Walks and Events Programme . . . Walk Thursday 14th March - access problems - see below ...

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January 2019 - April 2019

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We have introduced some easier walks to our Thursday and Sunday programme (highlighted with a footprint below)

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Ramblers Walks Feed for Loddon Valley

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Sunday 3rd March 10:00, 5½ miles: Frimley Green and Deepcut. A pleasant walk along the Basingstoke canal and over the hilly Deepcut heath. Start: SU887562 Frimley Lodge Car Park (free at the moment) Sturt Road, Mytchett GU16 6HY. Leader Graham St, 07913 403345.

Sunday 3rd March 10:00, 12 miles: A moderate walk in the Hampshire countryside around Watership Down. Start: SU516565 Car park on B3051 approximately 1 mile south of Kingsclere. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:10 at SU809687 Wokingham BC CP Shute End. Wokingham RG40 1BN for car share. Please call leader if meeting at the walk start. Leader Sue R, 0118 978 8988 or 07966 702349.

Tuesday 5th March 10:15, 11 miles: Circumnavigate Stoke Row. Explorer 171 touching Checkendon, Well Place, Hailey (Johnny English eyesore) Nuffield, Howberry Wood. Assistance dogs only, please Start: SU666830 Car Park past St. Peter's and St. Paul's Checkendon Church on right RG8 0SR. Bring packed lunch. Leader Martin D, 0118 966 1536 or 07875 283404.

Thursday 7th March 10:30, 3.4 miles: A gentle, flat walk from The Bell at Waltham St Lawrence, passing through Shottesbrooke park and the Landmark Trust headquarters into lanes and footpaths around Waltham St Lawrence. There are 3 easy stiles to cross but they are not high and are in good condition. Start: SU829769 The Bell, Waltham St Lawrence RG10 0JN. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 07917 002202.

Thursday 7th March 10:30, 6.1 miles: From Aston along the Thames path to Henley, a gentle climb up Remenham Hill, pass through the Culham Estate and back to the Thames path. Start: SU784842 Flower Pot Pub, Aston Lane, near Henley RG9 3DG (Overflow car park - permission obtained). Leader Carmel H, 07961 790398 or 0118 926 9612.

Sunday 10th March 10:00, 6 miles
: Crowthorne and Caesar's Camp. A moderate circular walk from Crowthorne across Bramshill forest to Caesar's Camp, where there are some great views over the surrounding countryside. It has a total ascent of 500 ft and a few stiles and mostly good footpaths. Start: SU841637 Morgan Recreation Ground Car Park, Lower Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7LA. Leader Sue P, 07854 476397 or 0118 979 5615.

Sunday 10th March 10:00, 10 miles: Good views over Watlington and South Oxfordshire. Start: SU696902 Cookley Green. Bring packed lunch. Leader John L, 0118 987 2496.

Tuesday 12th March 10:00, 10½ miles: Mapledurham from Peppard Common - Woods and Watermill. Start: SU700811 Near Greyhound Pub, Gallowstree Road, Peppard Common, RG9 5JA. Park off Gallowstree Road, either in Shiplake Bottom or Chiltern Road. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU776729 Bader Way Car Park, Woodley, adjacent to Air Museum. RG5 4PA for car share. Leader Sue H, 07855 069324.

Thursday 14th March 10:30, 6½ miles: Over three hills and a dry valley then through new gates to Barkham. Start: SU783664 Barkham Village Hall CP off Church Lane RG40 4PL (Permission granted) please park tightly in RH corner.Barkham Street (Barkham Ride extension) is CLOSED from the Bull to Church Lane, so you can only approach from Finchampstead Road. From Wokingham under railway bridge at Tesco's, 2nd exit at Inchcape Garage (formerly Gowrings Garage) then later right into Barkham Ride Leader David M, 07932 246232.

Friday 15th March: Barn Dance 7.30pm at Finchampstead Memorial Hall, The Village, Finchampstead, RG40 4JU. Flyer available on Newsletter page.

Sunday 17th March 10:30, 5.3 miles: Hurley, Ashley Hill and the Thames. A walk from Hurley through High Wood and Burchett's Green fields up to Ashley Hill and back to the river near Frogmill and returning along the towpath. Start: SU825840 Public car park in Hurley opposite the church. Leader Marianne & Ian M, 07748 786905 or 0118 979 1842.

Sunday 17th March 10:00, 13 miles: Chilterns and Thames. Join us on a walk in the Chilterns climbing from Hambleden to Rotten Row, descending through the woods to Medmenham, then on through Harleyford to Bisham, returning via Hurley, along the Thames path. Start: SU785865 Free village CP behind the Stag and Huntsman, Hambleden, RG9 6RP. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 0118 926 7208 or 07557 432878.

Tuesday 19th March 10:00, 14 miles: March Meander from Crowthorne along Three Castles, Bramshill, Eversley and Finchampstead. Start: SU812635 Simon's Wood CP, Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne. RG45 6AE. Bring packed lunch. Leader John G, 07754 869152.

Thursday 21st March 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 to Wallingford road). Leader Ian H, 0118 947 1524 or 07815 415427.

Thursday 21st March 10:30, 6½ miles: A strenuous walk in the Chilterns. Northend Village, Ibstone Common and parts of the Chiltern Way. Two very serious hills. Red Kites and great scenery. Start: SU734925 Northend Village on the green opposite the village hall. Leader David B, 0118 934 1084 or 07738 016588.

Sunday 24th March 10:30, 5½ miles: A stroll around Hurst on footpaths and permissive paths. Start: SU800740 Car park of the Green Man pub RG10 0BP. Leader Ellen H, 07715 553979 or 0118 934 1084.

Tuesday 26th March 10:15, 11½ miles: Circular walk SE of Amersham. Start: SU907938 Penn & Tylers Green Cricket CP HP10 8LF. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader John T, 0118 979 8070 or 07982 721114.

Thursday 28th March 10:30, 6 miles: Fleet Pond to the Basingstoke canal. Walk around the Fleet pond nature reserve and then down towards the forest of Eversley. Follow the Basingstoke canal for a short while and then return through the nature reserve. Start: SU823552 Fleet Pond Nature Reserve car park off the A3013. Turn right after crossing the railway line and travel along the track until you arrive at the main Fleet Pond Nature reserve car park (not at the Southwood Lane car park on the left after you cross the railway). Post code GU51 2RR. Leader Nick J, 07785 257992 or 0118 932 8758.


Sunday 31st March 10:15, 7 miles: The Chilterns in Spring. A slightly longer short walk over a pleasant undulating route - not too steep. Start: SU726957 OX49 5HX. Cowleaze Wood Car Park, near Stokenchurch, M40 J5. Meet: 09:30 at SU807698 Cantley Park (Wokingham Theatre) car park for car share. Leader Pat & Daphne P, 07785 331375.

Sunday 31st March 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, 0118 978 5447 or 07816 037164.

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Tuesday 2nd April 10:30, 13 miles: Get to know the Forest! Walk through Swinley Forest, Wishmoor Bottom, Lightwater Country Park, Surrey Hills and the Lookout. Morning is quite hilly but flat in the afternoon. There are roads to be crossed but few, if any, stiles. Start: SU852663 Great Hollands Recreation Ground car park on South Road. RG40 3EE. Bring packed lunch. Leader George S, 07703 662747 (Text only please as I am rather deaf).

Thursday 4th April 10:30, 4½ miles: Swallowfield - Rivers, Romans and Royals! A pleasant stroll through its country lanes with a little bit of history thrown in. Start: SU731647 All Saints Church, Swallowfield RG7 1TJ. Leader Sally B, 01344 774468 or On Day 07876 141817.

Thursday 4th April 10:30, 5.2 miles: Circular walk via Medmenham Hill Fort, down to the Thames and back under Danesfield House with a last view of the Thames before returning to start. Start: SU823861 Triangle between Hollowhill and Pullingshill Woods. SL7 2DS (approx). Leader Dougal M, 0118 924 1979 or 07719 450283.

5th-8th April: Dovedale weekend.

Tuesday 9th April 10:00, 11½ miles: Try this flat farmland walk via Westley Mill, Long Lane Farm, Holyport and Maidens Green. Start: SU873726 Frost Folly CP, Moss End RG42 6EN. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740.

Thursday 11th April 10:30, 6 miles: Roman Bracknell - Caesar's Camp and The Devil's Highway. Start: SU852663 Car Park by Great Hollands Recreation Ground (opposite Easthampstead Crematorium). Leader Derek S, 0118 978 5447 or 07816 037164.

Sunday 14th April 10:00, 6 miles: See Canary Wharf from Bagshot Heath and urban Wellingtonias. Start: SU917619 Lightwater Country Park at the end of The Avenue off Guildford Road GU18 5YL. Leader David M, 07932 246232.

Sunday 14th April 10:00, 10 miles: Simon's Wood, Horseshoe Lakes and Finchampstead Church. Start: SU813635 Simon's Wood N.T. Car park Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne. Bring packed lunch. Leader Stephen S, 07776 148720.

Tuesday 16th April 10:15, 13 miles: A walk through the rolling countryside to the east and south of Odiham along the Three Castles path, through the villages of Crookham and Crondall, west to Horsedown Common and return via Odiham itself with an opportunity for liquid refreshment. Start: SU747517 CP NW of Odiham on Basingstoke Canal. RG29 1DH. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:30 at SU716670 Clares Green Road by Spencers Wood Pavilion RG7 1DY for car share. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 07884 113491.

Thursday 18th April 10:30, 6 miles: Binfield Heath and Shiplake College. Farmland overlooking the Thames Valley including 2 miles on the Thames Path National Trail on the Oxon side. Start: SU753759 RG4 6TS in front of the French Horn. Leader Ian M, 07429 337369.

Sunday 21st April 10:00, 6½ miles: From Maidensgrove through Stonor Park, Southend then Turville Heath and onto Pishill arriving back at Maidensgrove via a nice steep hill. Start: SU720887 Russell's Water Common, the Maidensgrove end RG9 6HA. Leader Peter D, 0118 377 4820.

Tuesday 23rd April 10:00, 12 miles: Nuffield, North Stoke, Hailey. Not as long or hard as my usual walks. Start: SU667874 Nuffield church car park RG9 5SW. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike E, 0118 944 1400 or 07833 646908.

Thursday 25th April 10:30, 5½ miles: A walk around Mattingley, Hound Green, Hazeley Heath and Dipley in the quiet and unspoilt (and relative flat) north Hampshire countryside. The walk crosses the River Whitewater twice, and includes fine views of Bramshill House, ending at a 15th-century church. Half a dozen stiles. Start: SU736581 Car park outside Mattingley Church, RG27 8LA. Leader Steve V, 07740 406869 or 0118 987 3901.

Sunday 28th April 10:00, 5.7 miles: A walk around Witheridge Hill; a pub trail with a mix of woodland and open fields and views towards Nettlebed. A small pub car park (for patrons) and some off road parking so car pool if you can. Start: SU696841 Car park and off road adjacent to the Rising Sun pub. Leader Adrian & Sheila G, 07968 554423 or 07342 642690.

Sunday 28th April 10:00, 10 miles: West Wycombe, attractive walk in the Chiltern Hills. Start: SU826947 West Wycombe CP on Chorley Road. HP14 3AP. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:10 at SU809687 Wokingham BC CP, Shute End, Wokingham. RG40 1BN for car share. Leader John & Bobbi G, 07754 869152.

Tuesday 30th April 10:00, 12½ miles: Circular walk taking in the McAlpine estate where hopefully we will see the wallabies and back through Culham Court. Start: SU786845 Park at the riverside car park beyond the Flower Pot pub. Post code RG9 3DH. Bring packed lunch. Leader Linda A, 07776 126663 or 01491 411011.

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.

Nick Johnson

0118 932 8758 nickjohnson@hotmail.co.uk

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