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- The first 2015 Newsletter & Programme are now online!
- Final payments for March coach weekend trip to the Longmynd Hotel Church Stretton are due 2nd February – see below
- Two new hostel weekend trips now booked: Thurlby, Lincs in November 2015 & Sheringham, Norfolk in February 2016 – see below
- Sourcing Overshoes ; useful strong disposable overshoes available at a reasonable price from Amazon
- Budget weekend at Dorking, North Downs 16th – 18th October 2015 (Dorking Travelodge)
- New Trumpington Country Park to open this spring
- Walking opportunities from Wicken Fen – also new ‘Rothschild Way’ opens
- Cornish coast path trip June 2015
- North Wales walking near Cadair Idris May 2015 , based Corris
- Summer 2015 – budget trip to Currer Laithe Farm, near Keighley and Haworth, Yorkshire
- Book now for October 2015 coach weekend to Bourton on the Water
After pressure from CRC members, Cambridgeshire County Council has made it a little easier to report problems with public rights of way online. If you open the ‘Public rights of Way’ home page on the County Council’s website, there is a new link to ‘report a highways problem’ in the text. This takes you to the highways page with a menu for identifying issues. The vital point now is to have an Ordnance Survey map handy! Select ‘Report a pothole or other highways fault’ (yes, really!). Question 1 is ‘What is the problem?’ The drop-down menu will then let you select ‘public rights of way’. From this point you will need to select the parish where you think the problem is; all parishes are listed alphabetically under ‘town’. Then you zoom into the accompanying map in order to identify the actual path, which you then select under ‘street’. If you can give a grid reference under ‘describe the location of the problem’ that will be helpful to Rights of Way staff. Hopefully the rest of the form is easier to complete.
The County Council will have just 3 Rights of Way officers in post from 1st April and they have a tough task monitoring and sorting out issues affecting all the paths in the county. It is even more vital than in the past that we report any problems; if we don’t, it is very unlikely that the officers will ever find out about them.
It is very sad to record the death of Ailsa Macqueen at 87, a member of the CRC for well over 40 years and our Club archivist. Ailsa was very active until just over 6 years ago, when she had a bad accident whilst on holiday on a narrow boat; unfortunately she was never able to enjoy walking again. However – always looking on the bright side – Ailsa managed to get out and about with the help of her family, even if she was confined to a wheelchair. Ailsa moved from Cambridge to Yorkshire a couple of years ago, to be close to her son Colin. Some time this summer Ailsa’s family plan to hold a party – at her request – for all old friends in Cambridge.
The Club has exclusive use of the 40 beds at Sheringham YH available for groups to hire in February 2016 – from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th February (2 nights). The accommodation includes 2 two-bedded rooms, 4 three-bedded rooms and 6 four-bedded rooms, as well as a self-catering kitchen and the use of two lounge areas. The charge per person for the two-bedded rooms is £40 for the weekend; other rooms cost £36 per person for the weekend. As well as the nearby North Norfolk coast path, other attractions close by include Sheringham Park and Felbrigg Hall. It is possible to travel from Cambridge to Sheringham by train for those wanting an alternative to driving. Bookings to Jill please.
We have booked sole occupancy of the small self-catering Thurlby YH near Bourne in Lincolnshire for the weekend Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November (2 nights). Bourne is close to several large broad-leaved woodlands with open access, which should be full of autumn colour. It is also close to Grimsthorpe Castle and beautiful Stamford. The cost is £40 for those sharing a two-bedded room and £36 for those in larger rooms (4 or 5 beds). There is a pub in the village. ‘A’ walks guaranteed, ‘B’ walks depend on offers to lead. Bookings to Jill please