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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
Map 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!

April 2024

Note: The details of the walks/events that have already taken place are hidden. Click on the heading of an event to show and hide its details.

Meeting Point: National Trust car park on Pinkneys Drive, Maidenhead
Post Code: SL6 6PB, Lat/Long: N51.5261°, W0.7693°, OS Map: SU854815

Meet for a 10:30 start at the National Trust (free) car park on Pinkneys Drive, Maidenhead.

This walk takes us from the edge of Maidenhead, through Maidenhead Thicket and the grounds of Berkshire College of Agriculture, before dropping down to the River Thames at Hurley and Temple. The return takes us through a Woodland Trust woodland and back to our start.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Neil F. 0793 225 8788

Meeting Point: Wokingham Superbowl, Phoenix Plaza, Wellington Road, Wokingham
Post Code: RG40 2NJ, Lat/Long: N51.4076°, W0.8393°

You are welcome to join in for two games of 10 Pin Bowling at the Wokingham Superbowl on Friday 12th April. This is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the 10 Pin Bowling evening at Bracknell last November. (See our Scrapbook.)

The lanes will be booked for 8pm and we'll meet from 7:15pm to pick up our drink. There is an offer of two games and a selected drink for £15 which will be tempting for many, as it could save time in queuing for drinks beforehand. There are also offers for two game deals that start at £13 per person for two games (without a drink) which drop in price the more people are pre-booked.

Please can you email Richard to reserve your place, by Sunday 24th March, also stating your preference as to whether you would like to have the included drink. Richard will respond via email with payment details, once the final numbers are known. If you have any queries, then contact Richard.

The nearest car park is the Carnival Multi Storey Car Park, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2AG. The evening charge (from 6pm to 10pm) is £1, and is free from 10pm onwards.

Organiser: Richard S. 07484 227557 or social(at)berksww.org.uk

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

Meeting Point: Swallowfield Parish Hall Car Park, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield.
Post Code: RG7 1QX, Lat/Long: N51.3795°, W0.95715°, OS Map: SU726650

Meet for a 10:30 start at Swallowfield Parish Hall free car park, which is next to Swallowfield Recreation Ground.

This is a lovely walk in varied countryside, with farmland, parkland and river meadows. It is mainly flat, with the total ascent for the walk being about 190ft.

On leaving Swallowfield, we follow a stretch of the Broadwater, before it divides into the Blackwater and Whitewater Rivers. Our route passes a Bluebell wood near Wheeler's Copse and we cross Swallowfield Park which is a traditional parkland with many old trees. On returning to Swallowfield, there will be the opportunity to visit the The Crown pub for those that would like to.

After rainfall, some sections of the route will be muddy. Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual.

Leader: Sue B. 07899 916 748

Meeting Point: Simons Wood NT car park, Wellingtonia Avenue, Finchampstead.
Post Code: RG45 6AE, Lat/Long: N51.3648°, W0.8333°, OS Map: SU813635

Meet for a 6:45pm start in the NT Simons Wood car park, located on the north side of Wellingtonia Avenue.

An interesting route with lots of variety. We start by walking down through Coalpit Copse, where there should be a lovely display of bluebells. We then walk round part of the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve, before making our way back to the car park through the NT Ridges.

Following the walk, there will be the opportunity to visit either The Greyhound pub in Finchampstead, or The Hive in Crowthorne for refreshments, both of which are just down the road.

Leader: Sue B. 07899 916 748

Meeting Point: Lay-by on Park Lane, Maidensgrove, near Henley-on-Thames
Post Code: RG9 6EX, Lat/Long: N51.59296°, W0.96264°, OS Map: SU719887

Meet for a 9:45am start from the lay-by on Park Lane, just west of Maidensgrove and north of Warburg Nature Reserve. From Henley-on-Thames, take the B480 through Middle Assendon to Stonor, then turn left onto Park Lane (signposted Maidensgrove and Russells Water). Follow this narrow lane through woodland and past the few houses that make up the hamlet of Maidensgrove to get to the lay-by, which is in open fields.

We'll head towards Nettlebed, via Warburg Nature reserve - there's a couple of hills along the way, making this a "moderate" graded walk. We'll have a morning coffee stop at The Cheese Shed Café and return via Park Corner.

Bring a picnic lunch and something to drink. Some sections could be muddy after rain.

Please, no dogs on this walk.

Leader: Ruth H. 07712 005 315

Meeting Point: White Hill car park, B3051 south of Kingsclere, near Newbury
Post Code: RG20 5PY, Lat/Long: N51.3054°, W1.2611°, OS Map: SU516565

Meet for a 10:30 start at the White Hill (free) car park on the B3051 just south of Kingsclere. Kingsclere is on the A339 between Newbury and Basingstoke. Drive south through the village on Swan Street and then follow the B3051 up White Hill. The car park is on the left at the top of the hill, and there is plenty of extra parking in a long lay-by opposite the entrance. (Note that the postcode RG20 5PY is for the stables, which you pass on the way up to the car park.)

Our walk follows the Wayfarer's Walk from White Hill, heading south-east, through East Oakley to Patchbourne Wood. Then we will walk along some quiet lanes before following the Welly Boot Corner Walk to Hannington. From there, we will walk along another quiet lane to Cottington's Hill and then footpaths through farmland back to the car park at White Hill.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual. This walk is quite hilly, with 760 feet of ascent in total. It is also quite likely that some paths with be muddy.

Leaders: Emma 07979 692338 and Rob 07786 116988

Meeting Point: Stanlake Park Wine Estate, Twyford
Post Code: RG10 0BN, Lat/Long: N51.47068°, W0.84899°

Join us for a Wine Tour and Tasting!

Meet at 1:45pm, ready for a 2:00pm start at Stanlake Park Wine Estate. Stanlake Park is on the B3018 Waltham Road out of Twyford towards Wokingham, very close to Ruscombe and Hurst. The nearest station is Twyford, a 15-minute walk away on pavement or a 3-minute taxi ride.

During a Wine Tour and Tasting, you'll visit one of their vineyards (weather permitting) before being taken through the winery to see all the winemaking process, including the grape-pressing area, the fermentation tanks, the barrel room, the 'fizz' room and the bottling line. At each stop, you will taste a different wine, making it 6 wines in total, including white, rosé, red and sparkling. The tour lasts 1.5-2 hours. https://stanlakepark.com/wine-tours/

The tour will end in the Wine Bar & Cellar Shop where you can buy snacks, cheese and charcuterie boards, cream teas, wine, local craft beer, cider and cocktails. Non-alcoholic options include mocktails and hot drinks. https://stanlakepark.com/wine-bar-menu/

Tickets for the tour are now sold out.

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

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

May 2024

Meeting Point: Langley Railway Station, Station Road, Langley, Slough
Post Code: SL3 6DB, Lat/Long: N51.5079°, W0.5418°, OS Map: TQ012797

Meet at Langley station in time for a 10:30am start. If travelling by train from Reading, take the direct 09:59 Elizabeth Line service. Paid parking is available either at the start of the walk, or at Burnham station where the walk ends. Alternatively, you may be able to find free on-street parking nearby at the weekend, but please park considerately, and check the signs for details of any restrictions.

Most of this linear walk follows the Beeches Way through Langley Park, Black Park, Stoke Common, Farnham Common and Burnham Beeches. After hopefully stopping for tea and cake at the Beeches Café, we will turn off towards Burnham, crossing fields, ancient woodland, parks and a nature reserve. If we are lucky, we might see bluebells in Cocksherd Wood.

Depending on the weather leading up to the walk, it could still be quite muddy around Stoke Common, so please bring appropriate footwear. As usual, please also bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Leader: Chris F. 07984 255 322

Meeting Point: Frost Folly car park on Wellers Lane, Moss End/Warfield
Post Code: RG42 6EN, Lat/Long: N51.4458°, W0.7453°, OS Map: SU872726

Meet for a 7pm start at Frost Folly car park on Wellers Lane, between Moss End and Warfield.

The walk is an easy mix of foot paths, country roads and a bit in a field, where usually there are some Shetland ponies. It could well be muddy so boots recommended, unless the rain stops.

There is an optional drink at the Shepherds House pub after the walk.

Leader: Emily 07913 670 718

June 2024

Meeting Point: Welford and 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 (unlike on the pre-walk) there is an opportunity for those that wish to briefly see something rather unusual inside a UK church.

At the end of the walk there is an option to visit the nearby Five Bells pub for a social drink.

For the walk please bring a small lunch and drink.

Leaders: Mike 0*7*9*3*8*8*4*3*6*6*0

July 2024

Meeting Point: Godwell Park car park, Northcroft Lane, Newbury
Post Code: RG14 1RS, Lat/Long: N51.4037°, W1.3322°, OS Map: SU465674

Meet for a 10:30 start in Godwell Park car park (free on Sunday) near Northcroft Leisure Centre, nearest postcode RG14 1RS.

The walk goes through Benham Valence Park to Marsh Benham, through Hamstead Park, past Avery's Pightle Nature Reserve before returning past the site of the 1st Battle of Newbury.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Led by the Pang Valley Ramblers

Meeting Point: Roadside parking on Ashampstead Road, Ashampstead
Post Code: RG8 8RT, Lat/Long: N51.4885°, W1.1869°, OS Map: SU565769

Meet for a 10:30 start on Ashampstead Road, Ashampstead by village recreation ground between Flowers Piece and Church Lane. Nearest Post Code RG8 8RT

A walk overlooking the Pang Valley between Ashampstead and Hampstead Norreys, visiting an airfield used in WW2 for Wellington Bombers.

Two steep hills. May be muddy. Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Led by the Pang Valley Ramblers

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.


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.