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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.

December 2017

Saturday Evening 2nd December: Christmas Dinner at Loch Fyne

Meeting Point: Loch Fyne, The Maltings, Bear Wharf, Fobney Street, Reading
Post Code: RG1 6BT, Lat/Long: N51.4518°, W0.9739°

This year we're having a Christmas dinner at Loch Fyne in Reading. Please arrive from 7pm, for a 7:30pm sit down. Drinks are available from the bar.

The cost is £24.95 per person (not including the service charge/tips) for the three-course meal. A £5.00 deposit it required to confirm your place, along with your menu choices. See menu. The deadline for booking is Friday 17th November. Please note if you are unable to make the dinner on the night, full payment will still be required.

For those that wish to continue partying, the organiser is happy to frequent a pub, or to head to the After Dark Club if you fancy dancing the night away.

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

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

Sunday 3rd December: 8 Mile Walk - Sherfield on Loddon (easy/moderate)

Meeting Point: Free car park, Bramley Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hampshire
Post Code: RG27 0BU, Lat/Long: N51.3171°, W1.0261°, OS Map: SU679580

Meet for a 10:30am start from the free car park by the sports field on Bramley Road in the village of Sherfield-on-Loddon. There is alternative parking in a small car park on the old Reading Road, just past the White Hart pub, and along the old Reading Road itself. Sherfield-on-Loddon is on the A33 Reading to Basingstoke road.

This circular walk explores some of the picturesque countryside of North-East Hampshire. It starts by following the Brenda Parker Way as far as Rotherwick and then returns via mixed woodland and farmland. The walk is mostly flat with a couple of gentle inclines. There are a few stiles en-route and some parts of the walk are a bit muddy. There will be a picnic stop about two-thirds of the way round and an optional pub stop at the end.

Bring a packed lunch, as usual.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Sunday 10th December: 7 Mile Walk - Is Maharajah Well? (moderate)
- joint walk with the Berkshire Walkers 20s and 30s group

Meeting Point: Near Stoke Row Garage, Stoke Row, near Henley-on-Thames
Post Code: RG9 5QH, Lat/Long: N51.5511°, W1.0205°, OS Map: SU680840

Meet for an 11am start near the petrol station and village hall opposite the Maharajah's Well on the main road through Stoke Row. Please park considerately along the road or in nearby side roads.

Starting at Maharajah's Well, we will traverse over the South Oxfordshire footpaths through Ipsden Heath, taking in some pleasant views along the way. We will return back to our starting point via Well Place and some woodland which could be a little muddy in places. This is a fairly short hike with the occasional short incline to contend with. On one occasion the incline is quite steep, we will take our time.

Please bring something to drink, picnic lunch and some money for possible pub stop during walk.

Leader: Dan (BWs) 07761 192 509

Saturday Afternoon 16th December: Pre-Christmas Pub Crawl in Bracknell
- joint social event with the Berkshire Walkers 20s and 30s group

Meeting Point: The Market Inn (starting point) Station Road, Bracknell
Post Code: RG12 1HY, Lat/Long: N51.4135°, W0.7514°

As an alternative to the annual Reading Christmas pub crawl, the BWs have decided to move the venue this year to Bracknell, and they've kindly invited us to join them as usual.

Meet at The Market Inn, Station Road, Bracknell at 12:00pm. The Market Inn is directly opposite Bracknell train station. After a drink and perhaps lunch here we will wind our way round some of the local drinking establishments of Bracknell.

Venturing out from the town centre to the first couple of pubs we will walk back into Bracknell town most probably ending up at The Old Manor in Bracknell town centre for an evening meal.

Some of you may wish to take a look round the newly opened Lexicon and carry out some Christmas shopping. As usual please feel free to drop in and out as you wish and contact the organiser for information on where we are if you intend to join us during the day.

Organiser: Alex (BWs) 07887 485 404

Sunday 17th December: 8 Mile Walk - Hartley Wintney and West Green (moderate)
- joint walk with the Berkshire Walkers 20s and 30s group

Meeting Point: Long Stay car park, Monachus Lane, Hartley Wintney
Post Code: RG27 8NN, Lat/Long: N51.3066°, W0.9011°, OS Map: SU766569

Meet for a 10:30am start at the long-stay car park in Hartley Wintney. (This pay-and-display car park is free on Sundays.) Hartley Wintney is on the A30 a few miles east of Hook.

Starting from Hartley Wintney, we head across Hazeley Heath to Dipley and West Green House, then follow the Brenda Parker Way back to Hartley Wintney. The lunch stop will be near West Green House, where there is a Christmas Fair. There will be a little time available for people to briefly explore this after lunch. There will be a pub-stop, either two-thirds of the way round or at the end of the walk, depending on the weather.

The route is mostly flat apart from two quite steep flights of steps where the path goes under the M3. There are a few stiles on the walk and it is likely to be muddy in places.

Bring a packed lunch, as usual.

Leader: Denise 07748 766 371

Thursday Evening 28th December: Pub Meet at The Back of Beyond in Reading
- joint social event with the Berkshire Walkers 20s and 30s group

Meeting Point: The Back of Beyond pub, 104-106 King's Road, Reading
Post Code: RG1 3BY, Lat/Long: N51.4549°, W0.9634°

Meet up with your walking chums and compare Christmas presents over a drink or two (and an optional meal) at The Back of Beyond pub in Reading. From 7pm onward.

It's a JD Wetherspoon pub so there will be a good range of sensibly priced beers (and other drinks) available. They also do sensibly priced pub grub, so we can eat there too if we feel like it.

Organisers: Jude and Adam 07585 234 836 or 07709 032 516

Saturday 30th December: 7¾ Mile Walk - Chapel Row and Frilsham (moderate)

Meeting Point: The Green by the Bladebone Inn, Hatch Lane, Chapel Row
Post Code: RG7 6PD, Lat/Long: N51.42306°, W1.17977°, OS Map: SU571696

The walk starts at 10:30am on the green beside the Bladebone Inn, Hatch Lane in the village of Chapel Row. Please park considerately either in the small lay by the start of the walk or use the lane opposite the Bladebone Inn which is signed to Bucklebury Village and Stanford Dingley.

A seasonal walk to burn off some of the extra calories from the Christmas week!

The route covers some of our favourite woodland paths and tracks in the 860 acre Bucklebury Common (one of the largest commons in southern England), the Pang Valley and the village of Frilsham. We may be lucky enough to see some of the deer herd in the Bucklebury Farm Park too.

We plan to have a lunch stop in woodland near Frilsham followed by a visit to the Pot Kiln pub for perhaps a warm drink of a seasonal mulled wine in front of the fire place. After the Pot Kiln we return to our start by a more direct but slightly hillier route.

Some footpaths may be muddy. Please bring a packed lunch and drink as usual.

Leaders: Mike and Alison 07938 843 660 or 07929 149 636

January 2018

Sunday 14th January: 8½ Mile Walk - Blewbury to Lowbury Hill (moderate)
- joint walk with the Pang Valley group

Meeting Point: Recreation Ground car park, Boham's Road, Blewbury
Post Code: OX11 9HB, Lat/Long: N51.5664°, W1.2433°, OS Map: SU525855

The walk starts at 10:30am from the recreation ground car park, Blewbury. Heading west out of Blewbury on A417, turn left opposite Savages Garden Centre, signposted Recreation Ground, where we park on the left.

We will climb steadily but gently towards Churn Hill and will then walk in open countryside via the Ridgeway and Lowbury Hill returning via Aston Tirrold. Hopefully the views will be expansive.

Please bring a packed lunch, as usual.

Pang Valley Leaders: Pauline and Alistair Lax 07989 289099

Saturday 20th January: Walk - Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park
- Combined Walk and Cycle Ride!

For the cyclists in our group, a cycle ride around Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park. For the non-cyclist in our group, a walk around Virginia Water, starting from the same location, but shorter in length.

Details to follow...

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

Walk Leader: Rob C 07786 116 988

February 2018

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

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 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.)

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.