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Our Programme of Walks and Events

Coronavirus Pandemic Measures
To assist NHS Track and Trace, we record contact details for everyone attending our walks, which we keep for 21 days after the walk. 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.)

December 2021

Sunday 5th December: 9 Mile Walk - Watership Down, Sydmonton and Ladle Hill (moderate/hilly)

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 from the free car park on White Hill, south of Kingsclere. Leave Kingsclere heading south on Swan Street which becomes Winchester Road (B3051). Follow this road for a mile, passing Park House Stables and then going uphill. Just as the road levels out, the car park is on the left and there is a long lay-by on the right. The postcode of RG20 5PY is for the stables.

I can pick up two passengers from Basingstoke railway station if you contact me beforehand. From Reading, take the 09:38 Basingstoke service, which arrives at 10:04.

We will follow the Wayfarer's Walk over Cannon Heath Down and Watership Down before heading down to Sydmonton and then back up to Ladle Hill (Iron Age Hillfort) where we will stop for our picnic lunch. We will return via Ashley Warren Down and Nuthanger Down, re-joining the Wayfarer's Walk to retrace our steps back to the car park. The walk is a bit hilly in places, including 270m (885ft) of ascent in total.

Please bring a packed lunch and enough to drink. Unfortunately there is no pub-stop on this walk.
There is no need to book a place in advance for this walk, but a register will be taken at the start of the walk in case it's needed for track and trace purposes.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Sunday 12th December: 9½ Mile Walk - Whitchurch, Thames Path and Chiltern Way (moderate)

Meeting Point: Main entrance of Pangbourne railway station, Pangbourne
Post Code: RG8 7DY, Lat/Long: N51.4855°, W1.0904°, OS Map: SU632766

Meet for a 10:35 start outside the main entrance at Pangbourne station. Parking is available either at the Village Hall pay and display car park on Station Road (free on Sundays) or at the station car park (£4.20 daily rate). If travelling from Reading by train, take the 10:26 Didcot Parkway service, which stops at Pangbourne at 10:34.

The route will take us over the toll bridge at Whitchurch to pick up the Thames Path towards Goring. We will then head north up the hill towards Cold Harbour and Woodcote. Our return will pass through Common Wood to pick up the Chiltern Way before descending back to Whitchurch. The outward stretch of the walk is largely uphill but we'll walk at a steady pace so don't let that put you off! Potential for plenty mud, so please dress accordingly.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Optional pub or tea shop visit at the end of the walk depending on preference and numbers. There's no need to book a place on this walk - you can just turn up.

Leader: Clare 07747 862277

Saturday 18th December: 8 Mile Walk - Medmenham and Hambledon Circular (moderate)

Meeting Point: Ferry Lane, Medmenham on A4155 midway between Henley and Marlow
Post Code: SL7 2HF, Lat/Long: N51.5532°, W0.8403°, OS Map: SU805844

Meet for a 10:05 start from Ferry Lane, by the Church, which is opposite the Dog & Badger pub.

Please park considerately along Ferry Lane - allowing a few mins to walk back to the start point. Or catch the no 800 High Wycombe bus from Friar Street, Reading at 09:06. Bus arrives at Dog & Badger pub, Medmenham at 10:02. Return buses are at 04 and 34 mins past the hour.

Join us on an 8 mile, moderate pace, hilly walk from Medmenham - taking in Medmenham woodland hill fort, WW 1 practice trenches, leaves to scuff through and extensive farmland as we head towards the village of Hambleden. There are a few steep ups and downs which could be slippery in places.

Bring plenty to drink and a picnic lunch. We'll picnic in Hambleden village about 2/3 of the way around the walk. Hambleden village shop/cafe serves hot drinks if it's chilly, or visit the Stag & Huntsman pub for a drink. We'll then make our way back to Medmenham.

Please let leader know if you plan to arrive by bus, in case of delay.

Leader: Ruth H. 07712 005 315

January 2022

Saturday 8th January: 9½ Mile Walk - Bramley and Silchester (moderate)

Details to follow...

Leader: Pat

Sunday 16th January: 6-8 Mile Walk - Turville (moderate)

Details to follow...

Leader: Jane

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.