Walks Programme

PROGRAMME OF WALKS

You are advised to check times of public transport before use.

For a map showing the start point click on the Grid Reference - the blue letters and numbers.

New members: we usually stop for a picnic lunch on Wednesday walks.

All landline telephone numbers are Reading code (0118) unless stated otherwise

Sun 01 Dec – Mill End, about 8 miles.

Meet 10:00am Mill End car park SU785855.  About 8 miles around Medmenham, Danesfield, Davenport Wood and Rotten Row.  Bring snack and drink.
Tim and Pauline 947 1118, mob 07899 744376.

Wed 04 Dec – Christmas Walks and Lunch

At Badgemore Park Golf Club, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4NR, SU747831.  Meet 10:15am at the Golf Club car park for 5 mile walk and 10:30am for 3 mile walk; offers to lead these will be greatly appreciated.  Non-walkers may like to arrive around 12:30pm for a pre-lunch drink and chat in the bar.  Lunch will be served at 1:00pm.  See page 2 for details and menu; bookings to Alison Ries by 20th November please using form on page X; bookings may also be made electronically, online payment ref:  XMAS.
Alison 947 5914.

Sat 07 Dec – Gluhwein Walk, 11 miles.

Meet Pangbourne station at 10:05am.  A circular walk via Tidmarsh, Moor Copse nature reserve, Sulham Woods (picnic lunch) to Purley for gluhwein, then back to Pangbourne (route dependent on daylight left!).  Approx. 11 miles.  This is a joint walk with the Austrian Alpine Club.
Jacky  984 2989, mob on day only 07974 813202.

Sun 08 Dec – Over Ashley Hill, 8 miles.

Meet 10:00am in The Horns pub car park, Crazies Hill, SU800809, RG10 8LY.  8 miles via Warren Row and Ashley Hill to Hurley, then back on Thames Path and Rose Lane.  Pub lunch at finish.
Dave and Nicky 947 5074, mob 07972 580232.

Wed 11 Dec – Wokefield Common, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Mortimer village car park SU655646.  Warm mulled wine and mince pies to alert the Christmas spirit; then a 5 mile walk over Wokefield Common.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Sat 14 Dec – Whitchurch Hill, 7½-8 miles.

Meet 10:00 am at the Sun Inn, Hill Bottom, Whitchurch Hill, SU642793, RG8 7PU.  Park in pub car park or on road nearby.  Walk to Thames path, Gatehampton and back via Great Chalk Wood, 7½-8 miles.  Short stop for own refreshments en-route and finish with pre-Christmas drink and/or lunch in pub.
Hilary 01491 680261, mob 07747 047078.

Sun 15 Dec – No flat bits! 5 miles.

Meet 10:00am at National Trust car park, SU583806, RG8 9RB, on B4009 Streatley Hill towards Hampstead Norreys (RHS).  A short (5 miles) but quite hilly walk taking in Lardon Chase, Common Wood and Mutton Copse plus Lough Down if you still have the energy.  Golf Club half way hut is at the end of walk for bacon rolls and tea/coffee (or bring your own).
Vyv and Buddig 0777 1877456.

Wed 18 Dec– The Almshouses, 5-6 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Goring Heath Almshouses, SU656794, RG8 7RS; turn left from A4074 on to B4526 at Chazey Heath, follow road for 3½ miles and look for sign “Goring Heath Almshouses” on right.  Park on tarmac car park.  Easy walk of 5-6 miles through the woods hopefully avoiding mud.  A glass of mulled wine will await your return in the Almshouses Common Room.  Picnic lunch en-route or at the end depending on weather.
Peter and Hilary 01491 680261, mob 07747 047078.

Sun 22 Dec – Up the Clumps, about 8 miles.

Meet 10:00am in public car park on north side of Dorchester bridge, SU579940.  A ramble of about 8 miles via Little Wittenham, Wittenham Clumps, Shillingford and Warborough.  Pub lunch at finish.  Good view of Didcot power station without the cooling towers.
Dave and Nicky 947 5074, mob 07972 580232.

Wed 25 Dec – Happy Christmas to all members of Reading Rambling Club
and ramblers everywhere.
Sat 28 Dec – Ewelme, 10 miles.

Meet 10:30am Ewelme car park, SU648911.  A 10 mile walk east along Potter's Track to Swyncombe and The Ridgeway, returning along the Swan's Way and Chiltern Way.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Wed 01 Jan – Happy New Year, 5½ miles.

Meet 11:00am Whitchurch Hill Rec. car park, Goring Heath Road SU637787, RG87NX (nearest).  A brisk, fresh air 5½ mile walk to start 2020.  Mostly flat with a few little ups and downs in field and woodland.
Peter and Hilary 01491 680261, mob 07747 047078.

Sun 05 Jan – Purley, 5 miles.

Meet 10:00am at the junction of Purley Village and Mapledurham Drive, Purley on Thames, SU663762.  5 mile local walk, route to be decided on the day dependent on mud levels along the river.  New Year’s drinks and nibbles after at Chez Di.
Di 942 4306 and John , mobs on day only John 07768 825510, Di 07711 847121.

Wed 08 Jan – Lots of Ducks, 2-3 miles.

Meet 10:30am Dinton Pastures, SU784718 (car park charge).  Walk round one or both lakes.  Lunch by the lake if weather permits or visit the cafe.  2-3 miles.
Jennifer 437 8506, mob 07972 604666.

Sat 11 Jan – Arborfield Cross, 8 miles.

Meet 10:00am Arborfield Recreation Ground, Swallowfield Road, Arborfield Cross SU760670, RG29 9QD (if full due to sports fixture alternative parking nearby).  Route dependant on weather and mud.  Maximum of 8 miles (can be cut short) incorporating the Coombes Circular Walk and the Arborfield Health Walk, taking in Gravel Hill, Carters Hill and a view of Bearwood Lakes Golf Course.  Optional visit to coffee shop at end – either Lockey Farm or Henry Street Garden Centre.
Mary 989 2132, mob 07815 701093.

Sun 12 Jan – Peppard Common, 6 miles.

Meet 10:00am Peppard Common, SU709818, RG9 5LB.  Parking near Red Lion PH or around the green on the other side of the B481.  About 6 miles around Bromsden Farm and Greys Court (optional NT tea stop).
Tim and Pauline 947 1118, mob 07899 744376.

Wed 15 Jan – Bucklebury Mud, 5½ miles.

Meet 10:30am Bucklebury Common crossroads, SU556691.  5½ miles via Beenham and Chapel Row. Expect mud.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.

Sat 18 Jan – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

St. Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading RG6 1EY

Commencing at 3:00 pm (doors open 2.30pm).

Sun 19 Jan – Not walking in the rain, 8 miles.

Meet 10:00 am Pangbourne village car park SU634765.  Approx. 8 Miles via Whitchurch to join Thames Path to Hartslock Wood and up to Crays Pond.  Return via Whitchurch Hill and Bozedown Vineyard.  Snack break along the way and sandwiches or pub lunch at the end.  Will be shortened if inclement weather.
Vyv and Buddig 07771 877456.

Wed 22 Jan – Silchester, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Silchester village car park, SU627621.  Once again we celebrate Brexit, (are you sure?), with a 5 mile walk at a gentle pace to view the Roman Amphitheatre, (thumbs up?), and town of Calleva Atrebatvm.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Sat 25 Jan – Britwell Salome, 7½ miles.

Meet 10:00 near The Red Lion PH in Britwell Salome, SU671932.  7½ miles via Swyncombe House.  Bring snack.  Option of pub lunch at the end of the walk.
Alison 07767 836182.

Sun 26 Jan – Hungerford, 8 miles.

Meet 10:30am Canal Walk, Hungerford, SU338687, free parking.  8 miles via Eddington, Folly Farm, Hungerford New Town village, Chilton Lodge and Chilton Foliat.  Bring packed lunch.
Christabel  926 4134, mob on day only 07514 354500.

Wed 29 Jan – Hailey, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am King William IV PH, Hailey, SU643858, OX10 6AD.  About 5 miles via Woodhouse Farm, Grimsditch, Well Place.  Pub lunch optional.  Please park in top car park.
Paul and Joan 01235 525057 mob 07906 842020.

Sun 02 Feb – The Palindrome Walk (02/02/2020), 7 miles.

Meet 10:00am at The Highwayman Exlade Street, SU659819, RG80UA.  Under 7 miles via Braziers Common, Stoke Row and Neals Farm.  Snack break along the way and an option of refreshments at pub at the end.
Vyv and Buddig 07771 877456.

Wed 05 Feb – Knowl Hill, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Knowl Hill lay-by, SU822794.  Walk north to Lot Wood and Ashley Hill and along the Chiltern Way to Warren Row.  Stop for coffee and cake at Velo-Life cafe to show solidarity with our cycling friends, then return, 5 miles.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Sun 09 Feb – Hailey Fig 8, 6/5 miles.

Meet 10:00am or 2:00pm at King William IV pub upper car park SU642858.  Morning 6 miles north-eastwards and return to pub for lunch.  Afternoon walk of 5 miles southwards.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Wed 12 Feb – Knowl Hill, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Knowl Hill lay-by, SU822794.  5 miles via Prospect Hill and Burchetts Green.
Ian and Pauline 969 3449.

Sat 15 Feb – Snowdrops and Tea, 7 miles.

Meet 11:00am at St Botolph’s Church, Swyncombe, SU682901, RG9 6EA; park on one side of road leading to church or in field if open.  Note later than usual start to fit in with teatime after 2:00pm.  7 miles via the Ridgeway, Dumble Dore, Pishill and Russell’s Water, with coffee/lunch stop en route.  Tea and cakes will be available in the church at the end.  There will also be a sale of plants, cakes, jams etc, to buy.
Hilary 01491 680261, mob 07747 047078.

Sun 16 Feb – Blewbury, 7½ miles.

Meet 10:00am Boham’s Road Car Park, Blewbury, SU525855, OX11 9HB.  About 7½ miles via Churn Hill, Chilton and the old Didcot to Newbury rail line.  Return through Upton to Blewbury.  Bring own food or visit Savages Garden Centre at finish.
Dave 947 5074, mob 07972 580232.

Wed 19 Feb – Cane End, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am Park Lane, Cane End, SU677801.  Park on verge.  5 miles by way of Hook End and Rumerhedge Farm returning through Withy Copse.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Sun 23 Feb – Nettlebed, 10 miles.

Meet 10:00am Nettlebed Kiln, SU702868.  10 miles via Satwell, Checkendon and Newnham Hill.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.

Wed 26 Feb – Stanford Dingley, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am Stanford Dingley church SU575717.  Walk to Rushall Manor Farm, Bradfield village, back along Pang River; bring packed lunch; 6 miles.
Christabel 926 4134, mob on day only 07514 354500.

Sun 01 Mar – In Lawrence’s Footsteps, 9 miles.

Meet 10:00am Hampstead Norreys Village Hall, SU527763  Walk to Hermitage to follow a 5½ mile D.H. Lawrence walk in and around the village then back to Hampstead Norreys; total approx 9 miles.  Bring a snack for break.  Refreshments available at the White Hart in Hampstead Norreys or bring your own packed lunch.
Di  942 4306 and John , mobs on day only John 07768 825510, Di 07711 847121.

Wed 04 Mar – Nettlebed, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am Nettlebed Kiln parking, SU702868.  About 6 miles around Bix and Highmoor.
Tim and Pauline  947 1118, mob 07899 744376.

Sat 07 Mar – What the Romans Did, 6½ miles.

Meet 10:00am Silchester Roman Town North Walls car park, SU635628.  6½ miles via Pamber Heath and Latchmere Green.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs on day only R 07810 364161, C 07587 852659.

Sun 15 March – Sonning Common Circular, 8 miles.

Meet 10:30am Peppard Common near Red Lion, SU709818, RG9 5LB.  About 8 Miles up Kents Hill, through Crowsley Park, passing The Bird In Hand then on to Kidmore End.  Return via Gallowstree Common and Wyfold Lane.  Bring own snack or visit pub at finish for those who wish.
Dave 947 5074, mob 07972 580232.

Wed 18 Mar – Ewelme, 6½ miles.

Meet 10:30am Ewelme recreation ground, SU647912.  6½ miles via Swyncombe Church.
Janet 01491 873658 mob 07798 770630.

Sun 22 Mar – Marlow, 9 miles.

Meet 10:00am at Quarry Wood Road on South side of Marlow Bridge, SU853858.  Walk up into the Chiltern Hills returning along the Thames towpath to take tea at the cafe in the park.  9 miles at an octogenarian pace.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Mon 23 to Thu 26 Mar – Club Trip to The New Forest.
Wed 25 Mar – Mill End, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Mill End car park, SU785854.  6 miles via Rotten Row, Chiltern Way, Bottom House, Rockwell End, Pheasants Hill, Hambleden.  Usual ups and downs.
Terry  954 6120 mob 07984 375135.

Sun 29 Mar – Clocks Go Forward. – Pangbourne, 9 miles.

Meet 10:30am Pangbourne village car park SU634765.  9 miles via Whitchurch, Path Hill, Whitchurch Hill, Great Chalk Wood, Gatehampton and returning on Thames Path.  Bring lunchtime food and drink.  Please note later start time as the clocks will have gone forward.
Janet 01491 873658 mob on day only 07798 770630.

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