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Our Programme of Walks and Events

Coronavirus Pandemic Measures
We are limiting the number of people attending each walk to help with social distancing. Also, we are obliged to keep contact details of everyone attending each walk for 21 days in case they are needed for Track and Trace purposes. Anyone who is not a BWW member will need to provice their address and a contact number before attending our walks.
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.)

June 2021

Sunday 6th June: 11 or 6½ Mile Walk - Odiham, Dogmersfield and North Warnborough (moderate)
- This walk is now fully booked.

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

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, all people on a walk must give contact tracing details before the walk. We are also limiting the number of people attending each walk. The limit for this walk is 12 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Note: This walk follows a Figure-of-Eight pattern, which means you can do the full 11 mile walk or you can stop after 6.5 miles as we pass the car park on our way to the second loop of the walk.

Meet for a 10:30 start at the free car park at Odiham Wharf, on Colt Hill, Odiham. I would recommend taking the Odiham bypass (A287) and entering Odiham from the eastern (Farnham Road) side, as this will save you driving through the town. The postcode of RG29 1AL will get you as far as the Waterwitch pub. Go past the pub and over the road bridge, where the car park entrance is at the end of the road.

Our walk follows the Basingstoke Canal for a few miles before we enter Dogmersfield Park. We'll stop by the lake for lunch and then make our way through the park, back to the canal and to the car park. Here you can decided whether to go home or stay for the rest of the walk.

The second loop of the walk follows the canal to North Warnborough, where we will leave it and follow the River Whitewater before rejoining the canal at Odiham Castle. Leaving the canal again at the Greywell Tunnel, we'll go cross-country to North Warnborough and follow the canal once more back to Odiham Wharf.

The walk is mostly flat, except for a slight hill in Dogmersfield Park. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies. We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

This walk is now fully booked. If you would like to go on the reserve list, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk. (If someone drops out before the day of the walk, we will contact you to offer you their place.) Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Sunday 13th June: 8 Mile Walk - Eversley and Hazeley Heath (moderate)
- This walk is now fully booked.

Meeting Point: Car park by St Mary's Church on A327, south of Eversley Village
Post Code: RG27 0PX, Lat/Long: N51.3421°, W0.8816°, OS Map: SU780609

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, all people on a walk must give contact tracing details before the walk. We are also limiting the number of people attending each walk. The limit for this walk is 10 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Starting at 10:00 from the car park by St Mary's Church, Eversley, our route will follow the Three Castles Path through Warren Heath to Hazeley Heath. A mixture of woodland footpaths and quiet lanes will take us back, via Hazeley and Bramshill.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies. We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

This walk is now fully booked. If you would like to go on reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk and you will be offered a place if someone else cancels theirs before the day of the walk. Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Liz C. 07941 299506

Saturday 19th June: 10 Mile Walk - Kintbury and Inkpen Common (moderate)

Meeting Point: Kintbury Railway Station, Station Road, Kintbury
Post Code: RG17 9UN, Lat/Long: N51.4025°, W1.4464°, OS Map: SU386671

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, all people on a walk must give contact tracing details before the walk. We are also limiting the number of people attending each walk. The limit for this walk is 12 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet at Kintbury railway station for 10:15. From Reading, take the 09:35 to Newbury, then take the 10:09 (Bedwyn service) which stops at Kintbury at 10:15. The walk will start after its arrival. If travelling by car, there is a small car park at the station, another car park by the canal and it may be possible to use the Dundas Arms pub car park with their permission (which may involve promising to buy a drink there after the walk).

This is a wonderful and interesting walk in two parts. The first, and longer, part takes you through the gentle undulating country south of the town, visiting prosperous hamlets, woodland, part of the Inkpen Common nature reserve, one or two farms and a huge historic country estate. The second part is an easy walk back along the River Kennet with a chance to watch the canal boats cruising by and passing through the locks. (This walk is accessible by train and by car.)

The ground underfoot is generally firm with good paths, tracks, lanes and a towpath. There are several stiles. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for emergencies (and for use on public transport). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

There is one place left for this walk. If you would like to book this place, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk. Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

Sunday 20th June: 12½ Mile Walk - Aldermaston and Padworth Common (moderate)

Meeting Point: Aldermaston Station, Station Road, Aldermaston Wharf
Post Code: RG7 4SF, Lat/Long: N51.4016°, W1.1373°, OS Map: SU601673

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, all people on a walk must give contact tracing details before the walk. We are also limiting the number of people attending each walk. The limit for this walk is 15 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet at Aldermaston Railway Station for a 10:00 start. From Reading, take the 09:44 Bedwyn service from platform 3, which stops at Aldermaston at 09:56. (The leader will be on this train.) If travelling by car, the car park at the station charges £1.60 for the day.

The walk crosses the river Kennet, then sweeps south through a variety of landscapes including a country park. We skirt the edge of Tadley before heading towards Padworth Common and Ufton, with varied terrain including a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and complete our return to Aldermadson with a stretch on the Kennet towpath.

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

There is one place left for this walk. If you would like to book this place, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk . Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Keith A. 07766 275 377

July 2021

Saturday 3rd July: 10 Mile Walk - Hungerford (moderate)

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, all people on a walk must give contact tracing details before the walk. We are also limiting the number of people attending each walk. The limit for this walk is 12 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Starting from Hungerford railway station at 10:10am the walk heads out through the impressive Hungerford Common before making its way via horse studs to Lower Green where a break at the triangular common occurs. We then proceed to our obligatory church stop at nearby St Michael's before turning for home via the Famous Mt Prosperous Estate. What is it famous for? Well the gardens are open at various times in support of The Queens Foundation for Disabled People and the fact that this is the home of Jethro Tull (1674-1741). Not the Jethro Tull that I was thinking about! We then head towards the A338 which we cross and then turn in the direction of the Stype Estate before turning off to Bagshot Hamlet and onwards to Hungerford.

A handful of stiles are encountered but otherwise the trip is on footpaths and country lanes. Next to no hills. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and on public transport, if that's how you're getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

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

Sunday 11th July: 9¼ Mile Walk - Tilford and Crooksbury Common (moderate)

Meeting Point: The Green in Tilford (near Farnham) Surrey
Post Code: GU10 2BU, Lat/Long: N51.1831°, W0.7519°, OS Map: SU873433

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, all people on a walk must give contact tracing details before the walk. We are also limiting the number of people attending each walk. The limit for this walk is 12 (including the leaders). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet by the green in Tildford for a 10:30 start. There is a parking area on the east side of the green and you can park on the road around the green

This walk takes in the Surrey countryside along footpaths and through woodland. Passing through Crooksbury Common with a short ascent to Crooksbury Hill for views. In to Moor Park, then points of interest include a small cave and visit to the ruins of Waverley Abbey, returning through Sheephatch to the start point. There may be an option for drinks at the Barley Mow pub on the Green at the end.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies. We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

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. If you have a question about the walk, please contact Ann or Kathy, but booking a place must be done by email to Rob.

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

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.