Topping & Co. Booksellers are hosting an event in Ely on Thursday 6th November with the celebrated ornithologist and nature writer Mark Cocker. His new book, Claxton, is a beautiful account of the Norfolk countryside around his home village; examining all the local birds, animals and plants, Mark shows the changing seasons as he sees them, as they affect the wildlife around him, and as they themselves alter and shift with our changing climate. His writing is absolutely beautiful, full of close observation and intimate descriptions of our local landscape.
Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door, and fully redeemable against a copy of Claxton before or on the night of 6th November. The event is taking place at St Peter’s Church in Ely, and doors will open at 7.10pm for 7.30pm. If you would like to book tickets please go to Topping & Co.’s website or give them a ring on 01353 645005 .
In association with the BMC and Sherpa outdoor gear, Cambridge Climbing and Caving club presents an evening with Kenton Cool and Neil Gresham.
Kenton Cool is an English mountaineer and alpinist, who has climbed Everest 11 times to date. He is one of the world’s most sought-after guides and made the first British guided ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 2007 with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, also leading Sir Ranulph successfully to the summit of Everest in 2009.
Neil Gresham is one of Britain’s most well known all-round climbers. He is equally at home on rock or ice and is one of the few climbers in the world to have climbed the coveted grade of E10, with his second ascent of the notorious Equilibrium on Derbyshire gritstone. Famously, he also put up the third ascent of the legendary Indian Face in 1996. His enthusiasm for climbing spans Deep Water Soloing and ‘sport-style’ chalk climbing, and his recent exploits have taken him to destinations such as Sweden, Brazil, Mongolia, Cuba, Vietnam, China and Colombia in search of new rock.
SPRING HOTEL WEEKEND 2015 – Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March
Longmynd Hotel, Church Stretton, Shropshire
Alex has to finalise definite bookings with HF by early November for the trip next March to Shropshire and, at this moment in time, there is still one twin room left. If you are interested you can guarantee a place by sending Alex a £75 deposit (per person) by 31st October, with cheques payable to Cambridge Rambling Club. Alex’s contact details are in the newsletter and on the Programme card. More details about the hotel are on the website:
There are some restrictions – hopefully temporary – on access to some of the meadows at Fulbourn Nature Reserve. Apparently some unthinking dog owners have let their dogs harrass and injure grazing calves. As a consequence three of the meadows are now fenced and gated, so walkers are restricted to the perimeter. The landowner says that the restrictions are temporary until the cattle are moved off, but our Fulbourn residents will keep us up-to-date.
Club members might like to know that there is a growing network of permissive paths in the ‘Wicken Fen Vision’ area – very useful when you are planning routes or just want a stroll. As well as the cycleway ‘the Lodes Way’ which runs between Wicken Fen and Lose village, there are new footpaths and bridleways. Unfortunately these are not on Ordnance Survey maps. The National Trust explains this omission by saying that a number of the routes cross, or are next to, land where cattle and horses are grazing and animal management requires some changes to the exact location of entry points such as gates.
However, all is not lost! The Wicken Fen website now includes a detailed map of the routes as they currently work. These provide links to Reach village, as well as Burwell, Upware and Swaffham Prior. See