Walks Programme

CORONAVIRUS 1st March

Now the Government’s ‘road map’ out of lockdown is known Club walks can resume with the start of this, the Spring, programme on 3rd April.  However, the ‘rule of six’ will apply for the first 6 weeks so members are advised to book with leaders and not just turn up to the start of walks.  It is hoped that as of 17th May the maximum number permitted to meet outdoors will rise to 30 effectively removing the restriction on numbers.

Leaders: If you reach the maximum number of 6 please let the Programme Secretary know at robert.hurn@waitrose.com and I will mark the walk on the website as having ‘No Vacancies’.

For the duration of the Spring programme it may be advisable to follow the guidance given below.

Further updates will be sent by email as the situation changes.

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

Wed 14 Apr – Waltham St Lawrence, 5½ miles.

Meet 10:30am at Waltham St Lawrence church, SU829769.  At a gentle pace northwards towards Knowl Hill then to Shottesbrook Park.  A great walk for plane spotters, that is if any are still flying.  Flat as a pancake.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836.

Sun 18 Apr – A Bit of Old Berks, 7½ miles.

Meet 10:00am Moulsford car park A329, SU590838.  Ramble across Cholsey Downs to The Fair Mile, then Chalk Hill Bottom to Aston Tirrold, return via Lollingdon Hill.
Dave 947 5074, mob 07972 580232.

Wed 21 Apr – The Linear Park, 5 miles.

Meet at 10:30am Beansheaf Community Centre, SU660715, RG31 7AW for a 5 mile walk within the confines of Linear Park.
Vyv and Buddig 07771 877456.

Sun 25 Apr – Ewelme, 7 miles.

Meet 10:00am Ewelme car park, SU648912.  About 7 miles around Potter's Farm and Ewelme Park.  Bring snack and drink.
Tim and Pauline 947 1118, mob 07899 744376.

Wed 28 Apr – Sonning Common, 5-6 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Bird in Hand PH, Sonning Common, SU716793.  Walk through Crowsley Park, Old Place House, Upper House Farm.  Bring packed lunch.
Christabel Winny 926 4134, mob (on day only) 07514 354500.

Sun 02 May – What the Romans Did, 6½ miles.

Meet 10:30am 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.

Wed 05 May – Ewelme, 6½ miles. No Vacancies.

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

Sat 08 May – Rivers, Woods and Glades, 7½ miles.

Meet 10:15am Moor Copse Nature Reserve, SU633738, off A 340 on right just north of bridge over M4, south of Tidmarsh.  miles via Moor Copse, Sulham Woods and Rivers Thames and Pang. Pause for own snack/lunch en route.
Hilary 07747 047078.

Wed 12 May – Bramshill, 3 or 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am at car park, SU760613.  Choice: North-west around Foxhill Warren and the Bramshill Plantation, returning to car park.  Then South-east around Cudbury Clump and Heath Warren Wood.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836.

Sat 15 May – A Ridgeway Walk, 8 miles.

Meet 10:00am at The Harrow pub, West Ilsley, SU470825, RG20 7AR.  Please park carefully on road opposite the pub at side of cricket field.  An 8 mile walk primarily on Ridgeway with a number of options for the precise walk.  Snack break along the way with possible refreshments at the pub afterwards but bring your own sandwiches as pub will not be fully open.
Vyv and Buddig 07771 877456.

Wed 19 May – Hurley, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am Hurley car park, SU825840, (opposite church).  5 miles via B.C.A.  Some hills.
Ian and Pauline 969 3449.

Sat 22 May – Nuffield, 6½ miles.

Meet 10:00am Nuffield Church, SU667873.  Parking in field by church. Walk via Grim’s Ditch, Hailey and Homer.
Janet 01491 873658 mob (on day only) 07798 770630.

Sun 23 May – Kintbury, 9 miles.

Meet Kintbury station 10:30am, (parking free on Sundays), SU386672.  Walk to Titcombe Manor, outskirts of Inkpen, Totterdown House, Templeton Stud, Kennet and Avon canal and Cassian's College, bring packed lunch.
Christabel 926 4134, mob (on day only) 07514 354500.

Wed 26 May – Downs and Ups, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am Nettlebed Kiln, SU702868.  5 hilly miles via Bix Bottom, Lodge Farm and Soundess.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.

Sat 29 May – Not The Highlands, 8 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.  8 miles via Satwell, Scotland (not north of the border but hopefully rhododendrons), Bromsden Farm and Shepherd’s Green.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.

Wed 02 Jun – Boveney, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am at Boveney car park, SU939777.  Walk across the Thames flood plain to Eton with a pause for coffee and cake in Windsor.  Return along the towpath via Boveney Lock.  Oh so very flat.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836.

Sun 06 Jun – West Wycombe, 8 miles.

Meet 10:00am at Hell Fire car park, West Wycombe SU825947.  A hilly walk at a gentle pace through the best of The Chiltern Hills over Naphill Common, through Bradenham, returning for tea at the Hell Fire cafe.Tom  988 2515, mob 07483 227836.

Wed 09 Jun – Shiplake, 6 miles.

Meet 10:30am in Shiplake, SU762786.  Park along Memorial Avenue.  About 6 miles to Harpsden and back.
Tim and Pauline  947 1118, mob 07899 744376.

Sun 13 Jun – Pangbourne, 8-9 miles.

Meet 10:15am Pangbourne village car park SU634765.  Walk via Path Hill, Whitchurch Hill, Great Chalk Wood, Gatehampton and returning on Thames Path.
Janet 01491 873658, mob on day only 07798 770630.

Sat 19 Jun – Name The Gate/s, 8 or 5 miles.

Meet 10:00am Nettlebed Kiln, SU702868 .  Walk via Howberrywood and Hayden Lane to the gate/s sponsored by RRC and two Club members where commemorative plaque/s will be fitted.  For 8 mile walk continue via Park Wood, Park Corner and Soundess Farm.  For 5 mile walk continue via Groveridge Wood and Magpies.
Robert and Christine 950 7696, mobs R 07810 364161, C (on day only) 07587 852659.
Vyv and Buddig 07771 877456.

Mon 21 to Thu 24 Jun

Club Trip to The New Forest.

Wed 23 Jun – Henley, 5 miles.

Meet 10:30am west side of Henley Bridge, near Red Lion.  5 miles via Thames Path and Remenham Church.
Jennifer 437 8506, mob 07972 604666.

Sat 26 Jun – CAMRA's Best Pub of the Year 2020, 9 miles.

Meet 10:00 am at The Bell Inn in Aldworth SU555796, RG89SE.  Approx 9 miles via Lowbury Hill, Ridgeway and Westridge Green, should get us back to the pub and their Beer Garden.  Snack break along the way but bring your own sandwiches in case Covid rules may not have been fully relaxed.
Vyv and Buddig 07771 877456.

Sun 27 Jun – Blewbury, 10 miles.

Meet 10:00am Boham’s Road car park, Blewbury, SU525855, OX11 9HB.  Across The Gallops, along The Ridgeway, returning for coffee and cake at the Garden Centre.
Tom 988 2515, mob 07483 227836.