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Our Programme of Walks and Events

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.)

February 2020

Sunday 2nd February: 12 Mile Walk - Hambleden, Turville and Frieth (moderate/hilly)

Meeting Point: Car park in Hambleden village, Henley-on-Thames
Post Code: RG9 6SG, Lat/Long: N51.5727°, W0.8688°, OS Map: SU784865

Meet for a 10am start at the car park in Hambleden village (by the Stag and Huntsman pub).

The walk is a westward loop around the Hambleden valley via Southend, Turville and across to Frieth for a pub stop at the Prince Albert. (For those on the walk I led last summer this is the other half of the loop we started then when approaching this pub from east.) The return from the Prince Albert is via Frieth to St Katherine's Convent then down through the woods to Pheasant's Hill and Hambleden. Sadly no tea and cake at the church in February!

Approx. 430m ascent. Some walkers may find a pole or two useful as the going can be slippery in places.

Leader: Keith A. 07766 275 377

Saturday 8th February: 5½ or 11½ Mile Walk - Thames Path, Dorchester to Wallingford (easy/moderate)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Bridge End car park Dorchester-on-Thames.
Post Code: OX10 7JP, Lat/Long: N51.6422°, W1.1647°, OS Map: SU578940

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each. (We are leading the sections from Goring to Reading on Sunday 23rd Feb and from Reading to Henley-on-Thames on Sunday 1st March.)

SABRE are leading the section from Dorchester-on-Thames to Wallingford with an option to return via the Chiltern Way. Start at 10:30am from the Bridge End car park, Dorchester-on-Thames (Free parking and toilets at start. If there's no space in the parking area, park on the High Street.)

We will follow the Thames for 5.5 miles from Dorchester to Wallingford. You could then get the bus back to Dorchester*. Or have lunch in Wallingford and continue for another six miles, walking back to Dorchester via Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and the iconic twin peaks of Wittenham Clumps.

* If you're travelling back to Dorchester after the 5.5 mile walk, there are buses from Wallingford Market Place (Stop A) to Dorchester Bypass, leaving at 15, 35 and 55 minutes past each hour. Fare is £2.20

Leader: Mark P 07833 703189

Sunday 9th February: 9½ Mile Walk - Aston Rowant and Christmas Common (CANCELLED)

Meeting Point: Cowleaze Wood car park, near Lewknor, Oxfordshire
Post Code: OX49 5HX, Lat/Long: N51.6547°, W0.9524°, OS Map: SU725956

Please note that this walk is not going ahead due to the severe weather warnings for Storm Ciara.

The walk will be rescheduled for later in the year.

This is a circular walk with legendary views over the Oxford plain from this high escarpment and National Nature Reserve, with three short steep climbs (slightly challenging) and some gentler gradients. We go in and out of typical Chiltern woodland, rich in tall beeches, with open grassy meadows in between.

Leader: Jane K 07881 805 156

Saturday 15th February: 7 Mile Walk - Thames Path, Wallingford to Goring (CANCELLED)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Wallingford Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford
Post Code: OX10 0EG, Lat/Long: N51.5998°, W1.1244°, OS Map: SU607893

Please note that this walk is not going ahead due to the severe weather warnings for Storm Dennis.

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each. SABRE are leading the section from Wallingford to Goring.

Starting from Wallingford's bustling Market Place, we pass several university boathouses and quickly find ourselves in lush countryside with only the river for company. The Thames Path detours through Moulsford, where we'll stop for snacks and a breather, before returning to the river for the prettiest stretch of the walk down to Goring, with the Berkshire Downs rising to the west.

Wallingford has several car parks. Most convenient for the walk is the Cattlemarket where you can park all day for £2. We'll cross the north side of the car park a couple of minutes into the walk. There's also all-day parking for £1.10 at the Riverside Car Park which is on the east side of Wallingford Bridge, a ten minute walk from the Market Place.

If you need to get back to Wallingford after the walk, there are three options: bus 134 from Goring & Streatley Station to Wallingford Market Place, train to Cholsey, then bus 136 to Wallingford, or a six-mile walk via the well-signposted Ridgeway path up the east bank of the Thames

Leader: Mark 07833 703189

Sunday 16th February: 8 Mile Walk - Shinfield and Swallowfield (CANCELLED)

Meeting Point: Oatlands Road, Shinfield
Post Code: RG2 9EB, Lat/Long: N51.4058°, W0.94505°, OS Map: SU734679

Please note that this walk is not going ahead due to the severe weather warnings for Storm Dennis.

The walk has now been re-scheduled for Sunday 5th April

This circular walk takes us through small woods and farmland and over the river Loddon. Along the way we pass the ruins of a church dating from 1860, as well as Swallowfield Park, grade II listed stately home built in 1689, which is now luxury apartments. This is a relatively flat walk, but the usual message at the moment applies 'likely to be muddy'.

Please bring a drink and lunch. We will stop for lunch in the area of All Saints church, Swallowfield.

Leader: Ann 07800 728 667

Thursday Evening 20th February: Das Bierhaus, Drinks and Evening Meal in Reading
- joint Social Event with the Berkshire Walkers 20s & 30s group

Meeting Point: Bierhaus, 8 Queens Walk, Broad Street Mall, Reading
Post Code: RG1 7QF, Lat/Long: N51.4542°, W0.9773°

An evening at the Bierhaus pub in Reading for German food and drinks. (See http://www.bierhauspub.co.uk/) Even though we have left Europe, we should still try and enjoy some European culture! This place has great (and quite filling) German food and a wide selections of beers, so it should be a good evening.

This social event is being organised by Arlene for the Berkshire Walkers 20s & 30s group, and we've been invited to join them. (Meet up at 7pm.) Please contact Arlene by Sunday 16th Febuary if you wish to go, so she can make the booking. (Don't leave it 'til the last moment as places may be limited.)

Organiser: Arlene 07713 892 407 or aerebello(at)gmail.com

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

Sunday 23rd February: 11 Mile Walk - Thames Path, Goring to Reading (CANCELLED)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Goring and Streatley railway station
Post Code: RG8 0ES, Lat/Long: N51.5213°, W1.1326°, OS Map: SU602806

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each. We are leading the sections from Goring to Reading, and from Reading to Henley-on-Thames.

Please note that this walk is not going ahead due flooding.

The Thames Path is submerged in several places along the route.

We will join the Thames Path at Goring and follow it all the way to Reading, crossing the river at Pangbourne and finishing the walk at Reading railway station. The walk is mostly flat except around Whitchurch-on-Thames, where there are some short but steep hills. Trains back to Goring & Streatley leave Reading at 18 mins past each hour.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

March 2020

Sunday 1st March: 9 Mile Walk - Thames Path, Reading to Henley-on-Thames (CANCELLED)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Reading Railway Station
Post Code: RG1 1PT, Lat/Long: N51.4587°, W0.9732°, OS Map: SU714738

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each. We are leading the section from Reading to Henley-on-Thames.

Please note that this walk is not going ahead due flooding.

The Thames Path is waterlogged in several places along the route.

If you arrive at Reading Railway station follow exit signs for "South Exit and Town Centre" and leave near the ground floor shops. Meet in the square outside Reading railway station (near the Three Guineas pub) for a 10:45am start. (The Oxford train arrives at 10:25 and the train from Henley arrives at 10:31.) If driving, it is cheaper to park in Henley-on-Thames and get the 10:00 train to Reading. The station car park is £3.50 for the day, but there are a few car parks in Henley that are free on Sundays.

We will join the Thames Path close to Reading station and follow it all the way to Henley, crossing the river at Sonning. The walk is mostly flat. Trains back to Reading (changing at Twyford) leave on the hour and on the half-hour.

Leaders: Mike and Alison 07938 843660 (M) or 07929 149636 (A)

Saturday 7th March: 8 Mile Walk - Thames Path, Henley-on-Thames to Marlow (easy/moderate)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: St Mary's Church, Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames
Post Code: RG9 2AU, Lat/Long: N51.5377°, W0.902°, OS Map: SU762826

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each. Chilterns Weekend Walkers take over as leaders for this charming section of the Thames Path.

There are several car parks in Henley that allow parking all day, but the prices are around £3.50. Alternatively, you could park in Marlow for free, if you arrive nice early, and take the train or Arriva bus 800 to Henley in time for the walk to start.

Meet outside St Mary's Church in Hart Street for a 10:30am start. The walk will follow the Thames Path to Marlow, passing the Henley Regatta course, Hambleden Weir and Hurley Lock. The return trip to Henley is by Arriva 800 bus (three buses an hour) or train (one per hour, on the hour).

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leaders: Jane and Anne (CWWs)

Wednesday Evening 11th March: First Aid Course

Meeting Point: St John Ambulance Centre, Church Road, Woodley
Post Code: RG5 4QN, Lat/Long: N51.4576°, W0.895°

A First Aid course tailored for walkers. It is presented by St John's Ambulance and is subsidised by the Berkshire Area Ramblers. It will be at the St John's Ambulance Centre in Woodley, starting at 6:30pm and lasts about three hours.

Please contact David Turner to book your place.

Organiser: David Turner 01189 774 184 or turnerd2(at)btinternet.com

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

Sunday 15th March: 8 Mile Walk - Thames Path, Marlow to Maidenhead (moderate)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Boulters Lock Car Park, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead
Post Code: SL6 8JN, Lat/Long: N51.5348°, W0.7003°, OS Map: SU902825

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each. This section is led by SABRE.

Starting at 10:45am from the Bolters Lock car park (£1.50) in maidenhead, we'll walk to Furze Platt station and catch the 11:30 train to Marlow*. From Marlow we follow the sometimes muddy Thames towpath to Bourne End, cross the bridge and stop for a picnic lunch at a riverside garden in Cookham. Finally, a pleasantly secluded stretch of towpath takes us past Cliveden House nestled in woodlands above the river.

If you're running late for the start of the walk, you can meet us at Furze Platt Station SL6 7NX up until 11:30, or at Marlow Station SL7 1RD to meet our train arriving at 11:49.

*Please bring the exact change for your £2.65 train fare. There's no ticket machine at Furze Platt, so we'll buy tickets on the train using Groupsave to give everyone the same discount you would get with a railcard. Railcards can't be used to get an extra discount on top of Groupsave.

Leaders: Alan S and Mark P 07833 703189

Wednesday Evening 18th March: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Reading

Meeting Point: Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading
Post Code: RG1 7UA, Lat/Long: N51.4539°, W0.9773°

Part two of the Banff Mountain Film Festival - a selection of adrenaline-packed films, featuring athletes and explorers as they venture to the edge of their limits in remote corners of the planet. Witness the world's best adventure film-makers telling stories of life-affirming journeys with mind-blowing wilderness cinematography - all from the comfort of a cinema seat! See https://www.banff-uk.com/ for details. Note that part one of the film festival was on Wednesday 29th January at the same venue.

Some of the BWs are also planning to visit. If you wish to go too, you will need to book your own tickets at https://whatsonreading.com/venues/hexagon/whats-on/banff-mountain-film-festival-blue

Sunday 22nd March: 6 or 11 Mile Walk - Scutchamer Knob, Ridgeway and West Ilsley (moderate)
- joint walk with the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Scutchamer Knob car park, south of East Hendred, Oxon
Post Code: OX12 8QU, Lat/Long: N51.5623°, W1.3404°, OS Map: SU458850

Start at 10:30am in the Scutchamer Knob car park (south of nearest postcode OX12 8QU) about 2.5 miles south of East Hendred.

The walk is in two parts, both with uphill sections, across open countryside and downland with lovely views.

Part 1 is 6 miles and loops south clockwise coming back up to the Ridgeway. It then goes west to the Wantage Monument before returning along the Ridgeway to the start and lunch.

Part 2 is 5 miles and loops anticlockwise to West Ilsley before ascending back up to the Ridgeway and back to the start.

Please bring a packed lunch if doing both parts of the walk.

Leader: Pete M.

Saturday 28th March: 8 Mile Walk - Crowthorne and Finchampstead Ridges (moderate)

Meeting Point: Crowthorne Railway Station, corner of St Francis Close and Duke's Ride
Post Code: RG45 6NZ, Lat/Long: N51.367°, W0.8189°, OS Map: SU823637

The walk starts at 10:30am from outside the Post Office on the corner of St Francis Close and Duke's Ride, opposite the eastern entrance to the railway station. (See maps.)

Parking at the railway station car park cost £2.00 for the day but there is usually some roadside parking available in Wellington Business Park and other nearby roads. The 9:59:train from Reading stops at Crowthorne at 10:13. (Return trains to Reading leave at 38 minutes past the hour.) Please check https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ nearer the time in case the timetables have changed.

This varied walk visits Ambarrow Hill, Horseshoe Lake and the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve. We'll stop off at the 16th century Queens Oak pub in Finchampstead for refreshments before exploring Finchampstead Ridges, an area owned and maintained by the National Trust. The walk may be muddy in places.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual.

Leader: Sue B 07899 916 748

April 2020

Saturday 4th April: 15½ Mile Walk - Thames Path, Stains to Teddington (moderate)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Staines Railway Station south entrance, Gresham Road, Staines
Post Code: TW18 4LY, Lat/Long: N51.4322°, W0.5031°, OS Map: TQ041714

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each. SABRE pick up the baton as our Thames Path trek heads into Surrey.

Meet outside the south entrance of Staines railway station, Gresham Road, for a 10am start. From Staines we follow the towpath to Shepperton where we cross the river using a ferry service that's run for more than 500 years. (Fare £2.50) There'll be a rest stop at Cowey Sale in Walton-on-Thames and a late lunch further on at East Molesey (picnic or cafe) before finally we finish at Teddington Station.

If you're coming by train, it's worth noting that engineering works are affecting services between Staines and Hounslow this weekend.

Leaders: David and Jeanie 07947 077020

Sunday 5th April: 8 Mile Walk - Shinfield and Swallowfield (easy)

Meeting Point: Oatlands Road, Shinfield
Post Code: RG2 9EB, Lat/Long: N51.4058°, W0.9451°, OS Map: SU734679

Start at 10:30am, parking in the unmade Oatlands Road. Enter the road between Kwik Fit and the Esso garage.

This circular walk takes us through small woods and farmland and over the river Loddon. Along the way we pass the ruins of a church dating from 1860, as well as Swallowfield Park, grade II listed stately home built in 1689, which is now luxury apartments. This is a relatively flat walk, but the usual message at the moment applies 'likely to be muddy'.

Please bring a drink and lunch. We will stop for lunch in the area of All Saints church, Swallowfield.

Leader: Ann 07800 728 667

Saturday 18th April: 12½ Mile Walk - Thames Path, Teddington to Putney (moderate)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Teddington Railway station, Station Road, Teddington
Post Code: TW11 0AZ, Lat/Long: N51.4246°, W0.3325°, OS Map: TQ160708

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each.

Meet Teddington Railway station, Station Road entrance at 10:30am, there are local toilets nearby.

We make our way downstream past Ham, Kew Gardens and Barnes, and the walk ends at Putney Bridge Tube, around 3:30pm.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Walk leader Jeremy S 07968 398449

Sunday 19th April: 8½ Mile Walk - Thames Path, Putney to Tower Bridge (moderate)
- part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: Outside Putney Bridge Tube Station, Station Approach, Fulham
Post Code: SW6 3UH, Lat/Long: N51.468°, W0.2091°, OS Map: TQ244758

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each.

Picking up where we left off yesterday we meet outside Putney Bridge Tube Station (Station Approach) at 10:30am.

Today we cross through central London and finish at City Hall at around 2pm. We will have a snack stop en route. There are many places to have a late lunch or a drink near City Hall.

Walk leader Jeremy S 07968 398449

Saturday 25th April: 10 Mile Walk - Thames Path, Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier (moderate)
- Final part of the Thames Path project

Meeting Point: City Hall (near Tower Bridge) City of London
Post Code: SE1 2AA, Lat/Long: N51.5051°, W0.0784°, OS Map: TQ334802

The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) is teaming up with the Chilterns and Berkshire weekend walkers groups to hike the Thames Path from Oxford to London in twelve sections of approx 10 miles each.

Join us for the finale of our joint groups walk along the Thames Path. Today we meet outside City Hall at 10:30am to head downstream to our final destination of the Thames Barrier.

Today's route takes us over Tower Bridge and then through old and new docklands to Greenwich. We then enjoy panoramic views from the south side and pass the London Dome. After the Thames Barrier we walk to Charlton Railway station where the walk ends at about 3pm. There are frequent trains from here to London Bridge that take about 20 minutes.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Walk leader Jeremy S 07968 398449

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.