Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cambridge

The weather first thing this morning was frosty (-4c) with fog and it didn’t look too promising. It was too cold to venture out to the gym, so I messed about on the computer for a while. By 09:30 it was starting to look like a bright sunny day and, totally unplanned, I decided to take myself off to St Ives and Cambridge.

The visit to St Ives was to check out the flooding and to see if it had subsided enough for the walk that I’m leading in 4 weeks time. The flood plains were still under water but, given some dry weather, it should be passable although I’ll have to check it out again nearer to the time. Another reason for going to St Ives was to take the “guided bus” to Cambridge. As I now have a bus pass, this didn’t cost me anything and made for an interesting excursion.

It is half term and the grounds to the Colleges were open to the public so it took the opportunity for a walk around “the backs” and through Kings & Trinity. It developed into a lovely day and I bought myself a picnic lunch from M&S which I ate on a bench whilst basking in the sun.

The pictures were taken on my Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone which I also used to track the route of the guided bus by GPS whilst listening to BBC Radio 2. I later used it to access the Field & Trek website whilst visiting their shop. Smartphones are expensive, but the one device provides so many functions that it is, for me, becoming an essential tool as well as satisfying the “nerd” in me.

Snailwell walk

Today started off with the sun shining and the temperature warmer than of late. As in the program it was a walk to see the snowdrops. Here are a selection of the photos taken by me on the walk. You know the one nearly always at the back.

On the walk we saw two types of church towers and lots of snowdrops and aconites in bloom.

Snailwell & Landwade Hall

10 Fenland Ramblers members met on a lovely sunny Sunday morning for a walk from Snailwell, through Chippenham Fen to Fordham and then on to Landwade Hall. My “talking” GPS on Endomondo made it 9.76 miles but the GPS tracklog clocked it at 9.28 miles. I’m more inclined to believe the latter, but either way it was a little longer than the forecast 8 miles and a few of us were feeling it by the end.

We crossed a couple of muddy ploughed fields before entering Chippenham Fen. This is wet at the best of times and the recent rains meant that it was under water in parts. The highlights of the walk were the Aconites and Snowdrop in the grounds of Landwade Hall.

Broughton

9 intrepid or foolish walkers set out on a damp and cold morning for our latest 7.2 mile walk from Broughton. We hadn’t been going for more than 10 minutes when, after crossing a ploughed field, Helen tried to clean the mud off her boots only to slip and fall, thereby becoming even muddier in the process! With light rain showers, we didn’t hang around and only made a brief stop for brunch at the half-way point. An obligatory group photo was taken with the giant fox in the background. We were no more than 100 yards from the end of the walk when Josephine tripped on a kerbstone and fell flat on her face. She had damaged a finger but more worryingly a large lump was coming up on her cheekbone which she had cut during the fall. We headed to the village pub who kindly provided us with ice to ease the swelling on Josephine’s face. It was then on to A&E at Hichingbrooke where it was confirmed that she had broken her ring finger. The facial swelling meant that Josephine’s eye was rapidly closing and she was unable to drive. Phil kindly took over at the wheel on route to hospital and when driving Josephine home. She has to return to hospital on Wednesday for a check-up and we wish her well for a speedy recovery.

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