Walks and Events Programme
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June to August 2018
Please read Notes for Walkers before joining us for a walk
We have introduced some easier walks to our Thursday and Sunday programme (highlighted with a footprint below)
It is recommended that you carry an In Case Of Emergency card in an outer pocket of your bag. This asks for (relevant) medical information and emergency contacct details. A link to a .pdf version can be found here
The walks are available on Google Calendar
Sunday 3rd June 10:00, 5½ miles: A pleasant walk through woods and fields near Pamber Forest. Start: SU616622 ¼-mile along Impstone Road (off Silchester Road) on left hand side. RG26 3EQ. Leader Mary W, 0118 977 0746 or 07833 582902 day of walk only.
Sunday 3rd June 10:00, 14.4 miles: Streatley Hill, Compton and Casey Fields Farm. Join us for walk on Berkshire Downs and in undulating wooded farmland with 1300ft of ascent, including the site of the RAF Hampstead Norreys wartime airfield and a teashop. Start: SU583806 NT Streatley Hill car park RG8 9RB. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park CP, Twyford Road, Wokingham for car share RG40 5QQ. Leader Paul L, 07768 585657 or 0118 979 0190.
Tuesday 5th June 10:00, 14½ miles: Enjoy beautiful views from the Hampshire Downs. Start: SU521586 Fieldgate Centre, Kingclere, RG20 5SQ. Bring packed lunch. Leader John D, 07713 233089.
Thursday 7th June 10:30, 6½ miles: Three Men In a Boat and all that plus a chance to visit the 'best' Pie shop in Berkshire! A circular walk from Pangbourne along the Thames Path to Purley then beech woods to the south of the Thames. Start: SU634765 Station Rd Car Park Pangbourne RG8 7AN (CHARGES APPLY) . Leader Bill B, 07881 816863.
Saturday 9th June 11:00, 5½ miles: Twyford, Charvil, Hurst & Ruscombe finishing at Twyford Beer Festival. To meet trains from Maidenhead (10:52 arrives 11:00) and Reading (10:48 arrives 10:54), either returning to the station or joining the leader at the Twyford Beer Festival, King George V Playing Field, Twyford RG10 0AP. Twyford Beer Festival is well established with beer, cider, soft drinks, food and live music available from 12 noon to 10 pm, with all profits supporting Orchid – the men's cancer charity. Please contact walk leader (preferably by text) if coming by train so we can wait for you. Limited parking in Polehampton Close, RG10 9RP. £1.50 for 4 hours, £4 for 10 hours. 5 mins walk to station. Joint walk with Berkshire Weekend Walkers. NOTE: 11:00 START TIME. Update: no planned engineering work so trains should be OK. This year entry to the Beer festival is £5 - including glass and programme. Flat walk, might be muddy, 2 stiles. We expect to get to the Festival approx 1.15pm. Start: SU790757 Twyford Station , RG10 9NA. Leader Jo F, 07979 595043.
Sunday 10th June 10:00, 6 miles: Tinkers Green & Hemdean Bottom. Peaceful southern Chilterns farms & woodland. Start: SU698758 Free car park at Mapledurham playing fields on A4074 RG4 7EZ. Leader Graham S & Karen D, 0118 977 6586 or 07966 002016.
Sunday 10th June 10:00, 13½ miles: Hampshire fields and heath. Over the M3 to Winchfield, around the edge of Hook to West Green, circumnavigating Mattingley and back around the edge of Hazeley Heath. Start: SU767569 Monachus Lane CP, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8NN. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU809687 Wokingham Borough Council Offices CP, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BD for car share. Leader Graham C, 0118 978 2866 or 07719 993787.
Tuesday 12th June 10:00, 14 miles: Up and around Knowl hill and surrounding areas. Start: SU822794 Lay by on A4 near the former Seven Stars inn RG10 9UR. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike E, 0118 944 1400 or 07833 646908.
Thursday 14th June 10:30, 6 miles: Stunning walk around the rolling hills and ancient woodlands of Goring Gap. Start: SU600801 The end of Manor road, Goring, RG8 9ED. Leader Gerry C, 07805 356708.
Sunday 17th June 10:00, 6 miles: A Warfield CP spectacular including Nuptown & Tickleback Row. Start: SU873726 Frost Folly Country Car Park. RG42 6EN. Leader Richard K, 0118 978 0901 or 07733 343307.
Sunday 17th June 10:00, 13 miles: Along Watership Down. Start: SU525586 Kingsclere, CP off Swan Street RG20 5PQ. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807698 Cantley Park, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader John T, 0118 979 8070 or 07982 721114 (on day of walk only).
Tuesday 19th June 10:00, 13.8 miles: From Ewelme through the beech woods and rolling contours of the Chiltern Hills, with spectacular views, through Pishill Bottom, Russell's Water returning via the hamlets of Cookley Green and Swyncombe. Start: SU648912 Car park at the recreation ground in Ewelme
OX109PG OX10 6PG. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Cantley Park CP RG405QQ for car share. Leader Elaine H & Shirley C, 07899 798221 or 0118 978 5165.
Thursday 21st June 10:30, 3.8 miles: A pleasant ramble along the Loddon and around the lakes at Dinton Pastures to enjoy spotting damsel flies and water fowl. No stiles or hills. Start: SU786716 CP of Wheelwright's Arms RG10 0TR if using pub. Otherwise careful roadside parking. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 07917 002202.
Thursday 21st June 10:30, 5.8 miles: Windsor Great Park - North. Grass, hard paths and park roads. No stiles. Start: SU953734 Rangers Gate car park, A332 Windsor, SL4 2JA. Leader Jo F, 07979 595043 or 0118 934 4704.
23rd June: Pang Valley Darwin Walk, information can be found here
24th June: Spanish Pyrenees Holiday
Sunday 24th June 10:00, 5½ miles: A circular walk around the fields and lanes surrounding Pinkneys Green (north west of Maidenhead). Start: SU854815 NT free car park in Pinkneys Drive SL6 6QE. Leader Stewart M, 07901 514832.
Tuesday 26th June 10:00, 10½ miles: A walk to the north west of Maidenhead taking in the beauty of Ashley Hill, a walk along the south bank of the Thames, past Hurley and its locks before heading south back to Pinkneys Green. Start: SU854815 Sat Navs enter 70 Pinkneys Drive, Maidenhead, SL6 6QE. It's on the north side of Pinkneys Drive in a wooded area, From the A404 it's the Henley exit and follow the signs to Pinkneys Green. Bring packed lunch. Leader Bill D, 07887 627885.
Thursday 28th June 10:30, 6 miles: Nature and the start of the Modern British Army. A leisurely walk through three very different nature reserves and learn a bit about the start of the modern British Army. Start: SU965649 Chobham Common Roundabout Car Park which is just north of the B383/B386 roundabout. (No known postcode nearby.). Leader George S & Jake, 07703 662747 (Text only please as I am deaf).
Sunday 1st July 10:00, 6 miles: Barkham Church and The Coombs. A varied walk with some inclines, through woodland and farmland around Barkham. Starting at Barkham Hill, taking in Highfield Farm, Barkham Church, Arborfield and The Coombs. Total accent 300 ft. The footpaths and lanes are often muddy, unless the weather has been kind. Start: SU781678 Coombes Lane, Barkham, RG41 4SU. Leader Mark P, 0118 979 5615 or 07788 824121.
Sunday 1st July 10:00, 12 miles: A circular walk from Lane End to Marlow for lunch and back. The route follows paths over hills and fields, through woods and across commons. Come and enjoy the views. Start: SU807917 Lane End car park on the B482 opposite village hall near pedestrian lights. HP14 3ER. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807698 Cantley Park RG40 5QG for car share. Leader Cathy O, 0118 961 9024 or 07940 801261.
Tuesday 3rd July 10:15, 11 miles: Enjoy the undulations of the West Chilterns with expansive views visiting Britwell Salome, Swyncombe and St. Botolph's Church. Assistance dogs only please. Start: SU693902 Cookley Green; take left down Church lane to park roadside near finger post close by wood. Bring packed lunch. Leader Martin D, 0118 966 1536 or 07875 283404.
Thursday 5th July 10:30, 4 miles: Shiplake, Thames Path and Shiplake Lock. Come and enjoy an unspoilt stretch of the Thames Path hopefully on a sunny summer's day. One short ascent. Start: SU764787 Playing Field car park, Memorial Hall, Memorial Avenue, Shiplake. Leader Kath P, 0118 978 0901 or 07775 694011.
Thursday 5th July 10:30, 5½ miles: Littlewick Green circular, via Shottesbrooke Park and Waltham St Lawrence. Start: SU840802 Littlewick Green Church, verge parking under the trees. Leader Alan B, 0118 961 6595 or 07815 744756 (on day only).
Saturday 7th July: Summer social evening. See enclosed flyer.
Sunday 8th July 10:30, 5 miles: Caversham Heights to Mapledurham House. Back via Park and Chazey woods. Just a couple of easy inclines. Start: SU698758 Mapledurham playing fields, Caversham Heights, Woodcote Road. RG47EZ. Leader Barbara D, 0118 934 5506 or 07895 635001 day of walk only.
Sunday 8th July 10:00, 13½ miles: Undulating route from Walbury Hill to Pilot Hill and down into Hampshire villages then returning by heading north via the Test Way passing Hogs Hole and Combe Hill. Start: SU380615 Walbury Hill CP, RG17 9EH. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU733678 School Green Car Park, Shinfield. RG2 9EH for car share. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 07884 113491.
Tuesday 10th July 10:00, 12½ miles: Circling Silchester. A varied walk through fields, Pamber Forest, Silchester Common and Benyon's Inclosure. Start: SU619648 Padworth Common CP, RG7 4JB. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Graham C, 0118 978 2866 or 07719 993787.
Wednesday 11th July 19:00, 4 miles: Evening stroll from Arborfield Cross past Arborfield Church, Carter's Hill, past Bearwood Lake and through the Coombes. Please ring leader beforehand if intending to eat afterwards, arrive at 18:45 in order to give food choices and bring cash so that a collective payment can be made. Start: SU761671 Bull at Arborfield Cross RG2 0QD. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 07884 113491.
Thursday 12th July 10:30, 5.8 miles: Along the Basingstoke Canal, then over farmland to see Poland water-powered corn mill on Whitewater River then return on part of Three Castles Path. Start: SU747517 CP at end of London Road off High Street Odiham RG29 1DH. Leader Graham C, 0118 978 2866 or 07719 993787
David M, 07932 246232 or 0118 978 0994.
Sunday 15th July 10:30, 5½ miles: A circular walk starting from the Bell Inn in Aldworth, towards Streatley and joining the Ridgeway heading west for a bit before returning to the Bell. Some ascents, no stiles. Quite exposed, hardly any shelter if wet weather. Start: SU555796 The Bell Inn RG8 9SE (opens at midday) car park behind pub. (Landlord permission to park for lunch customers -excellent beer and wide selection of filled rolls.) Otherwise limited parking around village. Leader Adrian & Sheila G, 07968 554423 or 07342 642690.
Sunday 15th July 10:00, 12½ miles: Moderate circular walk from Wittenham Clumps via Appleford, Long Wittenham and the Thames Path to the historic town of Dorchester-on-Thames - glimpses of which can often be seen on 'Midsomer Murders'. Return via Little Wittenham to Wittenham Clumps - the site of an Iron Age fort, and from which there are magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Start: SU567923 Wittenham Clumps car park, Oxfordshire OX14 4QZ. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 07557 432878 or 0118 926 7208.
Tuesday 17th July 10:15, 12½ miles: Norbury Park. River Mole, Tanner's Hatch, Polesden Lacy, Fetcham Downs. Start: TQ162552 CP off A246, Young Street, near Leatherhead. KT22 9BS. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park CP. RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader John G, 07754 869152.
Thursday 19th July 10:30, 4 miles: An easy walk from Bix church to Crocker End, returning via Wellgrove Wood and the ruined St James church. Start: SU728851 Bix church, north west of Henley, just off A4130 (Henley - Wallingford road). Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Leader Ian H, 0118 947 1524 or 07815 415427.
Thursday 19th July 10:30, 5.8 miles: A walk across farm land north of Caversham Park. Chapman farm, Dunsden Green, Crowsley Park and Chalkhouse farm. 320ft of ascent, two modest hills rewarded by views towards Reading and the Chilterns. Start: SU726768 CP at Clayfield Copse recreation ground RG4 6AA. Leader David B, 07738 016588 or 0118 934 1084.
Sunday 22nd July 10:30, 5½ miles: Hambleden Valley, Marsh lock, Remenham and Aston. Start: SU785865 Public car park behind the Stag and Huntsman pub RG9 6RP. Leader Ellen H, 0118 934 1084 or 07715 553979.
Sunday 22nd July 10:15, 12½ miles: Open country south & west of Aldbourne. Pass the site of a Roman building and explore copses: Southern, Staghorn, Oldfield, Lashes, Yielding, Chase. Start: SU265756 Duck pond at the end of Oxford Street, Aldbourne, SN8 2EP. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU809687 Wokingham Borough Council Offices CP, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BD for car share. Leader Graham C, 0118 978 2866 or 07719 993787.
Tuesday 24th July 10:00, 13½ miles: Combe Gibbet Circular. Return via Inkpen Common and Kintbury. Start: SU351681 Hungerford-Denford Mill. CP between canal and railway line - 0.5 km south A4. RG17 0UN. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 CP at Cantley Park, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader John T, 0118 979 8070 or 07982 721114 (on day only).
Thursday 26th July 10:00, 3.6 miles: A walk around Edgebarrow woods and Wildmoor Heath. This is an easy walk with a couple of steady inclines. There are no stiles just gates to get through. It can be muddy and there are tree roots so walking boots and poles are a good idea. Unlike many other flat heaths, Wildmoor Heath is situated on a slope and offers visitors a wonderful range of habitats and views, from wet and dry lowland heath and valley bog, to mature pine and broadleaved woodland. Start: SU838630 Wildmoor Heath Car park off Sandhurst Road between Crowthorne and Sandhurst. RG45 7PP. Leader Cathy O, 07940 801261 or 0118 961 9024.
Thursday 26th July 10:30, 5 miles: Woods and open country North of Medmenham. Circular walk via Marlow Common, Lower Woodend, Bockmer End, and Old Medmenham. Start: SU823861 Careful edge-of-wood parking around triangle between Hollowhill and Pullingshill Woods. No postcode available. Leader Dougal M, 0118 924 1979 or 07719 450283.
Sunday 29th July 10:30, 6 miles: A Chiltern walk, from Aston Rowant nature reserve, returning via the Ridgeway and Beacon Hill. Start: SU732966 Car park at Aston Rowant nature reserve, near J5 M40, (https://map.what3words.com/speaker.clearcut.rely). Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:30 at SU808687 WBC car park, Shute End RG40 1BN for car share. Leader Pat & Daphne P, 07785 331375.
Sunday 29th July 10:00, 12 miles: Hambleden, Marlow and The Thames Path. Start: SU785865 Public CP behind Stag & Huntsman PH, Hambleden RG9 6RP. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Derek & Jenny S, 07816 037164 or 0118 978 5447.
Tuesday 31st July 10:15, 11½ miles: Moderate circular walk through Chiltern fields and woods (not too hilly!) from Christmas Common via Oxfordshire Way, Swans Way and Chiltern Way to Pishill for packed lunch. Return via Hollandridge. Start: SU709935 Hill Road car park, Christmas Common, Oxfordshire OX49 5HS. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 07557 432878 or 0118 926 7208.
Thursday 2nd August 10:30, 6 miles: Stratfield Saye and the Devil's Highway. Across fields and country paths , a mild to moderate walk with Historic Interest and a few stiles. Start: SU668641 St Mary's Church at Stratfield Mortimer. RG7 3NU. Leader Ian M, 07429 337369.
Sunday 5th August 10:00, 5 miles: Pangbourne College and the tranquil River Pang. A circular walk following the Thames and then passing under the railway lines at Sot's Hole followed by a gentle woodland ascent to Pangbourne College. After passing through the college the walk descends through farmland to Tidmarsh and then we follow the River Pang back to our start. Start: SU634765 Pangbourne station road car park by the village hall RG8 7AN. No charge on Sundays. Leader Graham St, 07913 403345 (on day of walk).
Sunday 5th August 10:00, 10 miles: Walter's Wellingtonias, Eversley and a happy well trodden path. Start: SU813635 NT car park, Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Meet Cantley car park at 0915 for car share. Leader Stephen S, 07776 148720.
Thursday 9th August 10:30, 5½ miles: Circular walk from busy busy Theale & M4 Berkshire to the the quiet and peaceful countryside, via Whitehouse Green, ending with a walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal. Start: SU648705 Theale Swing Bridge CP RG7 4AJ. Leader John A, 0118 977 4183 or 07780 966598 on day of walk.
Sunday 12th August 10:30, 6 miles: A pleasant summer walk over Finchampstead and down to the Blackwater lake and nature reserves. Start: SU813635 Simons Wood NT CP, Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne RG45 6AE. Leader Ricardo S, 07816 095144.
Tuesday 14th August 10:15, 10½ miles: The Ginge Brook, Ardington and Lord Wantage's Lockinge. Start: SU448882 Holy Trinity Church, 4 Ginge Road, West Hendred, OX12 8RS. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU751709 Laurel Park Car Park, Lower Earley RG6 3DZ for car share. Leader Sue H & Sue A, 07855 069324.
Wednesday 15th August 18:30, 3½ miles: An evening stroll over Bowsey & Crazies Hill. Start: SU800809 The Horns Crazies Hill CP (if eating in pub after walk) or careful parking around Cockpole Green RG10 8LY. Leader David M, 07932 246232.
Thursday 16th August 10:30, 6 miles: A lovely ramble around Hambleden and the surrounding villages. Walking via Pheasant's Hill, ascent at a modest pace to Parmoor Cottages, Frieth, Little Frieth, then descent to Skirmett and Hambleden Valley. The walk is (hopefully) suitable for all. Start: SU785865 Stag & Huntsman CP, Hambleden RG9 6RP. Leader John L, 0118 987 2496.
Sunday 19th August 10:00, 6½ miles: From Simons Wood Car Park to Ambarrow and Blackwater Lakes on to Finchampstead walking past the cricket club maybe catch a game on to St. James and back to Simons Wood. Start: SU813635 Simons Wood NT Car Park Wellingtonia Avenue Crowthorne RG45 6AE. Leader Peter D, 0118 377 4820.
Sunday 19th August 10:00, 10½ miles: Swinley Forest. Caesar's Camp, The Lookout, Mill Pond, Rapley Lake and Bagshot Heath. Start: SU845643 CP up The Devil's Highway track 100yds off roundabout with diving shop on corner on B3348, Bracknell Road. Nearest postcode RG45 6ST. Bring packed lunch. Leader John & Bobbi G, 07754 869152.
Tuesday 21st August 10:00, 11 miles: A tour of West Berkshire countryside and villages. From Ashampstead green via Hampstead Norreys, Frilsham and Yattendon (Royal Oak pub stop). Start: SU565769 Roadside parking at the green, north of the church RG8 8SL. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740 or 07512 880414.
Thursday 23rd August 10:30, 4 miles: Charvil and Loddon nature reserves. Start: SU777752 Pavilion car park. East Park Farm,Park Lane Charvil RG10 9TY. Next to the school. NOT the village hall. Leader Barbara D, 0118 934 5506 or 07895 635001 day of walk only.
Thursday 23rd August 10:30, 4 miles: Join us for another of our historical walks - this time looking at Cookham from 700BC to C20 in a couple of hours! This 4½-5 mile walk takes in Cookham's ancient past as a settlement, a site of Government, a Saxon Fortification, important trading area and more. Start: SU892853 The National Trust car park off The Causeway in Cookham SL6 9TJ - this is a popular car park and it may be a good idea to car share where we can. Leader Sally B, Home 01344 774468 or on day 07876 141817.
Sunday 26th August 10:00, 5½ miles: A great summer walk from Pangbourne through Sulham woods emerging into open fields with views across the Thames valley. We return along the river stopping at Mapledurham lock for a break (ice-cream if sunny). Start: SU634765 Pangbourne station road car park by the village hall RG8 7AN. Leader Cathy O, 07940 801261 or 0118 961 9024.
Tuesday 28th August 10:00, 10 miles: An undulating walk in the Oxfordshire countryside, skirting the McAlpine estate and enjoying the view of Stonor Park. Start: SU738856 Middle Assendon, layby on B480, opposite road to Fawley Bottom. Bring packed lunch. Leader Christine H, 07775 860169.
Thursday 30th August 10:30, 6.2 miles: A flat watery walk with the chance of spotting damsel flies and maybe even a kingfisher, in Hurst, along the Loddon and around Dinton pastures. No stiles. Start: SU786716 CP of the Wheelwright's Arms if using the pub. Otherwise careful parking on roadside. Space limited so good idea to share cars if possible. RG10 0TR. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 07917 002202.
We hope you enjoy our walks. We need more volunteers to lead. We will help you plan your first walk and would love to welcome you to the team. Give me a call – I look forward to hearing from you.
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