September to December 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012

Sunday 9 September 2012

10:30 BLEWBURY 5 miles SU526856
Park in recreation ground CP off Boham’s Road opposite Savages Garden Centre. A moderate ascent to Churn Farm & back via Lower Chance Farm & Churn Hill.

10:30 NUFFIELD 7.5 miles SU629851
Park in the layby opposite the barn off the A4074 to Ipsden. Start from just outside Ipsden, walking up the hill to Nuffield on the Ridgeway, returning past Homer Farm & the King William PH. Mixed woodland & open country with fine views,& the other William Morris’s grave. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Wednesday 12 September 2012

10:30 HAMPSTEAD NORREYS 5 miles SU527763
Meet at the village hall CP next to the school on the B4009 in Hampstead Norreys. A walk north east to climb out of the village & across the old WW11 airfield towards Haw Farm, returning via St Abbs.

Sunday 16 September 2012

10:30 SOUTH STOKE 4.5 miles SU599837
Start from the village near the Perch & Pike PH for a marvellously scenic walk with a good stretch along the River Thames. Fairly flat.

10:30 NETTLEBED 7 miles SU702868
Park by the Kiln in Nettlebed for a walk via Park Corner, Russells Water, returning via the ruins of St James Church Bix Bottom. Bring a drink & a snack.

Sunday 23 September 2012

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

Wednesday 26 September 2012

10:30 WOOLHAMPTON 5 miles SU573665
Meet at the CP behind the Rowbarge for a walk around the gravel pits, then up to Brimpton Church, returning via the Kennet & Avon Canal. Gentle slopes, some road walking in the middle of route. The route could be varied depending on conditions.

Sunday 30 September 2012

10:30 WITTENHAM CLUMPS 6 miles SU566935
Start at St Peters Church, Little Wittenham. A walk taking in Little Wittenham Wood, across Dykes to Dorchester & Dorchester Abbey, returning via Dykes & river.

OCTOBER 2012

Sunday 7 October 2012

10:30 WHITCHURCH HILL 5 miles SU634765
Start from the CP in the centre of Pangbourne, next to The Elephant.A fairly energetic walk through Whitchurch to Whitchurch Hill & Boze Down passing through Chiltern farmland with fine views across the Thames Valley.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

10:30 GORING GAP 4.5 miles SU599804
Park in Manor Road, Goring. This walk takes you through the Goring Gap & on to the Chiltern Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is one short steep climb but otherwise it is generally easy going. Could be muddy if wet.

Sunday 14 October 2012

10:30 BRIMPTON COMMON 4 miles SU567629
Park in Lay-by opposite The Pineapple PH at Brimpton Common for a walk through Wasing Park to Brimpton & back along the river Enborne.

Sunday 21 October 2012

10:30 PANGBOURNE 5 miles SU634765
Start from the CP in centre of Pangbourne, next to The Elephant. A walk taking in the area north of River Thames, including the Hardwick Estate and Mapledurham.

10:30 CHRISTMAS COMMON 9.5 miles SU711937
Start from the CP to National Trust Land at Watlington Hill, Christmas Common for a walk taking in Swans Way/Ridgeway to Lewknor & nature reserves, & Cowleaze & Shirburn Woods. A reasonably straight forward walk with some inclines but wonderful views & two Nature Reserves. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 28 October 2012

10:30 CAVERSHAM 5 miles SU719741
Start from the Hills Meadow CP just north of Reading Bridge WHICH IS PAY & DISPLAY SEVEN DAYS (or catch a bus into town) for a walk within the boundaries of Caversham taking in the Thames, Caversham lock, Surley Row & Balmore Park. Urban byways, green spaces & views over Reading. May be muddy in places.

Wednesday 31 October 2012

10:30 SOUTH STOKE 5 miles SU599837
Meet by the road side in South Stoke for a walk to Littlestoke & North Stoke, returning along bank of the Thames. One stile, more or less flat, might be very wet.

NOVEMBER 2012

Sunday 11 November 2012

10:30 COOKLEY GREEN 10.5 miles SU695903
Park at rear of bus shelter at Cookley Green off B481 Nettlebed to Watlington road. A walk taking in Ewelme & Britwell Salome with a mixture of Chiltern heights with views, & lowland farmland. BRING PACKED LUNCH

10:30 WHITCHURCH HILL 7 miles SU637787
Park beside the recreation ground at Whitchurch Hill for a walk down through Whitchurch to Mapledurham, then back via Collins End & Path Hill.

Wednesday 14 November 2012

10:30 WALLINGFORD 4.5 miles SU607893
Start from the Corn Exchange Theatre in Market Place Wallingford, using a CP off to the right (SU608892) when coming from the south, where there is a small charge. The Agatha Christie walk going past her former home, then on to Cholsey Church, where she was buried in 1976, & return to Wallingford.

Sunday 18 November 2012

10:30 INKPEN 10 miles SU359642
Meet in the CP adjacent to the Swan PH in Lower Green, Inkpen. A circular walk, initially a steep climb up onto the chalk ridge leading to Combe Gibbet & through the Iron Age hillfort at Walbury Hill with spectacular views. Then down onto the gently undulating wooded & pasture ground leading to St Cassians College & finally onto chalk again north of Ham. Muddy in parts. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 18 November 2012

10:30 GORING 6 miles SU601806
Start from CP behind Catherine Wheel PH in Station Road Goring for a walk in Upper Gatehampton, Cold Harbour, Little Heath, Wroxhills Wood, Goring Circuit.

Sunday 25 November 2012

10:00 NETTLEBED & STONOR 10 miles SU702868
Park near brick kiln at Nettlebed. A walk through Warburg Nature Reserve & hills & valleys of Stonor, Pishill & Maidensgrove. Several steep hills, only suitable for those with a good level of fitness.NOTE EARLIER START. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

10:30 HURLEY 5 miles SU826841
Meet in the CP on left at far end of Hurley High Street opposite St Marys Church. A nice flat walk along River Thames towpath past Temple & Bisham Abbey.

Wednesday 28 November 2012

10:30 ASTON TIRROLD 5 miles SU557861
Park near St Michael’s Church in Aston Tirrold for easy walk to Cholsey & return.

DECEMBER 2012

Sunday 2 December 2012

10:30 PEPPARD COMMON 10 miles SU709818
Park on edge of common near Red Lion PH at end of Peppard Common for a walk taking in Crowsley, Shepherds Green & Gallowstree Common, circumnavigating Sonning Common but never going there. BRING PACKED LUNCH

10:30 FARLEY HILL/R.BLACKWATER 5 miles SU753648
Park on the verge alongside the cricket ground in Church Lane, Farley Hill. A pleasant walk down to & along three rivers. A mixture of water meadows, woodland, fields & quiet lanes. A few stiles but only gentle slopes up & down.

Sunday 9 December 2012

10:00 PANGBOURNE 6.7 miles SU643763
Park in Bourne Road, on right when entering Pangbourne from Purley on Thames. A walk taking in Pangbourne, River Thames & Sulham. NOTE EARLIER START.

10:30 COWLEAZE WOOD 8 miles SU726956
Park in Cowleaze Wood picnic area 1.5 north east of Christmas Common. A walk taking in the Ridgeway to Watlington Hill & Christmas Common. A steep climb back to ridge but beautiful views. BRING PACKED LUNCH

Wednesday 12 December 2012

10:30 MAPLEDURHAM 4 miles SU698758
Start from the Mapledurham playing fields on the A4074 Upper Woodcote Road. A fairly easy walk with two hills & a short stretch of road walking.

Sunday 16 December 2012

10:30 WOODCOTE 4 miles SU646821
Meet at Woodcote village Hall CP for a leisurely walk taking in paths & quiet lanes around Woodcote & Crays Pond.

Sunday 23 December 2012

10:30 ALD’MASTON WHARF/BEENHAM 7 miles SU602673
Park in Aldermaston Wharf Visitor Centre CP (or if full at railway Pay & Display CP) for a walk climbing north of the Kennet Valley to Beenham,Tutts Clump & return.

Wednesday 26 December 2012

10:30 CAVERSHAM PARK 5 miles SU725767
Park in the recreation ground CP at Clayfield Copse on the edge of Caversham Park for a BOXING DAY SPECIAL towards Binfield Heath & Crowsley Park.

Sunday 30 December 2012

10:30 PEPPARD/KINGWOOD COMMONS 5 miles SU709818
Park on the edge of common outside Red Lion PH on B481 at Peppard Common for a walk through beech woods of Stoney Bottom and Kingwood Common.