Five Mile Walks
Are you wanting to do a bit more walking, but still at a gentle pace? This could be the group for you. A chance for a reasonable walk, a pub lunch and a social chat!
Walks normally would take place on the second Wednesday of each month, and would normally be led by Eric Heaton or Peter Andrew. Obviously currently group walks are not taking place. But Eric from mid-June will be listing walks that you can enjoy until the group re-starts
Once the group does re-start, unless otherwise stated, the walks start at 10.00am but the group gather together a little earlier at 9:45am to sort out such matters as lunch. The walk starts at 10.00am. Each walk is usually about 2-2.5 hours long.
NEW DATE AND VENUE TO FOLLOW SOON....
If members want to stay for lunch please let Eric know by the 7th September to reserve tables for two, so that everyone can be socially distancing.
Please remember to wear a mask in all areas of the venue except the restaurant.
The walk is only available to members of Royston U3A, for insurance purposes, so please make sure that your membership is active.
RECOMMENDED WALKS DURING LOCKDOWN No.1 & 2 - 15th June 2020 and more on 26 June 2020
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SINGLE OR DOUBLE WALKING LOOP AROUND THRIPLOW
Starting point: The Green Man public house, 2 Lower Street, Thriplow, SG8 7RJ.
These two walks can be done separately, each lasting about 1½ hours, or done as one longer walk, taking a short three hours.
Not particularly well signed, but generally good underfoot.
Makes use of a designated footpath, and permissive paths, courtesy of Thriplow Farms. Good views, and fine houses in the village.
Walks 1 and 2: From car, walk towards the village shop, past the school to junction and turn right down Church Street. (If wanting to do walk 2 only, go on to Manor Farm, and turn right. Then follow instructions for 2 below.)
Walk 1: After about a quarter of a mile down Church Street, turn left along bridleway, with finger post sign. After a long half mile aong a wide track swing right to pass fishing lakes, and through a wooded area. When the trees end, bear right, and then right again, skirting around a housing area, and walking alongside the KWS buildings.
Reach minor road (Church Street), turn right. For walk 1 only, carry on up Church Street and turn left along School Lane back to The Green Man. If wishing to do walk 2, take footpath to left at Manor Farm, then follow instructions below.
Walk 2: Follow this footpath past back gardens and tennis court to emerge on to road. Turn right and after 2/300 yards turn left along another footpath, passing gardens. Emerge on to road and turn left, and left again along tarmac road (Farm Lane). At next junction go straight ahead on farm track, and carry on forward with the smoke of the Pet Crematorium as a marker straight ahead, to substantial hedge.
Turn right, and walk with hedge on left to distant barn, to meet farm track. Turn right, follow this track with view of spires of Fowlmere to the left and Thriplow to the right. At main road, turn right: there is a narrow pavement on the right hand side of this road. Follow road back into Thriplow and back to The Green Man.
... and here is another walk .... starting at The Pig & Abbot in Abington Piggots
Leave the Pig and Abbot (1) and turn left, then left again following the sign (2) to Church Lane. Walk down to the church. If you want a diversion, have a look inside and sign the visitors book Otherwise, keep right (3) and pass by the farm entrance and cottages, all to your left. You should now be heading down a leafy track and not into the farm. Continue straight ahead; the track becomes a path, crosses another track and goes into a copse. It seems to run into an open field, but, turn sharp left (4) (following the arrow) and walk around the field edge until you join another farm track. This will take you in a straight line across open Cambridgeshire farmland to the road. Turn right (5) onto the road and continue towards the "Black Barns". Watch out for traffic on the road but there is good visibility for walkers and drivers. Turn right (6) at the sign towards "Abington Piggots". There is a blind corner just ahead as the road exits the trees, then keep walking until you enter the village, pass the pond on you right and continue past the Village Hall returning to the Pig and Abbot
New walks on 26th June: Copy this link into your browser for walks around Buntingord
New walks on 1st July....
two woodland walks in the village of Barkway
The walks were originally published in Hertfordshire Life in 2012.
St Mary Magdalene Church
In earlier times Barkway was the site of a major crossroads, the east west trading route taking advantage of the dry highlands of the scarp, and the north south track linking London with Cambridge.
Barkway appears in the Domesday survey. It was granted a market, and became an important trading point.
Both these walks are circular and start at the centre of Barkway Village by the pond and the Parish Map Board.
Rokey Wood Walk#
Head northwards up the High Street, then left into Church Lane. Pass the wagon wash pond, open originally at each end for cart access. A tributary of the River Quin enters the pond under the road, and exits through a grill at the eastern end.
Follow the lane around the churchyard of St Mary Magdalene.
Continue along the lane, which becomes a rough track. You will come to a crossing of paths by an old oak tree. Turn right following the bridleway towards Rokey Wood. This is an ancient mostly ash and maple woodland. At the bench, you can enjoy views to the south and east towards Wyddial and back at Barkway church and village.
Continue across an open field and then skirt around Bush Wood. Just inside the wood is the remains of an old moat.
Continue along the track, veering right across the corner of a crop field, and rejoining another farm track. LReed church comes into view.
Keeping on the track head to a stile in the corner of a hedge, cross a grass field into Reed Village. Our route then goes almost immediately right up a broad byway. The Cabinet pub is visible just up the lane.
Head straight ahead along the byway past Rokey Wood again. There is a very slight depression in the field on your left. This is the site of Periwinkle Hill, an ancient motte and bailey castle.
The byway descends gradually back into the village. Just before the main road, turn right down a footpath, through a pair of kissing gates. Cross a grass field and rejoin Church Lane. Follow the route you came along back to the village pond.
Earls Wood Walk
Walk southwards down the High Street. You will pass the thatched hall house of Wealden type. Shortly after this, turn left down a narrow path. This emerges on a lane leading to Rushing Wells, over the River Quin.
Turn right, then head left up a broad track towards Earls Wood. Follow this along the southern edge of the wood. Follow the footpaths along the eastern and northen edges of the woodland. From here you can see Cokenach house across the fields.
At the corner of the wood there is a choice of paths. Take the concrete track towards Earls Wood Cottage, and then through its parkland. On the right is a large pond which never dries up as this area of the county has a high water table.
Proceed over the River Quin across a rough plank bridge, veer around to the left through an area of scrub and spinney. Here is a site of common spotted orchids.
Cross the recreation ground to the far left corner, through trees to the High Street, turn left back down to the pond and school.
As you emerge on to the street, you will pass the medieval hall house on the corner.
The pond in Barkway village
Rokey Wood Walk 3miles (4.9km); Earls Wood Walk 2.7miles (4.3km)
About 1.5 hours per walk
6th July walks....
The following weblink is for all the public footpaths in Bassingbourn to try.
Path number 18 can be accessed across the A505 directly opposite Costa Coffee at Royston Gateway. Please take care crossing this busy road.
Future Walks: different walks are to be featured during the lockdown period
If you are prepared to lead a walk in 2020 or if you have a suggestion you would like to share with other members please let us know.
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