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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.

April 2019

Sunday 7th April: 10 Mile Walk - River Wey Wander (easy/moderate)

Meeting Point: Car park at The Anchor pub, Wisley Lane, Pryford
Post Code: GU23 6QW, Lat/Long: N51.3228°, W0.4901°, OS Map: TQ053592

This walk starts at 10:30am at the car park of The Anchor pub in the charming location of Pryford. We plan to have a drink at the pub after the walk and have asked permission to park in their car park.

This is a walk with lots of history and interesting buildings (and ruins) to see. A significant amount of the walk is along the River Wey, and we get to see some really picturesque landmarks and parts of the river, as well as a lock that is ranked as the prettiest on the River Wey.

We head out of Pryford over the Wisley golf course (one of two golf courses on this walk) and do a short detour to see Wisley church before heading to the River Wey. We have a choice of lunch stop locations, either before the village of Send in a pretty location at Broadmead Cut, or at a park in Send, we will decide on the day. We pass through Old Woking and visit a very old church, with a significant historical feature before heading back to Pryford.

This walk has the capacity to be muddy in a few places, particularly over farmland, depending on the weather before and during the walk, so best to be prepared with sturdy boots and possibly gaiters. Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual.

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

Sunday 14th April: 8 Mile Walk - Cookham Dean and Winter Hill (moderate)

Meeting Point: Cookham Moor National Trust Car Park, The Pound (B4447), Cookham Dean
Post Code: SL6 9SA, Lat/Long: N51.5599°, W0.7141°, OS Map: SU892853

The walk starts at 10:30am from the Cookham Moor car park on the B4447 between Cookham and Cookham Dean. This is a National Trust car park so fees will apply if you are not a member.

We begin by walking along the Thames riverbank and Cock Marsh, then climbing Winter Hill with lovely views of the Thames. Through woodland, and crossing the golf course on the way back to the car park. There is a pub stop at the village owned Jolly Farmer half way round.

Bring packed lunch, waterproofs and strong shoes/boots as usual.

Leaders: Julie 07762 825 121 or Mark 07949 633 477

Friday 19th April: 6 Mile Walk - A Good Friday Stroll (easy)
- Joint walk with the Berkshire Walkers

Meeting Point: Thatcham Railway Station, Station Road, Thatcham
Post Code: RG19 4PP, Lat/Long: N51.3937°, W1.2431°, OS Map: SU527663

Our walk will start from the south side of Thatcham railway station at 9:35am (on the arrival of the train from Reading).

We will follow the Kennet for a short distance before heading up onto Greenham Common, and over the hill to the River Enbourne on the county border. After following the Brenda Parker Way as it winds along the riverside, we'll head up onto Crookham Common before dropping back down to Thatcham.

There will the the opportunity to call at The Swan when we get back to the station, but there is no pub on the route. Please bring a morning snack with you and something to drink: we should be finished in time for lunch, leaving the afternoon free.

Leader: Lee 07780 683 521

Monday 22nd April: 7 Mile Walk - Fleet Pond and Pyestock Hill (easy/moderate)

Meeting Point: Fleet Railway Station, Minley Road, Fleet, Hampshire
Post Code: GU51 3QY, Lat/Long: N51.2903°, W0.8313°, OS Map: SU815552

Meet in the car park on the south side (station office side) of Fleet railway station for a 10:30am start. Parking costs £2.10 for the day on Bank Holidays. There are cafe and toilet facilities at the station.

The walk follows the edge of Fleet Pond, follows a section of the Basingstoke Canal and crosses several areas of woodland and plantation forest. The walk includes Norris Hill and Pyestock Hill, but despite their names, these are more like gentle inclines. There will be a picnic lunch stop and a pup stop about half-way round.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Sunday 28th April: 7½ Mile Walk - Blewbury and Chilton (moderate)
- Joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Recreation Ground car park, Bohams Road, Blewbury, Oxford
Post Code: OX11 9HB, Lat/Long: N51.5664°, W1.2431°, OS Map: SU525855

Meet for a 10:30am start at the recreation ground car park. Drive through Blewbury on the A417 and park in recreation ground car park off Boham's Road opposite Savages Garden Centre.

We will walk along Coffin Way to Upton, via Chilton then up on to the Downs with a fairly steep descent back to Blewbury.

Please bring a drink and packed lunch, as usual.

Leaders: Alistair and Pauline L. (PVR)

May 2019

Saturday Evening 4th May: Bank Holiday Boozing at the Back of Beyond

Meeting Point: Back of Beyond pub, 104–108 Kings Road, Reading
Post Code: RG1 3BY, Lat/Long: N51.4549°, W0.9634°

We hope you can join us for a drink or two to help while away the long weekend. The Back of Beyond (a Wetherspoons pub) offers a wide selection of real ales or whatever your poison is, as well as reasonably priced food for those wishing to partake. New members are very welcome to come along and meet the crowd. We shall be in residence from 7:00 PM and look forward to seeing you there.

Organisers: Jude 07585 234 836 and Adam 07709 032 516

Sunday 5th May: 8 Mile Walk - Henley to Marlow (moderate)

Meeting Point: Car Park on Pound Lane, opposite Malthouse Way, Marlow
Post Code: SL7 2AE, Lat/Long: N51.5689°, W0.7765°, OS Map: SU848862

Meet ready to start at the main exit of the Pound Lane car park at 10:45am promptly - if you are late do not expect the leader to be waiting for you as we have a bus to catch! The car park (at the time of the walk submission) has a charge of £3 for up to 6 hours. Alternative road side car parking may be found further west along Pound Lane and it's side roads heading away from the high street.

This is a linear walk so first we will travel on the 11:04am bus to Henley-on-Thames, the fare for this was £3.80 when pre-walked in March 2019.

If you wish to join the walk at Henley-on-Thames please meet at The Angel on the Bridge pub by the bridge at 11:25am but note that the precise time we will meet you cannot be guaranteed due to the earlier use of a bus and neither can it be guaranteed that anyone will be able to take you back at the end of the walk. (There is an hourly bus.)

Having arrived at Henley, possibly around 11:25am, we will first walk by the River Thames to Mill Weir and the picturesque village of Hambleden. From Hambleden, after a lunch break, we will head back to Marlow via the very scenic Chiltern Way/Shakespeare Way trails. Our route back will be a mixture of open views and woodland including a few hills - it is after all, the Chiltern Hills.

Once back in Marlow there will be various options to stop at a pub or coffee shop for refreshments.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

Leader: Mike D 07938 843 660

Sunday 12th May: 7 Mile Walk - Warfield and Northern Lanes (easy)

Meeting Point: Frost Folly Country Car Park, Wellers Lane, Warfield
Post Code: RG42 6EN, Lat/Long: N51.4458°, W0.7452°, OS Map: SU872726

Meet for a 10:30am start at the Frost Folly Country Car Park, Wellers Lane, Warfield. Approximate post code RG42 6EN.

This is a fairly gentle walk through fields and country paths with some really pretty views of the Berkshire countryside. This walk also includes walking down Ashmore Lane, reputed to be one of the prettiest lanes in the borough.

There is an opportunity for a pub stop at the end of the walk. Please bring lunch and a drink as usual.

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

Sunday 26th May: 8 Mile Walk - Friday Street, Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill (moderate)

Meeting Point: Free car park on Friday Street, Abinger Common, Surrey
Post Code: RH5 6JR, Lat/Long: N51.2003°, W0.3903°, OS Map: TQ125457

Meet at Friday Street car park for a 10:30am start. As this is slightly out of our normal area (but well worth the drive), both leaders are offering lifts from Reading (leave 09:00) and Winnersh/Wokingham (leave 09:15). Please ask Sue and Jane by the Thursday night.

To get to Friday Street from the main Guildford Road (A25), take a left turn marked Abinger Common, Friday Street, Leith Hill. After passing houses on the right, going through a rather dramatic cutting, passing a road junction on the right, a footpath on the left and reaching a large house on the right, take an extremely sharp left hand turn signposted Friday Street. The signpost is somewhat hidden in the trees and is very easy to miss. After about 400m, look out for the car park on the right, before the lake.

This is a circular walk through the Greensand hills of Surrey, with one short climb (slightly challenging) and some gentler gradients, so this walk will seem longer than its 8 miles. Please note it can we wet underfoot in some areas. We will stop at Leith Hill Tower, with its fine views south over the Sussex Weald. The tower is free to National Trust members (don't forget your card), or £2 to none members. The small cafe has refreshments and nice homemade cakes.

Please bring packed lunch and a drink. We will stop at the top of Holmbury Hill. There will be a pub stop in Holmbury-St-Mary.

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

Leaders: Jane 07881 805 156 (Reading) and Sue J 07931 291 552 (Winnersh/Wokingham)

June 2019

Friday Evening 7th June: 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 28th May, 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.)

July 2019

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)

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.