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Our Programme of Walks and Events

Coronavirus Epidemic Notice
Following advice from the UK Government and the Ramblers Association, walks must be pre-booked and contact details must be provided by all those attending a walk. See the Ramblers website for more details. We are also limiting group sizes to help with social distancing.

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.)

August 2020

Sunday 2nd August: 8½ Mile Walk - Emmer Green, Dunsden Green and Shiplake (moderate)
- It is necessary to book in advance to go on this walk.

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, no more than six people (including the leader) may attend this walk. You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

A circular walk starting and finishing on the northern edge of Reading starting at 10:30am. Our route takes us through Dunsden Green as we walk in the direction of Shiplake, before veering off westwards to walk through Crowsley Park. The walk affords us with a mixture of woodland, farmland and parkland; with wide open views and no hills worthy of the name.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual. There is the possibility of a pub garden stop en route, should there be sufficient available unreserved tables.

Please bring a face covering, just in case of emergencies. (It is not possible to administer first aid and maintain social distancing at the same time.) We also recommended you bring hand sanitiser.

Sorry! There are no places left on this walk. If you would like go on the reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk. We will contact you if a place becomes available. Please do not turn up to the walk without having successfully booked a place.

If you have a question about the walk, please contact Nigel, but booking a place must be done through Rob.

Leader: Nigel E. 07484 260819

Sunday 9th August: 6½ Mile Walk - Cookhamdean Common and Bisham Woods (easy/moderate)
- It is necessary to book in advance to go on this walk.

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 at 9:30am, this circular walk takes in a few well-farmed fields, lots of wild woods, and hopefully an ice cream van; mainly on the high ground overlooking the Thames Valley above historic Bisham. We will have some lovely views of Windsor Castle and Marlow.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water. Also, please bring a face covering/mask for emergencies and if travelling on public transport. We strongly recommended you bring hand sanitiser.

Sorry! There are no places left on this walk. If you would like go on the reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk. We will contact you if a place becomes available. Please do not turn up to the walk without having successfully booked a place.

If you have a question about the walk, please contact Jane, but booking a place must be done through Rob.

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

Please note that this walk will now be starting at 9:30am. This is earlier than originally advertised as the weather forecast predicts unusually high temperatures in the afternoon.

Leader: Jane K 07881 805 156

Saturday 15th August: 8½ Mile Walk - Ladle Hill and Sydmonton (moderate)
- It is necessary to book in advance to go on this walk.

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.

The walk starts at 10:30am. The start location will be provided to those who have successfully booked a place on the walk.

This is a walk in the parish of Sydmonton and Ecchinswell with a climb up to the iron age hill fort on Ladle Hill. The walk includes 290m of ascent. At the end of the walk there will be the option of a pub visit with the usual social distancing rules to be followed.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water. Also, please bring a face covering/mask for emergencies and if travelling on public transport. We strongly recommended you bring hand sanitiser.

If you would like 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 successfully booked a place.

If you have a question about the walk, please contact Mike or Alison, but booking a place must be done through Rob.

Leaders: Mike 07938 843660 and Alison 07929 149636

Sunday 23rd August: 10½ Mile Walk - Wallingford, North Stoke and Grim's Ditch (moderate)
- It is necessary to book in advance to go on this walk.

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.

This is a circular walk starting and finishing in Wallingford. Leaving King Alfred's fortified Saxon town, our route takes us south along the Thames Path and the Ridgeway. Climbing gently up from the Thames, we then walk over open chalk downland before heading north through the small hamlets on the edge of the Chilterns until we reach Grim's Ditch. We then follow the course of this linear iron age fortification or boundary marker as we make our way back to Wallingford.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual. Please also bring a face covering, just in case of emergencies. (It is not possible to administer first aid and maintain social distancing at the same time.) You are also recommended to bring hand sanitiser.

If you would like 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 successfully booked a place.

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

Leader: Nigel E. 07484 260819

Sunday 30th August: 11½ Mile Walk - The Kennet and Enbourne Rivers and the Canal (moderate)
- It is necessary to book in advance to go on this walk.

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. You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

A circular walk that will be bordered by the Kennet and Enbourne rivers and Kennet & Avon Canal.

More walk details and booking instructions to follow...

Leader: Keith

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.