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Our Programme of Walks and Events

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
Map 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!

August 2022

Note: The details of the walks/events that have already taken place are hidden. Click on the heading of an event to show and hide its details.

Meeting Point: English Heritage car park on Wall Lane, Silchester
Post Code: RG7 2HP, Lat/Long: N51.3615°, W1.0887°, OS Map: SU635628

Meet for a 10:00 start at the English Heritage car park on Wall Lane, just outside Silchester. The car park is free and there are usually lots of spaces.

We will follow the remains of the Roman wall to St Mary's Church and the Roman amphitheatre. Making our way to Bramley, we will pass Bramley Village Bakers, where we can pop in for buns, cakes or filled rolls. If people want to buy tea/coffee there we can have a quick drink stop. We will then head to Pamber Forest, an ancient woodland of biological scientific interest, via Latchmere Green and Little London. Then we will head back to Silchester, where we can stop off at the Calleva Arms if it isn't too busy.

Lunch will be just before we head into Pamber Forest. Apart from the odd incline, the walk is mostly flat. Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Pat P. 07931 103 730

Meeting Point: White Hill car park, Kingsclere (between Newbury and Basingstoke)
Post Code: RG20 5PY, Lat/Long: N51.3054°, W1.2611°, OS Map: SU516565

We are sorry, but this walk has been cancelled due to the unusually high temperatures.

The Met Office have issued an Amber warning of Extreme Heat for Thursday to Sunday.

The walk has been rescheduled for Sunday 4th September.

The walk follows the gallops over Watership Down and then heads down to Sydmonton. From there we will pass through Ecchinswell and Kingsclere, where we will pop into the pub before heading back up to White Hill. This walk is quite hilly.

Meeting Point: Outside the Bladebone Inn pub, Chapel Row, Bucklebury
Post Code: RG7 6PD, Lat/Long: N51.4234°, W1.1799°, OS Map: SU571696

Meet for a 10:30am start outside the Bladebone Inn pub in Chapel Row. There's limited parking in a small layby in Hatch Lane, or please park considerately on the roads in the surrounding area. Please do not park in the pub car park.

This is a circular walk from Chapel Row taking us through the pretty villages of Bradfield, Rotten Row and Stanford Dingley. The first half of the walk is gently undulating through woodland and across fields with some lovely views across the Pang Valley. We'll then stop for lunch on the banks of the River Pang, before heading to Stanford Dingley where we'll stop for refreshments at The Old Boot, after which we'll return to Chapel Row.

The pace of the walk will be dependent on the weather; if it's warm, the pace will be leisurely.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Sue B 07899 916 748

Meeting Point: The village car park, Lane End, Buckinghamshire
Post Code: HP14 3ES, Lat/Long: N51.6195°, W0.8358°, OS Map: SU806918

Meet for a 10:00 start in the Lane End village car park. Parking is FREE with very clean public toilets! Please note the spaces closest to the road near the doctor's surgery, have a 2 hour limit.

This circular walk in the Chiltern Hills takes in the villages of Fingest and Skirmett. At each end of the walk, we pass through typical Chiltern woodland of mainly beech trees. We meet several surprises along the way, including sudden beautiful open views.

Please bring lunch and refreshment. There are a couple of patches with nettles. Time dependent there may be a pub stop at The Frog at Skirmett.

New and prospective members are welcome to come and find out what we're about.

Leader: Jane K 07881 805 156

September 2022

Meeting Point: White Hill car park, Kingsclere (between Newbury and Basingstoke)
Post Code: RG20 5PY, Lat/Long: N51.3054°, W1.2611°, OS Map: SU516565

Meet for a 10:30 start at the White Hill (free) car park on the B3051 just south of Kingsclere. Kingsclere in on the A339 between Newbury and Basingstoke. Drive south through the village on Swan Street and then follow the B3051 up White Hill. The car park is on the left at the top of the hill, and there is plenty of extra parking in a long lay-by opposite it. (Note that the postcode RG20 5PY is for the stables, which you pass on the way up to the car park.)

The walk follows the gallops over Watership Down and then heads down to Sydmonton. From there we will pass through Ecchinswell and Kingsclere, where we will pop into the pub before heading back up to White Hill. This walk is quite hilly.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water.

Leader: Rob C. 07786 116 988

Meeting Point: Kintbury railway station, Station Road, Kintbury, West Berks
Post Code: RG17 9UN, Lat/Long: N51.4025°, W1.4464°, OS Map: SU386671

Meet for a 10:25 start at Kintbury railway station. By train from Reading, take the 09:35 to Newbury and from there take the 10:11 Bedwyn service, which stops at Kintbury at 10:18. There is a car park at the station and another nearby at Kintbury Lock. Both car parks are free, and there are toilet facilities at the Kintbury Lock car park.

A 10 mile "balloon walk", with a very short "string", that is largely on footpaths and by-ways, and explores aspects of Kintbury that have not been in earlier Kintbury walks. Largely flat with only a couple of minor undulations. The walk heads south from Kintbury via Winterly Copse before turning North West towards Hungerford and through the grounds of St Cassian's. We then head south towards Lower Green and Inkpen when we stop for a lunch, coffee and toilet break at the Crown and Anchor. We then head East towards Inkpen Common before turning north via Wergs Copse and onwards to Kintbury with the chance of a quick refreshment at The Blue Ball or The Dundas Arms.

Bring a packed lunch and drink, as usual.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

October 2022

Meeting Point: Free car park on Streatley Hill, Streatley-on-Thames
Post Code: RG8 9RB, Lat/Long: N51.5218°, W1.1612°, OS Map: SU582806

Meet for a 10:30 start at the free car park on Streatley Hill (B4009), about half a mile up the road from The Bull on the crossroads in Streatley-on-Thames.

Leaving the car park, we head across the golf course onto the Ridgeway before turning towards Aldworth, where we will stop for lunch. We then head towards Ashampstead, with the possibility of a coffee stop, before returning to Streatley Hill car park. There are a few 'undulations' along the way, no stiles and walking predominately on footpaths once we leave the Ridgeway. Possible church visits along the way.

Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Leader: Ian B. 07908 963 870

September 2023

Location: Porthscatho, Truro, Cornwall

Following a great week away in Cornwall in 2018, we are planning a return visit in 2023!

A reservation has been made on the same house that we stayed in last time – Hillside House in the pretty fishing village of Portscatho in South Cornwall. The house has six bedrooms (four doubles and two twins), all of which are en-suite and it's located just five minutes from the beach and the South West Coast Path. Here's a link for more details about the house: https://www.classic.co.uk/holiday-cottage/desc-3135.html

As with other similar BWW weeks away, the plan will be to do four days of organised walking, with two days free for exploring the local area by yourself. The exact programme of walks is to be confirmed. (In 2018, walks were 5 - 6 miles in length, with the option of extending these by a further 2 - 4 miles for those that wish to and a similar pattern is likely in 2023.)

As the house is self-catering, the model used for some of our previous trips has a track record for working very well. Each person contributes to a food kitty, which usually covers the cost of breakfast and pack lunch provisions and the evening meal each night. For the evening meal, the cooking is shared between us – working in pairs, to provide one main course and one desert during the week. Those not comfortable with cooking can do the washing up instead.

Cost:
Double rooms: £420 or £375 per room
Twin Rooms: £350 per room (i.e. £175 per person sharing)
Estimated cost of food for the week: £70 per person (this may change)

If you are interested in joining us, please email Sue B. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If there are more people interested than there are rooms in the house, there are other holiday properties in Portscatho which can be booked independently. You would then still be able to join us for the organised walks.

Please note that all rooms in the house have now been booked, but you can ask to be held in reserve in case someone else cancels.

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.