Walks

Walks and Events Programme . . . Short walk incorrectly shown as 5th December in printed programme - should be 12th December - see below ... . . . Note: change to walk Tuesday 17th December and bonus walk on Christmas Eve - see details below ...

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December 2019 - 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)

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December

Ramblers Walks Feed for Loddon Valley

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Sunday 1st December 10:00, 5.5 miles: From Knowl Hill Lay by (the old Seven Stars Pub) up Linden Hill across to Crazies Hill then to Juddmonte Farm on to Warren Row and back to Knowl Hill. Start: SU822794 Knowl Hill Layby RG19 9UX. Leader Peter D, 0118 377 4820.

Sunday 1st December 10:00, 10 miles: Gentle ramble on the low hills north of the Thames. Start: SU698758 Free CP at Mapledurham playing fields on A4074, RG4 7EZ. Bring packed lunch. Leader John L, 0118 987 2496.

Tuesday 3rd December 10:15, 11 miles: A flat walk along the Brenda Parker way returning through Mattingley and Webs Hill. Start: SU716564 Falcon Inn Rotherwick RG27 9BL. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park CP, Wokingham, RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740.

Thursday 5th December 10:30, 4.5 miles: Join us for another of our historical walks - this time looking at Cookham from 700BC to C20 in a couple of hours! This walk takes in Cookham's ancient past as a settlement, seat of Government, a Saxon Fortification, important trading area and more. Start: SU893853 The National Trust car park off The Causeway in Cookham SL6 9TJ - please note there is now a charge if you don't have a National Trust card to scan. Leader Sally B, 01344 774468 or On Day 07876 141817.

Thursday 5th December 10:30, 6 miles: Exploring the delightful countryside around Bisham. Little Marlow and Cookham. Start: SU884876 The Spade Oak car park, Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5PS. Leader David B, 07738 016588 or 0118 934 1084.

Sunday 8th December 10:00, 14 miles: 2 for 1 offer: Kennet & Avon canal from Woolhampton to Theale or Reading. Easy walking on towpath, at a steady pace, mixture of rural and urban landscapes. Linear walk taking 09:46 train from Reading to Midgham, arrives 10:02 (Wokingham 09:19). Walk will leave Rowbarge car park after the arrival of this train. Choice of either 14 miles Woolhampton to Reading or 6.5 miles Woolhampton to Theale. Ring the walk leader if you want/need more info. Reading-Midgham £5.20 (£3.45 railcard) return, Wokingham-Midgham £8.10 (£5.35 railcard) return. Railcard prices are also available to groups of 3+ travelling together - GroupSaveDue to reduced train services with a replacement bus service the linear walk on Sunday 8th December from Midgham station to Reading along the Kennet and Avon Canal has been dropped. I will instead offer a circular walk starting at 10:00 from the public car park next to the Rowbarge pub (OS: SU572664, RG7 5SH - same as original walk) of approximately 10 miles, consisting of a 6 mile fairly flat walk to Aldermaston Wharf along the Kennet and Avon canal, returning via footpaths and the River Kennet, followed by a 4 mile circular walk to Kiff Green and Douai Abbey with ascent. The first part is, I believe, stile free, however there are 4 or 5 stiles on the Kiff Green section. It is possible to drop out at the end of the first part if stiles are an issue or you want a shorter walk. Bring a packed lunch if doing the full walk. Please ring if you have any questions. Jo - 07979595043 . Start: SU572664 RG7 5SH, public car park next to Rowbarge pub. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jo F, 07979 595043.

Tuesday 10th December 10:00, 14 miles: Woods and fields. Swans way and Chiltern way. Start: SU725956 Cowleaze car park OX49 5HX (approx). Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike E, 07833 646908 or 0118 944 1400.

Thursday 12th December 10:30, 4.5 miles: Join us for another of our historical walks - this time looking at Cookham from 700BC to C20 in a couple of hours! This walk takes in Cookham's ancient past as a settlement, seat of Government, a Saxon Fortification, important trading area and more. Start: SU893853 The National Trust car park off The Causeway in Cookham SL6 9TJ - please note there is now a charge if you don't have a National Trust card to scan. Leader Sally B, 01344 774468 or On Day 07876 141817THIS WALK WAS INCORRECTLY SHOWN AS 5TH DECEMBER IN PRINTED PROGRAMME

Thursday 12th December 10:30, 6 miles: A challenging and hilly walk with fantastic views, walking from the Hellfire Caves to Hughenden Manor and back. Assistance dogs only please. Start: SU826947 The car park for the Hellfire Caves and old garden centre just north of the A40 and quarter of a mile west of the caves themselves. Post Code for Hellfire Caves is HP14 3AH. Leader George S, 07703 662747 - Text only please as I am almost deaf.

Sunday 15th December 10:30, 5 miles: Hodgedale Lane and Prospect Hill. Circular walk begins along the Thames Path and then climbs gently to the hills overlooking the river, passing across land farmed by the Berkshire College of Agriculture . Start: SU825840 Hurley village free car park , opposite Church. Leader Marianne & Ian M, 07429 337369.

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

Tuesday 17th December 10:15, 12.5 14 miles: This North Wessex Downs ridge walk includes the highest points in Hampshire and Berkshire and outstanding views along the way. The return is through some attractive rural villages nestling on the chalk downs. The outward leg makes much use of the Wayfarer's Walk, whilst the return leg uses some of the Test Way. Start: SU380615 Car park on Wayfarers Walk on Walbury Hill 51.351868, -1.455376 (NOTE: Not the second car park closer to Coombe Gibbet). Bring packed lunch. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115 or 0778 046 4115.Nick J, 07785 257992 or 0118 932 8758.

Thursday 19th December 10:30, 6 miles: A festive opportunity to wear your most outrageous Christmas hat and your funniest Christmas jumper. This walk around Mapledurham will take in views of the Thames and some lovely countryside and allow you to burn off a few calories before the celebrations begin. Start: SU691781 The Packhorse pub on A4074, Reading RG4 7UG. Leader Nick J, 07785 257992 or 0118 932 8758.

Friday 20th December - Sunday 5th January: Festival of Winter Walks. See http://www.ramblers.org.uk/winterwalks.

Sunday 22nd December 10:00, 6 miles: Chairman's Mince Pie Walk around Barkham Parish & The Coombes. Start: SU797668 Randall's Farm Park CP Evendon's Lane Wokingham RG41 4DX. Leader David M, 07932 246232.

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

Tuesday 24th December 10:00, 11 miles or 5.5 miles:Do you fancy a walk on Tuesday 24th December? A figure of 8 walk starting at the layby near the former Seven Stars PH SU822794 RG10 9UR (approx) First going south towards Waltham St Lawrence, back to the cars and then north towards Juddmonte Farm. About 5.5m each half, either join for the first half or the complete walk. Bring packed lunch if doing complete walk. Leader Mike E, 0783 364 6908 or 0118 944 1400.

Sunday 29th December 10:30, 5.5 miles: Walk off a few pounds before the New Year! Hopefully dry underfoot as mainly among pine trees: Crowthorne, Bracknell Forest, returning via Wildmoor Heath. Start: SU841637 Morgan Centre CP, Lower Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7LA. Leader Jane T, 07899 734799 or 0118 978 4319.

Sunday 29th December: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.


Friday 20th December 2019 - Sunday 5th January 2020: Festival of Winter Walks. See http://www.ramblers.org.uk/winterwalks.


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Thursday 2nd January 10:00, 5 miles: Urban walk on Wokingham Way, Jennetts Hill, Popeswood, west Bracknell. Start: SU839690 Former London Road cul de sac off B3408 RG42 4BT. Leader David M, 0793 224 6232w3w:closed.motel.gives.

Sunday 5th January 10:00, 5.8 miles: Burn off some of those festive calories with a charming walk around Hambleden. Avoiding many of the steeper climbs in this area, this particular walk offers some pleasing views walking though a mixture of forest and farmland. Start: SU785865 Car park at the rear of the Stag & Huntsman Pub, Hambleden RG9 6RP. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992w3w:stag.blossom.novel .

Sunday 5th January 10:00, 13 miles: Climb Beacon Hill and then look towards Kingsclere and see the rest of day's walk ahead over the iconic Watership Down Hills. Start: SU462577 CP at the bottom of Beacon Hill by A34 south of Newbury. RG20 9LP. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU733678 CP at School Green Shinfield near Parish Hall. RG2 9EH for car share. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 0788 411 3491.

Tuesday 7th January 10:00, 13.4 miles: Burnham Beeches and Wooburn Green. We will follow Shakespeare's Way west from The Lord Mayor's Drive to Wooburn and then continue west and around Wooburn Green, returning by a mixture of paths nearer to the M40, and re-entering Burnham Beeches around Egypt Woods. The composer Mendelssohn often visited these ancient woods. To reach Hawthorn Lane CP (51.54490,-0.62730) on wider roads, turn north on A355 at M4 J6. After 3+ miles turn west to follow signs around a few corners to Burnham Beeches. At the T-junction where you have to give way, turn left south west and away from the main entrance. Car park is 250m on right (north) side further along Hawthorn Lane. Start: SU952843 Hawthorne Lane CP, Slough, SL2 3TA. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU776730 Woodley Airfield Museum CP about RG5 4UD (51.45112,-0.88340) for car share. Leader Martin L, 0786 025 4249.W3W:much.cult.wonderfully

Thursday 9th January 10:30, 4 miles: Mattingley and West Green. A level walk across farmland visiting Dipley Mill and West Green House (opportunity for a coffee stop). Start: SU736580 Mattingley Church RG27 8LA. Leader Kath P, 0118 978 0901 or 0777 569 4011.

Thursday 9th January 10:30, 5.5 miles: Well-known local winter's walk: woods, lakes and a hilltop church. Start: SU813635 Simon's Wood NT car park, Wellingtonia Avenue, RG45 6AE. Leader Jane T, 0789 973 4799.


Friday 10th January: Leaders Dinner.


Sunday 12th January 10:00, 6 miles: Woodland and pasture overlooking the Thames near Whitchurch. Start: SU645821 Car park next to Village Hall RG8 0SD. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 00:00 at SU645821 for car share. Leader Nick P, 0118 969 7153 or 0783 796 2126.

Sunday 12th January 10:00, 15 miles: The Maidenhead Boundary Walk. Start: SU859804 Cannon Lane car park just south of A4 at Maidenhead Thicket. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:30 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Derek & Jenny S, 0118 978 5447 or 0781 603 7164.

Tuesday 14th January 10:00, 11.7 miles: Enjoy a walk along the Thames, followed by a walk in the hills back to Hambleden. Walking down to Hambleden locks we cross over and follow the river to Hurley locks; crossing back over we work our way north then west back to Hambleden. 500 feet of easy ascent. Start: SU785865 Car park at side of Stag and Huntsman pub Hambleden. Bring packed lunch. Leader Bill D, 0788 762 7885. RG9 6RP. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992w3w:stag.blossom.novel

Thursday 16th January 10:30, 6 miles: Moderate walk from Knowl Hill taking in Cayton Park and Ashley Hill. Mixture of woods and open fields. Start: SU822794 Knowl Hill Village Hall car park (permission obtained) RG10 9UR. Leader Jo Fox, 0797 959 5043.

Sunday 19th January 10:00, 5.8 miles: Around Burchetts Green. Start: SU858809 SL6 4GL National Trust car park. Leader Stewart M, 0790 151 4832.

Sunday 19th January 10:00, 10.5 miles: Mortimer & the Romans. Our gently rolling route takes us past the amphitheatre and through the remains of Calleva Atrebatum. We then cross the railway twice, before going through Stratfield Mortimer and Wokefield Common on our way back to the cars and the possibility of an after-walk drink at the Horse & Groom. Start: SU655646 Public CP (51.3763638, -1.05972) opposite the pub, The Street, Mortimer Common, RG7 3RD. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115 or 0778 046 4115.

Tuesday 21st January 10:00, 14 miles: Somewhere over The Rainbow. Middle Assendon, Upper Maidensgrove, Turville Heath. Start: SU739857 The Green, Middle Assendon, near Henley-on-Thames. RG9 6AT, ///wired.dolly.those. 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 John G, 0775 486 9152.

Thursday 23rd January 10:30, 4 miles: An easy walk with no stiles through the Coombes and past Arborfield Church. Start: SU782678 Coombes Lane RG41 4SU. Leader Mary E, 0781 570 1093 or 0118 989 2132.

Thursday 23rd January 10:30, 5.5 miles: Simon's Wood & The Blackwater River. Start: SU813635 Simon's Wood NT car park off Wellingtonia Avenue, Crowthorne. Leader Derek S, 0118 978 5447 or 0781 603 7164.

Sunday 26th January 10:00, 5.5 miles: Ascot Heath and Great Pond: the famous race course and grandstand; a lovely wood with a tranquil pond; and golden gates on not such a cheap road. Start: SU927690 Park in New Mile Road off A330 Winkfield Rd. Nearest post code SL5 7LJ. Leader Chris R, 0771 053 4818.

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

Tuesday 28th January 10:15, 12.5 miles: Byways around West Ilsley. Blow away your winter blues and, weather permitting, enjoy the wonderful views on this rolling walk on, and mainly off, the Ridgeway. Start: SU479840 Bury Down Car Park (51.55353, -1.31057) approx. 800m along Bury Lane from the A34 junction for West Ilsley. CP on west/right hand side. Post Code: very approx. OX12 8QX. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Tywford Rd, Wokingham, RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115.

Thursday 30th January 10:30, 5.8 miles: In the footsteps of highwaymen at Yateley. A new walk around Yateley Common and up to the river Blackwater that links two of the most important habitats in the Blackwater Valley, heathland and wild flower meadows. A relatively flat walk which includes some road walking. Start: SU836603 Darby Green playing fields, Darby Green Road, Blackwater, Camberley, GU17 0DX. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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