January to April 2014

JANUARY 2014

Sunday 5 January 2014

10:30 ASHAMPSTEAD 5 miles SU566769
Park on the north side of the recreation ground in Ashampstead for a circular walk through Yattendon.

Wednesday 8 January 2014

10:30 HENLEY & HARPSDEN 5 miles SU771817
Start from CP at bottom of Mill Lane, Henley on Thames on the right as you enter Henley on Reading Road, just after the garage. A varied walk in the area taking in Harpsden and/or a section of the River Thames dependant on the weather.

Sunday 12 January 2014

10:30 HURST & RIVER LODDON 4 miles SU787727
Park in the CP in Sandford Lane on the opposite side of the road to the Countryside Park & Swan Sailing Club, off the Twyford to Winnersh road, for a walk taking in Hurst village & the River Loddon.

Sunday 19 January 2014

10:30 ALDWORTH 10 miles SU556796
Park on the road near the Bell PH in Aldworth for a hilly walk over the downlands to Lowbury Hill & Compton. Good views, big skies. May be muddy in places. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 26 January 2014

10:30 PANGBOURNE 3 miles SU634765
Park in the CP in the centre of Pangbourne, next to the Elephant. A short and easy walk for a winter morning taking in Pangbourne Hill and then down to Pangbourne Meadows.

Wednesday 29 January 2014

10:15 BROMSDEN FARM/GREYS COURT 4.7 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. NOTE EARLIER START

FEBRUARY 2014

Sunday 2 February 2014

10:00 UPPER BASILDON 8 miles SU596761
Park in the CP of the Red Lion PH, Upper Basildon for an 8 mile walk through Sot’s Hole, along the River Thames to Lower Basildon, then back through the woods at Harley House returning to the Red Lion in time for lunch. Bring a flask. NOTE EARLIER START

Sunday 9 February 2014

10:00 IPSDEN/HAILEY 4 miles SU643859
Start from the CP of the King William PH in Hailey where there is ample parking & which is clearly marked off the A4074 Caversham to Oxford road. A walk in the area – there is nowhere very steep but there are several lengths of sustained slope. NOTE EARLIER START

Wednesday 12 February 2014

10:30 WOODCOTE 5.8 miles SU646821
Start from recreation ground CP in Woodcote. A walk taking in Beech Farm, Elvendon Priory, Blackbird’s Bottom, Great Oaks, Greenmoor Hill & back

Sunday 16 February 2014

10:30 SONNING EYE TO HENLEY 10 miles SU749761
Park in Spring Lane at the entrance to the sailing club, off the roundabout on the road from Playhatch to Sonning. The outward route is over the hills via Binfield Heath & Harpsden to the riverside at Henley for a lunch break, returning to Sonning via the Thames Path & Shiplake. Moderate hills only, may be muddy. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 23 February 2014

10:30 UPPER WOOLHAMPTON 5 miles SU576675
Starting from the layby near Elstree School , Upper Woolhampton, off the A4 at Woolhampton, we walk through open fields & along ancient tracks, circle Douai Abbey & pass two venerable village churches & large schools en route. Can be muddy. If lucky we may see snowdrops in the hedgerows.

Wednesday 26 February 2014

10:30 GALLOWSTREE COMMON 5 miles SU690802
Start from the CP of the Reformation PH in Gallowstree Common for a walk through the beech woods of the lower Chiltern Hills.

MARCH 2014

Sunday 2 March 2014

10:30 BRIMPTON COMMON 6.5 miles SU567629
Park on the verge opposite the Pineapple PH on the B3051 at Brimpton Common or in the nearby lane. Do not park in the PH CP. A lovely walk through Wasing Park, Brimpton, Hyde End & Ashford Hill meadows.

Wednesday 5 March 2014

10:45 CALCOT & LINEAR PARK 2.5 miles SU661715
Meet in CP of Beansheaf Centre off Charrington Road, Calcot. A level circular walk along the Holybrook specially for newcomers to walking and those who welcome a modest pace where they can pause and admire the countryside. We will go as far as Calcot Mill, and return on the other side of the Holybrook. The walk will take about 1.5 hours. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring a friend if you wish..

Sunday 9 March 2014

10:30 MILL END 9.5 miles SU785854
Park in the public CP at Mill End, on the road to Hambleden off the A4155 Henley to Marlow road for a fairly hilly walk in the Hambleden Valley. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Wednesday 12 March 2014

10:30 UPPER GATEHAMPTON 5.5 miles SU645821
Park at Woodcote village hall CP for a walk mainly through woodland but with some road walking that will require care. A mostly level walk apart from a short fairly steep climb towards the end. There are three stiles. Could be muddy if wet.

Sunday 16 March 2014

10:30 WOODCOTE 8.5 miles SU645821
Park at Woodcote village hall CP for a walk to Stoke Row via Kingwood Common, returning via Checkendon. BRING PACKED LUNCH NO DOGS

10:45 THEALE & NORTH STREET 2 miles SU646715
Meet at the CP at the East end of Theale High Street for a Sunday morning circular walk specially for newcomers to walking and those who welcome a modest pace where they can pause & admire the countryside. This is a level walk and there are no stiles.We will cross the golf course to visit the hamlet of North Street before returning via a little known area of Theale.The walk will take about 1.5 hours. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring a friend if you wish.

Sunday 23 March 2014

10:30 TILEHURST & SULHAM 5 miles SU654733
Park on the roadside in Little Heath Road Tilehurst, opposite Little Heath School, for a walk taking in Nunhide Lane & Horsemoor Wood. Extensive views over the hills surrounding the valley of the River Pang.

Wednesday 26 March 2014

10:30 PURLEY ON THAMES 5.5 miles SU656761
Meet at the Barn at the end of Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road, in Purley on Thames for a walk taking in the Thames Path & Sulham Woods.

Sunday 30 March 2014

10:30 CAVERSHAM 6 miles SU725764
Start from Caversham Park Community CP in Northbrook Road (off Caversham Park Rd). A walk almost entirely within the boundaries of Caversham taking in Bugs Bottom, Balmore Park & the Thames. Urban byways, green spaces & views over Reading. May be muddy in places.

APRIL 2014

Saturday 5 April 2014

14:00 PURLEY ON THAMES 2.5 miles SU656761
Meet at the Barn at the end of Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road in Purley on Thames, for a Saturday afternoon 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.with hopefully the signs of spring about us. 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.

Sunday 6 April 2014

10:30 ALDWORTH 5 miles SU556796
Park near the Bell PH in Aldworth for a walk onto the Ridgeway & back by Starveall Farm.

Wednesday 9 April 2014

10:30 BUCKLEBURY COMMON 5.4 miles SU560693
Start from CP on left hand side of Bradfield Southend to Upper Bucklebury road 1/2 mile after Chapel Row. A walk taking in Pease Hill, The Manor, north towards Rushden’s Farm, west to Bucklebury village, Redhill Copse, Sadgrove Farm, Upper Bucklebury, Cottage Inn, Bucklebury Common, Lower Common & return.

Sunday 13 April 2014

10:30 ALDERMASTON WHARF 6 miles SU602672
Park in Aldermaston Wharf Visitor Centre CP(or if full at railway Pay & Display CP). A completely flat walk through Padworth Mill, Aldermaston & the Wasing Estate to Woolhampton, then back along the K&A canal.

Sunday 20 April 2014

10:30 NETTLEBED 11 miles SU703868
Park by the Kiln in Nettlebed. a hilly walk through some of the finest Chiltern scenery via Pishill, Christmas Common & Russell’s Water. Likely to be muddy in parts. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 27 April 2014

10:00 STREATLEY HILL 8 miles SU582807
Start from the National Trust CP at the top of Streatley Hill (B4009). A walk via the Ridgeway, Westridge Green & Stitchens Green. A few hills. Could be muddy. This is a continuous walk with only a short snack/coffee break. NOTE EARLIER START.

10:30 SHIPLAKE 6 miles SU765784
Start from the Church Hall CP off the A4155 Reading to Henley road at Shiplake, almost opposite the Plowden Arms. If full there are a couple of parking spots in Plough Lane almost opposite. An undemanding ramble through woods & fields visiting the lovely village of Sonning, returning to Shiplake along the river Thames.

Wednesday 30 April 2014

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