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Programme of Walks and Events

Please note that the Berkshire Weekend Walkers programme may have been updated since this web page was printed. Please check the website for updates.

If you cannot check the website before attending a walk or social event, please contact the walk leader or social event organiser to check for any changes in the details.

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.

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.)

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

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.)

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 pages to see where we've been so far.

June 2018

Friday 1st June: Registration deadline for the National Young Ramblers event
- hosted this year by the Berkshire Walkers 20s and 30s group

The National Young Ramblers 2018 is an event for young ramblers groups from across the UK and is being held on Friday 15th through to Sunday 17th June 2018.

The event includes a choice of walks on the Saturday, a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life on Sunday, plus social events on Friday and Saturday evenings. This year it is being organised by the Berkshire Walkers (20s & 30s group) and they have invited us to join them. To join in, you must register by Friday 1st June.

Please see https://www.berkshirewalkers.co.uk/nyr2018/ for the details.

Friday Evening 1st June: Steak and Grill Night at the Hare and Hounds

Meeting Point: Hare and Hounds Hotel, Bath Road, Speen, Newbury
Post Code: RG14 1QY, Lat/Long: N51.4103°, W1.3455°

A steak and grill night (other food is available) at The Hare and Hounds hotel in Speen, Newbury. Meet around 7pm for a 7:30 sit-down.

Please contact Jean-Paul by Tuesday 22nd May if you wish to come to this event. (20 places have been reserved.) Note that pre-ordering is required for parties of ten or more. J-P will provide menus once the numbers are known.

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

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

Saturday 2nd June: 8 Mile Walk - Greenham and Crookham Commons (moderate)

Meeting Point: Greenham Common Control Tower car park, off Burys Bank Road, near Newbury
Post Code: RG19 8DB, Lat/Long: N51.3834°, W1.2847°, OS Map: SU498651

Meet for a 10:30am start at the Greenham Common Control Tower car park, off Burys Bank Road, just outside Newbury.

We will walk around Greenham Common, going past the nuclear silos (former rest spot of the Millennium Falcon), then coming out onto Crookham Common before heading to the Travellers' Friend pub for a "quick" refreshment. We will then return to the car park via the northern side of the Commons.

Lunch stop will be somewhere on the Common, before or after the pub depending on timing. Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Jean-Paul 07887 710 396

Saturday 9th June: 5½ Mile Walk - Twyford, Charvil, Hurst & Ruscombe plus Twyford Beer Festival (easy)
- joint walk and social event with the Loddon Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Twyford Railway Station, Station Road, Twyford
Post Code: RG10 9NA, Lat/Long: N51.4757°, W0.8636°, OS Map: SU790758

A short walk around Twyford, Charvil, Hurst and Ruscombe, either returning to the station or joining the leader at the Twyford Beer Festival, King George V Playing Field, Twyford, RG10 0AP. The walk is flat, with a couple of stiles and might be muddy in places. We expect to get to the Festival at approximately 1:15pm.

The Twyford Beer Festival is well established with beer, cider, soft drinks, food and music available from 12 noon to 10 pm, with all profits supporting Orchid - the men's cancer charity. This year entry to the Beer festival is £5 - including glass and programme.

Meet at Twyford station for an 11am start. The 10:52 from Maidenhead arrives 11:00, and the 10:48 from Reading arrives 10:54. (There are no engineering works planned for this weekend.) Please contact the walk leader (preferably by text) if coming by train so we can wait for you.

Parking at the station is £4 for the day. Car park in nearby Polehampton Close is £1.50 for 4 hours, which is plenty of time if you're doing the walk only.

Walk leader and organiser: Jo F 07979 595 043

Friday Evening 15th June to Sunday 17th June: National Young Ramblers Event
- hosted by the Berkshire Walkers 20s and 30s group

The National Young Ramblers 2018 is an event for young ramblers groups from across the UK and is being held on Friday 15th through to Sunday 17th June 2018.

The event includes a choice of several walks on the Saturday, a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life on the Sunday, plus social events on Friday and Saturday evenings. There is a pub quiz on Friday evening and a barn dance at Reading Town Hall on Saturday evening.

This year it is being organised by the Berkshire Walkers (20s & 30s group) and they have invited us to join them. To join in, you must register by Friday 1st June. (There is a fee of £20, which is needed to cover the hire of the venues and band, etc.)

Please see https://www.berkshirewalkers.co.uk/nyr2018/ for the details.

Saturday 16th June: 9 Mile Walk - Hook, Greywell and North Warnborough (easy/moderate)
- part of the National Young Ramblers Weekend

Meeting Point: Hook Railway Station, Hook, Hampshire
Post Code: RG27 9HS, Lat/Long: N51.2802°, W0.9618°, OS Map: SU725539

Meet in the car park at Hook Railway Station for a 10:40am start.

From Reading, take the 09:52 Bournemouth service from platform 15, which stops at Basingstoke at 10:09. Change here and take the 10:24 London Waterloo service from platform 1, which stops at Hook at 10:31. (Trains return to Reading by the same route every half an hour.) If coming by car, the station car park is on Station Road in the middle of Hook, RG27 9HS. The car park charges £2 for the day.

This walk includes farmland, heathland, ancient woodland, small sections of the Basingstoke canal, a tunnel that is now a nature reserve, an aqueduct, the remains of a castle, a ford and a pub!

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

To see what other walks are going on as part of the National Young Ramblers weekend, visit https://www.berkshirewalkers.co.uk/nyr2018-walks-program/

Wednesday Evening 20th June: 4 Mile Walk - Odiham and Basingstoke Canal (easy)

Meeting Point: Odiham Wharf car park, Colts Hill, Odiham
Post Code: RG29 1AL, Lat/Long: N51.2595°, W0.9294°, OS Map: SU748516

Meet at the (free) Odiham Wharf car park for a 7pm start. This is at the end of Colts Hill - from Odiham High Street, turn off down London Road (by the Hovis sign), pass The Waterwitch pub and keep going to the end of the road.

This flat and easy walk follows the canal towpath to Wilks Water, crosses the canal to woodland and farm paths back to Odiham and finally back down the High Street to the car park, optionally stopping at The Waterwitch pub by the canal. The walk should take about 1½ hours.

Leader: Denise 07748 766 371

Saturday 23rd June: 8 Mile Walk - Down House, near Orpington, Kent (moderate)
- joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Orpington Railway Station, Station Approach, Orpington, Kent
Post Code: BR6 0SX, Lat/Long: N51.3733°, E0.0896°, OS Map: TQ455658

Down House was the home of the famous naturalist Charles Darwin for most of his life. Peter Worsley, the walk leader, has a special interest in Darwin.

Assemble in the booking hall on the arrivals (east) side at Orpington railway station by 10:30am. The full walk is in three parts:-

First, 4 miles to Downe village via Farnborough, we will visit Darwinian sites in the village and then have a lunch break - either bring a picnic, or there is a CAMRA pub or a teashop.

Second, a 15 minute walk to Down House. This is an English Heritage property and admission to the house is about £11. About two hours will be allocated to visiting the house and grounds.

Third, a walk from Down House to Hayes (Kent) railway station via Keston Heath of about 4 miles with an arrival circa 17:00 hrs. This walk is an exact repeat of one undertaken in 1894 with arrival and departure from the same stations.

Contact Peter at peter.worsley01@gmail.com

Sunday 24th June: 11½ Mile Walk - Shakespeares's Way and Thames Path (moderate)

Meeting Point: Free Car Park on Skirmett Road, Mill End, Henley-on-Thames
Post Code: RG9 6TL, Lat/Long: N51.5626°, W0.8683°, OS Map: SU785854

This varied walk starts at 10:30am from the free car park on Skirmett Road, near Mill End. (The car park is on the left as you head from Mill End toward Hambledon). There are toilet facilities at the car park.

We will follow a route through attractive Chiltern countryside and woodland along parts of Shakespeare's Way to the outskirts of Marlow. We then head down to the Thames Path at Temple Lock, continuing past Hurley Lock and finishing at the impressive Hambledon Lock and Weir. There are a couple of fairly steep inclines at the start of the walk, after which it is mostly level.

There will be the opportunity for a pub stop at The Flower Pot at Aston before completing the last leg of the walk. Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and a drink as usual.

Leader: Julia C 07804 797 071

July 2018

Sunday 1st July: 8 Mile Walk - Cholsey and South Moreton (moderate)
- joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Car park outside St Mary’s Church, Cholsey
Post Code: OX10 9PS, Lat/Long: N51.5789°, W1.1577°, OS Map: SU584870

If arriving by car, head north west out of Cholsey on Church Road. Park in the car park off Church Road, in the apron before St Mary's Church. (Do not park in the field on the left.) If arriving by train, the church is around a 15 minute walk from Cholsey Station. (Head into Cholsey on Station Road and then out on Church Road.)

This relatively flat circular walk takes us to Aston Tirrold, then Blewburton Hill to Moreton and back to Cholsey. Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual.

Leaders: Pauline and Alistair 07989 289 099

Sunday 8th July: 9 Mile Walk - Knowl Hill and Waltham St Lawrence (easy/moderate)

Meeting Point: The centre of Waltham St Lawrence village.
Post Code: RG10 0JN, Lat/Long: N51.4851°, W0.8068°, OS Map: SU829769

Park considerably around the vicinity of the church and The Bell Inn, ready for a 10:30am start.

This relatively flat walk heads through farm land to West End, taking in parts of the Knowl Hill bridleway circuit on the way, to Shottesbrooke Park where we will have lunch. Afterwards heading to Knowl Hill Common, back along the bridleway and farm land returning to Waltham St Lawrence and a pub-stop at The Bell Inn.

There will be some overgrowth and nettles during the walk. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water.

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

Saturday 14th July: 5½ Mile Walk - Hannington and Wayfarer's Walk (easy)

Meeting Point: The Village Green, Hannington
Post Code: RG26 5TZ, Lat/Long: N51.2956°, W1.2279°, OS Map: SU539554

The walk starts at 10:30am in the picturesque village of Hannington by the church and green. Park by but not on the green, or considerately on nearby roads.

Being a short walk this could be ideal for new walkers but also I think it will be liked by others due to the fine extensive views. The route will take us south from the village of Hannington besides some copses which earlier were seen with blue bells, a small stretch of quiet lane walking and a return to Hannington on a mixture of the Wayfarer's Walk and a regular footpath with good extensive views to the west and north.

After the walk there is an option for a drink or if you wish for a meal at the nearby Vine pub. If you wish to eat and book a table I would suggest not booking it earlier than 13:00.

Please bring a drink and if you wish a small snack for a brief stop, being only a short walk, I am not intending to have the usual longer lunch stop.

Leader: Mike D 07938 843 660

August 2018

Saturday 4th August: 10½ Mile Walk - Crondall and Doras Green, Figure-of-8 (moderate)

Meeting Point: Outside All Saints Church, Croft Lane, Crondall (nr. Fleet/Farnham)
Post Code: GU10 5QR, Lat/Long: N51.2306°, W0.8635°, OS Map: SU794485

This is really two walks, in a figure of 8 pattern, giving a choice of a long or shorter walk.

Part 1 starts at 10:30am from outside the church in Crondall, heading to Montgomery's farm and Swanthorpe farm with great views. Part 2 leads us through the golf course, and across woodland to Doras green and Wimble Hill.

Pub-stop half way round (TBA due times of opening). Bring a packed lunch, water, strong shoes/boots and waterproofs.

Leader: Mark B. 07949 633 477

Saturday 18th August: 8½ Mile Walk - Eversley, Bramshill Forest and Hazeley Heath (moderate)

Meeting Point: Car park at St Marys Church, Eversley
Post Code: RG27 0PX, Lat/Long: N51.3424°, W0.8811°, OS Map: SU780609

Meet at the car park outside St Mary's Church, Eversley, for a 10:30am start.

Walking through tracks and Fox ride to Bramshill Forest and Hazeley Heath and Police college. Pub-stop half way round at The Shoulder of Mutton.

Bring packed lunch, water, strong shoes/boots and waterproofs.

Leader: Julie B. 07762 825 121

September 2018

Saturday 8th September: Proms in the Park, Hyde Park, London

You are invited to get out your flags and join us for a BWW trip to Proms in the Park - the outdoor Last Night of the Proms celebrations in Hyde Park. Hosted by Michael Ball, this year's event includes entertainment by Gladys Knight, Josh Groban, Joseph Calleja, Matt Goss, Lisa Stansfield as well as the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.

Gates usually open from 3pm and event finishes about 10:30pm. Cost of ticket per person is £48.20 (includes a £3.20 booking fee). Please book your own tickets by following this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3T66PD82XxwlCqrwnjt6Fwy/proms-in-the-park-2018-london-how-to-buy-tickets

The proposed plan is to go by train to London and meet outside Marble Arch Tube Station. We will each bring items for a shared picnic and drinks.

If you would like to come with the group for this packed afternoon and evening of fun and entertainment then please contact Julia (via text or WhatsApp) as she will be co-ordinating the event for BWW.

Event organiser: Julia can be contacted on 07804 797 071 email: juliacoombes@ntlworld.com

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.

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 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.