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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 2018

Saturday Evening 3rd February: Sweeney and Todd's Pie Shop and Restaurant

Meeting Point: Sweeney and Todd's, 10 Castle Street, Reading
Post Code: RG1 7RD, Lat/Long: N51.4536°, W0.9744°

Meet from 7pm at Sweeney and Todd's Pie Shop and Restaurant for a 7:30pm sit-down. Start off with drinks before sampling one or two delicious, fresh, home-made pies. A good range of meat, seafood and vegetable pies are available. Perfect for a cold February night.

You may have also heard the sad news this Reading institution is up for sale. Thought it would be nice to support the owners, June and Craig who have run it for 40 years, and to enjoy their yummy pies for what might be the last time in the event that it closes in the near future.

Please advise Jane by Sunday 28th January if you would like to attend. No deposits required, however please attend if you've said you would, as there's a charge for no shows.

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

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

Sunday 11th February: 8 Mile Walk - Odiham Common and the Basingstoke Canal (moderate)

Meeting Point: Basingstoke Canal/Odiham Wharf car park, London Road, Odiham
Post Code: RG29 1DH, Lat/Long: N51.2601°, W0.9305°, OS Map: SU747517

The walk starts at 10:30am from the large car park on the far side of the canal on London Road to the East of Odiham (just past the Water Witch pub and over the bridge). From the west drive through the village and take the left fork (dead-end).

This is a lovely walk, taking in Odiham Common, the Basingstoke Canal (passing the ruins of Odiham Castle). The pace will be moderate to easy. There will be a compulsory pub stop during the walk and the option of another at the end in Odiham.

Bring a packed lunch and something to drink.

Leaders: Jim and Emily 07734 569 216 / 07913 670 718

Sunday 18th February: 10 Mile Walk - Rotherwick and Newnham (moderate)

Meeting Point: Adjacent to the village school, The Street, Rotherwick
Post Code: RG27 9BG, Lat/Long: N51.3014°, W0.9785°, OS Map: SU713563

The walk starts at 10:30am from the village school in Rotherwick. Park on the verge on the alongside the school playing fields (or, if no spaces are left, careful parking elsewhere along the same street).

The walk is about 10 miles and forms a circuit around Rotherwick, taking in varied scenery, at times running alongside the rivers Lyde/Loddon and elsewhere in the woods around Hook. It is primarily on footpaths (a small bit of road-walking) and can be muddy/wet underfoot so please come prepared. A lunch stop is planned at Newnham which is roughly half way round.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink for the walk, as usual. We intend to have a drink at the local pub at the end for those who would like to partake.

Leaders: Sue J and Colin R 07931 291 552 or 07738 911 507

Sunday 25th February: 10 Mile Walk - Rivers and Parks of West Reading (moderate)
- joint walk with the Pang Valley group

Meeting Point: Maiwand Lion in Forbury Gardens, Reading Town Centre
Post Code: RG1 3EH, Lat/Long: N51.4569°, W0.9674°, OS Map: SU718736

Travel by bus, train or park in one of the Reading car parks and meet by the Maiwand Lion (statue) in Forbury Gardens for a 10:30am start.

Although the full walk is 10 miles, it is possible to shorten the walk by catching a bus or train back from specific points. It is a circular walk primarily on footpaths and not roads. The walk takes in the Kennet and Holybrook to Southcote and then Prospect Park, Lousehill Copse, McIlroy Park and Arthur Newbery Park before returning along the Thames Path.

Please bring a packed lunch, as usual.

Pang Valley Leader: Pete Moody 07972 159975

March 2018

Sunday 4th March: 8 Mile Walk - Newbury and Hamstead Park (moderate)

Meeting Point: Junction of Bartholomew Street and West Mills, Newbury
Post Code: RG14 5HG, Lat/Long: N51.4011°, W1.3242°, OS Map: SU471671

The walk starts at 10:30am in Newbury by the junction of Bartholomew Street and West Mills just south of the Kennet & Avon canal next to St. Nicolas Church and opposite Kennet shopping centre. A train departs Reading at 09:37 and arrives in Newbury at 10:05. If relying on the train please do check for engineering works. Park either for free with a 10-15 minute walk to the walk start at Wendan Road off the A343 Andover Road or at the Newbury railway station car park for £4.30, other car parks in Newbury are now unfortunately charging like on a weekday and more expensive.

The walk is very similar to that led by Naomi during the 2017 Berkshire Walkers Winter Staycation but I have added a few of my variations.

The walk starts and ends along the Kennet & Avon canal, we head to the Benham Capability Brown parkland and through Hamstead Park where we will have a lunch stop. We return via Enborne back to Newbury. In Newbury after the walk there will be opportunities to visit a tea room, a pub or perhaps the shops or any combination of these.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Leader: Mike D 07938 843 660 or 01635 863 831

Saturday Evening 10th March: Evening Meal at Bill's Restaurant, Bracknell

Meeting Point: Bill's Restaurant, 20 Braccan Walk, Lexicon Centre, Bracknell
Post Code: RG12 1BE, Lat/Long: N51.4169°, W0.7494°

Join us at Bill's restaurant in the Lexicon Shopping Centre, Bracknell, at 7:30pm. We have provisionally booked 20 places. A deposit of £5.00 per person is required, paid to Sue by Tuesday 6th February. (If payment is not received by this date your place will not be held and may go to someone else.) Your menu choices will be required at the beginning of March.

We are planning on having a few drinks at the Market Inn pub, Station Road (RG12 1HY) opposite Bracknell railway station from 6:30pm before walking through to Bill's.

Organiser: Sue J. 07931 291 552 or sue_e_jordan(at)btinternet.com

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

Tuesday Evening 13th March: First Aid Course for Ramblers

Meeting Point: St John's Ambulance Centre, Deadmans Lane, Theale
Post Code: RG7 5FB, Lat/Long: N51.4352°, W1.0865°

This first aid course is run by St John's Ambulance and is tailored to the meet the needs of walkers. It is subsidised for members of any of the Berkshire area Ramblers groups. (It will cost £15 instead of £30.) If you lead walks or if you regularly attend walks then this could be very useful to you and to the group.

The course is being held at their Theale centre and starts at 6pm, lasting around 3 hours. To book a place on this course, please contact David Turner (turnerd2@btinternet.com or 01189774184).

Saturday 17th March: 7 Mile Walk - Chapel Row, Bradfield, Rotten Row and Stanford Dingley (moderate)

Meeting Point: Outside The Blade Bone pub, The Avenue/Hatch Lane, Chapel Row
Post Code: RG7 6PD, Lat/Long: N51.4233°, W1.1799°, OS Map: SU571696

Meet for a 10:30am start outside The Blade Bone pub in Chapel Row. There's limited parking in a small lay-by in Hatch Lane, or please park considerately on the roads in the surrounding area. Please do not park in the pub car park.

This is a circular walk from Chapel Row taking us through the pretty villages of Bradfield, Rotten Row and Stanford Dingley. The first half of the walk is gently undulating through woodland and across fields with some lovely views across the Pang Valley. We'll then stop for lunch on the banks of the River Pang, before heading to Stanford Dingley where we'll stop for refreshments at The Old Boot, after which we'll return to Chapel Row.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Sue B 07899 916 748

Saturday 24th March to Saturday 31st March: Walking Holiday in South Cornwall

Join us for a week away in South Cornwall on the beautiful Roseland Peninsular, which is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and recognised for the quality of its landscape and coastal scenery.

A lovely six bedroom house has been reserved in the heart of the pretty fishing village of Portscatho. Please see http://www.classic.co.uk/holiday-cottage/desc-3135.html for more details. The house is located near the beach and just off the main village square where a pub, bakery/convenience store and butchers can be found. There are four double rooms and two twin rooms and all of them are ensuite. The exact price for the week and confirmation of the reservation will be confirmed in July, after which deposits will need to be paid. It looks as if each room will be in the region of £230 for the week (i.e. £115 per person sharing). In addition to the cost of the accommodation, £50 per person towards a food kitty should more than cover the cost of provisions for breakfast, packed lunches and five or six of the evening meals that we'll cook together in the house.

Following the same pattern as previous BWW weeks away in North and West Cornwall, there will be four days of organised walking, leaving two days free to explore more of the local area by yourself. Places to visit include Truro, St Mawes Castle, the 13th century church at St Just in Roseland, Caerhays Castle and Gardens, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trelissick.

Rooms will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Please email Sue if you would like to join us.

Update: All places have now been taken.

Please note that for insurance reasons this holiday is only open to members of the Ramblers and priority will be given to members of the Berkshire Weekend Walkers.

Organiser: Sue B 07899 916 748 or seblack.viola(at)gmail.com

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

April 2018

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.