Village Walk and Picnic – Bank Holiday Monday 4 May

The Ickleton Society’s May Day walk has proved very popular in the last couple of years. Thanks to the kind permission of our local farmers, we again have a route that is not normally open to the public. This event is free and open to everyone in the village and their visitors. Dogs are welcome on a lead but the walk is not suitable for pushchairs.

The main part of this year’s walk is along the ridge between the parishes of Ickleton and Duxford, heading west and from which there are fantastic views. Like last year we’ll have longer and shorter options. The longer walk is about 5 miles – meet at the junction of Coploe Road and Grange Road at 11am. We’ll be heading up to the ridge via Lewis Duke’s track, just beyond the M11. The shorter option is about 2½miles and starts at Rectory Farm – drive up to Rectory Farm where Peter Wombwell is kindly allowing parking (get in touch with me if you need a lift) and then walk up the rest of the track for half a mile to reach the ridge. I suggest you aim to get to Rectory Farm about 11.30am so both parties can meet up on the ridge at the top of Peter’s track. As in previous years, we’ll have a break for lunch which, thanks to Charles Frankau, will be in the grounds of Ickleton Grange where we’ll provide water and cold drinks and there will be a WC. Please remember to bring a picnic. After that we’ll take the lower path (the Dell or Hard Way which we walked last year) back to Rectory Farm and the village.

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