January to April 2013

JANUARY 2013

Sunday 6 January 2013

10:30 NUFFIELD 5 miles SU669872
Park on verge outside Nuffield Golf Club on corner of road to Nuffield Church from Stoke Row to Nuffield road. Follow Grim’s Ditch towards Mongewell, returning through Mongewell Woods, long but gentle climb. 2 stiles. Some fine views of west Chilterns.

Wednesday 9 January 2013

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 the Reading Road, just past the garage. A varied walk in the area taking in Harpsden and/or a section of the River Thames dependant on the weather.

Sunday 13 January 2013

10:30 PANGBOURNE 4.5 miles SU634765
Start from the CP in centre of Pangbourne, next to The Elephant for a walk taking in Sulham Meadows, Sulham Woods & Tidmarsh.

Sunday 20 January 2013

10:30 SONNING EYE 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 walk uses the Thames Path to Shiplake, then crosses the fields to Dunsden Green, returning past the Flowing Spring PH. Moderate hills only. BRING PACKED 

10:30 CAVERSHAM 5.5 miles SU707749
Start from the roadside near Reading Canoe Club in the Warren, Caversham for a walk taking in Trench Green & Chazey Heath.

Sunday 27 January 2013

10:30 MORTIMER 5 miles SU655645
Park in the Fairground CP opposite the Horse & Groom PH in Mortimer for a walk taking in the Roman Amphitheatre & Foudry Brook.

Wednesday 30 January 2013

10:30 BAGNOR 5 miles SU453693
Meet in the CP of the Blackbird at Bagnor(or nearby if not intending to have lunch in the PH). A walk to Woodspeen, round to Hunt’s Green & Janaways, back via Bagnor Wood. Several well constructed stiles, gentle ups & downs. There may be snowdrops.

FEBRUARY 2013

Sunday 3 February 2013

10:30 BRADFIELD 4.5 miles SU584724
Meet at Rushall Manor Farm, up the gravel track north of Back Lane & west of Scratchface Lane between Bradfield & Stanford Dingley. A walk long the Pang valley & up through Greathouse Wood & the Gravels returning through a series of copses & fields. May be muddy if wet.Gentle inclines only.

Sunday 10 February 2013

10:30 THEALE 4 miles SU646715
Meet in the public CP at the east end of Theale High Street for a walk around North Street & the Englfield Estate.

Wednesday 13 February 2013

10:30 UPPER BASILDON 4.5 miles SU597761
Park in The Red Lion PH CP in Upper Basildon for walk over varied terrain to Mapleton’s,Quick’s Green & back to the PH. May be muddy in places.

Sunday 17 February 2013

10:30 CHECKENDON 6.5 miles SU664830
Park considerately in Checkendon village near the church and recreation ground for a walk starting from the church. A walk taking in the Hook End, Woodcote, Exlade Street Checkendon circuit.

Sunday 24 February 2013

10:30 ASHAMPSTEAD 4.5 miles SU565769
Park by the recreation ground in Ashampstead for a pretty walk through the fields & woods of the Yattendon Estate. Two steady inclines up, one short, one long. Could be very muddy if wet.

Wednesday 27 February 2013

10:30 WHITCHURCH HILL 5 miles SU645793
Use the CP of the Sun Inn, Hill Bottom, off Whitchurch Hill to Crays Pond road, or on grass outside if not staying for drink/lunch. Same good pub but different walk past Hardwick House.

MARCH 2013

Sunday 3 March 2013

10:30 READING TO PANGBOURNE 8.5 miles SU714737
A linear walk starting from Reading Railway Station (meet in front of the booking hall).The walk follows a scenic stretch of the Thames before making for lush valley pastures & peaceful village of Mapledurham, passing Hardwick House before crossing the toll bridge at Whitchurch into Pangbourne. BRING PACKED LUNCH TO EAT BY THE RIVER, OR DINE AT ONE OF THE PUBS IN WHITCHURCH OR PANGBOURNE BEFORE RETURNING TO READING BY TRAIN. Check train times on internet near the time in case of engineering works.

Sunday 10 March 2013

10:30 TWYFORD LAKELAND 4.5 miles SU788758
Meet at the public CP in Polehampton Close off the High Street in Twyford (just before traffic lights at Twyford crossroads if coming on A4 from Reading). A walk taking in the River Loddon & the lakes formed by gravel extraction which now provide a rich home for wildlife & wild flowers. Could be muddy if wet.

10:30 ROCKY LANE & GREYS COURT 8.5 miles SU725832
Park at the south east end of Rocky Lane at the bottom of the hill from Henley to Greys near Greys Court. A walk through the Greys Court estate towards Crocker End via Wellgrove Woods, returning via Bromsden Farm & Shepherds Green. Can be muddy. One steep hill. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Wednesday 13 March 2013

10:30 HENLEY ON THAMES 7.3 miles SU770817
Start from CP at bottom of Mill Lane, Henley on Thames, on the right as you enter Henley on the Reading road, just past the garage. A walk taking in Henley centre, Remenham Place & Hill, Culham Court, Aston, Remenham Court & back.

Sunday 17 March 2013

10:30 HURLEY 9 miles SU825840
Meet at the CP at the far end of Hurley, opposite the church. An old favourite taking in Hodgedale Lane, Marlow & Thames Path with fine views all round from start to finish. One climb into High wood but quite straight forward for all abilities. At this time of year this is a walk to do & enjoy. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 24 March 2013

10:00 HURLEY & BURCHETTS GREEN 5.5 miles SU825840
Start from the free CP at the far end of Hurley village, opposite the church. A pretty walk with lovely views & lots of interest on the way. NOTE EARLIER START

10:00 WATLINGTON HILL 9 miles SU710935
Start at the National trust CP at Watlington Hill for a joint walk with the Wallingford & Didcot Ramblers via Turville Heath & Ibstone. The walk is hilly & could be muddy. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 27 March 2013

10:30 WOOLHAMPTON 5 miles SU573665
Meet in the CP behind the Row Barge PH at Woolhampton for a walk along the canal to Midgham, up to Midgham Common & across to Elstree School & back. One or two stiles, gentle slopes & there may be snowdrops.

Sunday 31 March 2013

10:00 DONNINGTON & SNELSMORE 12 miles SU463691
Meet in the CP just below Donnington Castle for a “figure of eight” walk, first an almost complete circuit of part of the lower Lambourn valley ending at Bagnor(6 ), followed by a loop northwards around Snelsmore Common & return to Donnington (6 ). NOTE EARLIER START. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

10:00 DONNINGTON/ BAGNOR 6 miles SU463691
Meet at the CP just below Donnington Castle to join the first half of a “figure of eight” walk in an almost complete circuit of part of the lower Lambourn valley ending at Bagnor. From here there is a very short and straighforward self led walk back to the start at Donnington.NOTE EARLIER START

APRIL 2013

Sunday 7 April 2013

10:30 MAPLEDURHAM 7.5 miles SU695772
Park at the front side (furthest from Reading) of the Pack Saddle PH for a walk down to Mapledurham past Bottom Farm, then from Nuney Wood back through Trench Green & the golf course. One steep hill & wonderful views.

Wednesday 10 April 2013

10:15 DINTON PASTURES 4 miles SU777730
Park at the (free) CP next to the Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Mohawk Way, Woodley. An easy, flat walk with no stiles, skirting round & through Dinton Pastures Country Park. NOTE EARLIER START.

Sunday 14 April 2013

10:30 ALDWORTH 10 miles SU554796
Park on the road near the Bell PH at Aldworth for a hilly walk over the downlands to Lowbury Hill & Compton with good views & big skies. BRING PACKED LUNCH

10:30 HURLEY 4.5 miles SU825840
Start from the free CP at the far end of Hurley village, opposite the church for a walk taking in Applehouse Hill & Hall Place.

Sunday 21 April 2013

10:30 HENLEY ON THAMES 7 miles SU771817
Start from the CP at the bottom of Mill Lane, Henley on Thames on the right as you enter Henley on the Reading road, just after the garage. A walk in pleasant woods & farmland around the Harpsden valley taking in Gillsmithers Wood & Drawback Hill.

Wednesday 24 April 2013

10:30 BERRICK SALOME 4.5 miles SU623944
Park in the CP of The Chequers Inn, Berrick Salome for a level walk without stiles across open fields & through Ladybrook Copse to Warborough, returning by service road,bridlepath & a short stretch of main road. Could be muddy if wet.

Sunday 28 April 2013

10:30 GORING 6 miles SU601806
Start from the CP behind the Catherine Wheel PH in Station Raod Goring for a walk up to the top of Streatley Hill, via The Holies & Grims Ditch, returning across Lough Down.