Walks and Events Programme
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October - December 2019
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
Tuesday 1st October 10:00, 13.8 miles: St Martha's Hill, Wey Valley and Guildford Circular. Join us for an undulating walk with 1300 ft of ascent in the Surrey Hills and along the Wey Valley with fine views, visiting a hilltop church, crossing Blackheath to Shamley Green, and then along the Wey valley via Bramley to explore Guildford Castle, before returning over Pewley Down. Start: TQ021484 St Martha's free car park, Halfpenny Lane, near Guildford GU4 8PZ. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU807697 Cantley Park CP, Twyford Road, Wokingham (RG40 5QQ) for car share. Leader Paul L, 07768 585657 or 0118 979 0190.
CANCELLED Walk: Thursday 3rd October 10:30, 5 miles:
Join us for a stroll in the Chiltern countryside. The attraction of this walk is the enchanting Royal Standard of England Public House. The oldest Freehouse in England where your leader will be sampling ale and having a leisurely meal in the amazing atmosphere of this historic Alehouse. Start: SU911919 Pub car park HP9 1XS. Leader Roger C, 0118 978 0235.
Thursday 3rd October 10:30, 5½ miles: Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester) a flattish walk across fields to the east of Silchester. Start: SU635628 Main Calleva car park RG7 2HP. What3Words:flamingo.fabric.unwell Leader Nick P, 07837 962126 or 0118 969 7153.
Sunday 6th October 10:30, 5.6 miles: A pleasant, mostly flat walk along the River Blackwater and through the woods on the edge of the Ridges. Start: SU820620 Horseshoe Lake car park GU47 8JW. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 07917 002202.
Sunday 6th October 10:00 10.5 miles:Additional Walk - not in printed programme.The Coombes from Lower Earley, Crossing to the fields and woods south of the M4, our flatis, pretty route takes in the Reading Uni farm, Bearwood Lake and the Coombes, returning via Aborfield, the Black Boy roundabout and Pearmans Copse. Start: SU741700 Chalfont Park CP (51.42416, -0.9350) next to Suttons Bowling Club, Chalfont Way, Earley, RG6 5HQLeader: Keith B 07780464115
Tuesday 8th October 10:15, 15 miles: Lunch with Students! Walking to Burchetts Green College for probably a 3/4-hour lunch (which is at student prices!). Packed lunch can be eaten in the grounds as well. Sandwiches etc available. Undulating countryside which will take in the new footpath adjacent to Temple Golf Club. Good views so some easy climbs. Start: SU786845 The riverside car park beyond the Flower Pot pub. Bring packed lunch. Leader Linda A, 07776 126663 or 01491 411011.
Thursday 10th October 10:30, 3.4 miles: A pleasant flat walk, at a gentle pace, through the woodlands of Warren Heath and Heath Warren. Start: SU779609 The green in front of Eversley Church RG27OPX. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 07917 002202.
Thursday 10th October 10:30, 6 miles: A circular walk from Barkham via California Country Park, Fleet Hill and Finchampstead Church. Fairly flat walk. Start: SU784664 Barkham Village hall car park RG40 4PL. Leader John A, 07780 966598 on day of walk or 0118 977 4183.
CANCELLED Walk: Sunday 13th October 10:00, 6½ miles
Remenham Hill & Mill End. Chiltern views, a picturesque mill & the West Bank of the Thames.
Start: SU759828 Car park in Kings Road, Henley behind Waitrose, free on Sundays; RG9 2BA. Leader
Graham S & Karen D, 07966 002016 or 0118 977 6586On going to Henley earlier to prewalk next Sunday's walk we discovered that that is the morning of the Henley half marathon & 10K races starting at 09.30! Apart from the fact that the town & car parks will be heaving, the race route follows quite a bit of the course of the walk including the east bound carriageway over the bridge being closed! We considered a few options including beginning the walk from a different point but realistically nothing works. Thus that walk is now cancelled..
Sunday 13th October 10:00, 5.5 miles: Widbrook Common & Cliveden Reach, including a lake and 1.5 miles of the Thames Path. Start: SU902825 CP in Lower Cookham Road (A4094) near Boulters Lock, SL6 8JN, for which there is a small charge. Leaders Graham S & Karen D, 07966 002016 or 0118 977 6586.
Sunday 13th October 10:00, 12 miles: Circular walk (not too hilly!) through Chiltern fields and woods from Christmas Common via Oxfordshire Way, Swans Way and Chiltern Way to Pishill for lunch. Return is via Hollandridge and Northend. Start: SU709935 Hill Road car park, Christmas Common, Oxon OX49 5HS. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 0118 926 7208 or 07557 432878.There are road closures around Henley for the Half Marathon on Sunday, Mary's walk from Christmas Common is unaffected. However people travelling to Christmas Common from South of the Thames should travel via Sonning Bridge, Sonning Common and Nettlebed and avoid Henley Bridge.
Tuesday 15th October 10:00, 15 miles: Lovely circular walk in north Hampshire to the west of Basingstoke, taking in the village of Overton, before heading north to Hannington. Undulating countryside, but no more than 1000ft of ascent. Start: SU570509 Car park on B3400 west of Oakley RG23 7HD. Bring packed lunch. Leader John D, 07713 233089.
Thursday 17th October 10:30, 6 miles: Ascot Heath and Great Pond, passing through Ascot Racecourse (though no race on the above date) and Paddock Wood. Start: SU926688 Car park No 6 at eastern end of Ascot High St (A329) SL5 7HB. Leader Carmel H, 0118 926 9612 or 07961 790398.
Sunday 20th October 10:30, 6.4 miles: A circular walk with breathtaking views over the undulating Chiltern hills. Starting in Maidensgrove we will drop down to Stonor and up through the deer park at Stonor house and on to Turville Heath for a coffee stop at the cafe. We will then head back down via Pishill and across to the start point at Maidensgrove. Approx 600 feet of easy climb, and a few stiles en route. Start: SU720887 Maidensgrove, between the 30mph signs on Russell's Water Common. Leader Bill D, 07887 627885.
Sunday 20th October 10:00, 11½ miles: Follow the Greensand Way from Crooksbury Common. Start: SU904456 CP at Crooksbury Common GU10 1JJ. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:00 at SU809687 Shute End East Car Park RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader John T, 0118 979 8070 or 07982 721114.
Tuesday 22nd October 10:00, 14 miles: Circular walk, climbing from Goring along the Chiltern Way through woods and fields to Path Hill and then the Hardwick estate. Return will be via Whitchurch-on-Thames and the Thames Path. Start: SU601800 Far end of Manor Rd, Goring RG8 9EP. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mary B, 0118 926 7208 or 07557 432878.
Thursday 24th October 10:30, 6 miles: Enjoy the Autumn colours of Yateley, Hawley & Minley. A circular walk over the local common lands & woods, passing the rear of the 19th-century Minley Manor before heading back. Start: SU595821 Yateley Country Park - car park off Cricket Hill Lane. GU46 6BB. Leader Mike & Zena S, 01344 761815 or 07979 060925.
CLOCKS WENT BACK ONE HOUR OVERNIGHT. Sunday 27th October 10:30, 5 miles: A pleasant riverside walk along the Thames then past the Olympic rowing lakes and return via Dorney Common. Start: SU937777 The free CP at Boveney (provided by Eton College) SL4 6QG. Leader David T, 0118 977 4184 or 07899 938397.
Sunday 27th October: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.
Tuesday 29th October 10:00, 11 miles: An opportunity to celebrate a big '0' birthday with familiar walk around Odiham and to be treated to a tipple of your choice afterwards. Start: SU747516 CP NW of Odiham on Basingstoke Canal, RG29 1DH. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:30 at SU716670 Clares Green Road by Spencers Wood Pavilion, RG7 1DY for car share. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 07884 113491.
Wednesday 30th October: LVR AGM. 7.30pm at Barkham Village Hall, Church Lane (off Barkham Street), Barkham RG40 4PL.
Thursday 31st October 10:30, 6½ miles: Circular walk through Pinkneys Green and Cookham Dean Common with views towards Cliveden and Windsor Castle. Start: SU854815 NT car park on Pinkneys Drive, SL6 6QD.What3Words:jaunts.munched.relished Leader Jo F, 07979 595043.
Sunday 3rd November 10:00, 5½ miles: Shottesbrooke environs - a flat walk through the Shottesbrooke Estate and surrounding area. Starting at Waltham St Lawrence and reaching the outskirts of Knowl Hill. Total ascent just 100ft. Start: SU829768 Outside the Bell Inn RG10 0JJ. Leader Mark P, 07788 824121 or 0118 979 5615.
Sunday 3rd November 10:00, 10 miles: Bledlow Ridge from West Wycombe. Breathtaking views as we go up and down the ridges and across the valleys in this beautiful corner of the Chilterns. Start: SU826947 West Wycombe Car Park (51.645427, -0.807062) Chorley Road HP14 3AP. 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, 07780 464115.
Tuesday 5th November 10:15, 11 miles: A lap of Silchester through fantastic Hampshire farmland and forest. We will be going through working farms so assistance dogs only please. Start: SU636629 Car park at Calleva Roman Town. Post Code RG7 2HP. (or RGVII IIHP). Bring packed lunch. Leader George S, 07703 662747 Text only please as I am almost deaf.
Thursday 7th November 10:30, 6 miles: A late autumn ramble across Cockmarsh, over Winter Hill, through Quarry Wood, returning via pictureque Cookham Dean, with maybe a chance to talk turkey. No stiles and a couple of moderate climbs. Start: SU893854 Cookham Moor National Trust Car Park SL6 9SA (£2 charge for non-NT members). Leader Steve V, 07740 406869 or 0118 987 3901.
Sunday 10th November 10:00, 5½ miles: Hawley Lake and Minley Manor. A walk mainly on heath and woods which is mostly on military land that is open to the public. Start: SU822596 Wyndham's Pool small car park off Cricket Hill Lane Yateley Common GU46 6BE. Leader Graham St, 07913 403345.
Sunday 10th November: For a longer walk see https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx.
Tuesday 12th November 10:00, 10½ miles: A delightful walk through Chilterns beechwood, green meadows and great views. Start: SU702813 Roadside parking in Chiltern Road near Greyhound Restaurant, Peppard Common RG9 5JS. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU807697 Cantley Park, Tywford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5QQ for car share. Leader Elaine H & Shirley C, 07899 798221.
Thursday 14th November 10:30, 4½ miles: A mainly flat walk with no stiles. Parking at cross-roads almost opposite Peppard Stores and at cricket club, if available. More parking at the Unicorn pub, 100 yards further on, on the right, if taking lunch there. Start: SU702815 Rotherfield Peppard cricket club, Stoke Row Road RG9 5LX. Leader Ian H, 0118 947 1524 or 07815 415427.
Thursday 14th November 10:30, 5½ miles: A mainly flat circular walk through fields and woods from Mattingley to Rotherwick and back. Start: SU736580 Mattingley Church RG27 8LA. Leader John R, 0118 979 8703 or 07969 592394.
Sunday 17th November 10:30, 6.2 miles: A walk in Swinley Forest up to the Look Out for coffee, returning via Caesars Camp and the Devils Highway with a final section around Broadmoor Hospital, to check out the status of the new buildings. Mostly Forestry Commission and woodland. Start: SU845643 Broadmoor car park at Crowthorne (on Devils Highway). Nearest postcode RG45 7DU (off the roundabout and along the road by the side of the Swim, Snorkel & Dive Centre.) NOTE: The track up to the car park has some deep potholes. Leader Nick J, 07785 257992 or 0118 932 8758.
Sunday 17th November 10:00, 12 miles: Circular walk taking in the Hampshire countryside via Kingsclere and Hannington. Start: SU516565 Car park on B3051 approximately 1 mile south of Kingsclere. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:10 at SU809687 Wokingham BC CP Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BN for car share. Leader Sue R, 07966 702349 or 07966 702349.
Tuesday 19th November 10:00, 11½ miles: Ashley Hill, Waltham St Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park, returning to Knowl Hill. Not too many hills, but great views. Start: SU822794 Lay-by at the former Seven Stars pub on the A4 at Knowl Hill. RG10 9UR. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jenny N & Heather C, 07899 772055 or 07717 765880.
Thursday 21st November 10:30, 6 miles: From Silchester around Iron Age & Roman fortifications and Mortimer West End. Start: SU626622 Silchester Recreation Ground CP RG7 2PH. Leader David M, 07932 246232.
Sunday 24th November 10:00, 5½ miles: Byways and bridleways around Witheridge Hill. A mix of woodlands and open fields with views over Nettlebed. Mostly flat, some slight inclines, possibly muddy underfoot. Join us for a drink in the Rising Sun afterwards (limited parking-please carpool if possible). Start: SU697841 Rising Sun car park RG9 5PF. Leader Sheila & Adrian G, 07342 642690 or 07968 554423.
Sunday 24th November 10:00, 13½ miles: A circular route in horse and hill fort country through West Berkshire over the Lambourn Downs and returning via the Ridgeway. Start: SU418841 CP at the top of Middle Down on the Ridgeway. OX12 8PA. Bring packed lunch. Please call leader(s) if meeting at the walk start. Meet: 09:15 at SU733678 Shinfield car park at School Green near the Parish Hall RG2 9EH for car share. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 07884 113491.
Tuesday 26th November 10:15, 12½ miles: Commons and Canal. Greenham and Crookham Commons, Mill Green, Goose Hill, Crookham and back along canal. Start: SU507671 Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Thatcham RG19 3FU. 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, 07719 993787.
Thursday 28th November 10:30, 5.8 miles: Medmenham Ramblings. Circular woody walk to Medmenham Ferry via Hill Fort and return via Danesfield. Start: SU823861 Triangle between Hollowhill and Pullingshill Woods. SL7 2DS (approx). Leader Dougal M, 0118 924 1979 or 07719 450283.
Saturday 30th November: Ramblers Berkshire Area AGM, hosted by the West Berks Group at 2pm at Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Road RG7 5RE. There will be the choice of a 4-mile or a 6-mile walk from the Hall at 10:30am. See https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/group-finder/areas/berkshire/area-agm.aspx.
Sunday 1st December 10:00, 5½ 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, 4½ 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 - GroupSave. 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, 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, 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 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.
Sunday 29th December 10:30, 5½ 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.
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.
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