REPORTS

Pang Valley Ramblers has been running for over 20 years and below are reports of some of our activities.

The walk, lunch and AGM for 2018 were very well supported this year with a record breaking 59 members attending. (read more…)

Autumn Walking weekend in Canterbury, Kent from Friday 12the October to Sunday 14th October.

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A full day walk from Orpington to Hayes stations in Kent via Downe village and Down House, home of Charles Darwin.

The original rationale of this walk was to repeat one undertaken on June 18th, 1892. On that occasion a co-leader was William Erasmus Darwin, the first son of the famous Charles.  The Victorian walkers (over 120) were entertained to tea at Down House by Charles’s widow Emma Darwin.  (read more…)

The name says it all! Hosted by our very own quizmaster general, and his team, the Pang Valley Fishy Quiz was once again a sell-out event. (read more…)

The walk round Sonning Common to see the Christmas Lights & mulled wine & mince pies on Sunday 10th Dec was attended by 13 members. (read more…)

Autumn Walking Weekend in Wells, Somerset Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October 2017 (read more…)

A day of seaside, cliff, valley and downland views with a 5 or a 11 mile walk. 

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On Wednesday 9th August we held what is now one of our regular events, a walk  round Aldworth and tea in St Mary’s Church.

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Sixty-five ramblers gathered at Purley Barn, Tilehurst to honour Ray Clayton who has been awarded a Commendation from Ramblers “for his significant impact on behalf of Ramblers”. This is the highest award that Ramblers bestow. (read more…)

A 4 mile walk followed by tea and cakes in the Village Hall in Checkendon.

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Pang Valley Ramblers’ first social event of this year was our signature event of a Fish and Chip Supper and Quiz Night. We had a full house with sixty enthusiastic members and friends in ten teams of six. (read more…)

Twenty-seven Pang Valleyers braved the M25 to arrive in picturesque and historic Bramber for a weekend’s walking in early October.

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What was the Walk About festival?

Walk About festival took place from Saturday 3 – Sunday 11 September 2016. It aim was to get people to try walking with us – through Ramblers group walks, health walks, Ramblers Routes – and for them to keep walking with us after the festival.

Who was the Walk About festival for?

We want to attract people who will continue to walk with us after the festival.  This includes non-walking existing members who could benefit from group walks and/or Ramblers Routes. (read more…)

Pang Valley Ramblers Holiday at St Helier, Jersey – June 25th to July 2nd 2016 (read more…)

Coach trip and walking around Bourton-on-the-Water.

The weather forecast for that week had been very unpromising, torrential rain the day before and rain threatened for the actual day but miraculously, we escaped any precipitation and it was a typical summer’s day, sunshine, a bit of cloud, a breeze….all we could ask for! (read more…)

On Saturday December 5th, 2015 we went by coach to Salisbury to visit the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Old Sarum, the Christmas markets, the cathedral and to walk around the city. (read more…)

The 2015 Members’ Annual Lunch, Social and Walk was held on Sunday 1st November at Purley Barn. (read more…)

Fifteen Pang Valley members were picked up in Sonning Common and Pangbourne and went by a delightful small coach/minibus to Cheriton from where we walked to Hinton Ampner. (read more…)

On Wednesday August 12th 18 Pang Valley Ramblers enjoyed a five mile walk along the Downs  starting  from The Bell at Aldworth  and followed by tea at St Mary’s Church. (read more…)

Pang Valley Ramblers celebrate 20 years

The Pang Valley Ramblers Group walk in South Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and the mid Thames Valley and this year marked the 20th anniversary of their founding. (read more…)

Twenty three members walked in the Elan Valley, Powys over the weekend of June 12th-14th with some staying on for a further two days. (read more…)

The second of our Fish and Chip Supper and Quiz Nights was held in Pangbourne Village Hall on Friday 6th February. The evening was, as last year, a sell-out. Sixty of us, both members and guests, had an immensely enjoyable evening. Our chairman Chris welcomed us all and at 7:30pm battle commenced. There were six people in each team and ten teams, and again the quiz was organised for us by Roger, Lin and Roo. (read more…)

The PVR held another very successful event in its social calendar on Friday 5th February at Pangbourne Village Hall, when another sell-out group of sixty members and guests enjoyed an evening of mind-stretching questions  broken only by delicious freshly-fried fish & chips ferried from the local chippy in Pangbourne. (read more…)

On a cold, crisp December morning 37 members and friends of Pang Valley Ramblers set off for a day visit to Winchester, to visit the Christmas Markets and for a city walk. (read more…)

This year’s AGM was held at Sonning Common Village Hall at 1.30pm on Sunday 23 November 2014 following the Annual Walk, Social and Lunch. (read more…)

Twenty two members of PVR  met at the Pines Hotel in Swanage for the annual autumn walking weekend. We walked on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday around the Swanage area, in lovely weather! (read more…)

On Sunday 27th July, twenty six of our members met in Upper Basildon for a delightful walk through the woods and hillsides of the Berkshire Downs. We separated into two sub-groups, one led by Susan and one by Peter, for a five mile walk in glorious summer sunshine. We returned to their house and met up with four or five non-walkers for a picnic lunch to which we had all contributed. Good organisation had ensured we had an excellent range of savoury and sweet dishes. Tea and coffee and soft drinks were provided but we also took our own drinks. It was very pleasant  to sit around chatting, eating and drinking in their beautiful garden. Many thanks to Susan and Peter Twitchett for hosting this event again this year.

On Saturday 28th June, thirty three members booked places on the coach to Avebury; it was the first wet day for weeks! Eleven walkers were dropped initially ten miles from Avebury and walked along the Ridgeway with beautiful views despite dodging the odd shower. Two participants opted to go straight into Avebury and the rest walked five miles into the village. (read more…)

On Saturday 14th June, after a night storm that seemed endless, nine members of the Pang Valley Ramblers somehow managed to get to Luton in time to board the 6.50am flight to Slovenia.

Our Wizz Air flight departed on schedule and by midday we had checked into to our hotel at Bohinj Bistrica and we had the afternoon free to explore the village. (read more…)

The weather forecast for the weekend was dire but, undeterred nine courageous members of Pang Valley left Reading Station at 10.42 on Friday 18 October bound for Great Malvern.  2.30pm found them, along with nine more members of Pang Valley Group, on the doorstep of our hotel prepared to tackle the hills and the elements.

The weekend break had been organised through Secret Hills who supplied three walk leaders to cover two walks of different grades on Friday afternoon, and two walks on Saturday and Sunday. (read more…)

Forty-three of our members, regular walkers and some new members, met for a 4 mile walk through Upper Basildon countryside. The weather was glorious with wonderful views across the fields. This large group was divided in to two teams, one walking the route clockwise and the other anticlockwise. It was with relief that the two groups met half way – no-one had got lost! (read more…)

ALMERIA UNCOVERED (or six days walking without cleaning my boots) 17 – 24 February 2013

On 17 February six of our members joined forces with fourteen Ramblers from across the United Kingdom for an introduction to the delights of Almeria Spain’s forgotten province. Arriving at Alicante after dark it was the following morning before the raw beauty of this region of Spain could be fully appreciated. (read more…)

The Autumn Walking Weekend could have been renamed the Gastronomic Weekend, such was the food on offer at the Luttrell Arms Hotel in Dunster and the Pub lunches.

Despite indifferent weather on the Friday afternoon, 19 members enjoyed a short walk taking in the lovely Dunster Village and surrounding countryside. (read more…)

14 to 21 April 2012

A group of 23 including some friends from Reading and District Natural History Society left Gatwick on a very late flight to Bari for a Ramblers Worldwide Holidays sightseeing and Grade D week in Apulia, in the “heel” of Italy. Our base was the pleasant and helpful Hotel Lanzillotte in the town of Alberobello.

Alberobello is famous for its “trulli” (approximately conical houses built from the local limestone) which were shown to us by a local guide on the introductory morning. After a picnic lunch there was a walk to and through a local wood – the Bosco Selvo. To those interested in natural history this was a magical place with a superb range of flowers, birds and even the odd snake. As a consequence the pace was slower than the leader, and some of the party, anticipated. The wood was so exceptional that one couple visited it four times and several others visited three times. (read more…)