Walks and Events Programme

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February - April 2020

Please read Notes for Walkers before joining us for a walk

Some walk start locations are tricky to find as rural postcodes can cover a large area, and especially for walkers who are not confident using OS grid references. A new system called What3Words gives a 3 word address which refers to an exact 3m x 3m location. What3Word addresses have been added for some of the walks listed below - particularly those which we know have caused confusion in the past! If looking at the webpage on a mobile device Google maps can be launched directly from the link below

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

Very occasionally we need to cancel or amend a walk at short notice. We can let you know of these changes if you are added to our email distribution list. We may on occasions let you have other important information that could be helpful to you. We promise to keep your details confidential, and not to share them with anyone else. Add me to LVR distribution list.

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

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Ramblers Walks Feed for Loddon Valley

Sunday 2nd February 10:00, 4.5 miles: Stratfield Mortimer, Foudry Brook and the Berks/Hants border. Start: SU672641 Mortimer station car park, Stratfield Mortimer RG7 3NY n.b. car park charges £2.30 (cash/phone, (Oct 2019)) or possible street parking in The Street nearby. Trains hourly from Reading. Leader Daphne & Pat P, 0778 533 1375. Just a heads up regarding next Sunday's short walk (4.5 miles), that starts from Mortimer station (Stratfield Mortimer at 1000. The station car park is now cashless payment by phone only (£2.30), see parking notice here: http://bit.ly/2U1bYx8 There are now no cash options. Alternatively, there is some free street parking in The Street, two minutes walk from the station, both East and West of its junction with Station Road. Thanks!

Sunday 2nd February 10:00, 13 miles: Holt End, Bentworth, Bradley, the Wields and Medstead. Start: SU672360 Chawton Park Wood CP, Boyneswood Road, Medstead GU34 5ED. 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, 0771 999 3787.

Tuesday 4th February 10:00, 14 miles: Circular walk from Wittenham Clumps via Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Aston Upthorpe, taking in good views of the Oxfordshire countryside from the top of the clumps and Blewburton Hill. Start: SU567923 Wittenham Clumps car park (off the road to Little Wittenham), Oxfordshire. OX14 4QZ. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 0755 743 2878 or 0118 926 7208.

Thursday 6th February 10:00, 4 miles: Into Dinton Pastures along the Loddon, Emm Brooks, fields towards Hurst Church back via Lavell's Lake. Start: SU776730 Woodley Airfield Museum car park RG5 4UD. Leader Nick P, 0118 969 7153 or 0783 796 2126.

Thursday 6th February 10:00, 6 miles: Wokingham way from Shiplake to Mill End, Hambleden. Start: SU785856 Mill End car park (RG9 6TL) PLEASE NOTE START TIME to catch 10.11am Arriva 800 Bus to Shiplake then walk beside Thames past Henley and back to Mill End. REMEMBER BUS PASS. Leader David M, 0793 224 6232.

WALK CANCELLED DUE TO STORM CIARA Sunday 9th February 10:00, 7 miles: Stretch your legs from Cookley Green to Ewelme with open views along the Chiltern Way and the undulating Swyncombe Downs. Start: SU692902 After careful verge parking along Church Lane Cookley Green RG9 6EE. Leader Peter D, 0118 377 4820.

WALK CANCELLED DUE TO STORM CIARA Sunday 9th February 10:00, 11 miles: Ramble through fields and woodlands of the Chiltern villages when snowdrops should be abounding. Starting near Nettlebed via Ewelme Park, Swyncombe, Cookley Green, Russells Water and Pishill. Start: SU702868 Park on the grass verge on the minor road north of A4130, approaching Nettlebed RG9 5AX. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU809687 Wokingham BC CP, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN for car share. Leader Susan R, 0118 978 8988 or 0796 670 2349.

Tuesday 11th February 10:00, 11.5 miles: The best of Bledlow Ridge. Start: SP801002 From High Wycombe take Aylesbury Road to Saunderton. Go past Hearing Dogs and then fork left into Lee Road, signposted Princes Risborough Golf Club. Follow road round to the right, through bends, past houses and park on wide verge on the left. Signed footpaths go off from both sides of the road. HP27 9NU. Bring packed lunch. No need to call if going straight to start. Meet: 09:15 at SU786827 12 Remenham Hill, Henley RG9 3EE for car share. Leader Linda A, 0149 141 1011 or 0777 612 6663.

Thursday 13th February 10:30, 5 miles: Pleasant and varied walk from Eversley Church via Up Green and Castle Bottom. Start: SU780609 Careful parking around the green at Eversley Church RG27 0PX. Leader John A, 0118 977 4183 or 07780 966598 on day of walk only.

Sunday 16th February 10:00, 5 miles: Whitchurch Hill & Boze Down. Fine views over the Thames Valley. Start: SU634765 CP in Station Road, Pangbourne next to village hall, RG8 7AN. Leader Graham S & Karen D, 0796 600 2016 or 0798 075 9082.

Sunday 16th February: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.

Tuesday 18th February 10:15, 11 miles: Chawton, West Worldham and the Farringdons. Start: SU708375 Car park opposite Jane Austen's house in Chawton. 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 Graham C, 0771 999 3787.

Thursday 20th February 10:30, 5 miles: Brunel Bridge and Bray village: a circular walk from Maidenhead passing Dorney Reach and Bray Village. Start: SU901811 Small car park in Guards Club Park accessed via Oldfield Road and Oldacres SL6 1XH (please car share where possible). Leader Carmel H, 0796 179 0398 or 0796 179 0398.Roadworks at the Southbound exit from the A4 in Maidenhead onto the B3028 (Oldfield Road) require revised access details for those using the A4 for the above walk. To access Oldfield Road turn right from the A4 at the Maidenhead Police Station Roundabout (just past Sainsbury's on the right) and journey along Forlease Road until Safferton Link. At the first roundabout, exit 1st. left onto Oldfield Road. Oldacres is first right after the rail bridge.

Sunday 23rd February 10:30, 5.1 miles: A leisurely walk along the south side of the Thames, with a short climb to enjoy the views over the Thames valley by Henley. Start: SU784855 Car park on the left about 400 yards up after you turn off the A4155 Henley to Marlow road, heading towards Hambleden. Leader Bill D, 0788 762 7885.

Sunday 23rd February 10:00, 11 miles: Along Wey Navigation Canal. Start: SU957477 Compton Surrey GU3 1DJ. Exact location to be verified nearer walk date. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU809687 Shute End East Car Park RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader John T, 0118 979 8070 or, on day of walk only, 07982 721114.

Tuesday 25th February 10:00, 13.7 miles: Puttenham Commons and ponds, North Downs Way, Loseley Park, Compton and Shackleford. Join us for an undulating walk over attractive commons and parkland, and along the North Downs Way below the Hogs Back. Lowland heath with woodland, rolling hills and good views. 1300 ft of ascent. Start: SU920460 Puttenham Common top car park, Suffield Lane, Puttenham, Guildford, (free, GU3 1BE, postcode is 200m to south). Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Cantley Park CP, Twyford Road, Wokingham for car share, (RG40 5QQ). Leader Paul L, 0776 858 5657 or 0118 979 0190.

Thursday 27th February 10:30, 6 miles: A circular walk covering The Ridges, Ambarrow & River Blackwater. Start: SU813635 Simon's Wood National Trust car park, Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne RG45 6AE. Leader Mike & Zena S, 0797 906 0925 or 0134 476 1815.

Sunday 1st March 10:00, 5 miles: A walk in Windsor Great Park visiting the Copper Horse. Start: SU953734 The parking area off Sheet Street (A332) in Windsor Great Park just after the lights for the pedestrian/horse crossing. (SL4 2JA). Leader David T, 0789 993 8397 or 0118 977 4184.

Sunday 1st March 10:10, 12 miles: Join us for a figure of 8 walk, first north of Henley along the Thames path to Aston then through the deer park to Remenham Hill. Lunch by the river at Henley and then south along the Thames path to the edge of Shiplake, returning to Henley via Harpsden. Walkers may join the first loop of the walk only (which is 8 miles) if they prefer a shorter walk. Start: SU771817 Mill Lane car park, off Reading Road, Henley. RG9 4HB. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 0755 743 2878 or 0118 926 7208.

Tuesday 3rd March 10:00, 11.5 miles: Walk through rolling North Hampshire and explore the upper reaches of the River Loddon with the opportunity to observe some struggling golfers at Tylney Park and Sherfield Oaks GCs. Start: SU709558 Lane to Tylney Park Golf Club; park near cricket ground. RG27 9AY. Bring packed lunch. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 0788 411 3491.

Thursday 5th March 10:30, 6.5 miles: Woodcote circumnavigation - mostly woods, some hills. Views of Didcot without the cooling towers. Start: SU659819 The Highwayman, Exlade Street, Checkendon RG8 0UA. Please park on verges or roadside if not lunching at the pub. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740 or 0751 288 0414.

Sunday 8th March 10:00, 6 miles: Farley Hill and Blackwater River. A nice varied 6-mile walk around Farley Hill, through some lovely countryside, including woods, farmland and along the Blackwater riverside. Total ascent 300 ft. Some stiles. Start: SU751647 Farley Hill Cricket Club, Church Lane, Farley Hill, RG7 1UL. Leader Sue P, 0118 979 5615 or 0785 447 6397.

Sunday 8th March 10:00, 11.9 miles: Enjoy the views of the Chiltern hills and a relaxing break at the Turville Heath cafi before heading back. Starting in Hambleden we work our way over to Stonor before climbing back up to Turville Heath and a cafi stop. We head back over by Southend and down past the Luxters Winery and farm before dropping down into the Hambleden valley and home. Approx 1000 feet of ascent, with one short sharp climb. Start: SU785865 Car park to the side of Stag & Huntsman pub in Hambleden. Bring packed lunch. Leader Bill D, 0788 762 7885. RG9 6RP. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992W3W:stag.blossom.novel

Tuesday 10th March 10:15, 12 miles: Ramble Round Bracknell Forest. A circuit of Swinley Forest and Wishmoor Bottom. Start: SU852663 Meet at the 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 deaf).

Thursday 12th March 10:30, 5.3 miles: East Berkshire Hills. Bowsey Hill and Ashley Hill, with views over east Berkshire. One longish gentle climb and one short steep one, but no stiles. Start: SU822794 Lay by on A4 at Knowl Hill, RG10 9UR. Leader Steve V, 0774 040 6869 or 0118 987 3901.

Sunday 15th March 10:30, 5.5 miles: Bix and Greys Court. A walk through Chiltern woodlands to enjoy the early signs of Spring. Undulating but with no steep hills. Car parking with permission in the Bix village hall CP but space may be limited, so sharing would be helpful. Start: SU727852 Bix Village Hall RG9 6BU. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 0791 700 2202.

Sunday 15th March: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.

Tuesday 17th March 10:00, 12 miles: An early spring walk round Swinley Forest taking in Caesar's Camp and Saddleback Hill. Start: SU853662 Car park to Great Hollands Recreation Ground on South Road, off B3430 (signed for Downshire Golf Complex and Crematorium). RG40 3EE. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jenny N and Heather C, 0789 977 2055 or 0771 776 5880.

Thursday 19th March 10:30, 4 miles: Pleasant walk from Checkendon church past Checkendon Court, through woods and meadows, with sightings of unusual sculptures near equestrian centre. Mainly flat walk with no stiles. Start: SU665830 Checkendon cricket club car park opposite village hall in Main Street. RG8 OSR. Leader Ian H, 0781 541 5427 or 0118 947 1524.

Thursday 19th March 10:30, 5.5 miles: A pleasant walk from Lightwater Country Park via Heatherside Corner and High Curley through woods and across heathland, with long views, and a few short steep slopes. Start: SU917619 Car park to the side of the Leisure Centre in Lightwater Country Park. GU18 5RG. Leader John R, 0118 979 8703 or 0796 959 2394.

Friday 20th March: Barn Dance 7.30pm at Finchampstead Memorial Hall, The Village, Finchampstead, RG40 4JU. See the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

Sunday 22nd March 10:30, 5 miles: Lily Hill Park & Swinley Forest. Start: SU893693 Longhill Road car park, Bracknell (turn left off A329 just before Mercedes Garage). Leader Derek & Jenny S, 0118 978 5447 or 0781 603 7164.

Sunday 22nd March: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.

Tuesday 24th March 10:15, 12 miles: Thames path and Chilterns walk. From Sonning via Horseshoe bridge, Balmore Walk, Chalkhouse Green and Dunsden. Start: SU750760 Pearson Road cul-de-sac at Sonning Eye RG4 6UL. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park CP, Twyford Rd, Wokingham RG410 5QQ for car share. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740 or 0751 288 0414.

Thursday 26th March 10:30, 4 miles: Windsor Great Park . An easy and enjoyable walk at a slower pace, partly on park roads, to visit the model village and The Copper Horse. Start: SU953734 Rangers Gate CP SL4 2JA. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 0791 700 2202.

Thursday 26th March 10:30, 6 miles: The Woods and Farms around the Hambleden Valley. Start: SU785865 Car park behind the Stag & Huntsman RG9 6RP. Leader Gerry C, 0780 535 6708 RG9 6RP. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992W3W:stag.blossom.novel.


Sunday 29th March 10:30, 5.5 miles: The Castle & Royal Manor of Odiham. Start: SU747517 Odiham Wharf CP, London Road Odiham (///grazed.trickles.chatting) RG29 1DH. Leader David M, 0793 224 6232.

Sunday 29th March 10:00, 13 miles: View a couple of country houses, at a distance, a couple of churches, a deer park and lots of waterways. A little undulation but only 1 hill. You can get to this walk by public transport, 2 bus stops next to car park and we pass Theale station half a mile after the start. Start: SU646715 Car park (free on Sunday) at east end of Theale High Street RG7 6AH. Bring packed lunch. Leader Christine H, 0777 586 0169.

Tuesday 31st March 10:00, 14.5 miles: The walk takes in the Inkpen common, the lovely Hamstead Park, East Woodhay and Wayfarer's Way. Relatively flat walk, with the exception of the climb back to the CP. Total ascent 1100ft. Start: SU380616 Walbury Hill - Eastern car park on minor road about 2 miles south from Inkpen. Approx postcode RG17 9EH (Note: not the CP west of Walbury Hill). Bring packed lunch. Leader John D, 0771 323 3089.

Thursday 2nd April 10:30, 5 miles: Circular walk down through Culham deer park. Beginning on Thames Path, up through Remenham Woods to Remenham Hill, then deer park; lovely view down to the Thames and back from Aston. Start: SU771842 Remenham Church RG9 3DB (approx). Leader Dougal M, 0118 924 1979 or 0771 945 0283.

Sunday 5th April 10:00, 7.3 miles: Hambleden, Marlow Common and Medmenham. Start: SU785865 Hambleden: CP behind Stag & Huntsman PH. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043RG9 6RP. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992W3W:stag.blossom.novel.

Sunday 5th April 10:00, 10.5 miles: Gentle ramble in the south Chilterns with good views over South Oxfordshire. Start: SU702868 Nettlebed: The Green - road near the bus shelter. Bring packed lunch. Leader John L, 0118 987 2496.

Tuesday 7th April 10:00, 13 miles: Spring woods and fields north from Peppard Common. A rolling-romp through the spring-awakened countryside. We skirt Stoke Row before passing English Farm returning to the cars via Rotherfield Greys. Start: SU709818 Careful roadside parking in lane opposite Red Lion pub, Rotherfield Peppard RG9 5LB (51.531193, -0.978821). Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Twyford Rd, Wokingham, RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115 or 0778 046 4115.

Thursday 9th April 10:30, 4.5 miles: Join our historical walk around Ufton Nervet - Romans, Domesday, Medieval Manors, Fishponds & a 15th-century tree. Start: SU633676 Car park adjacent to Sulhampstead & Ufton Nervet Primary School, Church Lane, Ufton Nervet RG7 4HH. Leader Sally B, 01344 774468 or 07876 141817.

Thursday 9th April 10:30, 6.5 miles: Frogmill, Bowsey Hill and the Thames. Farmland, part of the Thames path and woodland on Bowsey Hill. Start: SU800809 Parking at the roadside near the Horns or the pub car park if lunching. RG10 8LY. Leader David B, 0773 801 6588 or 0118 934 1084.

Sunday 12th April 10:00, 5.5 miles: Frimley Green and Deepcut heath. 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, Mychett GU16 6HY. Leader Graham St, 0791 340 3345.

Sunday 12th April: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.

Tuesday 14th April 10:00, 15 miles: A walk around Henley and surrounding areas. Start: SU770817 Mill Lane CP RG9 4HB. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike E, 0783 364 6908 or 0118 944 1400.

Thursday 16th April 10:15, 5 miles: A fun walk around Lightwater Country Park, the old vehicle testing areas and High Curley Hill. Hopefully we can see as far as London and see some interesting wildlife. There are no stiles but a few short, steep inclines in the testing area. Start: SU918620 The car park at the end of the access road, on the left. Keep straight on down the road and watch for speed bumps on leaving. GU18 5RG. Leader George S, 07703 662747 (Text only please as I am deaf).

Saturday 18th April 11:30: Leader and navigation event. See the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

Sunday 19th April 10:30, 5 miles: Pangbourne College and the River Pang. Start: SU634765 Pay car park next to Elephant Hotel Pangbourne RG8 7AN. Leader Marianne and Ian M, 0742 933 7369.

Sunday 19th April 10:00, 10 miles: Ecchinswell & Watership Down. Beautiful views from White Hill, then through Kingsclere and Ecchinswell; back up the escarpment and along Wayfarer's Walk over Nuthanger and Watership Downs. Start: SU516565 White Hill car park (51.30542, -1.26114) on B3051 approx 1 mile south of Kingsclere. Postcode useless. Bring packed lunch. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115.

Tuesday 21st April 10:15, 13.1 miles: A local route which combines several popular walks. Starting at Simons Wood we will explore the countryside around Finchampstead and Eversley and return through Yateley and the Blackwater valley, past Horseshoe Lakes. A varied walk through farmland and forest with few hills. including a lovely stretch along the Three Castles trail. Start: SU813635 Simons Wood National trust car park, Wellingtonia Avenue, Finchampstead, RG45 6AE. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992.

Thursday 23rd April 10:30, 5.5 miles: Chiltern countryside around Sonning Common. An easy walk across the fields and woods in the Oxfordshire countryside. Start: SU709818 Parking on the edge of Pepperdine Common near the Red Lion Pub. Leader Gerry C, 0780 535 6708.

24th-27th April: Yorkshire Dales weekend.

Sunday 26th April 10:00, 5.3 miles: Witheridge Hill ramble. Mostly flat, some slight inclines, possibly muddy. Car park is small for pub goers (nice, often with crackling log fires) so carpool if you can. Start: SU697841 Rising Sun car park RG9 5PF. Leader Adrian & Sheila G, 0796 855 4423 or 0734 264 2690.

Sunday 26th April: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.

Tuesday 28th April 10:15, 12.5 miles: Walk from Goring via the Chiltern Way to Woodcote down to the Hardwick Estate, with bluebells (hopefully) all the way. Start: SU601800 Far end of Manor Road, Goring. RG8 9EP. Bring packed lunch. Leader Sue H and Sue A, 0785 506 9324.

Thursday 30th April 10:30, 5 miles: Walk on the wild side of Sandhurst. This route takes you alongside the river Blackwater, through parkland, meadows, heathland and bog, showing the variety of habitats present along the valley. Start: SU841613 Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road GU47 9BS. Leader Graham C, 0771 999 3787.

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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