Reading Rambling Club is a friendly independent walking club which has been enjoying the local countryside for over 80 years. Our local walks range between three and twelve miles, and we also venture further afield for long days out, weekends away and holidays abroad. We walk on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Our Wednesday Group also walks midweek while our Hill Walkers spend long weekends tackling walks in different terrains. In addition, we organise several social events including an annual dinner and two lunches each year.
How Did It Begin?
In 1931 Miss Gwen Padbury, a teacher who had moved to Reading from Sheffield, placed a small-ad in the local newspaper asking if HF and CHA members and others would be interested in helping form a Saturday rambling club in Reading. Seventeen people responded and fourteen of those met at the Cunning Man pub, Burghfield Bridge, on Saturday 7th February 1931. They walked to the Three Firs, Mortimer (no M4 in those days) where they enjoyed tea and afterwards convened a meeting where Reading Rambling Club was formed. Since that day Reading Rambling Club has organised many walks and events and even discovered an old abandoned road.
Anyone who is interested in walking is welcome to join us on up to three walks before becoming a member. You are advised to bring suitable waterproofs and footwear plus a snack and drink. If you have any queries, please go to the Contact Us page.