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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.

February 2019

Sunday 3rd February: Walk - THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED
- Watership Down, Sydmonton and Kingsclere, 9.5 miles, moderate

Meeting Point: Free car park on White Hill, Kingsclere, near Newbury
Post Code: RG20 5PX, Lat/Long: N51.3054°, W1.2608°, OS Map: SU516565

THIS WALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

This walk has been rescheduled for Sunday 17th March.

Meet at the car park at the top of White Hill, on the B3051 about a mile south of Kingsclere village. Please note that the postcode is for the stables between Kingsclere and the car park. Continue past the stables and up the hill to find the car park entrance on the left, opposite a long lay-by on the right. (Use the lay-by if the car park is full.)

This walk follows the gallops along the top of Watership Down before descending into Sydmonton. Next we will pass Watership Farm and Nuthanger Farm before heading into Kingsclere, where we will have our pub-stop. Finally we head back up to White Hill, via Freemantle Park Down.

The walk is quite hilly, with about 1000 feet of ascent in total. There will be a picnic stop about half-way round. Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Saturday Evening 9th February: Pub Meet at The Great Expectations in Reading

Meeting Point: The Great Expectations, 33 London Street, Reading
Post Code: RG1 4PS, Lat/Long: N51.453°, W0.9681°

Meet from 7:30pm for drinks, and optional food for those that want to eat.

Offering a wide range of traditional English dishes with many classic favourites. Only a 10 minute walk from Reading Station. There is also parking available on London Street or at the Oracle.

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

Organiser: Jane K 07881 805 156 or janekendrick(at)btinternet.com

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

Sunday 10th February: 6 Mile Walk - Ascot Heath and Great Pond (easy)

Meeting Point: Ascot 6 Free car park in Ascot High Street
Post Code: SL5 7HB, Lat/Long: N51.4104°, W0.6699°, OS Map: SU925687

Meet for a 10:30am start at the free car park area at the eastern end of Ascot High Street (A329), it is located next to the Guy Salmon dealership, marked 'Ascot 6 FREE' on a blue signpost.

This is a circular walk that gives us the opportunity to walk across the world-famous racecourse instigated in 1711 by sporting monarch, Queen Anne. It is also a chance to wander through woods and by the huge lake in Sunninghill Park. There may be an opportunity for a pub stop at the Rose and Crown.

Please bring packed lunch and a drink.

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

Leader: Jane K 07881 805 156

Sunday 17th February: 7 Mile Walk - Pangbourne and Mapledurham Lock (moderate)
- Joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Car park at Pangbourne Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne
Post Code: RG8 7AN, Lat/Long: N51.4839°, W1.0881°, OS Map: SU634765

Park and meet in the car park in the centre of Pangbourne, on Station Road. (This Pay and Display car park is free on Sundays.) The walk starts at 10am and will finish in time for a late lunch.

The walk follows a lovely stretch of the Thames Path from Pangbourne to Mapledurham Lock then fields and woods, returning to Pangbourne via Tidmarsh and the River Pang. Bring a snack and a hot drink. Plenty of opportunities for lunch in Pangbourne on our return. (You may wish to book somewhere in advance.)

Leader: Diana L. 07866 053 215

Sunday 24th February: 10 Mile Walk - Newbury's Secret Garden (moderate)

Meeting Point: Newbury Railway Station, Cheap Street, Newbury
Post Code: RG14 5DG, Lat/Long: N51.3977°, W1.3229°, OS Map: SU472667

The walk will start from Newbury railway station, on the north side, at 10:20am, shortly after the arrival of the 9:37am service from Reading. The walk leader aims to be on this train so if the service is delayed for any reason then the start time of the walk may be affected. There is plenty of parking available at the station although charges apply.

The mainly flat route first takes us through Newbury town centre, before picking up the iconic Kennet and Avon Canal. We can wonder and romanticise about the changes of use this now peaceful waterway has experienced over the centuries whilst strolling past the many canal boats that are moored up.

The route takes us past the village of Enborne and the church before entering Hampstead Park, our "Secret Garden". Here will be a good opportunity to pause and reflect as we enjoy the beautiful rolling fields of West Berkshire and likely to be our lunch stop.

We leave the fields behind and tackle some quiet country lanes that enable us to connect up with our next section, a gentle stroll through the rather pretty village of Bagnor that rests alongside the River Lambourne. Moving on we conclude our walk by paying a visit the 14th Century Castle at Donnington. It is rumoured both Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth once stayed here. It is a small ruined structure and there is no fee to enter but well worth a look round, which will take no more than a few minutes.

We return to Newbury where the aim is to have a pub stop at the CAMRA endorsed Catherine Wheel, a favourite among our sister group The Berkshire Walkers due to its fine array of ales and selection of gins that our available.

Please bring a packed lunch and something to drink.

The walk leader owns a Network Railcard and can take up to three other people with it. If anyone wishes to travel via train and make use of a discounted ticket please get in touch with the walk leader a few days in advance.

Leader: Dan H. 07761 192 509

March 2019

Sunday 3rd March: 8 Mile Walk - Nettlebed, Highmoor and Crocker End (moderate)
- Joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Near the Brick Kiln, The Green, Nettlebed
Post Code: RG9 5BA, Lat/Long: N51.5756°, W0.9888°, OS Map: SU701867

Park near the Brick Kiln, on The Green or The Old Kiln roads, ready for a 10:30am start.

We will take the footpath past the church and cross Stoney Bottom to Highmoor. Then through woods to Broomsden Farm and return via Crocker End. There is one steep ascent and two stiles.

No dogs please, except registered assistance dogs. Bring a packed lunch.

Leaders: Jo and John S. 01731 054615

Saturday 9th March: 6 Mile Walk - A Surprise Find in Wickham (easy)

Meeting Point: Welford & Wickham Primary School, Welford Road, Wickham, Newbury
Post Code: RG20 8HL, Lat/Long: N51.4444°, W1.4313°, OS Map: SU396718

Parking may be found along the Welford Road. If travelling from junction 14 of the M4, take the A338 towards Great Shefford and Wantage and then shortly turn right onto the B4000 road. You will find the Welford Road, which is the left turn on a crossroads after going over the M4 and just beyond the Five Bells pub.

Starting at 10:30am from the school for a rare visit to the West Berkshire parish of Welford, conveniently located near Junction 14 of the M4.

The circular walk consists of a mixture of a pleasant slightly sunken tree lined footpath, farm tracks, a nice valley view and quiet country lanes. It includes a few easy short hills including the remote Radley Bottom where we will have a short break for a mini snack and drink.

Near the end of the walk our route passes the Wickham village church, provided there is nothing taking place in the church and it is open there is an opportunity for those that wish to briefly see something rather unusual inside a UK church… if you like a surprise, desist researching before the walk!

At the end of the walk there is an option to visit the nearby Five Bells pub, which is not only Cask Marque accredited, but it has a particularly wide range of drink options.

For the walk please bring a small lunch and drink.

Leaders: Mike 07938-843660 or Alison 07929-149636

Saturday Evening 9th March: Evening Meal at Cozze Ristorante in Woodley

Meeting Point: Cozze Ristorante, 139 Crockhamwell Road, Woodley, Reading
Post Code: RG5 3JP, Lat/Long: N51.4528°, W0.9059°

A great little Italian restaurant, Cozze is located in Woodley town centre, they aim to provide simple and fresh food with a warm and friendly service in clean and nicely decorated surroundings. The offer of the fortnight will be known nearer the time and Jane will print off the voucher so the discount, if applicable will be applied to the final total bill.

Various parking available around Woodley shopping precinct. Please arrive in time for a 7:30pm sit down.

This event requires booking, so please advise Jane by Thursday 28th February if you would like to attend. No deposit is required, however please attend if you've said you would.

Organiser: Jane K 07881 805 156 or janekendrick(at)btinternet.com

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

Sunday 17th March: 9½ Mile Walk - Watership Down, Sydmonton and Kingsclere (moderate)

Meeting Point: Free car park on White Hill, Kingsclere, near Newbury
Post Code: RG20 5PX, Lat/Long: N51.3054°, W1.2608°, OS Map: SU516565

Meet for a 10:30am start at the car park at the top of White Hill, on the B3051 about a mile south of Kingsclere village. Please note that the postcode is for the stables between Kingsclere and the car park. Continue past the stables and up the hill to find the car park entrance on the left, opposite a long lay-by on the right. (Use the lay-by if the car park is full.)

This walk follows the gallops along the top of Watership Down before descending into Sydmonton. Next we will pass Watership Farm and Nuthanger Farm before heading into Kingsclere, where we will have our pub-stop. Finally we head back up to White Hill, via Freemantle Park Down.

The walk is quite hilly, with about 1000 feet of ascent in total. There will be a picnic stop about half-way round. Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

April 2019

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

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.