Walks Programme

CORONAVIRUS 14th June

Now restrictions have been relaxed the Club can return to near normal operation with no need to book places on walks although we must, of course, continue to observe Government requirements regarding social distancing and wearing face coverings should we visit any pubs or cafés on our walks.

It may be advisable to continue to follow the guidance given below.

Unfortunately, it sounds as though we may have to continue in this manner until 19th July.

Guidance for Members While on Walks

All members:

  1. Observe the social distancing rules before, during and after a walk.
  2. Not attend if feeling unwell (high temperature, persistent cough etc.), have been advised to self-isolate or living with someone who is self-isolating or displaying symptoms of Covid 19.
  3. Be prepared to stand aside when encountering anyone coming in the opposite direction.
  4. Not share items such as walking poles and minimize any contact with objects, e.g. gates, stiles etc.
  5. Where possible avoid using public transport and car sharing.
  6. Take hand sanitizer if available.
  7. The wearing of face coverings is optional depending on personal preference.
  8. Be aware your attendance on a walk will be noted and this information kept for 21 days and if necessary passed to NHS Contact Tracing.
  9. If any member becomes unwell within 48 hours of attending a walk they should apply for a Covid 19 test and inform the leader.

Leaders:

  1. Avoid, as far as possible, using narrow enclosed paths.
  2. Keep a note of attendees (this may be by list or photograph) for 21 days after which the information should be destroyed.
  3. If a member subsequently reports feeling unwell the leader should inform the Programme Secretary, robert.hurn@waitrose.com or any committee member who will inform NHS Contact Tracing.
  4. Leaders should carry a face covering in case of the need to approach closely to anyone.
  5. Leaders who are unable, or would prefer not, to lead their walk contact the Programme Secretary, robert.hurn@waitrose.com and I will remove the walk from the website.

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

Sat 24 Jul – "Wooded Out" Walk number 1, 6½ miles.

Meet 10:00am at The Rising Sun, Witheridge Hill, SU696840, RG9 5PF, for the first of three in a series of Woodland Walks.  6½ mile walk with at least 6 miles in woodland through Holly Grove wood, Highmoor Common Wood, Swan Wood, Nott Wood, Bear Wood and Kingwood.  Snack break along the way (in a wood) and an option of refreshments at the end in the pub.
Vyv and Buddig 0777 177456.

Sun 25 Jul – Whitchurch, 7½ miles.

Meet 10:00am Whitchurch Hill recreation ground, SU638788.  Ramble via Path Hill, Whitchurch, Lower Hartslock Wood, Cold Harbour, Hill Bottom.  Coffee stop overlooking Goring Gap.
Dave 947 5074, mob 07972 580232.

Wed 28 Jul – Whitchurch Hill, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am Whitchurch Hill recreation ground, SU638788.  Walk via Crays Pond, Woodcote, Goring Heath and Path Hill.
Peter 07784 912935 (text or call).

Sat 31 Jul – Ashampstead, 7½ miles.

Meet 10:00am Ashampstead SU566769, please park carefully round the Green.  Walk via Westridge Green, Aldworth and Ashampstead Green.
Robert and Christine  950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.

Sun 01 Aug – Wokefield Common & Barbeque-in-the-Paddock, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Mortimer village car park SU655646.  A 5 mile walk over Wokefield Common then Barbeque at the rear of 13 Wellington Court, Spencers Wood, RG7 1BN to celebrate my 50 years with RRC.  Bring your own garden chair and please notify Tom or Colin if you are coming in good time to help with catering numbers.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836, tom.harrison13w@btinternet.com.

Wed 04 Aug – Benson, 5½ miles.

Meet 10:30am Blacklands Road, Benson, SU621921, (off Watlington Road); please park respectfully in road.  Walk to Rokemarsh, Roke (inc. recently named F.P. Millennium Way) and Berrick Salome church.  Bring lunch.
Christabel 926 4134, mob on day only 07514 453500.

Sun 08 Aug – Grand Anniversary Walks and Lunch to Mark 90 Years of Reading Rambling Club. This event has been postponed.
Wed 11 Aug – Highmoor, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am by Highmoor Trench, SU703857; about 0.75 miles from Highmoor, on the road towards Nettlebed, turn right opposite the sign for the sawmill.  Park carefully along the lane.  About 6 miles around Bix and Shepherd's Green.
Tim and Pauline 947 1118, mob 07899 744376.

Sun 15 Aug – Whitchurch Hill, 7 miles.

Meet 10:00am Whitchurch Hill recreation ground, SU638788.  About 7 miles around Collins End, Nuney Green and Mapledurham.
Tim and Pauline 947 1118, mob 07899 744376.

Wed 18 Aug – Moulsford, 6½ miles.

Meet 10:30am Moulsford car park A329 SU590838.  6½ miles via Wellbarn Estate and Unhill Bottom.
Janet  01491 873658, mob on day only 077098 770630.

Sat 21 Aug – "Wooded Out" Walk number 2, 6½ miles.

Meet 10:00am at The Rising Sun, Witheridge Hill, SU696840, RG9 5PF, for the second of three in a series of Woodland Walks.  6½ mile walk with at least 6 miles in woodland through Holly Grove wood, Earl's Wood, Pissen Wood, Lambridge Wood, Greys Court wood, Sam's Wood and Padnell’s Wood.  Snack break along the way (in a wood) and an option of refreshments at the end in the pub.
Vyv and Buddig 0777 177456.

Sun 22 Aug – Beware the Highwayman, 5½ miles.

Meet 10:30am Knowl Hill Common, SU825794, RG10 9YE.  Roadside parking is available opposite the Royal Oak pub.  The 5½ mile walk through mixed meadow and beech woods passes the hidden-away Dew Drop Inn, notorious as a supposed hang-out for Dick Turpin and his horse Black Bess.
Frank and Josefina 07818 171843.

Wed 25 Aug – Maidensgrove Common, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am Maidensgrove Common, SU718887, approx. 5 miles via Crocker End and Bix Bottom, some hills.
Ian and Pauline 969 3449.

Sat 28 Aug – Peppard Common, 7 miles.

Meet 10:00am Red Lion, Peppard Common, SU709819, or park around the green.  7 miles via Littlebottom Wood, Greyhone Wood, Highmoor Cross, Shepherds Green, and The Chiltern Way.
Terry 954 6120, mob 07984 375135 and Barbara 07949 169287.

Sun 29 Aug – Best Mate, 9-10 miles.

Meet 10:30am on layby at junction of A417 and Featherbed Road (Steventon turning), SU465893.  Walk to East Hendred, Ginge, Lockinge (Best Mate), Ardington House and West Hendred.  Bring food and drink.
Christabel 926 4134, mob on day only 07514 354500.

Wed 01 Sep – Theale, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am Beansheaf Community Centre, SU660715, RG31 7AW for a 5 mile flat walk over the Motorway to Theale, Theale Golf Course and back over the Motorway and Nunhide Lane.  All very flat.
Vyv and Buddig  07771 877456.

Wed 08 Sep – Woods, Views and Tea, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Old School Cottage, Goring Heath RG8 7RR, SU655796, 300m north of Almshouses entrance on road from Chazey Heath (A4074) to Woodcote and Goring.  Park on grass inside gate.  6 miles through the woods at a relaxed pace with one or two easy hills and a picnic stop.  Return for tea in the garden.
Peter and Hilary 01491 680261, mob 07747 047078.

Wed 15 Sep – Henley, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am west side of Henley Bridge near Red Lion.  Walk via Remenham Hill, Culham Court, Remenham and Thames Path.
Janet 01491 873658, mob on day only 07798 770630.

Sun 19 Sep – Ewelme, 10 miles.

Meet 10:00am Ewelme, SU647912.  Walk to Chalgrove returning via Brightwell Baldwin and Britwell Salome.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.

Wed 22 Sep – Shiplake, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Memorial Hall car park, Memorial Avenue, Shiplake SU764787.  5 miles via Shiplake Court Farm, Binfield Heath and Harpsden.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836.

Sat 25 Sep – A King Walk 6-7 miles.

Meet 10:00am King William IV PH, Hailey, SU643858, OX10 6AD.  Walk via Ipsden, Garson Farm, Scots and Homer Farms.
Janet 01491 873658, mob on day only 07798 770630.

Sun 26 Sep – Marlow, 9 miles.

Meet 10:00am at Quarry Wood Road on the 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.

Wed 29 Sep – Through the Gates, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am Nettlebed Kiln, SU702868.  An undulating walk via Howberrywood, Hayden Lane, through two ‘Club Gates’, Park Wood, Park Corner and Magpies.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.