August 2016 to November 2016

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AUGUST 2016

Saturday 6 August 2016

10:45 ASHAMPSTEAD COMMON 2 miles SU586750
Start from small CP at T junction on edge of Ashampstead Common on Yattendon road from Pangbourne for a short morning stroll to see some of the heritage trees. There are slight inclines & there may be some muddy sections, but should take about 1.25 hours. Wear sturdy shoes.

Sunday 7 August 2016

10:30 UPPER BUCKLEBURY 7 miles SU537688
Park in parking area or on road near junction with Briff Lane. A walk with ever changing landscapes of fields and meadows, taking in the isolated hamlet of The Slade, Frilsham and Bucklebury.

Wednesday 10 August 2016

12:30 ALDWORTH 2.5 miles SU556796
Meet at The Bell PH at Aldworth (Post Code: RG8 9SE) for a drink at noon or arrive for the walk at 12:30pm. Walk along a well-made track to Starveal Farm, finishing at about 2:30-3:00pm at St Mary’s Church near The Bell for tea and home-made cakes. If you require tea & cakes please contact Susan at least a week beforehand (See Newsletter for details). Numbers limited to 25, there is a charge for tea & cakes.

12:30 ALDWORTH 5 miles SU556796
A five mile walk from The Bell, Aldworth (Post Code: RG8 9SE), leaving at 12.30. Get there earlier if you want a drink or bite to eat. Walk along footpaths leading to the Ridgeway. Outstanding views over the Downs. Some gentle , steady hills. The walk ends at St Mary’s church for tea and cake. See previous walk above.

Sunday 14 August 2016

10:30 SOUTH STOKE 4.5 miles SU599837
A marvellous scenic walk along the Thames Path between Goring and Wallingford, returning parallel to river. No major hills. Please park considerately alongside the church.

Wednesday 17 August 2016

10:30 YATTENDON 4.5 miles SU552744
Free parking in village. Meet outside the Royal Oak. Walk passes the Manor House, across fields to Ashampstead Church & Pinfold Lane to start. Walk features places linked with the writer Robert Bridges.

Sunday 21 August 2016

10:30 SWYNCOMBE 10 miles SU666914
From the parking area at the foot of Swyncombe Down. A lovely walk taking in parts of the Swan Way and Ridgeway. Some fairly steep ascents and descents, good views. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. REGISTERED ASSISTANCE DOGS ONLY PLEASE.

Sunday 28 August 2016

10:00 CHRISTMAS COMMON 5 miles SU713931
Meet at the Fox and Hounds (Post Code: OX49 5HL), park thoughtfully in nearby lanes or at pub CP if stopping for lunch. A lovely walk that does include one lengthy incline but we can pace it. This walk is perfect for those seeking a more challenging woodland walk away from the crowds. The walk starts from Christmas Common, a small village perched on top of the Chiltern hills, with a good pub to return to. The route takes you through beautiful beech woodlands typical of the Chilterns. NOTE EARLIER START TIME.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

10:30 BENSON and WABOROUGH 4.5 miles SU614915
Park in St Helens Avenue, Benson (Post Code: OX10 6RY) for a level walk with no stiles, passing through Benson and on farm tracks toward the picturesque village of Warborough, passing through this village to Shillingford and returning along the Thames Path. Lunch avaiulable at Waterfront cafe, Benson.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Saturday 3 September 2016

10:45 PURLEY ON THAMES 2.5 miles SU656761
A ‘WALK ABOUT FESTIVAL WALK’. Meet at the Barn at the end of Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road in Purley on Thames, for a Saturday circular walk specially for newcomers to walking and those who welcome a modest pace where they can pause & admire the countryside. No stiles or steep hills, only undulating fields of the Sulham Estate & Sulham woodlands. The walk will take about 1.5 hours. Wear sturdy shoes as there will be tree roots in the woods. Bring a friend if you wish. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 4 September 2016

10:30 PADWORTH LOCK 6 miles SU602762
A ‘WALK ABOUT FESTIVAL WALK’. Park either at Aldermaston Wharf Visitor Centre or at the Rail Station car park, meet in Station Rd. A six mile walk through meadows and passing Jacob’s Gully, along a typical stretch of the peaceful Kennet Valley scenery.

Wednesday 7 September 2016

10:30 ASTON TIRROLD 5 miles SU557861
A ‘WALK ABOUT FESTIVAL WALK’. Park considerately near St Michael’ Church. A walk taking in links with the writers John Masefield and Agatha Christie. Flat with one short climb, past the former home of John Masefield to Cholsey Church to see Agatha Christie’s grave and return to start.

14:00 GORING on THAMES 2.5 miles SU601806
A ‘WALK ABOUT FESTIVAL WALK’. Meet in the Wheel Orchard CP behing the catherine Wheet, off Station Rd at 2:00pm for an amble round the village looking at its history, architecture & communications (rail, river & road), etc. NOTE 2:00PM START TIME

Sunday 11 September 2016

10:00 STREATLEY and MOULSFORD 9 miles SU583806
A ‘WALK ABOUT FESTIVAL WALK’. Start from the NT car park at top of Streatley Hill, walking downhill into Streatley, along the Thames path to Moulsford, returning via Starveal Farm and the Ridgeway. Some hills, may be muddy in parts. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. NOTE EARLIER START TIME.

Wednesday 14 September 2016

10:30 STOCKCROSS 5.5 miles SU635628
Park in CP approx 150m beyond the Rising Sun PH, Stockcross (Post Code: RG20 8LG) on the B84000 travelling towards Wickham. A walk including some gradual undulation when descending towards the R Lambourn to Donnington Castle and then return through Bagnor and Woodspeen to Stockcross.

Sunday 18 September 2016

10:30 EAST ILSLEY 8.5 miles SU489812
Park on roadside in Ball Pit Road in East Ilsley (signed Stanmore and Peasemoor) near A34 bridge for a walk on mainly footpaths and bridleways along to West Ilsley before a long ascent to Ridgeway at East Hendred Down, along Ridgeway and return. 2 stiles. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.

Sunday 25 September 2016

10:30 ALDERMASTON 3.5 miles SU657792
The ‘WOLF WALK’. Park in Aldermaston Wharf Visitor centre (Post Code: RG7 4JS) or if full in railway CP (both Pay & Display), meet in Station Rd. Walk to Beenham Church to UK Wolf Conservation Trust and return to start.

Wednesday 28 September 2016

10:30 KNOWL HILL 5 miles SU822794
Park in lay-by off A4 at Knowl Hill near Seven Stars. A level walk to Littlewick Green, Waltham St Lawrence and return.

OCTOBER 2016

Sunday 2 October 2016

10:30 MORTIMER 7.5 miles SU656646
Park in the CP opposite the Horse and Groom PH, Mortimer for a generally level walk along Foudry Brook towards West End Green, on to Calleva Roman Town and return to Mortimer.

Sunday 9 October 2016

10:30 GORING HEATH 5 miles SU657792
Park on grass verge near what was the Post Office (Post Code: RG8 7RH). Walk through beechwoods around Nuney Green, descend steeply to Mapledurham and return through Bottom Wood to Collins End and starting point.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

10:30 CAVERSHAM PARK 5.5 miles SU726768
Start at Playing field car park at the top of Caversham Park Rd, on edge of Caversham Park for a walk taking in Chapmans Farm & Chalkhouse Green.

Saturday 15 October 2016

10:30 SOUTHCOTE 2 miles SU661715
Meet in the Linear CP off Charrington Road, Calcot (Post Code: RG31 7AW). This pretty circular walk is on meadows of the Kennet and the Holybrook, it is totally flat with no stiles. The walk should take about 2 hours.

Sunday 16 October 2016

10:00 NUFFIELD 7.5 miles SU643858
Park in the King William pub overflow car park (Post Code: OX10 6AD). Walking via Ipsden then up the hill to Nuffield on the Ridgeway, returning past Homer farm. Mixed woodland and open country with fine views and the other William Morris’s grave. May be muddy in parts. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. NOTE EARLIER START TIME.

Sunday 23 October 2016

10:30 TWYFORD 4.5 miles SU788758
Meet in the public car park in Polehampton Close off High Street in Twyford (just before traffic lights at cross roads if coming on A4 from Reading). A gentle walk taking in the R Loddon and Ruscombe. Could be muddy after rain.

10:30 PANGBOURNE 8.1 miles SU634765
Park in main car park in Pangbourne for a walk north of the River Thames to Path Hill and Cold Harbour and returning via Gatehampton and the Thames path to Whitchurch. Views along the Thames Valley. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

10:30 ROTHERFIELD GREYS 5.5 miles SU726823
Park in the Malsters Arms car park (Post Code: RG9 4QD) if having lunch or on verges outside for a fairly level walk towards some paths north of Henley to Badgemoor Golf course, round the boundary to Greys Court. No steep climbs except a very short one at the end.

Saturday 29 October 2016

10:30 WHITCHURCH 5.5 miles SU634773
Start at Manor road off B471 uphill from Greyhound pub. Alternatively park by river at Pangbourne or in centre of Pangbourne and allow time to walk to start. Walking parallel to Thames as far as Gatehampton, visiting Hartslock Nature reserve, long steady climb before descending to Whitchurch. Superb views. Some up and down.

10:45 PAICES WOOD 2.5 miles SU587638
Start from the main CP within Paices Wood Country Parkland signed from A340 south of Young’s Industrial Estate at top of hill south of Aldermaston village. A short walk at modest pace round a little known area of woods & lakes with time to look around. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 30 October 2016

10:30 RUNNYMEDE 4 miles SU994731
Start from NT car park at Runnymede, free to members with small charge to non-members. Post Code: SL4 2JL. The walk or amble passes 3 Historic Monuments which we can stop to view; where the Magna Carta was signed, the JFK Memorial and The Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial. Tea Rooms at the end if needed.

NOVEMBER 2016

Wednesday 9 November 2016

10:30 LITTLE LONDON 5 miles SU622597
Park in the Plough car park if staying for lunch, otherwise nearby side roads. Post Code; RG26 5EP. Mainly flat, some stiles. Fields and woods to Latchmore Green returning through Pamber Forest. REGISTERED ASISTANCE DOGS ONLY PLEASE.

Saturday 12 November 2016

10:45 GORING HEATH 2.5 miles SU663788
Park on the verge opposite what used to be the King Charles Head PH in Goring Heath for a short walk in the beech woods, with time to look around. Bring a friend if you wish. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 13 November 2016

10:00 SWYNCOMBE 10 miles SU666914
Start from the car parking at the foot of Swyncombe Down, off the road from Cookley Green to Ewelme. Visiting Ewelme Park, past Swyncombe Church, then climbing to Swyncombe Down and a steep-sided descent to the car park. May be muddy in parts. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. NOTE EARLIER START.

Sunday 20 November 2016

10:00 NETTLEBED 7 miles SU702868
Meet at The Kiln, Nettlebed. Walk via Park Corner, Warburg Nature reserve and return. Moderate walk with a few hills, may be muddy. A joint walk with Didcot and Wallingford Ramblers. NOTE EARLIER START TIME.

Wednesday 23 November 2016

10:30 CAVERSHAM 4.5 miles SU707749
Park neatly near The Warren Canoe Club (Post Code: RG4 7TH), just past St Peters Church, or in St Peters Avenue, for a walk towards Mapledurham and back, via woods and round the golf course. Should be reasonable underfoot.

Sunday 27 November 2016

10:30 SILCHESTER 6.2 miles SU636629
Park in CP in Wall Lane, Silchester for a walk with gentle undulations to Mortimer West End on to Benyon’s Enclosure and Pamber Heath and return to Silchester.

Wednesday 30 November 2016

10:30 BROMSDEN FM/GREYS COURT 4.8 miles SU723832
Park in the bottom end of Rocky Lane at the bottom of the hill from Henley on Thames on the west side of Greys Court. The walk includes parkland of the Nettlebed Estate & South Chiltern beech woods. Two quite steep climbs.