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Our Programme of Walks and Events

Coronavirus Pandemic Measures
We are limiting the number of people attending each walk to help with social distancing. Also, we are obliged to keep contact details of everyone attending each walk for 21 days in case they are needed for Track and Trace purposes. Anyone who is not a BWW member will need to provice their address and a contact number before attending our walks.
See the Ramblers website for more details.

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.)

April 2021

Friday 2nd April: 5 Mile Walk - Knowl Hill, Bowsey Hill and Crazies Hill (moderate)
- This walk is now fully booked.

Meeting Point: Lay-by on Bath Road, Knowl Hill
Post Code: RG10 9UR, Lat/Long: N51.5078°, W0.8165°, OS Map: SU822794

Under current Ramblers rules and government restrictions, all people on a walk must give contact tracing details before the walk. The number of people attending this walk will be limited to 6 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet for a 10am start at the lay-by on the service road that runs parallel to the A4 Bath Road at Knowl Hill.

This short walk will head up Bowsey Hill and then cross to Crazies Hill before heading back to Knowl Hill. The woodland on Bowsey Hill can be muddy this time of year. As this walk will finish quite early, there is no lunch-stop planned, but you might like to bring a snack and something to drink.

Despite the easing in lockdown measures, you are still required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies. We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

This walk is now fully booked. If you would like to be put on the reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk. (If someone drops out, we will contact you to offer you their place.) Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Julia C. 07804 797071

Saturday 10th April: 10 Mile Walk - Goring, Aldworth and Ashampstead (moderate/hilly)
- This walk is now fully booked.

Meeting Point: Wheel Orchard car park, Station Road, Goring
Post Code: RG8 9HB, Lat/Long: N51.5218°, W1.1371°, OS Map: SU599806

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.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

Meet at the Wheel Orchard car park (behind the Catherine Wheel pub) for a 10:15am start. (This car park charges on a Saturday and will cost £2.20 for five hours.) If travelling by train from Reading, take the 09:53 Didcot Parkway service from platform 12, which stops at Goring and Streatley at 10:05. (The leader will be on this train.)

A circular walk that starts from Goring, crosses the Thames to Streatley and then heads to Aldworth for our first stop, at the church containing the world famous "Aldworth Giants", which should not be missed. We then head to Ashampstead and a cuppa and lunch at the Farm Shop and then a quick visit to the Church to glimpse the 12th century paintings that were discovered after a storm disturbed the plaster. We then head back to Streatley.

The walk includes two long ascents (and descents) and only a couple of short sessions on a road. No stiles. A very picturesque trip with minimal interaction with the real world. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and on public transport). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

This walk is now fully booked. If you would like to be put on the reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk. (If someone drops out, we will contact you to offer you their place.) Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

Saturday 17th April: 9 Mile Walk - Newbury, Hamstead Park, Enborne and Wash Common (moderate)

Meeting Point: Newbury Railway Station, Cheap Street, Newbury
Post Code: RG14 5UN, Lat/Long: N51.3978°, W1.3226°, OS Map: SU472667

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.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

Start from outside Newbury railway station ticket office at 10:45. The 10:09 train from Reading is due to arrive at 10:36. We will wait a few minutes if there is a delay. If driving, it is recommended to use one of the nearby pay and display car parks, e.g. the Wharf, Kennet Centre or Parkway. Parking at the station itself is limited as there are building works going on.

We will walk through Newbury to the Kennet and Avon Canal, then follow that for around 3 miles to Marsh Benham bridge, at which point we will leave the canal and walk through Hamstead Park to Enborne, which has a pretty church. (The church will most likely be closed but we can look around the churchyard for a short time.)

From Enborne we follow a short stretch of main road and then down a lane, before heading onto the footpath and across country to Wash Common (some mud possible, especially after rain, and some moderate ascents on this section). From Wash Common we walk through a mixture of town and countryside for the just under 3 miles back to the station.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies and on public transport, if that's how you are getting to and from the walk. We recommended you also 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 booked a place.

Leader: Jean-Paul 07887 710 396

Sunday 18th April: 7½ Mile Walk - Fleet Pond and Pyestock Hill (easy)
- This walk is now fully booked.

Meeting Point: Fleet Railway Station, Minley Road, Fleet, Hampshire
Post Code: GU51 2RJ, Lat/Long: N51.2905°, W0.8296°, OS Map: SU817552

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.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

Meet in the south car park of Fleet Railway Station, near the station office, for a 10am start. (Parking at the station car park will cost £3.50 for the day.)

If travelling by train from Reading, take the 08:38 to Basingstoke from platform 12. Change at Basingstoke to catch the 09:31 to Woking from platform 1, which stops at Fleet at 09:47.

Starting from the railway station car park, we will walk along the edge of Fleet Pond before following the stream down to Pondtail, join the Basingstoke Canal and then enter the Forest of Eversley. After a picnic lunch, we will head over Norris Hill to Pyestock Hill and back to the top of the pond. Despite the mention of hills in the description, these are actually just gentle slopes.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies and for use on public transport. We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

This walk is now fully booked. If you would like to be put on the reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk. (If someone drops out, we will contact you to offer you their place.) Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Saturday 24th April: 9¾ Mile Walk - Burnham Beeches (Burnham-Slough linear) (moderate)
- joint walk with the Berkshire Walkers 20s & 30s group

Meeting Point: Burnham railway station, Cippenham, Slough
Post Code: SL1 6JD, Lat/Long: N51.5238°, W0.646°, OS Map: SU940814

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 13* (approx. 6 from each group, plus the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

Meet in Burnham station car park in time for a 10:45am start. If travelling by train from Reading, take the direct 10:22 service. If you are driving and would prefer to avoid public transport, it is probably easiest to park at or near Burnham station, then leave the group and head back west along the Bath Road when we reach Salt Hill Park near the end of the walk (which will add about 1.5 miles to the advertised distance). Paid parking is available at both ends of the walk, and there is plenty of free on-street parking in west Slough, including some near Burnham station.

We will begin by visiting Haymill Valley nature reserve, just opposite the station. From there, we will cross some green open spaces and leave Slough via Cocksherd Wood, where we might see some bluebells if we are lucky. Some quiet footpaths take us up to Burnham Beeches, and after a short loop around the park and a lunch stop there will be the option of visiting the Beeches Café (crowds permitting).

The return route takes us through Farnham Common, along the east edge of Farnham Royal, then down a cycle path into Baylis Park and Salt Hill Park. It is a short walk from Salt Hill to Slough station where the walk ends.

This walk is graded moderate due to its length, but the terrain is mostly quite easy to walk on. As usual, please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and on public transport). We recommended you also 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 booked a place.

Leader: Chris F. 07984 255 322

Sunday 25th April: 12 Mile Walk - Bury Down, Stanmore and West Ilsley (moderate)

Meeting Point: The Ridgeway Car Park, Bury Lane, West Ilsley
Post Code: RG20 7AZ, Lat/Long: N51.5533°, W1.3101°, OS Map: SU479840

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.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

Starting at 10:00 from Bury Down, we head west along The Ridgeway for a couple of miles, then turn south along the wooded Wether Down to Lands End. We head up Old Street before reaching Stanmore and turning north with good views across the Downs. The route back takes us quickly up to The Ridgeway, then under the A34 and back to the car park.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Also, please bring a face covering/mask for emergencies. We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser. The leader can offer a lift from Reading for one person if the appropriate precautions are observed.

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 booked a place.

Leader: Keith A. 07766 275 377

May 2021

Sunday 2nd May: 7 Mile Walk - Watlington and Christmas Common (moderate)

Meeting Point: Public car park on Hill Road, Watlington, Oxon
Post Code: OX49 5AB, Lat/Long: N51.6444°, W1.003°, OS Map: SU690944

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.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

The walk will start at 10:15 from Watlington Car Park, situated in Hill Road, off the B4009, in the centre of the town. The car park is free and all spaces can be used on Sundays, including the short-stay spaces. There should be ample parking spaces but the Watlington area has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years and the car park could be unexpectedly busy on this post-lockdown bank holiday Sunday, especially if the weather is good. So please arrive in good time as alternative parking places in Watlington are limited and it could take you a while to find one, should this be necessary.

On our walk we will take in the flat country surrounding the town as well as the higher country around Christmas Common. There is one quite long but steady ascent and one steeper and shorter descent, which will give us the chance to greet everyone slogging up the hill. Weather permitting this walk will give us some of the best views in the Chilterns.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies. We recommended you also 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 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 9th May: 8½ Mile Walk - Beaconsfield (moderate)

Details to follow....

Leaders: Ann and Kathy

Saturday 15th May: 10 Mile Walk - Great Bedwyn and Savernake Forest (moderate)

Meeting Point: Bedwyn Railway Station, The Knapp, Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire
Post Code: SN8 3NZ, Lat/Long: N51.3795°, W1.5992°, OS Map: SU279645

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.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

The Savernake Forest is a wonderland of ancient great oaks, some twisted into nightmarish shapes, noble beeches, sunny glades and green pathways. Starting in Great Bedwyn at 10:15am, this walk takes a circular route through the centre and south of the Forest. There are a few undulations on the walk but no stiles that I can remember! Stopping off at St Katherines is planned - a remote but beautiful church.

Great Bedwyn is easily accessible by car or rail. Parking is free at the station. The 09:33 from Reading arrives at Bedwyn station at 10:12. (The leader will be on this train.)

Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Also, you are required to bring a face covering/mask for emergencies and/or if you are getting to and from the walk by public transport. We recommended you also 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 booked a place. If you have a question about the walk, please contact Ian, but booking a place must be done by email to Rob.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

Saturday 22nd May: 10½ Mile Walk - Pewsey and the White Horse Trail (moderate)

Meeting Point: Pewsey Railway Station, North Street, Pewsey
Post Code: SN9 5FB, Lat/Long: N51.3421°, W1.7707°, OS Map: SU160603

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.

*Organised walks are exempt from the government's Rule of Six if we follow additional special rules.

Starting in Pewsey at 9:40am, this walk takes you along part of the White Horse Trail in mid Wiltshire, a high ridge walk with terrific views in all directions. There is a long climb near the start which is sure to get your heart going but the reward when you reach the top is outstanding. At the southern end the walk takes you along a most attractive stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal where you can watch the canal boats. In between, there are meadows, and pretty thatched cottages. A quick detour through picturesque Wilcot is on the cards, subject to demand and weather.

This walk is accessible by train and by car. The 09:02 Paignton service from Reading stops at Pewsey station at 09:36. (Parking at the station will cost £4.10 but there are free car parks on Broomcroft Road and on Goddard Road. See maps.)

Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Also, please bring a face covering/mask for emergencies and/or if you are getting to and from the walk by public transport. We recommended you also 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 booked a place. If you have a question about the walk, please contact Ian, but booking a place must be done by email to Rob.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

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.