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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.)

July 2021

Saturday 3rd July: 10 Mile Walk - Hungerford Common (moderate)

Meeting Point: Hungerford Railway Station, Station Road, Hungerford
Post Code: RG17 0DX, Lat/Long: N51.4148°, W1.5124°, OS Map: SU340685

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 15 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Starting from Hungerford railway station at 10:25am the walk heads out through the impressive Hungerford Common before making its way via horse studs to Lower Green where a break at the triangular common occurs. We then proceed to our obligatory church stop at nearby St Michael's before turning for home via the Famous Mt Prosperous Estate. What is it famous for? Well the gardens are open at various times in support of The Queens Foundation for Disabled People and the fact that this is the home of Jethro Tull (1674-1741). Not the Jethro Tull that I was thinking about! We then head towards the A338 which we cross and then turn in the direction of the Stype Estate before turning off to Bagshot Hamlet and onwards to Hungerford. A handful of stiles are encountered but otherwise the trip is on footpaths and country lanes. Next to no hills.

Parking at Hungerford railway station will cost £2.10 for the day. If arriving by train from Reading, take the 09:35 to Newbury and change there for the 10:09 Bedwyn service, which stops at Hungerford at 10:20.

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're getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

There are a couple of places left. If you would like to book one/both, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

Sunday 4th July: 6-8 Mile Walk - Walk Leader Training

Meeting Point: Pangbourne Village Hall Car Park, Station Road, Pangbourne
Post Code: RG8 7AN, Lat/Long: N51.4839°, W1.0885°, OS Map: SU633765

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 15 (including the leaders). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Have you wanted to lead walks for your group, but didn't quite feel confident enough? This could be the opportunity you need to gain a few leadership and navigation skills. Lee and Rob have organised a walk that welcomes the active participation of those attending and hopes to pass on some of the tricks of the trade.

We will be walking around Pangbourne, Sulham and Tidmarsh. During the walk, participants will be able to take turns in leading sections of the walk, safe in knowledge that they can't get lost. We will regularly stop to discuss how to deal with situations you may encounter, such as: how to correct your route after taking a wrong turning, how to safely cross a field of livestock, etc. We will also discuss how to plan a walk, how to do the recce, and how to do the risk assessment, as well as plenty of hints and tips on navigation and map-reading.

We will start at 10:40 in the Pay-and-Display car park outside Pangbourne Village Hall, on Station Road. Parking is free here on a Sunday. If arriving by train from Reading, take the 10:26 Didcot service from platform 13, which stops at Pangbourne at 10:34. It's about three minutes walk from the station to this car park.

Although this walk is only 6 to 8 miles long, the frequent stops will mean a finish time somewhere between 3 and 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch, drink, facemask and hand sanitiser, as usual. Also bring a compass and map of the area if you have them, but they are not essential.

If you would like to go on this instructional walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk to book a place. Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leaders: Rob C 07786116988 and Lee P 07780 683521

Saturday 10th July: 10 Mile Walk - Nettlebed Estate (moderate)

Meeting Point: Rotherfield Peppard, Peppard Hill, B481
Post Code: RG9 5LB, Lat/Long: N51.5312°, W0.9788°, OS Map: SU709818

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 15 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet for a 10:30 start at the small (free) car park in Rotherfield Peppard outside the building formally known as The Red Lion pub. If the car park is full, there are plenty of other suitable parking spots found around the Common, but please park with consideration.

The number 25 bus from Reading Station North arrives at 'Peppard Stores' on Stoke Row Road, Peppard Common, at about 10:10, which requires a 15 minute walk along Gallowstree Road and Peppard Hill to the starting location.

The walk starts by heading north towards Greys Green before turning west to Shepherd's Green and onto the Estate grounds long before Grey's Court. Then more walking, some lunch, a lovely field and the edge of Nettlebed. An option to visit The Cheese Shed for some cake is open. The return journey is southwards before following the valley bottom back to the start.

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're getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

If you would like to 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: Tim K. 07912 179591

Sunday 11th July: 9¼ Mile Walk - Tilford and Crooksbury Common (moderate)

Meeting Point: The Green in Tilford (near Farnham) Surrey
Post Code: GU10 2BU, Lat/Long: N51.1831°, W0.7519°, OS Map: SU873433

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 15 (including the leaders). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet by the green in Tildford for a 10:30 start. There is a parking area on the east side of the green and you can park on the road around the green

This walk takes in the Surrey countryside along footpaths and through woodland. Passing through Crooksbury Common with a short ascent to Crooksbury Hill for views. In to Moor Park, then points of interest include a small cave and visit to the ruins of Waverley Abbey, returning through Sheephatch to the start point. There may be an option for drinks at the Barley Mow pub on the Green at the end.

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 to 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 Ann or Kathy, but booking a place must be done by email to Rob.

Leaders: Ann and Kathy 07800 728 667 or 07794 406 438

Saturday 17th July: 10+ Mile Walk - Goring Bush Walk (moderate)

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 15 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet in the Wheel Orchard car park, behind the Catherine Wheel pub on Station Road for a 10:15 start. If coming by train from Reading, the 09:53 Didcot Parkway service stops at Goring and Streatley station at 10:05 and it's a five minute walk from the station to the car park. If arriving by car, there is a £2.50 charge at the car park.

A lovely bush walk that stays on the Goring side of the river- in fact we never get near the river!. This is a classic "balloon on a string" walk with a relatively short string - well that is what the professionals would call it. The walk heads out of Goring on the Chiltern Way Extension to the Great Chalk Wood. This is wonderful in Summer with all the beautiful Beech trees shading the paths. After leaving the impressive bushland of the Chalk woods we head up the aptly named Blackbirds Bottom to the B471 and skirting through the Oratory School we cross the Reading Road and into extensive bushland and head towards College Wood. We then progressively move through Birchen Copse, Thicket Copse and then Bottom Wood. We then head towards Nuney Green after passing through Little College Wood. We then turn towards home via Collins End and Bennetts Woods - a beautiful piece of bushland. We then head along the Chiltern Way Extension towards Whitchurch Hill and a break with St John the Baptist - a beautiful old church with impressive grounds. We then head through Beech Wood and after skirting Combe End farm we travel along Cold Harbour lane for a short period before descending back into Great Chalk Woods and heading home. A very quiet walk with limited contact with other walkers and the majority of the time we are walking through bushland. Very limited time spent on tarmac. No stiles.

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're getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

If you would like to 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: Ian B. 07908 963 870

Sunday 25th July: 9½ Mile Walk - Basingstoke and Old Basing (moderate)
- This walk is now fully booked.

Meeting Point: Basingstoke Railway Station
Post Code: RG21 5AH, Lat/Long: N51.26817°, W1.0872°, OS Map: SU637525

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.

Meet outside the main entrance of Basingstoke railway station (opposite the entrance to the shopping centre) for a 10:35 start. The station car park is £3.50 for the day. If arriving by train from Reading take the 10:12 Salisbury service from platform1, which stops at Basingstoke at 10:32.

The walk is a mixture of urban and countryside. It will take us from Basingstoke railway station to Barton's Mill, then alongside the River Loddon to Old Basing, Basingstoke Common, the Crabtree Plantation, skirting the War Memorial Park and finally through Eastrop Park back to the train station.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and when on the train, if that's how you are getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

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

Leader: Pat P. 07931 103 730

Saturday 31st July: 10 Mile Walk - Middle Assendon, Pishill and Stonor Park (moderate/hilly)

Meeting Point: The long lay-by on the B480 through Middle Assendon
Post Code: RG9 6BB, Lat/Long: N51.5656°, W0.9352°, OS Map: SU738857

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 15 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet for a 10am start by the long lay-by through Middle Assendon (near the Rainbow Inn) on the B480 north of Henley-on-Thames.

This walk takes the Oxfordshire way from Middle Assendon through Bix Bottom up through Freedom Wood. Along the way there are stunning wild Pyramidal orchids, Scabious and other lovely wild flowers which will hopefully still be in bloom. We then head down through to Pishillbury Wood and up through farm land with far reaching Chiltern views full of Barley and Poppies. We then pick up Shakespeare's Way and head through Stonor Park. Here there will be the option of stopping off at the new Visitor Centre for ice cream or refreshments before continuing on and tackling the hill at Almshill Wood. We then progress down towards Paradise Wood which leads us back to Middle Assendon. There are a 3 or 4 stiles on this walk and 3 main inclines. The path is quite overgrown in a few places though not implausible - you might want to consider wearing long trousers to guard against getting caught by stinging nettles!

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 to 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: Julia C. 07804 797071

August 2021

Sunday 1st August: 6½ Mile Walk - Crowthorne, Horseshoe Lake and Heath Pond (easy)
- This walk is now fully booked.

Meeting Point: Crowthorne Railway Station, Duke's Ride, Crowthorne
Post Code: RG45 6NZ, Lat/Long: N51.3668°, W0.8191°, OS Map: SU823637

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.

Meet for a 10am start outside the Post Office on the corner of St Francis Close and Duke's Ride, opposite the eastern entrance to Crowthorne railway station. Parking at the station car park is £2 for the day, but there is usually some roadside parking available in Ravenswood Avenue, Wellington Business Park and other nearby roads.

If coming by train, the 09:41 service from Reading to Redhill stops at Crowthorne at 09:56. Return trains to Reading leave at 52 minutes past the hour. Please check https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ nearer the time in case the timetables have changed.

This varied circular walk visits Edgbarrow Woods, Ambarrow Hill, Horseshoe Lake, Coalpit Copse and Heath Pond. 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're getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

This walk is now fully booked. If you would like to go on the reserve list for this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk and if someone else cancels their place before the day of the walk, we will offer you their place. Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Sue B 07899 916 748

Saturday 7th August: 5 Mile Walk - Lily Hill and Swinley Park (easy)

Meeting Point: Car park next to the Running Horse pub, Lily Hill Drive
Post Code: RG12 2UG, Lat/Long: N51.414°, W0.7308°, OS Map: SU882691

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. You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet for a 11:15 start at the free car park by the Running Horse pub on Lilly Drive, near the Running Horse roundabout in Bracknell.

If arriving by public transport, the 10:12 from Reading arrives at Bracknell station at 10:32, and the train from London Waterloo arrives at 10:20. The No.703 Green Line bus leaves the bus station opposite the railway station at 10:52, stopping at Ethyl Labs just prior to the roundabout. Alternatively it's a 25 minute walk from Bracknell station along London Road to the start point of the walk.

This urban route visits interesting parkland and wildlife sites, historic hunting forest and a nature reserve. Starting at Lily Hill Park with its mix of woodland and wooden sculptures including the longest picnic bench in England. Then via paths leading into part of Windsor Forest and over into the Nature reserve of Englemere Pond. We head back with some short road walking into Longhill Park and then Lilly Hill again to the start point.

Please bring a snack/picnic lunch and a drink. The walk is suitable for trail shoes/trainers or sturdy shoes if dry. There is option to visit the pub afterwards or shop in the newly regenerated Bracknell Town.

You are required to bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and on public transport, if that's how you're getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

If you would like to go on this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk and 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: Kathy 0779 440 6438

Saturday 14th August: 6 or 9 Mile Walk - Kennet & Avon Canal, Hungerford or Kintbury to Newbury (easy/moderate)
- a Linear Walk with an option for a Shorter Walk

Meeting Point: Hungerford Railway Station, Station Road, Hungerford
Post Code: RG17 0DX, Lat/Long: N51.4148°, W1.5124°, OS Map: SU340685

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 15 (including the leader). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

This is a linear walk, meaning that it will start at one location and finish at another. A train journey is required to join up the ends of the walk. Also, this walk can be done in full (9 miles) starting from Hungerford, or as a shorter walk (6 miles) starting later from Kintbury, both ending at Newbury.

The 9 mile walk starts at 10:15 from Hungerford railway station, soon after the train from Reading and Newbury arrives. The 6 mile walk starts at 11:15 from Kintbury railway station, fifteen minutes after the train from Reading and Newbury arrives. If arriving by train from Reading, either take the 09:35 to Hungerford, or take the 10:35 to Kintbury.

If arriving by car, you can park at Newbury (RG14 5DG) and take the 09:56 to Hungerford or take the 10:56 to Kintbury. Alternatively you can park at Hungerford (RG17 0EA) or Kintbury (RG17 9UT) and get the train back after the walk. There is Pay-and-Display parking at Newbury (£7.20) and Hungferford (£2.10). For parking at Kintbury, there is a small free car park at the station, another small free car park by the canal, and it may be possible to use the Dundas Arms pub car park with their permission.

The walk mostly follows the Kennet & Avon Canal to Newbury. There is an option to find a pub in Newbury after the walk, if anyone needs (or wishes) to hang around.

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

If you would like to go on this walk, please email Rob at booking@berksww.org.uk stating whether you wish to start from Hungerford or Kintbury. Please do not turn up to the walk without having booked a place.

Leader: Jean-Paul 07887 710 396

Sunday 22nd August: 8½ Mile Walk - Tilford Common and Frensham Ponds (moderate)

Meeting Point: Stockbridge Pond Car Park, Tilford Green, Surrey
Post Code: GU10 2DA, Lat/Long: N51.1796°, W0.7502°, OS Map: SU874430

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 15 (including the leaders). You must book your place in advance to attend the walk.

Meet for a 10:30 start at the Stockdridge Pond car park, just south of the cricket green, on Tilford Road, Tilford, Surrey.

A lovely walk through Tilford Common, leading onto Frensham Little Pond. A very steep climb for lunch stop will be well rewarded, with superb all round views of 'The Flashes' and Churt Common and beyond. Optional pub stop near end of the walk to be discussed on the day.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. You should bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies. We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

If you would like to 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.

Leaders: Mark and Julie 07949 633 477 or 07762 825 121

September 2021

Saturday 4th September: 12 Mile Walk - Pewsey Downs (moderate/hilly)

Meeting Point: The Green, Wilcot, near Pewsey, Wiltshire
Post Code: SN9 5NN, Lat/Long: N51.3488°, W1.796°, OS Map: SU142611

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.

Meet for a 10am start at the village of Wilcot. There is a triangular green with roadside parking along 2 sides. The nearest railway station is Pewsey, which is 2 miles away. From Reading, take the 09:02 which stops at Pewsey at 09:36. Once we know who is going and how they are getting there, it should be possible to arrange for a lift from Pewsey railway station to Wilcot (and back after the walk).

We will start with an easy stroll along the Kennet and Avon canal until we reach Honeystreet. There is an option for a coffee/tea stop at the Old Mill Cafe before heading off for a gradual climb onto the Pewsey Downs for truly spectacular views. We skirt around Rybury Camp, an Iron Age hill fort, then across to Tan Hill and Wansdyke. Adam's Grave long barrow is the last port of call before making our way back to the low lands. Total ascent is 125m although this is mainly done gradually with a fairly level walk across the top along the Wansdyke. For those that were on Ian's Pewsey Down walk earlier in the summer, this one complements it by visiting hills to the west of those previously climbed. There is an opportunity at the end of the day, for a relaxing drink at The Swan in Wilcot which has lots of outdoor seating.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. You should bring a face covering/mask for use in emergencies (and when on the train, if that's how you are getting there). We recommended you also bring hand sanitiser.

If you would like to 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: Rosy P. 07983 270614

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.