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Our Programme of Walks and Events

Coronavirus Pandemic Measures
To assist NHS Track and Trace, we record contact details for everyone attending our walks, which we keep for 21 days after the walk. Anyone who is not a BWW member will need to provide their name and contact number before attending our walks. Also, we are limiting the number of people attending some of our walks to help with social distancing.
See the Ramblers website for more details.

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.)

October 2021

Sunday 3rd October: 12 Mile Walk - Nettlebed (moderate)

Meeting Point: The Green (road) in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire
Post Code: RG9 5BA, Lat/Long: N51.5756°, W0.9887°, OS Map: SU701867

Meet for a 10am start by the grassy roundabout that joins The Green (road) with the A4130 in Nettlebed. There is usually plenty of roadside parking in The Green and there is usually extra parking along The Old Kiln (road). Please park considerately.

A hilly walk (approx. 1300 ft ascent) of around 11.5 miles. Heading up to Swincome House we use The Ridgeway then on to Cookley Green and across to Pishill where we have lunch at the local church.
We then head back south using The Oxfordshire Way and have a brief visit to another scenic but ruined church at Bix Bottom before returning west to our start. A chance to see some autumnal colour on the trees hopefully and some fine Chiltern scenery.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual. Please bring a face mask/covering for emergencies.
The leader is able to offer a lift to one more person from Reading having already had one request.

Booking is not required and there is no limit on numbers attending this walk. If you wish to go on this walk, please be sure to turn up before the start time of the walk. A register will be taken at start of walk for Track and Trace purposes. (Your contact details will be kept for 21 days after the walk.)

Leader: Keith A. 07766 275 377

Saturday 9th October: 10½ Mile Walk - Faccombe and the Three County Walk (moderate/hilly)

Meeting Point: The Jack Russell pub in Faccombe, Hampshire
Post Code: SP11 0DX, Lat/Long: N51.3191°, W1.4411°, OS Map: SU390579

Meet for a 10:30am start from outside the Jack Russell pub in Faccombe. Parking is available in the overflow car park which is 50 metres past the obvious car park opposite the pub.

A unique walk in that it traverses the three counties of Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire. The walk commences in scenic Faccombe before heading to Netherton and Linkenholt. All three villages are privately owned and are a sight to behold. We then head through Linkenholt Hanging and Combe Wood before moving onto the Wayfarer's Walk near Combe Gibbet. Following the ridge we move past Walbury Hill, Eastwick Copse, and Pilot Hill. After hopefully enjoying the views, we turn onto the Brenda Parker Way and head back to Faccombe.

There are a few undulations along the way but nothing too serious. Also a few stiles and a small section of tarmac on very quiet lanes.

Bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual. We have the option of a cuppa or something stronger at the impressive Jack Russell pub after the walk.

We are limiting the number of people attending this walk to 15 (including the leader). If you would like to go on this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk We will get back to you to let you know if you have a place or not. (If all places have gone, we'll ask if you want to be put on the reserve list in case someone else drops out.) Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

Saturday 16th October: 12½ Mile Walk - Wallingford, North and South Stoke, and Grim's Ditch (moderate)

Meeting Point: Cattle Market Car Park, 15 Wood Street, Wallingford
Post Code: OX10 0HF, Lat/Long: N51.5986°, W1.1231°, OS Map: SU608892

An undulating walk in the heart of the Chilterns starting in the historic market town of Wallingford, taking in open countryside, some woodland, Chiltern villages, a ruined church and the River Thames.

Meet for a 10:15 start in the Cattle Market car park in Wallingford. (Parking will cost £2.60 for the day.) The X39 bus from Reading arrives in Wallingford at 9:59am.

The Route
• We will walk south of Wallingford along the Ridgeway path before heading east, and picking up Grim's Ditch (ancient earthwork)
• The Icknield way will takes us across Chiltern farmland, after which we will head southwest to the village of South Stoke
• We will have a pub stop at the Perch and Pike in South Stoke before joining the River Thames
• We will have a lunch stop along the River Thames and then resume our walk to the village of North Stoke
• After passing Spring's golf club and Mongewell Park (with a short detour to the partially ruined church of St John), we will retrace our steps back to Wallingford.

What to Bring
• Sturdy walking shoes would be fine or walking boots;
• Bring water and lunch;
• Waterproof tops are advisable if the weather forecast is poor;
• Cash/card for a drink in the pub part way round the route.

Booking is not required and there is no limit on numbers attending this walk. A register will be taken at start of walk for Track and Trace purposes.

Walk Leader: Alexandra 07919 115615 (WhatsApp, text or call if necessary)

Sunday 17th October: 7 Mile Walk - Henley on Thames and Hambleden (easy/moderate)

Meeting Point: Henley Railway Station
Post Code: RG9 1FR, Lat/Long: N51.534°, W0.9005°, OS Map: SU763822

Beginners Walk - generally flat route with two short climbs which will be taken at a gentle pace.

Parking is available at the station (£3 for 4 hours) or in the town centre. From Reading by train, take the 09:22 Paddington service and change at Twyford for the 09:38 Henley-on-Thames service, which arrives at 09:50. Buses from Reading and Maidenhead are also available, arriving before 10am.

Meet outside the front entrance to the station for a 10am start.

The Route
• From our starting point at Henley on Thames railway station, we will head east into the Chilterns passing through woods and farmland
• We will cross the Thames at the beautiful Hambleden Mill before heading north to the village of Hambleden
• We will climb up through Ridge Wood before descending to walk along the Thames back to Henley
Following the walk, there will be the opportunity to join the walk leader at the Coppa Club in Henley for a drink and/or lunch if you wish.

What to Bring
• Sturdy walking shoes would be fine or walking boots;
• Bring water and a snack;
• Waterproof tops are advisable if the weather forecast is poor;
• Cash/card for a drink/lunch after the walk.

Booking is not required and there is no limit on numbers attending this walk. A register will be taken at start of walk for Track and Trace purposes.

Walk Leader: Alexandra 07919 115615 (WhatsApp, text or call if necessary)

Sunday 24th October: 9 Mile Walk - Brightwalton Holt, near Leckhampstead (moderate)
- joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers group

Meeting Point: Brightwalton Holt, near Leckhampstead
Post Code: RG20 7DA, Lat/Long: N51.4959°, W1.3673°, OS Map: SU440776

Meet for a 10:30 start in the layby on the southern edge of Brightwalton Holt on the B4494, about 8 miles north of Newbury. If you are coming from the south, it is on the left, shortly after passing a 50 mph sign and just after the Brightwalton Holt signpost. If coming from the north, it's on the right, about 200m after the Brightwalton Holt sign.

We will walk on the southern slopes of the Berkshire Downs in the North Wessex AONB passing through 4 picturesque villages: Peasemore, Leckhampstead, Chaddleworth and Brightwalton. Around 450 ft of ascent and 5 stiles.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual. This walk does not require booking in advance.

Leaders: Pauline and Alistair

Saturday 30th October: 7 Mile Walk - Sonning Common and Henley-on-Thames (moderate)

Meeting Point: Corner of Sedgewell Road and Peppard Road, Sonning Common
Post Code: RG4 9TA, Lat/Long: N51.5206°, W0.9801°, OS Map: SU708806

Meet by the shops at the junction of Sedgewell Road and Peppard Road, B481 in Sonning Common for a 10:30 start. (See map links above.) Parking may be found in Sedgewell Road or in the long lay by on Peppard Road (I cannot remember seeing any parking restrictions but please do check).

The walk should be ideal for new comers to find out more about our group given the walk is fairly short and also has a social element of a visit to a pub. It consists of a varied mixture of open landscape with extensive views of the Chiltern hills and woodland including some short sections of the Chiltern Way. The walk takes us to the periphery of Henley-on-Thames and back via Rotherfield Greys and includes some very short hills.

A lunch stop will be had overlooking a particularly scenic valley in the parish of Rotherfield Greys before a pub drink at the Maltsters Arms. We return to Sonning Common via an area known as Stony Bottom.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual. Booking is not required for this walk but a register of those attending will be taken on the day.

Leader: Mike D 07938 843 660

November 2021

Friday Evening 12th November: Rabble Theatre:

Meeting Point: Reading Minster, 2 Chain Street, Reading
Post Code: RG1 2HX, Lat/Long: N51.4544°, W0.9741°

Thinking about Theatre
As a social event for BWW, I would be happy to lead you to Reading Minster on Friday 12th November.

The Rabble Theatre is putting on a production - Who killed Alfred Oliver? It is a whodunnit based on a real-life incident in Reading in 1929. There will be an opportunity to socialise before the show and during the intermission.
The performance starts at 7pm and tickets cost £25. (Concessions available.)

Those interested can book their own seats, which are unallocated, but If you let me know you are going, I will get there early and try to get us seated together. I would suggest booking by mid-October to avoid disappointment.
See https://rabbletheatre.com/who-killed-alfred-oliver-2/ for details and to book your ticket.

Organiser: Lynda 07393 934 425

Saturday 13th November: 11 Mile Walk - Great Bedwyn, Shalbourne and Wilton Windmill (moderate)

Meeting Point: Bedwyn Railway Station, The Knapp, Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire
Post Code: SN8 3NZ, Lat/Long: N51.3795°, W1.5992°, OS Map: SU279645

Meet for a 10:15 start at Bedwyn railway station in Great Bedwyn. The 09:35 from Reading arrives here at 10:13. There is free car parking at the station.

Walking from Great Bedwyn to Shalbourne via Frog Lane, Gallery Lane, Mill Lane and finally Cox's Lane where we can find a cuppa or coffee for those inclined.

Leaving Shalbourne via Burr Lane we head towards Marten and then Wilton via Hollow Lane. At Wilton we have the option of coffee, tea or something stronger before heading back to Great Bedwyn via Wilton Windmill and Wilton Brail. Option of a cool drink at The Three Tuns in Great Bedwyn.

Walking is largely on footpaths via limited time on paved roads. Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual. There is no need to book in advance for this walk. You can just turn up.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

Sunday 21st November: 9 Mile Walk - Turkey Walk (moderate)

Yes, it's that time of year again - time for Ann and Kathy's Turkey Walk. (This year it's the 9 mile version.)

Details to follow...

Leaders: Ann and Kathy

Sunday 28th November: Walk - Walk Leader Training Day

Lee and Rob are organising another Walk Leader Training Day, in which they will offer hints, tips, advice and hopefully pearls of knowledge about navigation and leading group walks.

The format is likely to be similar to the walk leading day we did in July, where we did a 7 mile walk, stopping regularly to examine the surrounding, check the maps and take turns in leading sections of the walk. This time the location will be Mortimer.

Further details to follow...

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.