Start your New Year Active with CambridgePPF

28th Dec 2017

After the seasonal festivities you won’t be alone in thinking that it’s time to emerge from hibernation and make a start on New Year’s resolutions. Luckily CambridgePPF has a host of outdoor activities to get you energised this January in the beautiful local countryside. beginning with a revitalising stroll on the first day of the year around the stunning Coton Reserve. Once you’ve had a taste of the outdoors, there are volunteer activities – to work off some of those Christmas calories while helping us care for the parks and wildlife, a winter tree identification workshop and even a fun orienteering activity tracking around Wandlebury Park. Winter is a wonderful time to get out and refresh yourself so start planning for your active new year today with CambridgePPF!

 

New Year’s Day Guided Walk at Coton Reserve
Monday 1 January: 11am to 1pm
As a perfect antidote to the festivities, why not welcome in the New Year by joining the CambridgePPF team for a revitalising, social walk through Coton Reserve? You’ll enjoy the stunning winter landscapes at the same time as learning about the reserve’s history and current management as a wildlife-friendly farm – with the added bonus of kick-starting that resolution to get more exercise in 2018!
NB: The walk is free but donations towards the upkeep of the reserve are always welcome. Meet outside the village pub, The Plough, at 11am.
Directions: The Plough is a short walk north up Grantchester Road from the Reserve. If driving directly to the Reserve please park in Martin car park located just to the west of Cambridge on Grantchester Road, CB23 7PZ. OS grid reference TL414 577GB.

 

Healthy Walking at Wandlebury
Every Thursday: 10am or 10.30am to 11am
Keep fit and greet the changing of the season by joining our healthy walkers this January for one of our Walking for Health accredited sociable walks around the park. Meet at the Stable Rooms at 10am for a longer walk or 10.30am for a shorter stroll. Walks end around 11am with tea and coffee in the Stable Rooms. All welcome, suitable for all abilities.
NB: Free of charge and no need to book, please arrive 10 minutes early to register if it’s your first session. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always welcome.
Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

 

Hedge Laying at Wandlebury
Wednesday 10 January: 10am to 3pm
Join this volunteer work party to help us care for the park and its wildlife. Learn the ancient, rural practice of hedge laying, by partially cutting through stems, then laying and weaving them together to produce a thick living barrier and wildlife ‘corridor’. Wear warm, waterproof clothing and tough shoes, and bring a packed lunch and drink. All welcome – please help if you can!
NB: Free event and no need to book, just turn up on the day. Meet at car park notice board. All instruction, equipment and tools provided. Donations are also always appreciated.
Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

Keeping Cambridge Special: Cambridge’s Spaces and Streets
Saturday 13 January: 9am to 1pm
Come and tell us how Cambridge can address the challenge of having more people moving around the city, in ways that enhance the quality of life and preserve the city’s heritage. This workshop will include four thought-provoking presentations covering issues such as Cambridge’s green spaces, sharing spaces, improving interchanges and street design. There will be an opportunity to give your views and for discussion with decision-makers, which will be led by Councillor Lewis Herbert (leader of Cambridge City Council). The discussion will also help inform a forthcoming Spaces and Movement Supplementary Planning Document for Cambridge that will be produced during 2018.
NB: Advance booking required. Free event but donations towards costs are appreciated. Book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-cambridge-special-tickets or via bookings@cambridgeppf.org
Directions: Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA.

Orienteering for All
Sunday 14 January: 11am to 3pm
Orienteering is a great way to get back-to-basics and enjoy the outdoors without the need for smartphones and GPS, and you’ll get exercise without even realising it! Experience a sense of fun and achievement navigating your way around beautiful Wandlebury Park on three courses of varying length and complexity. Walk, run, individually, in pairs, or in groups for an active afternoon in the countryside. Be as competitive as you like – it’s not just about winning. Or is it?
NB: No need to book – follow the signs from the main car park to the registration area. Start from 1pm through to 3pm. Suitable for all ages but children must remain accompanied by an adult. Wear sensible footwear and clothing. All competitors take part at their own risk. £10 per family/group, individuals £5 (members £8/£4).
Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

Winter Tree Identification
Saturday 20 January: 1pm to 4pm
Join the CambridgePPF team for this fascinating workshop for adults in the beautiful winter scenery of the Country Park. Learn the basic skills needed to identify our common native trees in the winter using bark, buds, shape and form (and leaves and seeds when available!) and then put them to the test on a guided stroll around Wandlebury – a perfect relaxing afternoon in the outdoors.
NB: For adults only. Booking essential. £8 per person (members £6). Wear sensible clothing according to weather and sturdy shoes.
Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

Coppicing Woodland at Wandlebury
Wednesday 24 January: 10am to 3pm
Join this volunteer work party to help us care for the park and its wildlife. Learn the magic of this ancient technique, which provides a constant supply of useful wood while rejuvenating trees and increasing biodiversity. The day will involve cutting with hand saws, as well as stacking and sorting cut branches – so you’ll get a good workout at the same time. Wear warm, waterproof clothing and tough shoes, bring a packed lunch and drink. All are welcome for this volunteer event – please help if you can!
NB: Free event and no need to need to book – just turn up on the day. Meet at Wandlebury car park notice board. All instruction, equipment and tools provided. Donations are also always appreciated.
Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

Cambridge Past, Present & Future are pleased to be working with Cambridge web designers ibe, who kindly donated the design of this site.

www.ibecreative.co.uk

Back to top