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Walks and Events Programme . . . . EXTRA WALK NOVEMBER 5TH - LONG NON-STRENUOUS . . . .

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October - December 2017

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Sunday 1st October 10:30, 5½ miles: Enjoy distant views on this 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 easy ascents, no stiles. Start: SU555796 The Bell Inn (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 (RG8 9SE). Leader Adrian & Sheila G, 07968 554423.

Sunday 1st October 10:00, 14 miles: Join us for a strenuous walk in the Surrey Hills with 2400ft of ascent, through Headley, Buckland Hills, Colley Hill, Betchworth Hills, Juniper Top, and Mickleham Downs. Start: TQ193546 Nower Wood car park, Mill Way, Leatherhead, Surrey (KT22 8QA). Please call leader if going directly to start. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Car share at Cantley Park, Wokingham RG40 5QQ. Leader Paul L, 07768 585657 or 0118 979 0190.

Tuesday 3rd October 10:00, 14½ miles: A mostly flat route around Swinley Forest taking in Caesar's Camp and Englemere Pond to the north, and Bagshot and Surrey Hill to the south. Start: SU869668 Bracknell South Hill Park Arts Centre at far end of main CP, RG12 7AL. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:15 at SU777730 Woodley Airfield Museum CP. Entrance on Mohawk Way nearly opposite Beaver Way (RG5 4UE). Leader Martin L, 07860 254249.

Thursday 5th October 10:30, 6¼ miles: From Spade Oak, follow Thames Path across a railway bridge, miss The Bounty, up a chilly Hill and round the bend to Marlow. Start: SU883875 Spade Oak free CP, SL8 5PT. Leader David M, 07932 246232.

Sunday 8th October 10:00, 5 miles: Playing fields of Eton: from the St Edwards School walk along roads to cross the River Thames, Then a circular walk around Eton Wick and the Playing Fields of Eton. Kind of. Start: SU952767 St Edwards School, Parsonage Lane, Windsor SL4 5EN. Parking has been arranged with the school. Leader Stewart M, 07901 514832.

Sunday 8th October 10:00, 12 miles: From Woolhampton, a circuit of Greenham Common. Start: SU572664 Free Public CP next to the Rowbarge pub at Woolhampton, RG7 5SH. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:30 at SU763732 Woodley library Free CP RG5 4JA. Leader Nick P, 0118 969 7153 or 07837 962126 (on day of walk only).

Thursday 12th October 10:30, 6 miles: Follow this trail from Hambleden and Medmenham through farmland, woods then across Thames' meadows. Start: SU785865 Free CP behind Stag & Huntsman, Hambleden RG9 6RP. Leader Jo F, 07979 595043 or 0118 934 4704.

Sunday 15th October 10:30, 5½ miles: Try this walk with extensive views descending the Ridgeway from Nuffield, returning up the Chiltern escarpment through autumn woodland. Start: SU667874 Nuffield Church CP (voluntary donation) or parking on verge in front of Huntercombe Golf Club RG9 5SN. Leader Phillip R, 0118 969 8771 or 07791 540994 (on day of walk only).

Tuesday 17th October 10:00, 15 miles: Join us on steep ascending walk in the Chilterns, climbing from Hambleden to Holywick, descending to Medmenham, then on to Marlow through Harleyford, returning to Hambleden via the Thames path. Start: SU785865 Free village CP behind the Stag and Huntsman, RG9 6RP. Bring a packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 0118 926 7208 or 07557 432878.

Thursday 19th October 10:30, 6 miles: Stroll from Ockwells through Stud Green & Paley Street through flat farmland. Start: SU878790 Ockwells Park, Ockwells Road, Cox Green SL6 3YX; CP is 20 metres from the junction with Cox Green Road. Leader Graham C, 0118 978 2866 or 07719 993787.

Thursday 19th October 10:30, 4 miles: An easy amble around Lower Shiplake, then beside the lock. Start: SU764787 Playing field CP, Memorial Hall, Memorial Avenue, Shiplake (RG9 4DW). Leader Barbara C, 0118 940 3158.

Sunday 22nd October 10:00, 7 miles: An autumn stroll from Henley through Gillsmithers Wood then over Drawback Hill. Start: SU772817 Free car park at Mill Lane near Marsh Lock, Henley. (Mill Lane is a turning off the A4155 on the Reading side of Henley and the car park is next to the football field just after crossing the bridge over the railway line.) Post code: RG9 4HB. Leader David T, 07899 938397 or 0118 977 4184.

Sunday 22nd October 10:00, 9½ miles: A late autumn ramble from Christmas Common along The Ridgeway then through Pishill. Start: SU709935 CP at Christmas Common on the road to Watlington OX49 5HS. Please call leader if going directly to start. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Car share at Cantley Park, Wokingham RG40 5QQ. Leader Derek & Jenny S, 0118 978 5447 or 07816 037164.

Tuesday 24th October 10:00, 12 miles: Mostly flat walk around waterways and through country parks and nature reserves, near Ruislip (Bishops Wood Country Park for afternoon tea at Ruislip Lido). Alternative meeting at 12 Remenham Hill, RG9 3EE at 9.15am. Please phone/text leader if going directly to start. Bring a packed lunch. Start: TQ071891 FREE, Baywood CP off Breakspear Road North, Ruislip UB9 6LZ. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Car share at Cantley Park, Wokingham RG40 5QQ. Leader Linda A, 07776 126663.

Thursday 26th October 10:30, 5½ miles: Gather chestnuts on this delightful autumn walk mainly among pine trees; Crowthorne, Broadmoor, returning via Wildmoor Heath. Start: SU841637 Morgan Centre CP, Lower Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7LA. Leader Jane T, 07899 734799.

CLOCKS WENT BACK ONE HOUR OVERNIGHT. Sunday 29th October 10:00, 6 miles: Ruscombe and West End – a flat walk through fields and lanes around the perimeter of what was Ruscombe lake – drained in 1820. The walk incorporates part of the Wokingham Way. Start: SU787759 Polehampton CP in Twyford centre. Sunday car park charge £1 RG10 9RP. Leader Cathy O, 07940 801261.

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Thursday 2nd November 10:30, 4 miles: Historic Reading Three Rivers Walk. Easy stroll, mainly towpaths. Take in the history of central Reading (without the shopping!) Beginning with Holy Brook, Kennet Wharfs, Abbey, Prison, Blakes Lock, Brunel's Horseshoe Bridge, The Thames, Lock & Weir, Nature Reserve, the latest Thames crossing & Forbury Gardens. Start: SU717735 Amphitheatre BEHIND Reading Library RG1 3BQ. Buses 4 & 4X stop right outside - pick up in Wokingham Broad St/St Pauls Parish Church, free with bus pass! Nearest CP: Railway Station. Leader Sally B, 01344 774468.

Sunday 5th November 10:00, 12 miles: Burnham Beeches Car sharing from Cantley Field at 9:00. Walk starts at CP Wash Hill/Wooburn Town junction, Wooburn SU911878 (HP10 0JA). Leader John T 01189 798070 or 07982 721114Joint walk with Wycombe Ramblers.

Sunday 5th November 10:30, 6 miles: Follow the Thames Path through Little Marlow and Bloom Wood with one longish ascent, but not too steep. Rewarded by views across the Thames towards Marlow. Start: SU883875 Free car park in Spade Oak, at the end of Coldmoorholme Lane, beyond the Spade Oak pub, on the right. SL8 4PS. Leader David B, 0118 934 1084 or 07738 016588.

Sunday 5th November 10:00, 15 miles: A high downs walk with views to the Devil's Punchbowl and a visit to the hill fort of Segbury Castle. Middlehill Down over Woolley Down, Washmore Hill Downs & via Ridgeway. 1,000ft of ascent. Start: SU418841 CP at Middlehill Down. OX12 8PA. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:15 at SU733678 Car Park at School Green, Shinfield near the Parish Hall. RG2 9EH. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 07884 113491.

Tuesday 7th November 10:15, 10½ miles: Rolling chalk farmland walk around Hackwood Estate and Ellisfield, near Basingstoke. Start: SU652485 Large layby on A339 South of Basingstoke RG25 2NF. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:15 at SU751709 Laurel Park, Marefield, Lower Earley RG6 3DZ for car share. Leader Sue H & Sue A, 07855 069324.

Thursday 9th November 10:30, 5½ miles: A mainly flat walk with no stiles in this part of wildest Berkshire with possible sightings of alpacas, guinea fowl, etc. Start: SU702815 Rotherfield Peppard cricket club, Stoke Row Road. Alternatively, careful parking at the cross-roads almost opposite Peppard Stores. Or The Unicorn PH, 100 yards further on, on the right, if taking lunch there. Leader Ian H, 0118 947 1524.

Sunday 12th November 10:30, 5 miles, 0 ft of ascent: Stroll along quiet lanes, fields and woods in Farley Hill, then beside three rivers, with open views in Chill Hill. Start: SU752647 Careful roadside parking in Church Lane (Farley Hill) RG7 1UL. Leader Ricardo S, 0118 976 1737 or 07816 095144.

Wednesday 15th November: LVR AGM. 7.30pm at Barkham Village Hall, Church Lane (off Barkham Street), Barkham RG40 4PL.

Thursday 16th November 10:30, 7 miles: A walk of two parks, through Caversham Park & Crowsley Park via Binfield Heath. Start: SU725767 Caversham Park Recreation Ground RG4 6AA. Leader Alan B, 0118 961 6595 or 07815 744756 (on day of walk only).

Thursday 16th November 10:30, 4½ miles: A gentle stroll along the River Thames near Little Marlow. Start: SU858861 Riverside (free) car park off Gossmore Lane, Marlow. Turn right before dead end sign. SL7 1SZ. Leader Barbara D, 0118 934 5506 or 07895 635001 (on day of walk only).

Sunday 19th November 10:00, 6 miles: A pleasant walk around Farley Hill and surrounding countryside. Start: SU736646 George & Dragon, Swallowfield Church Rd, Swallowfield, Reading. Meet: 09:30 at SU809687 Wokingham Borough Council Offices Car Park, Shute End, Wokingham for car share. Leader Mark & Sue P, 0118 979 5615 or 07854 476397.

Sunday 19th November 10:00, 11½ miles: A walk visiting the traditional locations along the River Thames; Marlow Common & Hambleden. Start: SU825840 Hurley Village free CP, SL6 5NB. Bring a packed lunch. Please call leader if meeting at the start of the walk. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Jo F, 07979 595043 or 0118 934 4704.

Tuesday 21st November 10:00, 10½ miles: Join us to wander around the four parishes of Hampstead Norreys, Frilsham, Yattendon, Ashampstead. Start: SU526762 Village Hall CP, Newbury Hill, Hampstead Norreys RG18 0TR. Bring a packed lunch. Please call leader if meeting at the start of the walk. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Graham C, 0118 978 2866 or 07719 993787.

Thursday 23rd November 10:30, 5 miles: A pleasant walk to Binfield Heath, Shiplake Village and back to Sonning via the Thames Path. Start: SU750760 Careful parking on the side of the old blocked off road at Sonning Eye RG4 6TT. Leader Gerry C, 07805 356708.

Saturday 25th November: Ramblers Berkshire Area AGM at Holyport War Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green Road, SL6 2NA SU891774. There is adequate car-parking. East Berks Group is hosting the meeting this year - please come along and support the committee and the speaker. 10:30am: A choice of two walks (approx 4-6 miles). 12:30pm: Hot & cold drinks will be available after the walk and packed lunches can be eaten at the hall. Take the opportunity to find out about other Berkshire groups, their walks, events, and work. 2pm: The AGM. 3-4pm: A talk by Robin Harford entitled “Walking With Plants: A Wild Edible Journey Through The Landscape”.

Sunday 26th November 10:00, 5½ miles: A gentle stroll through undulating farmland between Arborfield Cross & Farley Hill. Start: SU752647 Careful roadside in Church Lane, Farley Hill RG7 1UL. Leader Stewart M: 07901 514832 Peter D, 0118 377 4820 .

Tuesday 28th November 10:15, 12½ miles: North Downs walk from Dummer to Popham, down to Brown Candover & return via Wayfarers Way. Rolling countryside with few real hills. Start: SU590466 Dummer Golf Club (Just off Junction 7 of the M3. Park in right hand overflow CP). RG25 2AD. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:30 at SU716670 Car share from car park at Spencers Wood Pavilion edge of playing field. (Clares Green Road) RG7 1AE. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 07884 113491.

Thursday 30th November 10:30, 6 miles: Try this woodland walk via Beech Wood, Maharajah's Well and Checkendon Court. Start: SU659819 The Highwayman, Exlade Street,RG8 0UA. Please use far end of CP if lunching at the pub, otherwise road verges. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740.

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Sunday 3rd December 10:00, 5½ miles: Whitchurch Hill and Boze Down – a fairly energetic walk through Chiltern farmland. Start: SU634765 CP in centre of Pangbourne by the village hall (free on Sundays at time of printing) RG8 7AW. Leader Mary W, 07833 582902 or 0118 977 0746.

Sunday 3rd December 10:00, 13½ miles: Starting near Princes Risborough then Hotley Bottom through Dunsmore, and view Combe Hill monument, Ellesborough 2000ft ascent. Start: SP822036 Whiteleaf CP near Princes Risborough HP27 0LH. Bring a packed lunch. Please call leader if meeting at the start. Meet: 09:00 at SU809687 Car share at Wokingham Borough Council Offices CP, Shute End Wokingham, RG40 1BD. Leader David H, 07738 067096.

Tuesday 5th December 10:00, 10½ miles: A pleasant local winter walk through farmland, Yateley Common, Warren Heath and woods. Start: SU779609 Park on the green at St Mary's Church, Eversley RG27 0PX. Bring a packed lunch. Meet: 09:40 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Jane T, 07899 734799.

Thursday 7th December 10:30, 5½ miles: Follow our leader ambling on an easy walk along the lanes of Warfield. Start: SU873726 Frost's Folly free CP, RG42 6EN. Leader Judith C, 07765 064650.

Sunday 10th December 10:30, 4½ miles: A gently undulating walk without stiles, along Pudding Lane and Farley Hill. Start: SU752647 Careful roadside in Church Lane, Farley Hill RG7 1UL. Leader Ellen H, 0118 934 1084 or 07715 553979.

Thursday 14th December 10:30, 5 miles: Come and enjoy this moderate circular walk to the North of Hambleden, through pasture and woodland. Some fine views and a chance to burn some Calories off before Christmas! Santa says Festive Garb may be worn. Start: SU785865 Free Public CP adjacent to the Stag and Huntsman Public House Hambleden RG9 6RP. Leader Bill B, 07881 816863.

16th December - 7th January: Festival of Winter Walks. See http://www.ramblers.org.uk/winterwalks.

Sunday 17th December 10:30, 5 miles: Try Roman Mince Pies & Mulled Wine along Foudry Brook into Silchester Amphitheatre. Start: SU655646 Village CP opposite Horse & Groom pub, The Street, Mortimer RG7 3RD. Leader Graham S, 0118 977 6586 or 07966 002016.

Sunday 17th December 10:00, 10 miles: Looking for a White Mark, a Swan, Dame Alice, Christmas Trees (!), Russell and a hospitable Church. Start: SU709935 Hill Road CP, Christmas Common. OX49 5HS. Bring a packed lunch. Please call leader if going directly to start. Meet: 09:15 at SU809687 Car share at Wokingham Borough Council Offices CP, Shute End Wokingham, RG40 1BD. Leader John & Bobbi G, 07754 869152.

Tuesday 19th December 09:30, 14 miles: Three Castles, a Horseshoe, Antiques, a Warren, a Lake and options. Start: SU813635 Simons Wood CP, off Wellingtonia Avenue, half mile West of Crowthorne Station. RG45 6AE. Bring a packed lunch. Leader John G, 07754 869152.

Thursday 21st December 10:30, 6½ miles: A pleasant walk skirting Henley & passing through Gillsmithers Wood and Harpsden. Start: SU772817 Mill Lane Free CP Henley, RG9 4HB. Leader John A, 0118 977 4183 or 07780 966598 (on day of walk only).

Sunday 24th December 10:00, 5½ miles: Join us on a Christmas Eve Walk around Windsor Great Park, then you can enjoy that Xmas Pud. Start: SU947726 Cranbourne Tower CP, SL4 2BT. Leader George & Jake, 07703 662747 (Text only please as I am rather deaf).

Sunday 31st December 10:00, 4½ miles: A New Year's Eve Walk from Holyport thro tranquil countryside ranging from meadows to trim polo grounds. Start: SU892778 Careful parking near War Memorial on Holyport Green SL6 2JL. Leader Graham St, 07913 403345 (on day of walk).

Sunday 31st December 10:00, 12 miles: Follow us on a moderately hilly walk through Green Hailey, Redland End, Dunsmore, Coombe. Start: SP822036 Whiteleaf CP near Princes Risborough HP27 0LH. Bring a packed lunch. Please call leader if meeting at the start. Meet: 09:00 at SU809687 Car share at Wokingham Borough Council Offices CP, Shute End Wokingham, RG40 1BD. Leader Graham C, 0118 978 2866 or 07719 993787.


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.

David Moffett

0118 978 0994 davidrmoffett@yahoo.co.uk

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