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January 2022 Walks and Events

Sunday 23rd January 10:00, 4½ miles: A charming and largely rural central Reading walk along the Kennet River meadows and the Holy Brook. See parts of Reading you haven't seen before. Start: SU712723 The car park of Matalan RG2 0SN in the Reading Link Retail Park, ///churn.enjoy.energetic - park at the NE side (not front) of the store (far end). Leader Pat & Daphne P, 0118 989 3860 or 0778 533 1375.

Tuesday 25th January 10:15, 11½ miles: The valleys north of Stokenchurch. Start: SU827951 West Wycombe: NT CP at the top of the hill by St Lawrence's church HP14 3AH. Bring packed lunch. Leader Graham C, 0771 999 3787.

Thursday 27th January 10:30, 6.2 miles: A loop of paths and lanes East from The Flowerpot at Aston and around the Culham estate, with lovely views descending Remenham Hill to the Thames. Total ascent 121m, but none steep. Possibly muddy underfoot in places and two stiles. Start: SU783842 The Flowerpot overflow car park, behind the pub (or if this is waterlogged, park on Remenham Lane or in main car park). ///solicitor.charmingly.fits; Post Code: RG9 3DG. Leader Alison B, 0789 179 3290 or 0118 986 2330.

Sunday 30th January 10:30, 5½ miles: From Henley along the river Thames to Hambleden Lock returning through Remenham Wood. Start: SU759826 Car Park on the left of Henley Town Hall (RG9 1UF) Note: 1.80 parking charge now applies. Leader David T, 0789 993 8397 or 0118 977 4184.

February 2022 Walks and Events

Tuesday 1st February 10:00, 11½ miles: Enjoy a bracing winter walk through North Hampshire downsland with a five counties view (on a clear day). The walk heads south from Stubbingham Down through Hannington and then an opportunity to see the famous Malshanger Tower before returning north along the Wayfarers Way. Start: SU516565 CP at top of Stubbington Down (left hand side going south. RG25 3EJ (south of CP) ///moved.ended.direction. Bring packed lunch. Leader Richard H, 0788 411 3491 or 0118 988 4118.

Thursday 3rd February 10:30, 4½ miles: Rotherfield Peppard towards Henley across open fields and small wood (one very steep downward slope). Start: SU713815 Park around the Green and foregather outside the Church (the road going east from the Green) RG9 5JN. Leader Nick P, 0118 969 7153 or 0783 796 2126.

Thursday 3rd February 10:30, 6.3 miles: Pleasant South Chilterns walk through winding woodland paths and open countryside. Start: SU664830 Playing field car park opposite Checkendon Primary School, GR8 RG8 0SR. Leader Carmel H, 0796 179 0398.

Sunday 6th February 10:00, 5.8 miles: Lets hope you like a Grim Walk from William IV pub at Ipsden along part of the Ridgeway to Nuffield down to Homer Farm and back to Hailey with great views across The Chilterns. Start: SU642858 William IV pub car park OX10 6AD. Leader Peter D, 0118 377 4820.

Sunday 6th February 10:00, 11 miles: Ramble through fields and woodlands of the Chiltern villages when snowdrops should be abounding. Starting from Nettlebed via Ewelme Park, Swyncombe, Cookley Green and Russells Water. Start: SU702868 Park on the minor road north of A4130, approaching Nettlebed, RG9 5AX. Bring packed lunch. Please advise leader if you will be joining this walk. Bring packed lunch. Leader Susan R, 0796 670 2349 or 0118 978 8988.

Tuesday 8th February 10:15, 12 miles: Explore Hampshire villages and countryside around Hartley Wintney. We walk from Mattingley via Winchfield and West Green. Start: SU732574 The Leather Bottle CP at Mattingley RG27 8JU. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740 or 0751 288 0414.

Tuesday 8th February 10:00, 15 miles: Winter Wonderland Wander. Cookham, Hedsor, Wooburn, Little Marlow, Bourne End Marina, Winter Hill and Cookham Dean. (Distance options in case of bad weather.). Start: SU892853 Cookham: NT CP; free to NT members. SL6 9SA. ///charging.typed.frantic. Bring packed lunch. Leader John G, 0775 486 9152.

Thursday 10th February 10:30, 5.9 miles: Cold Harbour and the Great Chalk Wood. An attractive and steady climb out of the Thames valley north of Goring-on-Thames followed by a return though a large ancient beech wood. Stile free. Accessible by public transport - the start is just half a mile from Goring Station. Start: SU601800 Eastern end of Manor Road, Goring-on-Thames. RG8 9EP, ///enthused.affords.eggplants. Leader Steve V, 0774 040 6869 or 0118 987 3901.

Sunday 13th February 10:30, 6 miles: A varied circular walk along lanes, passing along the Blackwater, through The Ridges and Wick Hill to return over field paths to the start. Start: SU793638 Finchampstead Church RG40 4LU. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 0791 700 2202.

Tuesday 15th February 10:00, 13 or 6 miles: Round Reading Ramble. Two for the price of one - and bus friendly! An opportunity for the Thurs/Sun people who prefer shorter distances to spend a morning with the ‘Long Tuesday Lot'. A pleasing and varied walk that takes in lakes, rivers, parks and urban areas on paths, cycle paths and quiet streets. Starting in Lower Earley, our route takes in Maiden Erlegh Lake and the rivers Thames & Kennet to reach the Oracle in Reading town centre. Here, having covered 6 miles, those on the shorter walk leave us and head to the Market Place to catch the no 21 bus back to the start. (Every 15mins, £2 or use bus pass, takes 20 mins, alight Chalfont Way Circle stop.) The rest continue out of town beside the Kennet and then Foudry Brook. After a loop around the lakes and past the wind-turbine in Green Park we return to the start via Shinfield Park & Pearmans Copse. Start: SU741700 Chalfont Courts Car Park (51.42416, -0.9350) next to Suttons Bowling Club, Chalfont Way, Earley, RG6 5HQ. ///clap.descended.tone. Bring packed lunch. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115.

Thursday 17th February 10:30, 5½ miles: A walk along the Kennet & Avon canal , then through fields and lanes around Sulhamstead, returning around Hose Hill Lake. Start: SU648704 Sheffield Bottom car park by the swing bridge at Theale RG7 4AJ. Leader John A, 0778 096 6598 or 0118 977 4183.

Sunday 20th February 10:30, 5½ miles: Arborfield Cross and Farley Hill - a varied walk with good views. Start: SU760670 Car Park 200 yards down the Swallowfield Road from Arborfield Cross. Leader Derek & Jenny S, 0118 978 5447 or 0781 603 7164.

Tuesday 22nd February 10:00, 10 miles: A Spring Walk along the River Blackwater to Finchampstead and beyond. Start: SU813635 Free National Trust Car Park at Simons Wood, Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne RG45 6AE. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike S, 0797 906 0925.

Tuesday 22nd February 10:00, 14½ miles: Chilterns west of Marlow. Classic wooded Chilterns and arable farmland between Frieth and Marlow. Start: SU849884 Exactly on the corner of Juniper Road and Bencombe Road in Marlow Bottom SL7 3NX (51.5888,-0.7747, ///vase.news.motel). Bring packed lunch. Leader Martin L, 0786 025 4249.

Thursday 24th February 10:30, 3½ miles: Join me on a short walk to explore Hartley Wintney and its long and interesting history. Most of us pass through this busy village on the A30 but it tends to be somewhere that we don't stop - I hope to convince you that you should. Start: SU767570 Monachus Lane long stay car park, off the High St, Hartley Wintney RG27 8NN *car parking charges apply. Leader Sally B, H 01344 774468 or M on day 07876141817.

Thursday 24th February 10:30, 5 miles: Jennet's Hill & Popeswood via Wokingham Way. Use Reading Buses Service X4 Lion to Coppid Beech Hill Stop ID: bknagmt or bknagmw and carefully cross to Old London Road, where you could park. Start: SU839690 Park on redundant London Road travelling from Bracknell to Wokingham RG42 4BT ///dust.tone.added. Leader David M, 0793 224 6232.

Sunday 27th February 10:00, 6 miles: Rotten Row & Greathouse Walk: the Pang Valley & some lovely villages. Start: SU584723 Rushall Manor Farm CP; RG7 6DS will bring you on Back Lane to the bottom of the track up to the farm & CP, where you will see a sign to Rushall Manor. Turn right off Back Lane if coming from the M4. Leader Graham S & Karen D, 0796 600 2016 or 0798 075 9082.

March 2022 Walks and Events

Tuesday 1st March 10:15, 12½ miles: A walk in the Chilterns starting in the village of Checkendon and walking up to Grims Ditch and along the path to Nuffield. From Nuffield we continue South East down to Stoke Row and then back to the car park at Chekendon. Start: SU665830 Car Park almost opposite Checkendon Church , RG8 0SS 51.542325,-1.0435563 ///prom.unsightly.bead. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992 or 0118 932 8758.

Thursday 3rd March 10:15, 6.3 miles: A lovely walk with views over the Hambleden valley, taking in Turville Heath and Stonor House grounds. Circa 700 feet off ascent spread over the walk. Start: SU720887 Maidensgrove, between the 30mph sign on the common. ///shadowed.scariest.factory. Leader Bill D, 0788 762 7885.

Friday 4th March: Barn Dance. Details in January

Sunday 6th March 10:00, 5.3 miles: Walk along the Thames by Windsor and Eton. Return through Windsor town. Start: SU952767 St Edwards School, Parsonage Lane, Windsor. Parking has been arranged with the school. SL4 5EN. Leader Stewart M, 0790 151 4832.

Sunday 6th March 10:00, 12.6 miles: A local walk around Finchampstead, exploring the River Blackwater, Warren Heath and the Bramshill Plantation. We will be walking over gently undulating countryside, though Forests, a Nature Sanctuary and farmland. Start: SU812635 Simons Wood National Trust Car park off Wellingtonia Avenue, Finchampstead, RG45 6AE. ///smug.signal.deeper. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992 or 0118 932 8758.

Tuesday 8th March 10:00, 11½ miles: Ashley Hill, Waltham St Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park, returning to Knowl Hill. Not too many hills, but great views. Bring packed lunch. Start: SU822794 Lay-by on the A4 at Knowl Hill. RG10 9UR. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jenny N and Heather C, 07899 772055 and 07717 765880.

Thursday 10th March 10:30, 6.3 miles: The Granator's Tale: following the Holy Brook from Theale to Reading. A linear walk following the line of the Holy Brook as far as possible from its Theale source to the confluence with the Kennet at Reading Abbey, using part of the trackbed of the old Coley branch line. Return to Theale from Reading by train or No. 1 bus. This walk stays south of the built-up area and is more attractive than it sounds! Accessible by public transport - ring me if you are coming to the start by bus or train, and I will meet you at Theale station before walking the short distance to Sheffield Bottom. Start: SU647703 Sheffield Bottom Picnic Area car park, RG7 4AP, ///models.unions.gain. Leader Steve V, 0774 040 6869 or 0118 987 3901.

Sunday 13th March 10:00, 5 miles: Field and woodlands walk - Hennerton, Crazies Hill, Rebecca's Well and Bottom Boles Wood. Start: SU793786 Recreation Ground car park, Recreation Road, off Victoria Road in Upper Wargrave. RG10 8BG. Leader Colin R, 0773 891 1507.

Tuesday 15th March 10:00, 15 miles: Hannington run around. Start: SU542555 Hannington Recreation Ground RG26 5TY. Bring packed lunch. Leader John D, 0771 323 3089.

Tuesday 15th March 10:15, 11 miles: Hurley, Marlow Common and Hambleden Circular. An old favourite with a mixture of paths, woods and riverside walking. Start: SU825840 Hurley: Village CP, SL6 5NB. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043.

Thursday 17th March 10:15, 5½ miles: A Spring walk along the Basingstoke Canal and Heathlands of the Surrey countryside. Start: SU888562 Free Car Park B at Frimley Lodge, Sturt Rd, Frimley Green, Camberley GU16 6HY ///breezes.canal.prowl. Leader Mike S, 0797 906 0925.

Sunday 20th March 10:00, 6 miles: A varied spring walk from Henley: Fair Mile, Lambridge Wood, Bix Common and the extensive views from Henley Park. 1 short steep incline. Start: SU759827 RG9 2DG Kings Road CP Henley on Thames. ///imply.built.caressing. Toilets/Library end. £1.80 for 3 hrs. Leader Chris R, 0771 053 4818.

Sunday 20th March 10:15, 12½ miles: An undulating route following the Wayfarers Way from high above Kintbury before heading west through attractive Hampshire villages and returning via the Test Way and Gibbet Hill. Start: SU379616 Walbury Hill CP, RG17 9EH ///drew.prominent.poses. Bring packed lunch. Leader Richard H, 0788 411 3491 or 0118 988 4118.

Tuesday 22nd March 10:15, 10½ miles: Hackwood Estate deer park and rolling chalk farmland in beautiful North Hampshire. Start: SU652485 Large layby on the A339 south of Basingstoke ///chew.strict.looks. Bring packed lunch. Leader Sue H & Sue A, 0785 506 9324.

Thursday 24th March 10:30, 4½ miles: A leisurely walk from Finchampstead Church along the footpaths and lanes of the parish through an engaging variety of scenery. Start: SU793638 Careful parking around the green by Finchampstead Church. RG40 4LU. Leader Richard K, 012 763 7313 or 0773 334 3307.


Sunday 27th March 10:30, 5.8 miles: Up and down both sides of the Hambleden valley to enjoy the views and improve your hill fitness at a non challenging pace. There is a fee for the car park. Start: SU785865 Car park behind the Stag &Huntsman in Hambleden village RG9 6RD. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 0791 700 2202.

Tuesday 29th March 10:00, 11 miles: A delightful circular walk from the pretty village of Ewelme during which you will enjoy extensive views, walking on charming ancient tracks, through woods and Chiltern villages. Start: SU648912 Ewelme Recreational Car park. OX10 6PG. Bring packed lunch. Leader Shirley C & Elaine H, 0776 881 2124 or 0789 979 8221.

Tuesday 29th March 10:15, 15 miles: Chiltern Circular; rolling hills, woodlands, rural byways and The Ridgeway, with stops at Nuffield Church and North Stoke Church. Start: SU664830 Checkendon Recreation Ground Carpark, Main Street, Checkendon, Oxon. Near Byways Dental Practice - post code RG8 0SP. ///alternate.flops.films. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 0118 926 7208 or 0755 743 2878.

Thursday 31st March 10:30, 5½ miles: A scenic circuit along Chiltern tracks and field paths across the Coppid Hall estate in the parishes of Eye Dunsden & Shiplake. Start: SU726768 The Playing Field Car Park at the top of Caversham Park Road. Leader Gerry C, 0780 535 6708.

April 2022 Walks and Events

Sunday 3rd April 10:15, 11 or 5 or 6 miles: 3-in-1 walk. 11-mile figure of eight walk split 6:5. Join us for morning and/or afternoon walks taking in Lambridge Woods in the morning and towards Stoke Row in the afternoon. Lunch at 6 miles. Woods, lanes and fields. Please contact walk leader in advance if joining for the afternoon (approx 1pm). Start: SU709818 Rotherfield Peppard: Side road opposite "Red Lion" PH, RG9 5LB. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043.

Tuesday 5th April 10:00, 11½ miles: An enjoyable spring walk in woods and across heathland, setting out through Lightwater Country Park before going around Bagshot Heath and returning via Heatherside Corner and High Curley, where there are interesting distant views. Start: SU917619 Car park to the side of the Leisure Centre in Lightwater Country Park. GU18 5RG. Bring packed lunch. Leader John R, 0796 959 2394 or 0118 979 8703.

Thursday 7th April 10:30, 6 miles: Ockwells, 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, 0771 999 3787.

Sunday 10th April 10:15, Moved from 3rd April. 11 or 5 or 6 miles: 3-in-1 walk. 11-mile figure of eight walk split 6:5. Join us for morning and/or afternoon walks taking in Lambridge Woods in the morning and towards Stoke Row in the afternoon. Lunch at 6 miles. Woods, lanes and fields. Please contact walk leader in advance if joining for the afternoon (approx 1pm). Start: SU709818 Rotherfield Peppard: Side road opposite "Red Lion" PH, RG9 5LB. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043.

Tuesday 12th April 10:15, 13 miles: Cardiac-conditioning, Cowleaze-commencing, Christmas Common Circumnavigation, Carbon-Copy. A repeat of a walk that I led in Oct 2018. A beautiful hilly-hike through spring awakening woods and fields also taking in a flat part of the Swan's Way. Start: SU725956 Postcode approx. OX49 5HX Cowleaze Wood Forestry Commission Car Park (51.654705, -0.952395) on minor road about 2 miles north of Christmas Common. ///deleting.dumpy.fallen. Bring packed lunch. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115.

Thursday 14th April 10:30, 5.2 miles: A pleasant, flat walk along country lanes & meadows, past Thatcher's Ford, the gurgling Blackwater river & Swallowfield Park (3 stiles). Start: SU753647 Park by the cricket field, Church Lane (off Castle Rd) Farley Hill RG7 1UL 51.376589,-0.92078626 ///wing.agreed.crush. Leader Jane T, 0789 973 4799 or 0118 978 4319.

Sunday 17th April 10:00, 5½ miles: A leisurely walk round Stanford Dingley, one of Berkshire's loveliest villages. Varied countryside, a little road walking and only one small hill. The Bull is good for drinks and snacks but if you want a full meal may need to book a table. Start: SU577715 The Bull at Stanford Dingley RG7 6LS. Use car park at Bull if you intend eating there or careful parking in the village. Leader Christine H, 0777 586 0169.

Tuesday 19th April 10:00, 11½ miles: Explore your local area, crossing Foudry Brook, visiting the Beech Hill Church, treading the Devil's Highway and then around the Roman Town at Silchester before returning over the West Brook to Mortimer Common. Start: SU655645 Car Park opposite Horse and Groom in Mortimer. RG7 3RD. ///lands.staple.ranges. Bring packed lunch. Leader Richard H, 0788 411 3491 or 0118 988 4118.

Tuesday 19th April 10:00, 15½ miles: A walk in the Chiltern Hills starting at Maidensgrove: Pishill, Northend, Turville, Southend and back. This is 2400 feet so fairly hilly. Start: SU720887 Off road by Maidensgrove. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike E, 0783 364 6908.

Thursday 21st April 10:30, 5.8 miles: A walk around Fleet Pond Nature Reserve going South and then over the Basingstoke canal and into the Forest of Eversley. Turning North we climb Norris "Hill" and back over the canal into the Fleet Pond reserve. No real hills, (maybe a slight one up Norris Hill) and no stiles. Start: SU824553 Fleet Pond Car Park, Wellington Ave, Fleet GU51 2RR ///insects.beanbag.blur. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992 or 0118 932 8758.

Friday 22nd April. Hope Cove weekend.

Sunday 24th April 10:00, 5 miles: A walk from Eversley Church up onto Warren Heath and then to the new mill, and then to Eversley past Warbrook House and eventually returning to Eversley Church via farm tracks. Start: SU780609 The green at Eversley Church by the A327. Leader Graham St, 0791 340 3345.

Tuesday 26th April 10:15, 11 miles: West Berks downlands. Start: SU464710 Snelsmore Common Country Park RG14 3BQ. Bring packed lunch. Leader Graham C, 0771 999 3787.

Thursday 28th April 10:30, 6.2 miles: Bluebell walk (hopefully!) from Rotherfield Peppard to Lambridge Wood taking in Greys Green and Rotherfield Greys. A mixture of open fields and woods and lanes. Start: SU709818 Rotherfield Peppard: Side road opposite "Red Lion" PH, RG9 5LB. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043.

June 2022 Walks and Events

Lake District Holiday 17th to 24th June 2022- All HF allocated places now taken

July 2022 Walks and Events

Summer Social Saturday 9th July 2022 - details to follow

September 2022 Walks and Events

Ilkley Weekend 23rd to 26th September 2022 - Flyer (Full)

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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