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June 2022 Walks and Events

Thursday 2nd June 10:30, 6 miles: Queen's Jubilee Picnic Walk. Bring your own picnic and drinks and enjoy celebrating the Queen's Jubilee with other Ramblers at the Eye and Dunsden Village Hall. Classic walk from Sonning to Shiplake and home along the Thames path. Start: SU739772 Eye and Dunsden Village Hall, Dunsden Green RG4 9QG. Leader Nick J, 0118 932 8758 or 0778 525 7992.

Tuesday 7th June 10:15, 10½ miles: Hampshire heathland hike. From Mattingley via West Green, Warren Hill farm, Hazeley Heath and Lyde Green. Start: SU732574 Leathern Bottle car park RG278JU. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nigel K, 0118 979 1740 or 0751 288 0414.

Tuesday 7th June 10:00, 15 miles: Heaths, Greens, Woods and Water. A balmy Summer stroll in and around the resplendent environs of the Blackwater Valley. Start: SU812635 Crowthorne: Simon's Wood CP, Wellingtonia Avenue; (height 1.9m). RG45 6AE. ///smug.signal.deeper. Bring packed lunch. Leader John G, 0775 486 9152.

Thursday 9th June 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 12th June 10:00, 5½ miles: A beautiful Chilterns walk, passing through woodland and open farmland, up through Pishill to Hollandridge Farm and back past Whitepond farm. This is a reasonably hilly walk but worth it for the views. Start: SU720887 The Maidensgrove end of Russell's Water Common RG9 6EX. Leader Margaret T, 0118 978 8540 or 0791 700 2202.

Tuesday 14th June 10:15, 12 miles: North from Ewelme. A walk through fields and woods that visits Upperton and returns via Britwell Salome & Swyncombe House. Start: SU648912 Car park by Ewelme Recreation Ground (51.615723, -1.06062). Postcode approx. OX10 6PG ///dissolve.trappings.wriggled. Bring packed lunch. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115.

Thursday 16th June 10:30, 6 miles: A route from Sherfield on Loddon along the valley passing mills and farm moats then parts of the Brenda Parker Way towards Rotherwick Church. Start: SU680580 Public CP either next to White Hart or near crossroads. RG27 0BT ///decanter.guarded.lushly. Leader Graham C, 0771 999 3787David M, 0793 224 6232.

Sunday 19th June 10.30 5.5 miles. A walk from Winnersh church to Dinton Pastures then Twyford and Hurst..Travel option 1 southwest train Wokingham 09.49 arrive 09.53. Option2 Park at Winnersh Triangle station and walk to Winnersh church via Arbor Lane or 10.01 from Winnersh Triangle back to Winnersh station. Option 3 50 minutes walk from Wokingham. Car parking in Winnersh very limited !! Not Great West trains! Grid Ref 783706. Leader Tim M. 01183750480.

17th - 24th June: Lakes (HF Derwent Bank) holiday. Fully booked.

Tuesday 21st June 10:00, 10½ miles: A Mid Summer walk from Knowl Hill to Bowsey Hill, Hurley Lock, & Burchetts Green before returning on part of the Chiltern Way via Ashley Hill. Approx 240m of ascent. Start: SU822794 Knowl Hill: layby on A4, RG10 9UR. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike S, 0797 906 0925.

Thursday 23rd June 10:30, 4 miles: A leisurely walk along an unspoilt section of the Thames Path passing Shiplake Lock and on to Shiplake College. There is a gentle ascent to Shiplake Church with beautiful views over the Thames Valley. Start: SU764787 Playing Field car park at Memorial Hall, Memorial Avenue, Shiplake RG9 4DW. Leader Kath P, 0777 569 4011 or 0118 978 0901.

Thursday 23rd June 10:30, 5½ miles: A summer walk from Barkham Village Hall to California country park and Finchampstead Church. Start: SU784664 Barkham Village Hall RG40 4PL. Leader John A / Nick J, 0118 977 4183 or 0778 096 6598.

The Great Walk Together is an initiative of the Jo Cox Foundation. It is an event, held annually, that brings together people from different backgrounds around a common cause in their area. The theme for the Great Get Together in 2022 is 'welcome' and, as part of this, the Jo Cox Foundation has partnered with Refugee Week and Ramblers to run the Great Walk Together on the weekend of the 24-26 June.

As its contribution to the Week, Loddon Valley Ramblers is organising a Walk Together on Saturday 25th June. Details are:

  • Walk starts at 2.00pm - meet outside Suttons Bowls Club
  • Car parking: Chalfont Court Car Park, Chalfont Way, Lower Earley RG6 5HQ (adjacent to Suttons Bowls Club and opposite Asda) - OS Grid Ref: SU 7413 700
  • Accessible by 19b and 21 Reading Transport buses
  • Walk is 5.5 miles to Arborfield Church and back - easy flat paths, no stiles, leisurely pace
  • A chance to see the British Museum extension, Shinfield Film Studios and the ruins of the old Arborfield Church (and some open countryside).
  • Duration about 3 hours
  • Walk will be led by Steve Vale
  • Click here to view full details, including public transport information

Sunday 26th June 10:00, 6½ miles: Nettlebed, Maidensgrove, Russell's Water. Ups and downs in the Chilterns with some lovely open views along the way. Outdoor refreshments available at end of walk at Nettlebed Creamery. Start: SU702868 Old Kiln Nettlebed village green or roads nearby RG9 5BG. Leader Chris R, 0771 053 4818.

Tuesday 28th June 10:15, 12.1 miles: From Pinkneys Green to Cookham Dean and then circumnavigating Winter Hill, with some lovely views of the Thames. Back via Cookham and Furze Platt and the outskirts of Maidenhead to Pinkneys green. Start: SU854815 Maidenhead: Pinkney's Green CP, Pinkneys Drive SL6 6QG 51.526098, -0.76922402 ///upset.issue.prefect. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992 or 0118 932 8758.

Tuesday 28th June 10:15, 15 miles: Grim's Ditch and Pulpit Hill. Fine countryside and woodlands walking from middle of nowhere along Grim's Ditch(es) to Pulpit Hill in the Chilterns AONB somewhere between Princes Risborough and West Wycombe. Some hills. Start: SU823989 CP on narrow Smalldean Lane off A4010 east of Saunderton railway station at 51.6836,-0.8106 ///piper.vowel.nets (HP27 0PR). Bring packed lunch. Leader Martin L, 0786 025 4249.

Thursday 30th June 10:30, 5½ miles: A walk starting at Maidensgrove, taking in the beauty of the area, dropping down off Little Cookley Hill, then back up by Russell's Water heading to Pishill Bottom up round the woods and back to Maidensgrove via Pishill. Start: SU720887 Maidensgrove: between the 30mph signs on the Common, ///shadowed.scariest.factory. Leader Bill D, 0788 762 7885.

July 2022 Walks and Events

Sunday 3rd July 10:00, 5.8 miles: Walk along the Thames near Windsor and across fields near Eton. Start: SU952767 Start and parking are at St Edwards School, Parsonage Lane, Windsor. Leader Stewart M, 0790 151 4832 or 0118 966 3111.

Sunday 3rd July 10:00, 12.8 miles: A local walk from Finchampstead Ridges, walking down the valley to the River Blackwater. Following the river we then turn off to Warren Heath and the Bramshill Plantation. We return via Eversley and Finchampstead Church. We will be walking over gently undulating countryside, though forests. Start: SU812635 Simons Wood car park Finchampstead RG45 6AE. Bring packed lunch. Leader Nick J, 0778 525 7992 or 0118 932 8758.

Tuesday 5th July 10:00, 12½ miles: Caversham to Rotherfield Peppard. A new start and finish to a much travelled way between Caversham and Rotherfield Peppard, via Chalkhouse Green, Crowsley Park, Peppard Hill, Kidmore End and Tokers Green. The paths through the woods can get muddy after rain. There are a few short hills and stiles and most of the route is on paths with a few sections on quiet roads. Start: SU709761 Parking in a quiet road near the bollards that block through traffic in Hunters Chase. ///silent.bake.mock. Nearest postcode RG4 7XH. Bring packed lunch. Leader Peter CJ, 0771 468 3067.

Thursday 7th July 10:30, 3½ miles: A gentle walk through Nettlebed Woods and some open downland, skirting Joyce Grove, the former home of Ian Fleming and then the Sue Ryder Hospice. Finish the walk with a coffee and a cheese toastie al fresco. Start: SU698867 The Cheese Shed, High Street, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames RG9 5DA ///valve.legroom.expert. Leader Barbara C, 0737 533 4736 or 0118 940 3158.

Thursday 7th July 10:30, 5.4 miles: Peppard Common and Rotherfield Greys. A Chilterns AONB loop east of Peppard Common through attractive countryside up to Rotherfield Greys and back. The odd climb but nothing too strenuous. Start: SU709818 Car parking opposite the Red Lion PH, RG9 5LB. Leader Steve V, 0774 040 6869 or 0118 987 3901.

Summer Social Saturday 9th July 2022 - Flyer

Sunday 10th July 10:00, 5.3 miles: Pleasant summer's walk through typical Chiltern woods and fields with visit to Maharajah's Well. Start: SU665830 Checkendon village car park. RG8 0SS. Leader Colin R, 0773 891 1507.

Tuesday 12th July 10:15, 11½ miles: Knowl Hill, Hurley, Remenham Hill, Cockpole Green. Keeping it local. A mixture of fields, woods and riverside walking. Start: SU822794 Knowl Hill A4 Layby, RG10 9UR. Bring packed lunch. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043.

Tuesday 12th July 09:35, 15 miles: Goring, Compton, Ridgeway and Thames Path. Join us for a longer summer walk on Berkshire Downs and along the Thames Path with 1200 feet of ascent. Why not use the train? The 09.23 from Reading to Didcot Parkway arrives at 09.35 at Goring & Streatley Station. Start from station at 09.35 or join at the Thames bridge east side (SU597808) at 09.45. Please ring leader if parking and joining at bridge. Tea or pub stop in Goring at the end. Dogs on leads. Start: SU603803 Goring Station car park, Gatehampton Road, RG8 0EP, £4.20 per day. Bring packed lunch. Leader Paul L, 0776 858 5657 or 0118 979 0190.

Thursday 14th July 10:30, 6 miles: Around Waltham St Lawrence. Leisurely walk , mostly across fields. Start: SU829770 The Bell at Waltham St Lawrence RG10 0JJ ///moves.careful.convinced. Leader Ian M, 0742 933 7369.

Sunday 17th July 10:00, 5 miles: Happy Valley & Low Grounds Farm. Marlow then a lovely riverside walk by the Thames. Start: SU848862 Court Garden (pay) CP, Pound Lane, Marlow SL7 2AE. Leader Graham S & Karen D, 0796 600 2016 or 0798 075 9082.

Sunday 17th July 10:00, 13 miles: Climb Beacon Hill and look east to see the rest of the day's walk ahead over the iconic Watership Down ridge. 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 SU716670 Clares Green Road by Spencers Wood Pavilion RG7 1DY for car share. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 0788 411 3491.

Tuesday 19th July 10:15, 10½ miles: A really beautiful undulating walk around hidden gems in North Hampshire. Nature reserve, woodland, hidden hamlets - and views. Start: SU553619 Car Park opposite primary school, Ashford Hill Road, Ashford Hill. ///mirroring.performed.mainframe. Bring packed lunch. Leader Sue H and Sue A, 0785 506 9324.

Thursday 21st July 10:30, 5 miles: A leisurely walk around Bagshot Heath taking in Rapley Lake with glimpses of Bagshot Park, home to Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex. Start: SU902630 Meet at the entrance to Bagshot Pavilion and Playing Fields car park (parking not permitted), with roadside parking along College Ride GU19 5ES. Leader Richard K, 012 763 7313 or 0773 334 3307.

Thursday 21st July 10:30, 5½ miles: Gently undulating farmland & lanes near Warfield. Start: SU873726 Frost Folly CP, Wellers Lane , Warfield RG42 6EN. Leader Jane T, 0789 973 4799 or 0118 978 4319.

Sunday 24th July 10:15, 5, 6, 11 miles: 3 in 1 walk 5 miles: Knowl Hill to Bowsey Hill and Crazies Hill, following sections of the Chiltern Way. 6 miles : Knowl Hill , Burchetts Green & Ashley Hill, views over the Thames above Hurley. Join us for either or both sections. 6 miles will start at approx 12:45. Please let Jo know if you are only walking in the afternoon. Bring packed lunch if attending all day/afternoon. Start: SU822794 CP behind Square Deal cafe, Knowl Hill, RG10 9UR. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043.

Tuesday 26th July 10:15, 10½ miles: Now for something different. A walk beside the Regent Canal starting at Paddington Basin and finishing at Limehouse Basin, then returning home via DLR at Limehouse. Also an option to extend via the Ornamental Canal to Tower Hill another 4 miles. Trains from Reading to get a Travelcard 09.32, 09.35 and 09.42. Anyone coming from Wokingham will need to get 09.15 to Reading to connect. Start: TQ265814 Costa Coffee, Unit 4, Paddington Station W2 1HA by the Hammersmith and City Line (back of the station). Bring packed lunch. Leader Christine H & Steve S, 0777 586 0169 or 0777 614 8720.

Tuesday 26th July 10:15, 16 miles: A Downland walk. A little Ridgeway, followed by Farnborough, Bright Walton, Peasmore, Stanmore, around West Ilsley and back. Only 1,200 feet of ascent. Start: SU479840 Bury Down CP near West Ilsley on the Ridgeway. Nearest post code RG20 7AZ is north-east of West Ilsley. 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 28th July 10:30, 6 miles: A pleasant walk through mature beech woods and rolling countryside starting from the village of Rotherfield Peppard. Registered Assistance dogs only please. Start: SU709818 Parking spaces Opposite the Red Lion pub on Peppard Common. RG9 5LB. Leader Gerry C, 0780 535 6708.

Sunday 31st July: Coach walk: South Downs Way to Winchester. Flyer

Sunday 31st July 10:30, 5½ miles: Maidenhead Thicket & Pinkneys Green. Start: SU858809 Butterfly Trail Car Park on Henley Road just North of A4 at Maidenhead Thicket. Leader Derek & Jenny S, 0118 978 5447 or 0781 603 7164.

August 2022 Walks and Events

Tuesday 2nd August 10:00, 12 miles: Scenic summertime walk in the Chilterns from Maidensgrove to Watlington Hill via Park Corner and Cookley Green, returning through Northend and Pishill. 1,400 feet of ascent. Start: SU720887 Parking at the side of the road at Maidensgrove. Nearest post code RG9 6HA ///condense.direction.minder. Bring packed lunch. Leader John R, 0118 979 8703 or 0796 959 2394.

Thursday 4th August 10:30, 6 miles: Caversham to Crowsley. Via Littlestead Green and Chalkhouse Green. Start: SU725767 Car park at top of Caversham Park Road, next to tennis club RG4 6QN. Leader Graham C, 0771 999 3787.

Sunday 7th August 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, 0735 918 9429 or 0118 377 4820.

Sunday 7th August 10:00, 10 miles: Lace up for Lane End. Hilly scenic walk via Mundaydean, Moor Wood and Lower Woodend. Start: SU807918 Free village car park, Lane End, HP14 3ER (please park at rear end of car park). Bring packed lunch. Leader Sarah H, 0798 618 9081.

Tuesday 9th August 10:15, 12½ miles: Woods, fields and the river Thames from Woodcote. Tramp the fields and woods of your leader's boyhood haunts (again). A repeat of a walk I led in 2018. The River Rapids X40 bus (www.oxfordbus.co.uk) Woodcote War Memorial Stop is 100m from the start. A bus is timetabled to depart from Reading Town Centre, Station Road (stop SB) at 9.45 and reach Woodcote at 10:07. Text leader if catching the bus. Buses depart Woodcote to Reading at 15:03, 15:49 & 17:00 but I'm sure someone will give you a ride back to Reading. Start: SU645820 Woodcote Village Hall Car Park, junction Reading/Goring Roads. RG8 0SD (51.533947, -1.070891). ///hydrant.pulls.cries. Bring packed lunch. Leader Keith B, 0778 046 4115.

Thursday 11th August 10:30, 5½ miles: A delightful walk along the Thames Path and then up through the deer park to Remenham Hill. Walking through Remenham Woods and then finishing with a flat walk back to the pub. No stiles. Start: SU783843 For those having lunch you are able to use the car park of the FLOWER POT pub otherwise street parking ///drips.fulfilled.condiment. Leader Linda A, 0777 612 6663 or 0149 141 1011.

Thursday 11th August 10:30, 3½ miles: Join me for a closer look at Odiham Town Centre. We will take the southern footpath into Odiham before stopping at several of the historic sites that make up this hugely interesting town. We will do a circular tour with some history sound bites, leaving by way of the ancient deer park before following the canal back to the start. Start: SU747517 Colt Hill Canal Car Park Odiham RG29 1FR. Leader Sally B, H 01344 774468 or M 07876141817.

Tuesday 16th August 10:00, 13½ miles: A route in horse and hill fort country through West Berkshire over the Lambourn Downs and returning via the Ridgeway. Undulating but no big climbs. 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: 09:00 at SU716670 Clares Green Road by Spencers Wood Pavilion. RG7 1DY for car share. Leader Richard H, 0118 988 4118 or 0788 411 3491.

Tuesday 16th August 10:00, 16 miles: My Pension day Walk. Bury Down, East and West Hendred, Steventon, Ardington, West Ginge and return. Start: SU479840 Bury Down c.p. Bring packed lunch. Leader Mike E, 0783 364 6908 or 0118 944 1400.

Thursday 18th August 10:30, 6 miles: Moderate walk from Knowl Hill taking in Cayton Park and Ashley Hill. Mixture of woods and open fields, and hopefully views to Windsor. Start: SU822794 Knowl Hill Village CP (permission received) RG10 9UR. Leader Jo F, 0797 959 5043.

Sunday 21st August 10:00, 6 miles: A flattish walk crossing the M4 to STUD GREEN and continuing via walk and bridle ways to TOUCHEN END and PALEY STREET. The walk then crosses the M4 to return via flat farm tracks to Ockwells Park where we can look out for the Chieftan tank and Hawker hunter aircraft that might still be there. Start: SU878790 Ockwells Park car park at Cox Green. Leader Graham St, 0791 340 3345.

Tuesday 23rd August 10:15, 11½ miles: Strolling in South Oxfordshire. A flat walk to Rokemarsh, Newington, Drayton St Leonard and Warborough. Start: SU615915 Roadside parking along St Helen's Avenue, Benson OX10 6RZ. 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 25th August 10:30, 5½ miles: Over the greens and commons in the area of Maidenhead Thicket and Pinkney's Green. Start: SU859803 National Trust parking area off Cannon Lane SL6 4QQ. Leader Carmel H, 0796 179 0398.

Sunday 28th August 10:15, 6 miles: Silchester Roman Walls to West End Green. Start: SU635628 Silchester: Roman Town CP in Wall Lane; height 1.8m.RG7 2HJ. ///lurching.giants.letters. Leader Mark C, 0790 500 8551.

Sunday 28th August 10:00, 11 miles: Walk amongst heather-clad commons, a variety of woodlands and fields, starting from Tilford via Hankley Common, the Devil's Punchbowl at Hindhead and Little Frensham Pond. Start: SU875430 Car Park by the road that's south of Tilford and north of Hankley Golf Club, GU10 2DD. Bring packed lunch. Leader Susan R, 0796 670 2349.

Tuesday 30th August 10:00, 11 miles: Starting from Wittenham Clumps with some panoramic views heading on through the historic town of Dorchester-on-Thames returning along the riverside path to the car park via the village of Long Wittenham with its famous model railway museum. Start: SU567924 OX14 4QZ. ///openly.foil.gear. Bring packed lunch. Leader Shirley C & Elaine H, 0789 979 8221 or 0776 881 2124.

September 2022 Walks and Events

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

April 2023 Walks and Events

Clovelly Weekend 21st to 24th April 2023

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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