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Sunday 08/04/2018

all day


Pangbourne, Little Heath, Tidmarsh and the Thames

 



8.4 miles

Leader: Val and Barry L

Number on walk: 10




SEBR: 10

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Rained throughout, especially in the afternoon. Nevertheless, coffeed overlooking a very misty Thames Valley, and actually sat at picnic benches at Tidmarsh for lunch in spite of the weather. Primroses definitely at their best!


Tuesday 10/04/2018

am

Sandhurst and Finchampstead



3.5 miles

Leader: Jackie H

Number on walk: 16




SEBR: 14

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

No rain, plenty of mud and serious fly tipping of bricks etc along centre of Ambarrow Lane. One member had walked from Bracknell which impressed us all!


Sunday 15/04/2018

am

Another Great Park walk



5 miles

Leader: Alan H

Number on walk: 15




SEBR: 11

Other groups: 4

Guests: 0

A dry morning. Hooray!!!


Wednesday 18/04/2018

am

Virginia and Valley Gardens



4.5 miles

Leader: Andy Y

Number on walk: 18




SEBR: 17

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

A pleasant stroll along good paths with wonderful views, especially given the sunny weather. Good food and service appreciated by all. Screen reader support enabled.  


Sunday 22/04/2018

all day

Hambleden Valley circuit



10.5 miles

Leader: Colin B

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 7

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

A glorious spring day in the Chilterns. There were bluebells - may be a week or too early to see them at their best.


Wednesday 11/04/2018

am

Whitchurch-on-the Hill and Boze Down



5 miles

Leader: Helen and Ricky

Number on walk: 23




SEBR: 22

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Steady climb from the quaint village of Whitchurch but otherwise an easy walk with no stiles. A damp day withe low cloud robbed us of the views of the Thames valley. The alpacas always cause amusement and The Ferryboat good food and service. We engaged in some path clearing where a tree had fallen.


Tuesday 01/05/2018

am

Wildmoor Wander



3.5 miles

Leader: Mike A

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 6

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Welcoming two walkers of husband/wife team who joined us after attending our Saturday walk. Weather was dry, sunny and warm with almost no mud. I made a small variation which brought us back via the waymarked path opposite Wellington College. I spotted a 'hidden stone' on the way, and no, I am not going to tell you where it is!


Wednesday 25/04/2018

am

Tom Green's Field and Silwood Park



4.2 miles

Leader: Helen and Ricky

Number on walk: 23




SEBR: 23

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

A gentle walk along the green fingers of Ascot and Sunninghill from The Three Castles walk book. Easy gradient, no stiles and good paths with no mud. Many walkers were soon 'lost' and struggled to reconcile the 'known' and 'unknown' parts of their mental maps of the area.


Sunday 29/04/2018

am

Horses and Bluebells



4 miles

Leader: Barbara D

Number on walk: 13




SEBR: 11

Other groups: 0

Guests: 2

Bluebells were blue!


Tuesday 08/05/2018

am

Sandhurst and Finchampstead



3.5 miles

Leader: Jackie H

Number on walk: 8




SEBR: 6

Other groups: 1

Guests: 1

Very hot and bluebells sadly past their best.


Saturday 05/05/2018

am

Saturday taster walk



3.3 miles

Leader: Barry L

Number on walk: 15




SEBR:

Other groups:

Guests:

Walk destination was Caesar's Camp. Wild garlic out was spotted en route. In the bright sunlight, the brook struggled to babble, but most walkers used the stepping stones. Denise kindly lead 3 on the short walk.


Saturday 13/05/2018

am

A Walk of 5 Hamlets



8.5 miles

Leader: Val and Barry

Number on walk: 13




SEBR: 12

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

The 5 hamlets were: Waltham St.Lawrence, Shottesbrooke, Littlewick Green, Burchett's Green, Warren Row and returning to Knowl Hill. Coffee was taken at the magnificent lake in Shottesbrooke Park, beside the immense steeple of the church! Lunch was on seats around Littlewick Green, adjacent to 'The Cricketers' - there was even a cricket match for us to watch!


Tuesday 15/05/2018

pm

Hawley Lake and Minley Wood



5.5 miles

Leader: Richard M

Number on walk: 4




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

An almost level walk with no stiles including lake, woods, park and heath.


Wednesday  16/05/2018

am

Four London Parks



5 miles

Leader: Alan H

Number on walk: 13




SEBR: 9

Other groups: 4

Guests: 0

A dry day with a cold wind saw us set of from Central Hall at 11-15. Walk took 3hrs with a half hour Coffee stop. Managed to see and fit in all the items on our itinerary.

Tuesday  22/05/2018

am

South Hill Park and Environs



3.5 miles

Leader: Phil C

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 5

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

A very enjoyable walk in superb rambling weather on dry surfaces. As an experiment we walked "in reverse", clockwise as opposed to "widdershins", and thanks to team deliberations we did not get lost in Swinley Forest.


Wednesday  23/05/2018

am

A gentle, circular walk from Beenham village



4.3 miles

Leader: Helen and Ricky

Number on walk: 31




SEBR: 29

Other groups: 1

Guests: 1

The sky opened up to allow us to appreciate the views of the Kennet valley and farmland in the north. This is a varied walk with woodland, colourful meadows and the interest of Douai Abbey. 'The Six Bells' provided its usual efficient, friendly service.


Sunday  27/05/2018

all day

Basingstoke Canal, Tundry Pond & Crookham Village



6.5 miles

Leader: Val and Barry

Number on walk: 12




SEBR: 10

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

Rhododendrons enlivened the banks of the canal for much of the way to say nothing of several purple orchids. Coffee was taken at Blacksmith's bridge, at the apex of this figure of 8 walk. Lunch was at Tundry Pond, watching the bird life. Thankfully, the weather stayed dry, although it was extremely warm.


Tuesday 29/05/2018

am

Brookside to Ascot (linear walk)


6 miles

Leader: Richard M

Number on walk: 3




SEBR: 3

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Linear walk with no stile or hills


Sunday 03/06/2018

am

Warfield, West End and Tickleback Row


4.7 miles

Leader: Colin B

Number on walk: 10




SEBR: 8

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

A sunny Sunday morning walk. Good attendance for a walk that went into the programme 2 days in advance.


Tuesday 05/06/2018

am

Wildmoor Heath, Crowthorne


3.5 miles

Leader: Mike A

Number on walk: 5




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Overcast and intimation of rain but it did not rain during the walk and the weather improved later. No mud and the Member who joined us from another Berks section was a long-experienced rambler who we hope to see again. A good walk enjoyed by all. I am finding my way around this area now and look forward to varying the walk for variety in near future.


Sunday 010/06/2018

am

Coopers Hill and the Great Park


5 miles

Leader: Alan H

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 5

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

A mild dry morning,which became quite warm towards the end of the walk, saw us set off from Coopers Hill to Bishops Gate where we did a circuit in the Great Park taking in Cow Pond ( Lilies) Snow Hill and the Copper Horse. Walk time 2 hrs.


Tuesday 12/06/2018

am

Sandhurst and Finchampstead


3.5 miles

Leader: Jackie H

Number on walk: 13




SEBR: 10

Other groups: 3

Guests: 0

Excellent walking conditions. Dry underfoot and cooler than past few days.


Wednesday 13/06/2018

am

Coach trip: Chidham Peninsular


5 miles

Leader: Douglas B

Number on walk: 52




SEBR: 52

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Very comfortable coach with an accommodating driver. Beautiful scenery with bird life, large vistas and youngsters in their coloured yachts. The high tide did not help and some scrambling needed to be done. The Bosham Inn's service was reasonable and on the whole the food was very good. (http://www.sebr.org.uk/chidham.html)


Sunday 17/06/2018

am

Another walk in the park !!


4.5 miles

Leader: Alan H

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

A cool dry sunny morning saw us set off, crossing Long Walk on to Bears Rails and back to the Village for a well earned Coffee via Snow Hill. Walk Time 2hrs 10 mins


Tuesday 19/06/2018

pm

Let's not go to Ascot


4.5 miles

Leader: Tony and Brenda

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 5

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Overcast but warm, turned out a little longer to avoid the cow fields. Good walking weather.


Sunday 24/06/2018

all day

Puttenham, Shackleford, Gatwick & Cutt Mills


7.5 miles

Leader: Barry L

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 7

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Brilliant sunlight gave enhanced views throughout the walk! Easy track walking mainly with scarcely a hill in sight! Coffee and lunch both high points with views.

Sunday 24/06/2018

am

Brunel Bridge and Bray Village


5 miles

Leader: Kate W

Number on walk: 8




SEBR: 7

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Lovely walk on a glorious sunny day


Wednesday 27/06/2018

am

Quintessential rural England


5.5 miles

Leader: Helen and Ricky

Number on walk: 30




SEBR: 29

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

This is an almost level walk through delightful woodland and arable land near Rotherwick and Newham with their heritage architecture. The Coach and Horses, usually so obliging, served one inadequate meal: this was resolved but there was a lack of courtesy from the server.


Sunday 01/07/2018

am

Runnymede and boats on the River Thames


4.2 miles

Leader: Kate W

Number on walk: 14




SEBR: 12

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

Lovely walk but rather hot day. Lots of interesting things to see including the new Writ in Water architectural artwork at Runnymede.


Wednesday 04/07/2018

am

West End Walk


5.6 miles

Leader: Ed B

Number on walk: 31




SEBR: 31

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Another hot and sunny day and the walk took us through shady paths dappled with sunlight searching the forest floor, across a public school playing field and across a freshly cut hay meadow. The butterflies danced around us as we crossed streams and overcame the undergrowth which was growing fast. A few larger than your average stiles near the end were challenging and we won't mention the open fence 50 yards along that some of the more sharp eyed spotted when we were all over the last. 26 of us dined at the Hare & Hounds which provided good pub fayre


Saturday 07/07/2018

am

Short, Easy Taster Walk from South Hill Park


5.6 miles

Leader: Barry L

Number on walk: 14




SEBR: 14

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

3 water courses, 2 board walks, some leafy woods shelter, some history and some urbanization. So past a blue plaque (Shelley!), and on to Mill Pond to watch the blue damsel flies. Back via Churchill Park, the board walk and North Lake.


Sunday 08/07/2018

all day

Nettlebed to Nuffield and back


7.5 miles

Leader: Val and Barry

Number on walk: 5




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Much of this Chiltern Walk was shaded, which was just as well in view of the high temperatures! Lunch was taken at Nuffield Church, just a few feet away from the very simple plaque, marking the resting place of Viscount Nuffield. The highlight of the afternoon was viewing the 2 magnificent John Piper windows in St. Bartholomew's Church at Nettlebed.


Tuesday 03/07/2018

am

Wildmoor Heath Wander


3.5 miles

Leader: Mile A

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 7

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Good weather, good response, enjoyed by all. If I keep finding my way back on time, members will begin wonder if there is something wrong with me.


Tuesday 10/07/2018

am

Sandhurst and Finchampstead


3.5 miles

Leader: Jackie H

Number on walk: 16




SEBR: 11

Other groups: 5

Guests: 0

All car parks at Horseshoe Lake full at 10 am but, thanks to dog walkers departing, we all managed to park somewhere.


Wednesday 11/07/2018

am

A Walk with Good Intentions


5 miles

Leader: Brian P

Number on walk: 33




SEBR: 32

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

A good walk suitable for a hot sunny day. Plenty of shade. The Good Intent could have been better organised but food was good.


Sunday 15/07/2018

am

Come fly with me


4.2 miles

Leader: Douglas B

Number on walk: 4




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 0

1Guests: 0

Beautiful area in Castle Bottom near Blackbushe Airport. Very hot and hard on the feet.

Tuesday 17/07/2018

pm

Pudding Lane and Farley Hill


4.5 miles

Leader: Sophie W

Number on walk: 5




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 0

Guests: 1

A very pleasant and very enjoyable walk on what turned out to be perfect walking weather, particularly for this hot summer. A small number of walkers who were great company.

Sunday 22/07/2018

am

Heathlake Kings Mere and Heath Pond


5 miles

Leader: David H

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 6

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Another hot day, but just enough breeze to be pleasant.

Wednesday  18/07/2018

am

Summer in the lower Pang valley


5.7 miles

Leader: Helen and Ricky

Number on walk: 26




SEBR: 24

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

Golden fields of oats and barley, shady woodlands, picturesque Sulham church and the idyllic view of the Thames from Whitchurch bridge what could be better: a welcoming , efficient pub with excellent food ! The Ferryboat delivered again.


Sunday 29/07/2018

am

Deary Deery Me


4.2 miles

Leader: Douglas B

Number on walk: 4




SEBR: 2

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

No rain for six weeks but it attacked us with vengeance this morning. A very  wet walk but the mission was accomplished tracking down the herds of deer with their antlers in "full bloom". Bonus to see a paddock of lEnglish longhorn cattle and minute frogs. The coffee and homemade biscuits were welcomed at the end.

 

Saturday 28/07/2018

am

Walk Leaders BBQ Walk


5.5 miles

Leader: Brian P / Andrew J

Number on walk: 21




SEBR: 21

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

We had fine weather for the walk but quite windy at times. The walk was very enjoyable being alongside the Jubilee River and the Thames for much of the way. The BBQ at the Palmer Arms went very well with everyone enjoying the food as far as I know. Shirley and Doug both made a point of thanking all of the walk leaders for being the reason that SEBR is such a successful group. Keep up the good work everybody!

 

Tuesday 31/07/2018

am

A linear walk along the Loddon


4.2 miles

Leader: Richard M

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

Level walk round lakes and along the river in good weather not too hot

 

Wednesday 01/08/2018

am

Chobham Place and Albury Bottom


5.6 miles

Leader: Steve W

Number on walk: 33




SEBR: 31

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Level walk east of Burrow Hill Green. Some footpaths in area are overgrown and not walked regularly.

 

Sunday 05/08/2018

am

Heath and Woodland


6.5 miles

Leader: Maggie H

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

Very pleasant. Mostly protected from heat by trees and breeze.

 

Tuesday 07/08/2018

am

Around Wildmoor Heath


3.5 miles

Leader: Mike A

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 5

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Another small variation on walk. There is much scope for route variation on / from this large site. I am, as they say, working on the case. My crew of 6 were all very pleased with the walk and the weather was dry and warm.

 

Wednesday 08/08/2018

am

Around Beacon Hill to Caesar’s Camp


5.5 miles

Leader: Richard M

Number on walk: 23




SEBR: 23

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Cooler than it had been, some steep slopes on stony ground especially on the climb up to Caesar’s Camp

 

Tuesday 14/08/2018

am

Sandhurst and Finchampstead


3.5 miles

Leader: Jackie H

Number on walk: 13




SEBR: 9

Other groups: 4

Guests: 0

Cooler than it had been, some steep slopes on stony ground especially on the climb up to Caesar’s CampIdeal temperature for walking. Met some SEBR friends, twice, who were walking with local Ranger in opposite direction.