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SEBR WALK REPORTS

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Sunday

4/02/2018

am

Boveney Lock and Jubilee Way


5.4 miles

Leader: Alan H

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 6

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

A bright morning with a cold easterly wind saw us set off on a circular walk which included Boveney Lock, Eton Wick, the Jubilee Way and Dorney. Was not to MUDDY for a change !!! Walk time 1hr 50 mins


Sunday

6/02/2018

am

Mike's Wildmoor Manor


5 miles

Leader: Brian P

Number on walk: 6




SEBR: 6

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

This walk was Brian's Wildmoor Wander as Mike was unavailable. A good walk on a very cold but bright morning, we even had a very light snow shower.


Wednesday

7/02/2018

am

Wokingham WIthout


5.2 miles

Leader: Helen and Ricky

Number on walk: 47




SEBR: 47

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

This amazing turn-out was prompted by a bright blue sky and a local start point. A varied walk through Wokingham's rural-urban fringe. The Two Poplars P.H. were expecting 25 diners and coped pretty well with 37. Greene King food uninspiring but positive staff and a can-do attitude that was much appreciated.


Sunday 11/02/2018

all day

Horsell and Chobham Common


10 miles

Leader: Val and Barry L

Number on walk: 10




SEBR: 9

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Fairoaks Airport did us proud: providing a small biplane landing, whilst a much larger plane took off! Then we coffeed in the magnificent 56 acre Mclaren Park, with its spectacular headquarter building and wildlife lake. The rest of the walk provided us with a most interesting and varied landscape.


Sunday 11/02/2018

am

Sculpture Walk


5 miles

Leader: Brian P

Number on walk: 11




SEBR: 9

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

Beautiful weather, found all the sculptures, nice to see Ted again.


Tuesday 13/02/2018

am

Sandhurst and Finchampstead


3.5 miles

Leader: Jackie H

Number on walk: 5




SEBR: 4

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

Wet, windy and very muddy! Surprised anyone chose to join me this morning but we chose a slightly different route and, I think,, enjoyed ourselves. Plenty of room in the car park today!


Wednesday 14/02/2018

am

North Ascot Wander


5 miles

Leader: Ed B

Number on walk: 40




SEBR: 37

Other groups: 3

Guests: 0

On pavements and footpaths to Englemere Pond. A pleasant dry walk on foot and in the air. Thirty Five people enjoyed an excellent Lunch at the Old Hatchet in Cranbourne.


Sunday 18/02/2018

am

Ambarrow Court to Yateley


4 miles

Leader: Douglas B

Number on walk: 15




SEBR: 13

Other groups: 2

Guests: 0

Pleasant weather. Some muddy patches. Frisky but friendly ponies. The power of the internet: this walk was only published on Thursday. Proof that walkers only look a few days before for a ramble.


Saturday 17/02/2018

am

Saturday Recuperation


3.5 miles

Leader: Barry L

Number on walk: 23




SEBR: 23

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

A walk round the former RAF Staff College grounds. Most were surprised by the amount of landscaping: scenic ponds, maroon dogwood and even a small snowdrop grove! The roads of course with their aircraft sounding names retain the link with the past. Denise kindly lead a shorter walk for 4.


Tuesday 20/02/2018

pm

Hill, Bog, Pond - No Wet Feet


4.5 miles

Leader: Tony and Brenda B

Number on walk: 5




SEBR: 5

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Overcast but mild with few sunny periods, ideal walking weather.


Sunday 04/03/2018

am

Sandhurst and Yateley Common


5.3 miles

Leader: David H

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 7

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

With the temperature about 10 degrees higher than a few days ago it felt warm (well, almost), and it was good to have a normal walk. The snow had almost all gone and there was a section of mud to tackle, but that's not unusual in the corner of the Common. With no trains today it was easy to cross the level crossing. A good day.


Sunday 11/03/2018

all day

Hindhead and The Devil's Punchbowl


6.4 miles

Leader: Val and Barry L

Number on walk: 11




SEBR: 10

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

One of the muddiest walks we have ever encountered! The ground is just absolutely saturated after the snow and the rain. However, the views on this shorter walk made the effort very worthwhile, in spite of the absence of blue sky or sun. The views across the Punchbowl and beyond are absolutely stunning!


Wednesday 14/03/2018

am

Swinley Stroll


5 miles

Leader: Ed B

Number on walk: 37




SEBR: 36

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

A dryish walk with sunshine through woods and heathland, passing a lake and a gentle hill midway round before descending back to the delightful Three Mariners pub in Bagshot for a well deserved lunch.


Wednesday 21/03/2018

am

A Common, A Wick, A Jubilee


5 miles

Leader: Andy Y

Number on walk: 32




SEBR: 32

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

A pleasant walk that was flat and with no stiles and good paths. For the first day of spring it was also good weather. Good food and service at the pub so a good day all round.


Sunday 25/03/2018

all day

Kennet & Avon Canal and Sulhampstead


8.5 miles

Leader: Nella and Don

Number on walk: 13




SEBR: 13

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Railway crossing at beginning of walk closed because of engineering work. Alternative start along the Kennet and Avon canal at Tylmill Bridge proved to be a bit shorter than advertised! Ideal walking weather but soft going in places.


Wednesday 28/03/2018

am

Sherfield Wander


5.5 miles

Leader: Ed B

Number on walk: 24




SEBR: 23

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

When we thought it was safe and dry to go for a ramble we received a night and day of rain. 24 ramblers were offered a shorter walk but being foolhardy and stoic as we ramblers are 20 marched on through rain,mud,puddles the size of lakes and stepped over 10 stiles with not a care in the world. We were rewarded with seeing spring lambs,a meandering river, enchanting woodland and ancient church. 23 of us then enjoyed lunch in The White Hart at Sherfield


Sunday 25/03/2018

am

Windsor Great Park


5 miles

Leader: Alan H

Number on walk: 7




SEBR: 6

Other groups: 1

Guests: 0

The route took us across Queen Annes Ride and up to Snow Hill returning via the "Village" relaxing for a coffee at the Post Office, Walk Time 2hrs 20 mins.


Sunday 01/04/2018

am

Windsor Round


6.2 miles

Leader: Alan H

Number on walk: 8




SEBR: 5

Other groups: 3

Guests: 0

The route took us on Long Walk towards the Castle, through the Town across the Thames into Eton returning via the relief road bridge and Clewer. Walk time 2hrs 15 mins.


Tuesday 03/04/2018

am

Wildmoor Heath, Crowthorne



3.5 miles

Leader: Mike A

Number on walk: 8




SEBR: 3

Other groups: 0

Guests: 0

Very muddy, as generally expected everywhere. Nevertheless, quite enjoyable. It is expected that numbers will increase when conditions and weather get a little better (answers on a postage stamp)!


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 179/06/2018

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.