December 2015 to March 2016

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DECEMBER 2015

Sunday 6 December 2015

10:00 CAVERSHAM PARK/SONNING 7.5 miles SU725764
Start from Caversham Park Community Centre CP in Northbrook Road off Caversham Park Road. A walk via Caversham Lock, the Thames Path to Sonning, & Dunsden Green. Urban & riverside paths, minor hill only, may be muddy in parts. NOTE EARLIER START. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

10:30 CAVERSHAM PARK 5 miles SU725767
Park in the recreation ground CP at Clayfield Copse on the edge of Caversham Park for a walk to discover the attractive countryside north of Reading

Sunday 13 December 2015

10:30 CHRISTMAS COMMON 8.5 miles SU711936
Park in CP at the top of Watlington Hill for a walk across common grazing land towards Northend. A pleasant walk around the Chiltern Hills with one steep climb at the end. BRING PACKED LUNCH. REGISTERED ASSISTANCE DOGS ONLY PLEASE.

Sunday 20 December 2015

10:00 STREATLEY & ALDWORTH 8.5 miles SU583806
Start from NT CP at top of Streatley Hill. An anticlockwise walk through undulating chalk landscapes overlain by clay with flints. A short stretch of Ridgeway, Westridge Green, Aldworth, Stitchens Green & Holies. NOTE EARLIER START. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

Saturday 26 December 2015

10:45 PANGBOURNE 5 miles SU634765
A BOXING DAY SPECIAL – Start from the CP in the centre of Pangbourne for a short walk up to Pangbourne College, returning via Tidmarsh along an attractive section of the River Pang

Sunday 27 December 2015

10:30 WHITCHURCH ON THAMES 5 miles SU636767
Start from the recreation ground CP off end of Thames Avenue on Pangbourne side of Whitchurch Toll Bridge for a walk up Whitchurch Hill, across to Path Hill, over Boze Down, along Hardwick Road, & over Toll bridge to start.

JANUARY 2016

Sunday 3 January 2016

10:30 CHECKENDON 5.5 miles SU664830
Park near the Village Hall & recreation ground in Checkendon for a walk taking in Checkendon Court, the Four Horseshoes, & The Oratory School.

Saturday 9 January 2016

10:45 CALCOT & LINEAR PARK 2 miles SU661715
Meet in the CP of Beansheaf Centre off Charrington Road, Calcot for short walk at a modest pace along both sides of Holybrook, & visiting Calcot Mill. Sturdy shoes.

Sunday 10 January 2016

10:00 ALDWORTH 10 miles SU554796
Park on the roadside near The Bell PH at Aldworth for a hilly walk over the downlands to Lowbury Hill & Compton. Good views, big skies. NOTE EARLIER START. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 13 January 2016

10:30 TILEHURST & SULHAM 4.5 miles SU654727
Park on the roadside in Little Heath Road Tilehurst, near junction with City Road(near playing field) for a walk down to Nunhide Lane,over fields to Sulham Church, & across Sulham hill & up into woods, returning via Nunhide Lane & woods back to start.

Sunday 17 January 2016

10:00 ALDERMASTON WHARF 6 miles SU602672
Start from Aldermaston Visitor Centre CP where both it & the Railway Station CP are Pay & Display.Some parking on roads nearby.A walk past Padworth Mill, along Fisherman’s Lane to Aldermaston, on to the Row Barge PH & back along the K&A Canal. NOTE EARLIER START.

Sunday 24 January 2016

10:30 THEALE & TILEHURST 5 miles SU646714
Start from CP at junction of of Theale High Street & Woodfield Way for a walk passing Wilder’sFolly, ascending through Boxgrove Wood to Tilehurst , returning to Theale via Beal’s Copse & North Street.

Wednesday 27 January 2016

10:30 HAMPSTEAD NORREYS 5 miles SU526763
Park in village CP in Hampstead Norreys off B4009 just south of village. A walk along track of old railway line towards Hermitage, then a gentle climb towards Bothampstead & Banterwick Farm, returning with good views of hills round Hampstead Norreys.

Saturday 30 January 2016

10:45 RIVERS THAMES & KENNET 2.5 miles SU718736
Meet by the statue of Maiwand Lion in Forbury Gardens for a short walk taking in River Kennet to mouth at Horseshoe Bridge, returning along Thames to Reading Bridge.A modest pace with time to look around.

Sunday 31 January 2016

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

FEBRUARY 2016

Sunday 7 February 2016

10:30 RUSCOMBE & TWYFORD 4.5 miles SU797762
Park on the lane verge by Ruscombe Church, off B3024 from Twyford to Windsor, for a walk taking in Royal Oak, High Street, Weavers Way, Whistley Bridge, Hogsmoor Lane, Stanlake Manor, Southbury Lane & return

Wednesday 10 February 2016

10:30 GORING 4.9 miles SU601801
Park at far end of Manor Road, Goring for a walk taking in the Thames Path, Gatehampton Farm, Great Chalk Wood,Goring Station, Thames Path & back.

Sunday 14 February 2016

10:30 HENLEY & HARPSDEN 6 miles SU771817
Start from CP at bottom of Mill Lane, Henley on Thames on right as you enter on the Reading road, just after the Tesco roundabout. A walk taking in Harpsden and returning from Shiplake along Thames if weather permits

Sunday 21 February 2016

10:30 MORTIMER 5 miles SU656646
Park in Mortimer Fairground CP opposite Horse & Groom PH, for a figure of 8 walk.

Wednesday 24 February 2016

10:30 WOODCOTE & CHECKENDON 5.5 miles SU646821
Meet at Woodcote Village Hall CP for a varied walk(two stiles) initially through woodland & farmland, & then up Bottom Lane(steady incline) before returning through woodland to Checkendon & finally up ten steep steps through grounds of Oratory School. TAKE CARE CROSSING BUSY A4074.

Sunday 28 February 2016

10:30 MAPLEDURHAM 4 miles SU698758
Start from CP at Mapledurham Playing Fields off A4074 in Caversham Heights for a walk taking in both settlements of Mapledurham & Mapledurham Gurney. One steep ascent. Walking pole/poles suggested.

MARCH 2016

Saturday 5 March 2016

10:45 PAICES WOOD, ALDERMASTON 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.

Sunday 6 March 2016

10:00 SONNING EYE & SHIPLAKE 10 miles SU749761
Park in Spring Lane at the entrance to sailing club, off roundabout on road from Playhatch to Sonning. Walk crosses fields to Shiplake, samples Thames Path, then crosses fields to Dunsden Green, returning to Sonning Eye past Flowing Spring PH. Moderate hills only, may be muddy. NOTE EARLIER START. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Wednesday 9 March 2016

10:30 HAILEY 5 miles SU643858
Park in King William PH CP if staying for lunch, or roadside in lane about 100 yards away . A walk across undulating Chiltern countryside passing English Farm & returning via Well Place.

Sunday 13 March 2016

10:30 REMENHAM & HENLEY 4 miles SU770841
Start from Remenham Church where there are roadside parking spots near the church. An energetic climb round the side of Remenham hill followed by an easier return along the river, beside the regatta course at Henley.

Sunday 20 March 2016

10:30 PANGBOURNE 5 miles SU634765
Park in the CP in the centre of Pangbourne next to the Elephant for a walk through Sulham Woods, on to Mapledurham Lock, returning along the Thames Path.

10:30 GORING 8.5 miles SU599807
Start from the CP behind the Catherine Wheel PH in Goring for a joint hilly walk, with the Didcot & Wallingford Group, via Wroxhills Wood, Whitchurch Hill & Thames Path. Could be muddy. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 27 March 2016

10:30 BLEWBURY & COMPTON GAP 9 miles SU533866
Start from Blewbury, parking considerately in road just off A417 in the village. A walk which in part follows route of former Didcot & Newbury railway as it climbed the Berkshire downs escarpment via the Compton Gap. Also wide open landscapes of Churn Estate. not particularly hilly. NOTE EARLIER START. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 30 March 2016

10:30 ROTHERFIELD GREYS 4.7 miles SU723832
Park at SE end of Rocky Lane at bottom of hill from Henley to Greys road near Greys Court for a walk along secluded Hernes Valley bottom towards Henley, returning through woodland via Pack & Prime Lane & past Rotherfield Greys Church. Mostly flat with easy stiles.