This is the content of the Spring 2019 Newsletter excluding what is already  within the website e.g Walks Programme and  Holiday /Event details

NEWSLETTER                       Spring 2019


We have been busy packing for our Club trip to visit our oldest ally, Portugal.  Way back in 1386 we signed what is believed to be the world’s oldest treaty still in existence which among other things allowed the duty-free import of port to England.  Since our last visit to the Douro Valley several years ago I have acquired a taste for tawny port.  Risk of gout I hear you ask?  No, it was only some forty years ago that it was discovered that the gout that Victorian gentlemen suffered from and was often blamed on port, was actually caused by the lead casks that it was transported in.  Pour me another glass please.

Our Club doesn’t often have a walk starting in Marlow, a town full of tea shops for a post walk cuppa, so let’s give it a whirl.  If you’re quick you can just catch my walk on Sunday 31st March, but don’t forget to put your clocks forward.  That should set us up for our Spring Supper at The Cunning Man on Wednesday 10th April and of course The Thinking Ramblers’ Quiz after the meal.

My aunt Evadne was planning to join some of our walks, but sadly, she now thinks that she’s a chicken.  I haven’t tried to talk her out of it yet because we need the eggs.

Happy Spring Rambling!

Tom Harrison - Chairman


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Due to difficulties encountered with Google Forms this method of electronic booking has been discontinued.  In future on line bookings may be made by sending the organiser an email stating the information requested on the booking form/s (along with any additional information e.g. special dietary requirements) with a copy to the Treasurer, Vyv James, and make payment by on line banking, Sort Code 08 92 99, Account 65274075.

Paper bookings can continue to be made as before by printing the form/s in the newsletter, completing and returning to the organiser with a cheque payable to Reading Rambling Club.


Reading Rambling Club is a member of the Walking Partnership supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.  Under the Partnership the Club benefits directly each time a person going on a Ramblers holiday nominates Reading Rambling Club, either when booking or subsequently up to the point of departure.  We then receive a contribution of £10 for a UK holiday, £20 for a short-haul holiday or £30 for one further afield.  This extra funding can really make a difference to us!  For more details please visit:

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, a not for profit organisation, run group walking holidays in the UK and abroad.  Each holiday has a qualified walks leader and holidays are graded in terms of difficulty.  Further information is available on their website: or by calling 01707 331133.


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