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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.)

September 2021

Saturday 4th September: 12 Mile Walk - Pewsey Downs (moderate/hilly)

Meeting Point: The Green, Wilcot, near Pewsey, Wiltshire
Post Code: SN9 5NN, Lat/Long: N51.3488°, W1.796°, OS Map: SU142611

Meet for a 10am start at the village of Wilcot. There is a triangular green with roadside parking along 2 sides. The nearest railway station is Pewsey, which is 2 miles away. From Reading, take the 09:02 which stops at Pewsey at 09:36. Once we know who is going and how they are getting there, it should be possible to arrange for a lift from Pewsey railway station to Wilcot (and back after the walk).

We will start with an easy stroll along the Kennet and Avon canal until we reach Honeystreet. There is an option for a coffee/tea stop at the Old Mill Cafe before heading off for a gradual climb onto the Pewsey Downs for truly spectacular views. We skirt around Rybury Camp, an Iron Age hill fort, then across to Tan Hill and Wansdyke. Adam's Grave long barrow is the last port of call before making our way back to the low lands. Total ascent is 125m although this is mainly done gradually with a fairly level walk across the top along the Wansdyke. For those that were on Ian's Pewsey Down walk earlier in the summer, this one complements it by visiting hills to the west of those previously climbed. There is an opportunity at the end of the day, for a relaxing drink at The Golden Swan in Wilcot which has lots of outdoor seating.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. You should bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and when on the train, if that's how you are getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

We are limiting the number of people attending this walk to 12 (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: Rosy P. 07983 270614

Saturday 11th September: 10 Mile Walk - Balmore Walk and Sonning Eye (moderate)

Meeting Point: Reading Bridge, George Street, Reading
Post Code: RG1 8DB, Lat/Long: N51.4611°, W0.9678°, OS Map: SU718740

This undulating walk exploring the outskirts of Caversham, South Oxfordshire borders and a three mile stretch of the River Thames.

Meet on Reading Bridge for a 10:30am start. The walk leader will be standing on the Reading end of Reading Bridge.

Car drivers can park at Hills Meadow or Kings Meadow car parks. (Both charge. Ringo App can be used.)
Bus or Train: Local bus and train services frequently run into Reading. The start of the walk is a 5 minute walk from Reading station.

The Route
• Heading north across Christchurch Meadows, we will walk up to Balmore Walk with lovely views down over Reading;
• We then leave northern Caversham across Hemdean Bottom and up towards Reading golf course before heading east across farmland to Emmer Green;
• Passing the water tower, we will make our way across farmland, past All Saints church at Dunsden Green to our lunch stop on the green;
• We then take a series of footpaths across farmland and lanes (optional pub stop) to reach Sonning Eye, before heading west along the banks of the River Thames for the final 3 miles of the walk.

What to Bring
• Sturdy walking shoes would be fine or walking boots;
• Bring water and lunch (we will stop for lunch at Dunsden Green);
• Waterproof tops are advisable if the weather forecast is poor;
• A small amount of cash for pub stop.

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.

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

Saturday 18th September: 5½ Mile Walk - Burghfield Lock and Calcot Mill (easy)

Meeting Point: Beansheaf Community Centre, Charrington Road, Calcot, Reading
Post Code: RG31 7AW, Lat/Long: N51.4388°, W1.0506°, OS Map: SU660715

Beginners Walk / Return to Fitness

Start at 11am from the Beansheaf Community Centre.

Car drivers can park at the community centre.
Bus: The No.26 bus from Reading stops at Torcross Grove. Leave the bus, walk down Torcross Grove (where the road splits, take the road to the right) and enter the playfields through the gate. Beansheaf Community Centre and car park is on your left.

The Route
• Heading east through Linear Park we will pass Calcot Mill
• After the mill, we will continue along the Holy Brook before crossing a meadow to Southcote Lock
• At the lock, we head west along the Kennet and Avon canal past Burghfield Lock
• Return to Linear Park and the Beansheaf Community Centre

What to Bring
• Sturdy trainers or walking shoes will be sufficient
• Bring water and a snack
• Waterproof tops are advisable if the weather forecast is poor

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.

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

Sunday 26th September: 6¾ Mile Walk - Henley-on-Thames and Mill End (easy)

Meeting Point: Mill Lane car park, Mill Lane, Henley-on-Thames
Post Code: RG9 4HD, Lat/Long: N51.5289°, W0.8908°, OS Map: SU770816

Meet for a 10:45 start at the Mill Lane car park, Mill Lane, Henley. This car park is next to Henley Town Football Club, and is not to be confused with the Mill End car park on Skirmett Road, which we have used on previous walks. If the car park is full, it should be possible to park on the road in Mill Lane.

Please let us know if you are planning on travelling to Henley by train and we will meet you at 11:10 on the corner of Meadow Road and Station Road, opposite the Royal House. (From Reading, take the 10:22 Slough service and change at Twyford for the 10:45 Henley-on-Thames service, which arrives at Henley at 10:57)

We will walk along an attractive section of the Thames, past Remenham and Temple Island to the weir at Hambleden Mill, where we will have our lunch stop. Our return to Henley is via Aston, followed by walking along part of the Chiltern Way through Remenham Wood. This is a fairly flat walk with just a couple of gentle ascents.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink as usual. You should bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and when on the train, if that's how you are getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

This walk is now fully booked. If you would like to go on the reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk and if a place becomes available, we will offer it to you. Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Sue B 07899 916 748

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 16th October: 11½ 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)

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

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.