December 2016 to March 2017

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DECEMBER 2016

Sunday 4 December 2016

10:00 NETTLEBED 9 miles SU702867
Start from close to the shelter just south of the old kiln. A walk eastwards to Bix and return. Not particularly hilly. NOTE EARLIER START. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.

10:30 TILEHURST 6.5 miles SU655728
Meet at junction of Pincents Lane/City Rd for a walk through Calcot Linear park to the K&A canal & along to Theale & North Street returning up a short steep section through Beale’s Copse.

Sunday 11 December 2016

10:30 FRILSHAM 4.5 miles SU546732
Park in the main CP in Frilsham village. The circuit includes the R Pang and Stanford Dingley. Modest inclines.

Wednesday 14 December 2016

10:30 BLEWBURY 3.5 miles SU526856
Park in Recreation Ground car park, off A417 Boham’s Rd opposite Savage’s Garden Centre. For a walk with a single climb up to St Birinus’ Mound, then descend to Blewbury for an exploration of this ‘venerable’ village. “Wind in the Willows” in the spring sunshine?

Sunday 18 December 2016

10:30 CAVERSHAM 5 miles SU698758
The Festival of Winter Walks. Park in Mapledurham Playing Fields car park (Post Code: RG4 7LH). For a walk through Caversham Heath Golf Club to Mapledurham and return to start.

Monday 26 December 2016

10:30 CHAZEY HEATH 4 miles SU692782
The Festival of Winter Walks. A Boxing Day chance to walk off the Turkey & Mince Pies! Park at The Pack Horse (Post Code: RG4 7UG) if having lunch after of neatly to right of the pub car park. A walk on footpaths, across fields and on country roads to Trench Green, Caversham Heath Golf Club, Toker’s Green and return to start. May be muddy.

JANUARY 2017

Sunday 1 January 2017

10:30 BRADFIELD 5.5 miles SU584724
The Festival of Winter Walks. A walk to blow away the cobwebs & set you up for 2017. Park neatly at Rushalls Manor Farm (Post Code: RG7 6DL), on Scratchface Lane between Bradfield and Stanford Dingley. For a fairly level walk along the R Pang to Bradfield College and Greathouse Wood to return to start. Might be muddy.

Sunday 8 January 2017

10:30 PANGBOURNE 4 miles SU634765
The Festival of Winter Walks. Start from car park in centre of Pangbourne at the Village hall (Post Code: RG8 7AN). Walk goes up Pangbourne Hill past Pangbourne College then on to Tidmarsh and return to start.

Wednesday 11 January 2017

10:30 ALDWORTH 4.5 miles SU556796
Park in top car park behind The Bell PH (Post Code: RG8 9SE). We will visit the graves of Lawrence Binyon, art historian and poet and his wife Cicely, and walk a small part of The Ridgeway where they walked with Robert Bridges and John Masefield, then back via their home at Westridge Green to The Bell.

Saturday 14 January 2017

10:45 KINGWOOD COMMON 2.5 miles SU693823
Start from the parking area about 100 yards north of Lime Avenue on the road from Peppard to Stoke Row for a short morning walk around Kingwood Common. No hills & no stiles. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 15 January 2017

10:30 PANGBOURNE 5 miles SU634765
Park in car park in centre of Pangbourne next to the Elephant, and village hall for a walk from Pangbourne to Mapledurham Lock and return along the Thames Path.

10:30 HENLEY on THAMES 10 miles SU749761
Park in Spring Lane (Post Code: RG4 6SU) at the entrance to Reading Sailing Club, off the roundabout on the road from Playhatch to Sonning. The outward route is over hills via Binfield Heath and Hapsden to the riverside at Henley for lunch break, returning to Sonning via the Thames Path and Shiplake. Moderate hills only, may be muddy. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.

Sunday 22 January 2017

10:30 STREATLEY 8.5 miles SU567813
Meet in parking area beside Post Box Cottage, Thurle Green (Post Code: RG8 9QE). Turn left off A417 Streatly to Wantage Road signed to Golf Club. Continue past clubhouse to end of lane. Moderate walk along The Ridgeway and footpaths towards Compton returning to Aldworth. Open countryside with good views. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. REGISTERED ASSISTANCE DOGS ONLY.

Wednesday 25 January 2017

10:30 UPPER BASILDON 5 miles SU596761
Park at Red Lion Pub (Post Code: RG8 8NG) if having lunch or neatly around pub. Walk along the many footpaths in & around the village. Exact route will be decided on the day to take account of weather conditions & will seek least muddy option.

Sunday 29 January 2017

10:30 TILEHURST 5 miles SU654728
Nunhide Lane & Horsemoor Wood. Turnhams Farm recreation ground in Little Heath Rd. Parking also available along Little Heath Rd. Beautiful rolling countryside west of Reading with extensive views over the hills surrounding the Pang Valley. May be muddy. Option to shorten to 3.3 in weather bad.

FEBRUARY 2017

Sunday 5 February 2017

10:30 ASTON & REMENHAM 4.3 miles SU785854
Car Park Mill End off A4155 Henley to Marlow Rd. Route climbs to follow high ground overlooking Greenlands estate, returning along Thames Park from Remenham to Aston.

Wednesday 8 February 2017

10:30 SOUTHEND 6 miles SU597708
Parkin recreation ground CP for a walk down the Pang Valley via Bradfield College then ascending to Broomfield Copse before returning via Rushall Manor Farm & Rotten Row where there is a short steep uphill climb.

Sunday 12 February 2017

10:30 CHAPEL ROW 8.5 miles SU561693
Start in CP on left 4 outside Chapel Row on the way to Upper Bucklebury. A varied walk to Chapel Row & Stanford Dingley before ascending into High Copse before returning to Bucklebury & Bucklebury Farm Park. There are some uphill stretches., BRING A PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 15 February 2017

10:30 WHITCHURCH on THAMES 5 miles SU636767
Start from outside the Adventure Dolphin Centre (Post Code RG8 7DA) just before Toll Bridge Pangbourne to Whitchurch. Pay car park or use alternative nearby car parks. Walk is up Whitchurch Hill then Bozedown and Hardwick road.

Sunday 19 February 2017

10:30 SOUTHCOTE 4.5 miles SU686715
Meet in car park off Brunel Road, signposted Southcote Linear Park. A mainly flat walk along canal paths past Burghfield Mill to Hussey’s Bridge, visiting the century-old Calcot Mill and returning along the Holy Brook to start.

10:30 COMPTON 9.8 miles SU520799
Park carefully on the High Street near the bus stop. A walk with glorious views over the Downs and rolling countryside. The walk starts SW towards Ashridge Wood before looping back to East Ilsley. It then ascends to the Ridgeway passing north od Compton before returning. There are some uphill stretches. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 22 February 2017

10:30 WHITCHURCH HILL 5.5 miles SU646821
Meet at Woodcote Village Hall car park (Post Code: RG8 0QY). Walk includes: Pudkin Lane, Hill Bottom, Whitchurch Hill, Cold Harbour, Crays Pond, Whithouse Rd and back to Woodcote.

Saturday 25 February 2017

10:45 SULHAM WOODS 2.5 miles SU647745
Start from parking area at the top of Sulham Hill off the Tilehurst to Tidmarsh road. This can be quite popular at times so car sharing is advised. A short walk through woodland, with a mix of conifer & broadleaf trees & fields, largely level but there could be mud in places. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 26 February 2017

10:00 ALDWORTH 10 miles SU554796
Park in the road near The Bell PH (Post Code: RG8 9SE) for a hilly walk over the downlands to Lowbury Hill and Compton. Good views, big skies. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. NOTE EARLIER START TIME.

10:30 CHALKHOUSE GREEN 5.5 miles SU726768
Park in Community Centre CP in Northbrook Rd off Caversham Park Rd (Post Code: RG4 6PF). A scenic circuit on footpaths across high ground from Clayfield Copse to Chapman’s Farm and Chalkhouse Green and return to start.

MARCH 2017

Wednesday 1 March 2017

10:30 WOODCOTE & IPSDEN 6.3 miles SU646821
Meet in Woodcote Recreation Ground CP for a walk around Ipsden, passing Braziers Park. Undulating rather than hilly countryside with open farmland & woods.

Sunday 5 March 2017

10:30 HURLEY and MARLOW 5.5 miles SU825840
Free car park at end of Hurley village opposite church. Start at Monk’s Barn in Hurley High Street, for a walk on a towpath, wooden tracks, country paths then around Marlow and a stroll back to Hurley.

10:30 ROTHERFIELD PEPPARD 10 miles SU703813
Meet in parking area at cross roads of Stoke Row Road and Gallowstree Road for a walk though the woods and fields circumnavigating Somming Common. A moderate walk with some good views. May be muddy in places. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. REGISTERED ASSISTANCE DOGS ONLY.

Wednesday 8 March 2017

10:30 IPSDEN 6 miles SU643859
Park at the King William PH overflow car park, Hailey (Post Code: OX10 6AD) signed off A4074, Caversham to Oxford road. The walk will go uphill to Homer Farm and Nuffield. We will then descend along Grims Ditch before returning to Hailey via Poors Farm.

Saturday 11 March 2017

10:45 PEPPARD 2 miles SU703813
Start from CP at junction Stoke Row & Gallowstree Common road at Peppard for a short morning walk round Old Copse & New Copse with hopefully signs of spring leaves emerging in Beech Woods. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 12 March 2017

10:30 MAIDENHEAD 5 miles SU902825
Park in Lower Cookham Road Car park (Post Code SL6 8JN), near Boulters Lock (a small charge). Walk taking in meadows north of Maidenhead to Cookham, returning along the Thames path.

Sunday 19 March 2017

10:30 MIDDLE ASSENDON 8 miles SU738857
Park in the lay-by 150 yards south of the Rainbow Inn, Middle Assendon (Post Code: RG9 6AU), which is 2.5 NW of Henley on the B480. The walk climbs steadily up the Assendon valley. It then continues past Stonor House and deer park before returning along the Bix valley, via the Warburg Nature reserve to Bix Bottom. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.

Sunday 26 March 2017

10:30 WOOLHAMPTON 6.5 miles SU573665
20 parking places available for public use. Post Code: RG7 5SH. The walk passes close to Douai Abbey & through Chapel Row, Bucklebury Common & Midgham.

Wednesday 29 March 2017

10:30 GORING HEATH 4.5 miles SU657792
Verge parking at Goring Heath crossroads. Walk through a mix of woodland and Thames escarpment. It includes one significant incline which we can take slowly.