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To give you an idea of what our walks are like, we have put together a scrapbook featuring some of the walks that we've done so far.

We have been walking since July 2012 and our ever-growing scrapbook is divided into quarterly volumes:

YearJanuary to MarchApril to JuneJuly to SeptemberOctober to December
2012 Vol. 1 Vol. 2
2013Vol. 3 Vol. 4 Vol. 5 Vol. 6
2014Vol. 7 Vol. 8 Vol. 9 Vol. 10
2015Vol. 11 Vol. 12 Vol. 13 Vol. 14
2016Vol. 15 Vol. 16 Vol. 17 Vol. 18
2017Vol. 19 Vol. 20 Vol. 21 Vol. 22
2018Vol. 23 Vol. 24 Vol. 25 Vol. 26

We also have a scrapbook page for the Walking Holidays we've been on.

Volume 26 - October to December 2018

Walk 352 - Finchampstead Ridges and Eversley

There were just 4 of us for the walk on the morning of Sunday 14th October. Something to do with the pouring rain that greeted us at Simons Wood car park in Finchampstead and was forecast to last all day. Nonetheless, undeterred, the hardy souls set out with the early conversation focussed on the relative efficiency or otherwise of our wet weather gear. The leaders very quickly made a note to re-waterproof their equipment...

The walk started across Finchampstead Ridges before ascending to Wick Hill and on to Finchampstead Church. The shortest coffee break ever at the Church then saw us on our way down to the hedge-lined path towards the Tally Ho pub, re-tracing the steps of walk 350 a couple of weeks earlier.

Heading east through Fleethill Farm, we arrived at Eversley Cricket Club for welcome shelter and a break for lunch. The rain had eased off by now, thank goodness. A short diversion was necessitated shortly after leaving Eversley when we discovered the watercourse by Cross Green which had been only a trickle a fortnight before, had turned into a major river which had flooded its banks and blocked the footpath.

The remainder of the route was relatively dry overhead and easy walking. We headed into Moor Green Nature Reserve and followed the Blackwater River to the Outdoor Centre and then northwards up Beech Hill back to our starting point. Lots of chat about baths and cups of tea on this last stretch. Despite the weather, it was an enjoyable walk and we all had a great sense of achievement at the end.

Sorry, no photographs - it was too wet - but you can see our route on Google Maps.

Thank you to Colin and Sue for leading this wet walk and to Colin for writing it up.

Walk 353 - Sonning Common and Henley-on-Thames

Duckingham Palace
We passed Duckingham Palace on our way through Sonning Common.

We were much more lucky with the weather on Sunday 21st October when Mike led his walk. Sixteen of us, a mix of regulars, newbies and visitors from other groups, met up under the clear blue sky in Sonning Common.

Leaving the village, heading up Widmore Lane, we passed Widmore Pond with it's royal duck-house Duckingham Palace in amongst a floating carpet of autumn leaves. Stopping briefly to take off fleeces that were no longer necessary, we were soon crossing fields of crops and then of horses, stopping to say hello to a friendly equine local.

Equine encounter
Stopping to say hello to one of the locals.

Heading toward Henley-on-Thames, we passed through a recently constructed and rather up-market housing estate. Skirting the edge of Henley, we turned north-west and back into countryside, through the valley of Lower Hernes. Then there was a bit of up-hill as we made our way toward Rotherfield Greys.

At the top of the hill, we stopped for our picnic lunch, with a good view across the valley we'd just walked through. The sky was still a clear blue and the sun felt warm on our backs as we ate our packed lunches. After lunch it was a short walk to The Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys.

Rotherfield Greys
Leaving Rotherfield Greys, fully refreshed from the Maltsters Arms.

Here we stopped off for refreshments and drank them in their beer garden. There were plenty of other people sitting outside, as it was such a nice day.

Fully refreshed, we set off again, heading south-west, through Crowsley Park Woods. Then down-hill into Stony Bottom where we passed Sedgehill Spring, which is protected by an ornate brick structure featuring a stone carving of an elephant.

It was up-hill again, back into Sonning Common. A little bit of road walking was required to get us back to the main road, from where we had started. See our route on Google Maps.

Thank you to Mike for leading the walk.

See Volume 25See Holidays scrapbookThis is Volume 26