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Our Programme of Walks and Events

Our programme of walks and social events is regularly updated. New items are often added, but occasionally existing items have to be changed, so please check before travelling.

Our group has been walking since July 2012 and we've been to all sorts of places in and around Berkshire. Take a look at our Scrapbook to see where we've been so far.

Walks: Our walks are mostly planned and led by volunteers from within our group, but we also have joint walks with our neighbouring Ramblers groups. The walks are open to all members of the Ramblers and to anyone interested in joining our group.

Note: The Ramblers website has a Walk Finder Page where you can find other walks in your area.

Social Events: Our social events are mostly organised by volunteers from within the group and are open to members of the Berkshire Weekend Walkers and to anyone considering joining the group.

Holidays: Our walking holidays are mostly planned and led by volunteers from within our group, but we sometimes use Ramblers approved holiday companies. The holidays led by our group are open to members of other Ramblers groups, but where numbers are limited, priority will be given to members of our own group. (Obviously the holidays run by holiday companies are open to anyone.)

Sat Nav references are given as a post code and as Latitude/Longitude co-ordinates. Ordnance Survey Landranger map references for the start point of walks are also provided for the more traditional map reader.

Please be aware that post codes in the countryside may cover a large area and your Sat Nav device will assume the centre of that area, which may not be where we are! It is much more accurate to put Lat/Long co-ordinates into your Sat Nav if you can. (Most of them can accept Lat/Long input. Have a look in the manual.)

June 2019

Sunday 2nd June: 12 Mile Walk - Hambleden, Moor Green, Frieth (moderate/strenuous)

Meeting Point: Car park near the Stag and Hunstman pub in Hambleden
Post Code: RG9 6SG, Lat/Long: N51.5726°, W0.8688°, OS Map: SU784865

Meet at earlier time of 10:00am at public car park in Hambleden, situated beyond the Stag and Huntsman pub. This is a moderate to strenuous walk of 12 miles with approximately 380 metres of ascent and a good selection of Chiltern's scenery. (Please come suitably shod in case of wet conditions).

We'll head east from the car park along the Chiltern Way/Shakespeare's Way route through Beech woodland toward Bovingdon Green. We'll then strike north and north west through open fields and along woodland tracks to emerge up at Moor Common. A short woodland stretch will then take us across to emerge at Frieth by the Prince Albert pub where we will stop for refreshment. Lunch having been taken on route to Moor Common.

Most of the day's ascent having been completed, we'll start the easier return leg that takes us past St Katherine's Convent Parmoor then down woodland trails to Pheasants Hill and a short stretch of Chiltern Way back to Hambleden. The church there should be selling teas in aid of restoration funds for those interested.

Bring a packed lunch and drinks, as usual.

Leader: Keith A. 07766 275 377

Friday Evening 7th June: Top Girls at the Progress Theatre

Meet in the bar at 7:30pm at The Progress theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading, RG1 5HL.

Performances at 7:45pm. There will be two 15 minute intervals.

Marlene is a successful businesswoman, but what has her promotion cost her? Caryl Churchill's play addresses the themes of the 1980s, using famous women of the past to examine the choices women need to make to succeed in a man's world.

Tickets £12. Please book your ticket directly: ticket booking

Please advise Jane if you have booked a ticket. Organiser is sitting in the front row.

Organiser: Jane K 07881 805 156 or janekendrick(at)btinternet.com

(Please replace the (at) with an @ in the email address above.)

Saturday 8th June: Twyford Beer Festival and 6 mile walk
- The Loddon Valley Group are hosting this social and walk

Meeting Point: Twyford Station outside the ticket office
Post Code: RG10 9NA, Lat/Long: N51.4752°, W0.8632°

Meet for a 11:00am start at the Twyford railway Station outside the ticket office.

Parking available at Polehampton Close car park, RG10 9RP. £1.50 for 4 hours, £4 up to 10 hours. The walk will be passing through this car park. If you let the walk leader know, we can 'pick you up' on the way.

Build up a thirst for the Twyford Beer Festival with a walk through Charvil Nature Reserve, along the Loddon, and back through Hurst. Some stiles. The walk will start after the arrival of the 10:52 from Maidenhead and the 10:48 from Reading (will change if timetable changes). Please check the website nearer the time. The beer festival details may be found at Twyford beer festival.

Please bring a drink and perhaps a snack for the walk - there is food and naturally drinks at the festival too!

Organiser: Jo F 07979 595043

Saturday 15th June: 10 Mile Walk - Wokingham and the TRL Banked Bend (moderate)

Meeting Point: Wokingham Railway Station, Station Approach, Wokingham
Post Code: RG40 2AP, Lat/Long: N51.4119°, W0.8425°, OS Map: SU806687

Meet outside Wokingham railway station for a 10:15am start. (The 10:04 from Reading gets in at 10:12 and the 09:50 from Bracknell gets in at 09:56. Parking at the station costs £2 for the day.)

This is a flat walk that offers a glimpse into the future, in the form of major developments currently going on in both Wokingham and Crowthorne. In Wokingham both Peach Place and Elm's field developments are in mid-build, as is the new Buckler's Park housing estate on the site of the former Transport Research Laboratory.

The walk explores the footpaths to the south of Wokingham and at its furthest point from the start, we take a walk round the former TRL test track. With a lovely country pub on route it's a varied and interesting walk with a bit of modernity, history and of course imbibing. The return route finishes with the hidden lanes of Wokingham, and for those interested, a drink in one of Wokingham's many hostelries. (Explorer Map 159)

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Jim B 07734 569 216

Sunday 23rd June: 8½ Mile Walk - Pangbourne and Sulham Wood (moderate)

Meeting Point: Car Park by Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne
Post Code: RG8 7AN, Lat/Long: N51.4841°, W1.0882°, OS Map: SU634765

Meet at the car park by Pangbourne Village Hall for a 10:30am start. (This pay-and-display car park is free on Sundays.) The 10:15 Didcot service from Reading stops here at 10:23 and it's a three minute walk from the station to this car park. (If you are on this train and it is running late, please contact the walk leader.)

The walk explores Mosshall Woods, Little Heath, Sulham Wood, Tidmarsh and the grounds around Pangbourne College. The walk is hilly and will no doubt be muddy in places. There will be a picnic stop in Sulham Wood and a pub stop in Tidmarsh.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Tuesday 25th June: Deadline for the Steak and Grill Night at the Hare and Hounds

Jean-Paul is organising a Steak and Grill Night at the Hare and Hounds on Friday Evening 12th July. If you wish to join us, please contact J-P before Tuesday 25th June.

Wednesday Evening 26th June: 4 Mile Walk - Finchampstead and Moor Green Lakes (leisurely)

Meeting Point: The Green by the Queens Oak pub, Finchampstead
Post Code: RG40 4LP, Lat/Long: N51.3685°, W0.8618°, OS Map: SU793638

Meet for a 7:15pm start on the green by the Queens Oak pub in Finchampstead. Please park around the green between the church and the pub.

This evening walk is a mostly flat route through fields and woodland, followed by a section of the Blackwater Valley Path to Moor Green Lakes nature reserve. We will then walk along some quiet lanes before joining a footpath leading back to the church.

Optional refreshments at the pub afterwards.

Leader: Denise 07748 766 371

Sunday 30th June: 10¾ Mile Walk - Tyle Mill Lock and Ufton Nervet (Moderate)

Meeting Point: Free car park at Tyle Mill Lock
Post Code: RG7 4BS, Lat/Long: N51.4184°, W1.0999°, OS Map: SU626692

Start at 10:30am from the medium size free car park at Tyle Mill Lock - consider car sharing.

From Tyle Mill Lock we follow the towpath along the Kennet & Avon canal to Sulhamstead Lock before then heading off into the surrounding countryside. Continuing on then to Ufton Nervet and a lunch stop near Padworth College.

From Padworth Hill we cross the weir to Aldermaston Wharf, and here have an optional pub stop. We then rejoin the tow path, then finally on a parallel route to the canal will return back to the start point.

Please bring suitable footwear, drink and picnic lunch as usual.

Leaders: Ann and Kathy 07800 728 667 or 07794 406 438

July 2019

Friday Evening 12th July: Steak and Grill Night at the Hare and Hounds Hotel, Speen

Meeting Point: Hare and Hounds Hotel, Bath Road, Speen, Newbury
Post Code: RG14 1QY, Lat/Long: N51.4104°, W1.3456°

Drinks and a meal at the Hare and Hounds in Speen. It's Steak and Grill Friday, but fish and veggie options are also available. Meet for drinks from 7pm, sit down 7:30pm.

This event needs booking, so if you'd like to go, please can contact the organiser by the end of day Tuesday 25th June, with your name, email address and menu choices from the Hare and Hounds - Steak and Grill menu. Twenty places have been reserved, and they'll be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so please don't leave it to the last minute.

Organiser: Jean-Paul 07887 710 396 or jeanpaultanner(at)hotmail.com

(Please replace the (at) with an @ in the email address above.)

Saturday Afternoon 27th July: Outdoor Theatre - Sense and Sensibility at The Vyne

Meet at the entrance gate at 5:45pm of The Vyne National Trust, Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, RG24 9HL.

Scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles are what lie in store in this witty theatre adaptation of a Jane Austen classic. Known for their playful humour and energy, The Pantaloons Theatre Company make a welcome return to The Vyne.

Bring along your picnics, chairs and blankets ready for a fun-filled evening on the north lawn. Gates open 5.45pm. Programmes and raffle tickets will be on sale before the performance which runs 7-10pm. Event ticket prices £13. Please book direct ticket booking. Please advise Jane if you have booked a ticket.

Don't forget to wrap up warm and bring a torch for the journey back to the car through the gardens.

New and prospective members are welcome to come and find out what we're about.

Organiser: Jane K 07881 805 156 or janekendrick(at)btinternet.com

(Please replace the (at) with an @ in the email address above.)

Sunday 28th July: 11 Mile Walk - Goring on Thames (moderate)
- Joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Goring and Streatley railway station, Gatehampton Road, Goring
Post Code: RG8 0ES, Lat/Long: N51.5215°, W1.1328°, OS Map: SU602806

Meet for a 10:30am start at Goring and Streatley railway station. The station car park is £3.30 on Sundays. (The nearby Wheel Orchard car park, by the Catherine Wheel pub, is free on Sundays, and it's about 7-8 minutes walk to the station.)

This moderately paced walk passes over the Thames beside the picturesque lock at Goring before climbing steeply to the Trig Point on Lough Down where we can take time to recover our breathe while enjoying views of the Thames below. From here we descend onto the ancient Ridgeway and then begin the steady assent above Thurle Down to Streatley Warren. Leaving the Ridgeway here we pass through Ham Wood before descending gently through Unhill Bottom to Moulsford and the Thames, then back to Goring.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Leader: Steve H. (PVR)

August 2019

Friday 2nd August: Deadline for the evening meal at The Green Man Hurst

Jane is organising a meal at the The Green Man Hurst on Saturday Evening 10th August. If you wish to join us, please contact Jane before Friday 2nd August.

Organiser: Jane K 07881 805 156 or janekendrick(at)btinternet.com

(Please replace the (at) with an @ in the email address above.)

Saturday Evening 10th August: Evening meal at The Green Man Hurst

Meet in time for the 7.30pm sit down at The Green Man Hurst, Hinton Road, Hurst, RG10 0BP

The Green Man in Hurst is a fine example of a Traditional English Country pub. It was awarded its first license in the 1600's and have been serving thirsty travelling tradesmen and villagers ever since.

Parts of the building have survived from before the pub opened. The timbers were recycled from decommissioned ships that were built from trees from the Great Windsor Forest, which at the time included Hurst within its boundaries.

The Kitchen proudly offers traditional British fare with a focus on seasonality. They use the finest ingredients sourced mostly from local suppliers and producers and freshly cook everything for lunch and dinner every day. Good selection of real ales

Hopefully we can enjoy the extensive beer garden and eat alfresco!

New and prospective members are welcome to come and find out what we're about.

Please advise Jane by Friday 2nd August if you would like to attend. No deposits required, however please attend if you've said you would.

Organiser: Jane K 07881 805 156 or janekendrick(at)btinternet.com

(Please replace the (at) with an @ in the email address above.)

October 2019

Saturday 12th October: Oxford Trip for Adam's 50th Birthday
- Ashmolean Museum followed by a Pub Crawl

Details to follow...

Organiser: Adam W

Thursday Evening 17th October: First aid course

Meeting Point: St John Ambulance Centre, Deadmans Lane, Theale
Post Code: RG7 5FB, Lat/Long: N51.4354°, W1.0864°

Meet in time for a 6.30pm start for our next 3 hour first aid course at the St John Ambulance Centre, Deadmans Lane, Theale.

When you have successfully completed the course you will be awarded a certificate that is valid for 3 years. These first aid courses are being subsidised by the Ramblers who pay St John Ambulance directly for the course. After attending the course, you will be asked to contribute £15 towards the cost of the course through your Group Treasurer.

If you would like to attend the course please let David Turner know by emailing him and let him know you are in the Berkshire Weekend Walkers group.

Organiser: David Turner or turnerd2(at)btinternet.com

(Please replace the (at) with an @ in the email address above.)

Updates to Details

Please note that walks, social events and holidays may be added to this programme at any time. Also we occasionally have to make changes to an item that is already on the programme. If you have printed out this programme, please be aware that it may have changed since you printed it.

If you are unable to check the website before attending a walk, it would be wise to call the walk leader/event organiser to confirm that the details haven't changed.

If you wish to reproduce any of the events from this programme in a local paper, magazine or elsewhere on the Internet, please contact us. Your reproduction could become incorrect and misleading if we update the programme and were not able to alert you of the changes. Also we would like to extend the courtesy of informing our leaders that their walk has been more widely publicised, so that they may expect more attendees than usual.

Booking of Social Events

Please remember that our social events are organised by volunteers, so your co-operation is greatly appreciated. For some events the organisers need to know in advance who is going so they can make the necessary bookings etc. If you wish to attend a social event that specifies a deadline then please contact the organiser before the deadline otherwise you will be putting them to extra trouble and it may not be possible to change the booking anyway.

If there are still some spare places on an event after the specified deadline has passed, a bulletin will be sent out, otherwise you must assume you are too late. (Please don't try to sneak in by contacting the venue and changing the booking without the organisers knowledge or consent!)

Also, if you are booked on an event and then find you are unable to make it after all, please let the organiser know so that they don't wait around for you, and as they may be able to offer the place to someone else.

Thank you very much for your co-operation.