can use. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further Information contact Nick[masked]

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  • Snowdonia Walking Weekend Day 2

    Mountain Railway Station

    Day 2 – Sunday 7th July Moel Eilio Horseshoe Walk The second day of the weekend is a little easier. Rising up almost from the main street of Llanberis and less than 2 miles as the crow flies from Mount Snowdon, Moel Eilio couldn’t be more different from its larger sister. Where Snowdon is all jagged rocks and narrow crests, Moel Eilio is broad with gentle ridges and springy turf. It is also quiet, where the summit of Snowdon has masses of tourists queuing for selfies Moel Eilio provides peace and quiet to enjoy the great views. A great contrast from the previous day. What to Expect Not as challenging as the previous day but still a fantastic walk with some spectacular scenery. The going is much kinder with grassy paths and gentle ridges. But be aware this is still a challenging walk, and although the total distance is under 10 Miles there is still over 3000ft of ascent. IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THIS WALK IS NOT OPEN TO FIRST TIMERS AND ANYONE WANTING TO JOIN US ON THIS WEEKEND MUST HAVE WALKED WITH THE BWC A NUMBER OF TIMES PREVIOUSLY. The Finer points Start and finish point: Snowdon Mountain Railway station in Llanberis LL55 4TT Timings: Walk Starts at 08:30 Total walk time: Approx 5-6 hrs Parking: The Mountain Railway Station Pay and Display Car Park or there are other pay and display car parks nearby in Llanberis Total Distance: 9 Miles Total Ascent: 3250ft/990m Walk Time: Approx 5-6 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: No café on the summit today so bring your own drinks and snacks. Public Toilets: Toilets will be available at the start and finish of the walk. Weather: The Welsh mountains are notorious for their unpredictable weather, even in the height of summer it can turn nasty so please come equipped for all eventualities. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information Contact Nick[masked]

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  • Snowdonia Walking Weekend 6th - 7th July

    Snowdonia National Park Car Park

    Snowdonia can justifiably lay claim to some of the finest hill and mountain walking in Britain. Combining rugged crags and vast sweeps of naked stone, reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, with the intimate valleys, high ridges and lakes of the Lake District means Snowdonia should be on every walker’s bucket list. Outline Plan The outline plan is to complete 2 challenging circular walks on the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend. Day 1 will be an ascent of Mount Snowdon using one of the lesser used routes and day 2 will be a little easier with an ascent of Moel Eilio. Accommodation You should organise your own accommodation in the vicinity of Mount Snowdon. The closest towns being Llanberis and Beddgelert. This is a couple of challenging walks but don’t let that put you off. The walks will be done at a very steady pace with plenty of breaks to take in the glorious scenery. Don’t miss this opportunity to climb the highest mountain in wales and England and experience some of the best hill walking you will find anywhere. Day 1 - Saturday 6th July Ascent of Mount Snowdon using the Watkin Path Route. The Watkin Path is one of the least popular but considered by many to be the best and one of the more challenging of the six ‘classic’ routes to the summit of Snowdon. Starting just a few metres above sea level, the route offers some great scenery and the biggest vertical ascent gain. There will be bubbling rivers, waterfalls, cliff top walking and fantastic views, as well as sections of steep climbs, loose scree and a demanding final approach to the summit. What to Expect This is a fantastic walk with some of the most spectacular scenery you can find anywhere in Britain. But be aware that it will be challenging. Although the total distance to the summit is only 4 Miles, we will be ascending over 1000m/ 3300 ft. Much of the walk is on good paths but some of the terrain will be hard going, with some steep climbs, loose shingle, cliff top walking and possibly the occasional scramble. IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THIS WALK IS NOT OPEN TO FIRST TIMERS AND ANYONE WANTING TO JOIN US ON THIS WEEKEND MUST HAVE WALKED WITH THE BWC A NUMBER OF TIMES PREVIOUSLY. The Finer Details: Start and finish point: Snowdonia National Park Car Park, Plas Gwynant, on the A498 Nearest Post code LL55 4NR (within 500 metres). Grid Ref SH[masked]. I recommend following the directions from the Meetup App. Timings: Walk Starts at 08:30 Total Walk Time: Approx 6 - 7 hrs Parking: This is a pay and display car park Total Distance: 12 Miles Total Ascent: 4300ft/1300m Refreshments: There is a café and visitor centre on the summit of Snowdon where we will have a good break but expect it to be busy so best to bring your own lunch and drinks. Also bring drinks and plenty of energy snacks for the walk. Public Toilets: Toilets will be available at the start and finish of the walk and at the summit. Weather: The Welsh mountains are notorious for their unpredictable weather, even in the height of summer it can turn nasty so please come equipped for all eventualities. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information Contact Nick[masked]

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  • Stagsden to Bromham (6 miles circular walk)

    Royal George

    £3.00

    Same lovely walk, just a different start point due to problems at the original start point! Start: Royal George, 57 High street, Stagsden, MK43 8SG Start Time: 6:30pm How to get there by car: The following link provides directions from Bedford and can be easily edited to include your own starting point. https://goo.gl/maps/oZX3DR6QKnWDF8xx5 Parking: FREE on road parking Distance: 6 miles Hazards: Crossing A428 (good views in both directions), walking on uneven public paths, raised tree roots, low hanging branches and their maybe one field where cattle craze! Refreshments: Please bring along drink and light snack. Contact: Ian (mobile[masked]) Please read the 'Read More About Us' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability for this walk. Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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  • Woburn 30Km Challenge (18.7 Mile Circular walk)

    Woburn Village Car Park

    £3.00

    If you are up for a challenge this 30km (18.7 Mile) circular walk that goes from Woburn through the beautiful countryside and woodland between Woburn and Leighton Buzzard is a lovely walk. The first half follows the Greensand Ridge to Leighton Buzzard, then alongside the Grand Union Canal for a few miles, stopping for a break at a lovely canal side pub, before heading back towards Woburn, through the Brickhills and Aspley Heath. What to Expect An 18.7 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be a little overgrown in places. There will be rolling hills one long and a few short climbs, total ascent 1400ft. We will maintain a pace of around 3mph throughout the walk. This an all-day walk and will be quite challenging due to the distance. It is suitable for regular walkers with a good standard of fitness. Please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow others to attend. Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club. The Finer Points Start and finish point is the public car park in Park Street, Woburn, MK17 9PG. Opposite St Marys Parish Church Walk Starts at 09:30 Parking: The car park in Park Street is free Distance: 18.7 Miles Total Ascent: 1400ft Walk Time: Approx 6.5 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: This is a long walk so bring plenty of drinks and snacks, we will be having a few breaks on route and a longer break at the halfway point at a canal side pub so bring some money. Public Toilets: Toilets are available in the Hotel next to the car park in Woburn and at the pub approx half way. There are no dogs allowed on the walk. Climbing and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information contact: Nick[masked]

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  • Kimbolton (7 miles circular walk)

    The New Sun Inn

    £3.00

    Our walk starts in the beautiful village of Kimbolton and includes an extra mile due to plenty of daylight hours :) Start/Finish: Outside - The New Sun Inn, 20 High Street, Kimbolton PE28 0HA Start Time: 6:30pm How to get there by car: The village is situated on the A428 Bedford to Northampton road, about 10 miles west of Bedford. The following link provides directions from Bedford and can be easily edited to include your own starting point. https://goo.gl/maps/Uokgi7KioJT2 Walk: 7 miles Time: approximate 2 to 2.5 hours Please bring sufficient water and snack along with you on this walk. Hazards: Uneven public footpaths, raised tree roots and low hanging branches. Contact: Ian (mobile[masked]) Please read the 'Read More About Us' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability for this walk. Walking, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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  • Kings Reach - The Biggleswade Green Wheel - 9 Miles

    Biggleswade Hospital

    £3.00

    Its time for another flat walk that ends up back at a pub ! The Biggleswade Green Wheel was established a few years ago to wrap around Biggleswade as the town continues to grow rapidly. The wheel route continues to change as new housing appears, in fact I had to walk the route 3 times as I got lost twice ! What can you expect on this rural / urban walk that we will be walking at 3 to 3.25 MPH 1. On Biggleswade Common , please be aware that it is highly likely that we will have to walk through a couple of fields with Cows, Bulls and Horses ! ( they were all very placid each time I went through) 2. A pleasant riverside walk 3. Jordans cereal original mill 4. A pedestrian level crossing across the east coast mainline 5. 15-20 minute lunch break at the two-thirds point near fields of wheat . I am not expecting an appearance from Mrs May ! 6. Biggleswade Retail Park - No stopping here ! 7. A 30 minute gravel track walk with greenery usually shielding you from the new housing developments 8. The option of a refreshing drink at the end If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time . Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club Start: - Outside The Kings Reach Public House , Potton Road , Biggleswade, SG18 0EL ( Next to Biggleswade Hospital) This is a new development , so your sat nav might not recognise the post code . It is on the outskirts of the major Biggleswade housing development on the Potton Road ( B1040) at the junction with Baden Powell Way Walk starts at 10am sharp - sorry we can't wait if you are late Parking: Unnamed road leading to Biggleswade Hospital which is adjacent to the starting point OR Collings Crescent ( 2 mins walk away ) . Please do not use The Kings Reach Car Park Distance 9 miles Time . Approx 3.25 hours ( including stoppages ) Charge . There will be a £3 charge for the walk Refreshments , There will be a break at about the two-thirds point so bring a drink and a snack Public Toilets . There are no public toilets on this walk, although they are available at the pub at the end Climbing and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury . Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information contact Andy Field-Webber[masked]

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