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TOUGH Cambridge to Ely Day Hike
This weekend we’re off to Cambridge – home to the prestigious and one of the oldest in the world Cambridge University! In its 800 year history the university has been home to many famous names, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more. No other institution has produced as many Nobel Prize winners as the University of Cambridge, with 98 of its affiliates awarded this most prestigious academic award! We will start our hike in Cambridge passing through its historic part and some of the most beautiful and famous colleges of the university, including King’s, Trinity and St John’s. As a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, I will tell you more about the system of personal tuition at Cambridge, which really sets it apart from other UK universities, traditions – some serious and some silly, an unusual dress code and a mystical and sometimes bizarre interview process! From the central part of Cambridge, we will head towards the River Cam, along which will lie most of our route. We will pass the area called Quayside that used to be a port and now is a popular place to hire punts! These are flat-bottomed boats which you move by pushing a long pole into the bottom of the river. You have to be standing up to do this and it’s quite easy to fall in, which makes punting a lot of fun! As we slowly leave Cambridge, we will walk past Cambridge boat clubs, where students from different colleges practice rowing – without doubt, the number one sport in Cambridge. The ultimate ambition is to make it to the University rowing team in order to defeat Oxford in the annual Boat Race on the River Thames! From there we will continue our walk along the river towards the ancient city of Ely, enjoying pretty marinas, lots of wildlife and lovely views of the surrounding Cambridgeshire countryside. As we gradually approach Ely, we will see Ely Cathedral rising above the Fens like a ship ahead of us, the towers seeming like masts. With 66m at its highest point, England’s third longest cathedral dominates the area for miles around. Our hike finishes in Ely, where we will be able enjoy the magnificent architecture of the cathedral, much of which is over 900 years old. See for yourself why Ely Cathedral is listed as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Medieval World’! Distance: 30 km. Difficulty: Challenging (nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). This hike is suited for those that have a medium level of fitness. It is very flat, however, long distance makes this hike more challenging than our other day hikes! Meeting Point: we will meet at 8:15am at the London King’s Cross railway station on the benches next to the Little Waitrose store and leave the meeting point at 8:25am. Food: we will stop for a snack lunch during the hike, so please bring a packed lunch. After the hike, we will visit a pub, where you can purchase a very well-deserved beer 🙂 What to bring: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • water • packed lunch (optional) Booking: Payment of £28 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. That’s it, we will take care of train tickets and logistics on the day, so just turn up and have a great day hiking!

London - Kings Cross

London Kings Cross Railway Station · London

£28.00

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This is a group for anyone interested in meeting like-minded people and socialising by participating in hiking adventures. All skill levels are welcome. We started this group to help people to get connected, travel together and explore amazing natural wonders. Looking forward to discovering best Britain's hidden gems with new friends!

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