April 2017 to July 2017


APRIL 2017

Sunday 2 April 2017

10:30 HENLEY on THAMES 7.8 miles SU771817
Meet in Mill Lane CP (Post Code: RG9 4HD) for a walk rising through Remenham Wood to Remenham Hill & then descending through Culham Court & Aston, returning along the R Thames. 2 stiles.

Wednesday 5 April 2017

10:30 CHECKENDON 5.6 miles SU664830
This walk is moderate undulating walk in a quiet area north of Reading, mainly in woodland. Park near the church. Nearest Post Code: RG8 0SR.

Sunday 9 April 2017

10:30 WOOLHAMPTON 9.5 miles SU573665
Start in CP (20 public places) by Rowbarge Pub, Woolhampton. A varied walk to Brimpton and Ashford Hill before looping back to join K&A canal at Midgham Bridge. Several stiles and it can be muddy. Nearest Post Code: RG7 5SJ. BRING PACKED LUNCH.

Wednesday 12 April 2017

10:30 CHRISTMAS COMMON 5 miles SU713931
Park on verges near the Fox & Hounds PH. Lovely Chiltern valley & some spectacular views over the Vale of Oxford. The walks pass through small hamlets, woods, parkland and fields. . One modest incline. Nearest Post Code: OX49 5HN.

Saturday 15 April 2017

14:30 THEALE, SHEFFIELD BOTTOM 2.5 miles SU648705
Start from the Picnic area CP near the swing bridge on Station road south of Theale. Nearest Post Code: RG7 4AJ. An easy Saturday afternoon stroll round Hose Hill Lake and along a short stretch of the K & A canal with hopefuly the opportunity to stop and see the arrival of the Sand Martins and their nesting site. The walk is totally flat & should take about 1.5 hours. Wear sturdy shoes. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 16 April 2017

10:30 CANE END 4.5 miles SU677800
Withy Copse and Deadman’s Lane, passing through Nuney Green. Park on the south-west side of Park Lane in Cane End near the entrance to “Weekend Warriors”, nearest postcode RG4 9HP. A mostly flat circular walk through beech woodland.

Sunday 23 April 2017

10:00 HENLEY on THAMES 10 miles SU749761
Nearest Post Code: RG4 6TP. 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 and Harpsden to the riverside at Henley for a lunch break, returning to Sonning via the Thames Path and Shiplake. Moderate hills only, may be muddy. BRING PACKED LUNCH. NOTE EARLIER START

Wednesday 26 April 2017

10:30 STREATLEY HILL 5 miles SU583806
LARDON CHASE at the top of Streatley Hill, park in NT Car Park there. A walk to the Holies with lovely views oner the R THames. Lunch in Four Points PH afterwards, if required. Warning of possible road diversions/closures near Upper Basildon.

Sunday 30 April 2017

10:30 PANGBOURNE 6 miles SU634765
Park in car park in centre of Pangbourne next to the village hall for a walk from Pangbourne to Mapledurham Lock & return along Thames Path. Nearest Post Code: RG8 7AN.

MAY 2017

Wednesday 3 May 2017

10:30 SHEFFIELD BOTTOM, Theale 5 miles SU648704
Park in car park at Bottom Lock of the Kennet & Avon canal. Walk to Hosehill Lake & return along the K&A canal. Nearest Post Code: RG7 4AJ.

Sunday 7 May 2017

10:00 FRILSHAM, POT KILN PH 10 miles SU552731
Meet in the car park behind the Pot Kiln Pub. A walk crossing the River Pang twice along two different traverses with long gentle climbs. Outward through Bucklebury and returning via Frisham. Refresh afterwards with a pint of West Berks Brewery’s æGood Old BoyÆ. NOTE EARLIER START BRING A PACKED LUNCH. Nearest Post Code: RG18 0XX.

13:30 CHECKENDON-Bluebells/Tea 4 miles SU664830
Park in Checkendon for a Bluebell Sunday walk starting by the Church. Tea and cake in village hall afterwards. Nearest Post Code: RG8 0SR.

Wednesday 10 May 2017

10:23 PANGBOURNE to READING 8 miles SU632766
LINEAR Walk begins in Pangbourne train station & ends in Reading. 10:23am train from Reading, meet at 10:35 at Pangbourne Train Station by Ticket Office; or the bus to Pangbourne or Train from Tilehurst. The walk is along Hardwick Road, past Hardwick Stud, Mapledurham to The Warren and to Caversham Court Gardens in Caversham. Suggest bring snack to eat and can have tea and cakes at walk end in Caversham Court Gardens. Walkers can make their way back from Caversham via Thames Path to Reading Station or get a bus from Caversham.

Sunday 14 May 2017

10:30 NORTH CAVERSHAM 5.5 miles SU725767
Park in Clayfield Copse recreation ground car park, Caversham Park Rd. A scenic circuit on the outskirts of Caversham on well-used gently undulating high ground & Chiltern tracks and field paths. Good views. Much of the walk is across the Coppid Hall estate. Nearest Post Code: RG4 6AA.

Saturday 20 May 2017

10:45 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 circular walk for those who enjoy walking at a modest pace, or who are newcomers to walking. There are no stiles or steep hills, only undulating fields of the Sulham Estate and Sulham Woods.The walk should take about 1.5 hours. Wear sturdy shoes as there will be tree roots in the woods. Bring a friend if you wish. NOTE START TIME. Nearest Post Code: RG8 8DR.

Sunday 21 May 2017

10:30 HENLEY on THAMES 6.5 miles SU770817
Car park at bottom of Mill Lane, on Right from Reading as you enter Henley. Walk to Harpsden, footpaths to Shiplake & return along Thames Path. Nearest Post Code: RG9 4HB.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

10:30 WOOLHAMPTON 6 miles SU572664
Meet at Car Park adjacent The Rowbarge Inn (20 public spaces) for an easy circular walk with views across the Kennet Valley. Ascending to Midgham Park and church, then on to Colthrop Manor before descending back into the Kennet valley where we take the K&A canal towpath back to The Rowbarge. nearest Post Code: RG7 5SJ.

Sunday 28 May 2017

10:30 WHITCHURCH on THAMES 5.5 miles SU640772
Park neatly near to Whitchurch village Primary school at end of Eastfield Lane in Whitchurch. Walk up to Hardwick rd, past the alpacas, past Hardwick stud, and up into Bottom Wood. Mostly good underfoot; one steep incline up and one down, otherwise level. Nearest Post Code: RG8 7EJ.

JUNE 2017

Thursday 1 June 2017

19:00 PANGBOURNE/WHITCHURCH 3 miles SU634765
EVENING PUB WALK – PANGBOURNE/WHITCHURCH Start point: Car Park in centre of Pangbourne next to the Elephant, nearest Post Code: RG8 7AN. Follows the Thames through NT Pangbourne Meadow – superb views downriver against a backcloth of the Chiltern Hills. Route then turns “inland” eventually meeting the River Pang, following this back into Pangbourne. Choice of pubs – The Swan, Cross Keys, George Hotel or over toll bridge into Whitchurch. NOTE START TIME.

Sunday 4 June 2017

10:00 SWYNCOMBE 10 miles SU666914
Start from the car parking at the foot of Swyncombe Down, visiting Ewelme, past Swyncombe Church, then climbing to Swyncombe Down and a steep descent to the car park. Many varieties of wild flowers in 2016. May be muddy in parts. BRING PACKED LUNCH. NOTE EARLIER START TIME.

10:30 SNELSMORE COMMON,Newbury 5.6 miles SU463710
Meet at Snelsmore Common Car Park for a circular walk with manageable undulations giving views of the River Lambourne valley. Descend to Winterbourne via Mapleash Copse then up to Boxford Common before descending to the riverside hamlet of Bagnor and return to Snelsmore.

Wednesday 7 June 2017 CANCELLED

10:30 SONNING EYE & SHIPLAKE 6 miles SU750760
Park near entrance to Sailing Club. Nearest Post Code: RG4 6TT. We leave the Eye via Spring Lane with mass of interesting hedgerow plants and alder,willow and aspen trees . A gradual climb, path passes between Round Wood and The Firs where track becomes more shady. To Binfield Heath , and Church Lane Shiplake. Downhill for the riverbank path to Sonning. May see swallows,sand martins and perhaps great crested grebes.

Sunday 11 June 2017

10:30 WARBOROUGH & DAY’S LOCK 7 miles SU602934
Nearest Post Code: OX10 7DN. Park neatly at top right of the village Green on the north side by the large shed (take the first turn to the Green at the war memorial), a fairly level walk on footpaths to Dorchester & Day’s Lock at Little Wittenham, see the Pooh Bridge & return over water meadows near R Thames via Shillingford Bridge to start.

10:30 WAYFARER’S WALK 10 miles SU521578
Newbury. Wayfarer’s Walk and Hannington (moderate). Post Code:áRG20 5PX. Joint walk with the Berks Weekend Walkers. Meeting Point: Free Car Park on White Hill, Kingsclere, on the B3051 about a mile south of Kingsclere village. Please note that the postcode is for the stables between Kingsclere and the car park. The car park is further on and up the hill from there. Starting from the car park on White Hill, we will follow the Wayfarer’s Walk past North Oakley and further south before heading back via Hannington and Cottington’s Hill. The walk involves some muddy footpaths and gentle hills. There will be the opportunity for a pub stop at The Vine before before completing the last leg of the walk. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water.

Wednesday 14 June 2017

19:00 WOOLHAMPTON 4 miles SU573665
Meet in public car park next to the æRowbargeÆ (20 public spaces) for a pleasant evening walk to Midgham, returning along canal and enjoy a drink at the æRowbargeÆ afterwards. NOTE START TIME. Nearest Post Code: RG7 5SH.

Saturday 17 June 2017

10:45 GORING HEATH 2.5 miles SU663788
Park on the verge opposite what used to be the King Charles Head PH in Goring Heath for a short Saturday walk in the beech woods, with time to look around. Bring a friend if you wish. The walk should take about 1.5 hours. Wear sturdy shoes. Nearest Post Code: RG8 7RL. NOTE START TIME

Sunday 18 June 2017

10:30 STOKE ROW/MAHARAJAH WELL 5 miles SU679840
Park neatly near the Maharajah’s Well. Nearest Post Code: RG9 5QH. Down English Lane to Handridge farn, return via Cox’s Lane. A walk across Chiltern woodland and farmland. Several stiles.

Wednesday 21 June 2017

10:30 WOODCOTE 5.8 miles SU645820
Park in Woodcote village hall car park, nearest Post Code: RG8 0SD. For a varied moderate walk of 5.8 miles, with a couple of hills along with woods and open fields. Dean Wood, Elvendon, Gt Oaks School, Greenmoor Hill.

Sunday 25 June 2017

10:30 READING to PANGBOURNE 8.5 miles SU717740
LINEAR WALK. Start Point: 10.30am at south end of Reading Bridge (or park in car park in Pangbourne & catch train into Reading). A linear walk starting in urban Reading but this is soon left behind. A scenic stretch of the Thames, valley pastures and the peace of Mapledurham. The route then passes Hardwick House, Whitchurch toll bridge back into Pangbourne where you can catch the train back to Reading. BRING A PACKED LUNCH. Note: Check times online on GWR.com before travelling.

Wednesday 28 June 2017

12:30 PANGBOURNE & R PANG 5 miles SU634765
Pangbourne College and River Pang, followed by tea and cake. Start from car park in centre of Pangbourne next to The Elephant, nearest Post Code: RG8 7AN. Walk follows the River Thames for almost a mile, ascending to Pangbourne College, descends through farmland to Tidmarsh, returning along the River Pang, back to Pangbourne for tea and cake at Cafe St Louis. NOTE START TIME.

JULY 2017

Sunday 2 July 2017

10:30 WATERSHIP DOWN 6.5 miles SU525586
Watership Down and Cottingtons Hill. Meet in car park off Swan St, Kingsclere.Nearest Post Code: RG20 5PJ. One fairly steep hill onto Watership Down but worth it for the views, then across the ridge to Cottingtons Hill where we will have a short lunch stop so two breaks. From there it is downhill back to Kingsclere. BRING SNACK OR LIGHT LUNCH .

Sunday 9 July 2017

10:00 NETTLEBED 11 miles SU702867
Assemble by the shelter below the old kiln in Nettlebed. Nearest Post Code: RG9 5BA. A hilly walk via the Warburg Nature Reserve to Stonor Park returning via Turville Heath and Pishill. NOTE EARLIER START, BRING A PACKED LUNCH

10:30 BEENHAM 4.9 miles SU592689
Park considerately in Stoneyfield/Church View Beenham for a circular walk with gentle undulations, passing Chapel Row, Kiff Green Elstree School and returning via Beenham Church. Nearest Post Code: RG7 5NL.

Wednesday 12 July 2017

10:30 WHITCHURCH HILL 4.5 miles SU641790
Park facing the recreation ground in Whitchurch Hill. Nearest Post Code: RG8 7NP. This is a lovely mix of Thames views and beech woodland. Any inclines can be managed gracefully.

Sunday 16 July 2017

10:30 NORTH STOKE/WALLINGFORD 4.5 miles SU610861
Park neatly in Church Lane or The Street, North Stoke (nearest Post Code: OX10 6BH) for a scenic Thames-side walk through tranquil scenery to Wallingford, passing Carmel College, St John’s Church at Mongewell to Wallingrord Castle & return via the back streets of Wallingford and the Thames Path to N Stoke.

10:30 BLEWBURY 8 miles SU510833
Heading West out of Blewbury turn left opposite Savages Garden Centre (signposted Recreation Ground). At the end of the road (1.8 miles), park carefully just before the bridge, nearest Post Code: OX11 9HF. The walk affords beautiful views over the Blewbury and Compton Downs, descending to Compton and returning via the Ridgeway. Some moderate uphill stretches. BRING A PACKED LUNCH

Sunday 23 July 2017

10:30 PADWORTH & K & A Canal 6 miles SU627692
Start from Tyle Mill Bridge car park beside the K and A Canal off the A4 (nearest Post Code: RG7 4BS) for a gradual uphill walk through Ufton Green to Padworth House then back via Aldermarston Lock and the canal.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

10:30 CHRISTMAS COMMON 5 miles SU714931
Park at the Fox and Hounds in Christmas Common (Post Code: OX49 5HL) or on surrounding roads. After heading south through Watlington Park with beautiful views over the Chilterns there is a fairly steep grassy descent to join the Ridgeway. We will then make a moderate ascent on the Oxfordshire Way before returning along delightful woodland paths to the Fox and Hounds where those who wish can enjoy lunch.

Sunday 30 July 2017

10:30 COLD ASH 9.5 miles SU510703
Start in recreation ground CP on Hermitage Road, Cold Ash, nearest Post Code: RG18 9J. A varied walk to Wellhouse, Little Hungerford and Hermitage before returning via Grimsbury Castle. There are stretches of uphill and it can be muddy in places after rain. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.