Hotel and Coach Weekend to Brecon, Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March 2021

The coach and hotel trip to Brecon in South Wales, originally planned for March 2020, has been moved to the weekend Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March 2021. The Club has booked the Castle Hotel and there are plenty of places available in single, double and twin en-suite rooms. Brecon is a lovely town in the middle of the National Park, with its own cathedral, museum, river and canal.

We plan to arrive in time for a walk on the Friday afternoon or an exploration of the town. As usual we will offer 3 different walks on Saturday and Sunday – so please let Barry know if you are willing to lead a walk. The total cost per person for 2 nights dinner, B&B, packed lunches, coach travel and all gratuities is £265 for a single room and £220 for a double/shared twin room. To reserve a place, please either send a deposit of £75 per person to Barry (see the Programme for address), with cheques payable to Cambridge Rambling Club, or arrange a bank transfer, referenced ‘Brecon’. Details of the Club’s bank account are available from our Treasurer Jim. Please let Barry have your details for further communications, including address, email and telephone – and let him know of any dietary requirements. Car parking arrangements will be given later.

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Club’s September 2020 trip to the Lakes cancelled – but new 2021 date set

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding any movement out of the Coronavirus lockdown, the decision has been taken to cancel this September’s planned Club trip to the Lake District. This has been a difficult decision to take, but it is clear that there will be no quick relaxation to social distancing rules. We hope that people who have booked accommodation will be able to defer their booking to next year; we plan to arrange a week’s trip to Keswick over the week Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th September 2021. Of course, if Government advice allows holiday travel to go ahead this summer/autumn there is nothing to stop people arranging their own walks. However, there won’t be an organised CRC trip this year.

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Walks around Cambridge in ‘lockdown’ – exploring permissive paths

If you are seeking out new paths to walk along, both in and around Cambridge,  please take a look at the useful network of ‘permissive’ paths made available by local landowners. Cambridgeshire County Council has a valuable set of maps, hidden away in an obscure corner of their website.

The Cambs CC maps website is a bit if a nightmare, but the definitive map is at https://my.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/myCambridgeshire.aspx?MapSource=CCC/AllMaps&Layers=row,row-TROs&tab=maps

There is a sidebar where, under Leisure & Culture, you can select Public Rights of Way, permissive paths, etc. It is very helpful once you have sussed it out.

It is somewhat surprising that the extensive networks of paths in the relatively new Nature Reserves and parkland close to Cambridge’s newest housing developments are not shown. But you can check out Trumpington Meadows on the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust website. Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CPPF) has downloadable maps of both Wandlebury and the Coton Nature Reserve and there is a separate map available of the Magog Down area.

Finally, we can report that the car parks at Wandlebury and Coton re-opened on Friday 17th April, having been shut after advice from the police a few weeks ago. This opens up a number of good walking routes. It is surely sensible to provide as wide a variety of walking opportunities as possible if we are to maintain ‘social distancing’.

Happy walking!

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