A personal blog from the group's chairman, Shirley Poulton
We have had a very successful programme of walks since I last wrote. One of our Wednesday walks included a wander through Brookwood Cemetery. I had never been there and found it really interesting.
We had two “snowy” walks this year – a local Sunday walk had to be cut short due to there being solid ice but 5 of us and two dogs, still managed a 2.5 miles. The following Wednesday saw us in Windsor Great Park which was visually lovely, albeit slightly tricky underfoot in places.
December 30th saw Brian Poulton making a visit to Berkshire Radio in Reading. You may have heard him on the Bill Buckley show talking about “the lost paths project”. If you are not familiar with this project let me explain. 1st January 2026 is the cut-off date for adding historic paths to what is known as the definitive map, the official record of the public’s rights of way in an area. When a path is on this map, it not only means we have a right to walk on it, but it is much easier to protect and maintain. However, any path which came into existence before 1949 and that has not been requested to be on the map by 2026 will be lost – forever!
With just 7 years remaining, effort is now being made to seek out and document these routes in Berkshire. Local walkers who know their areas and are familiar with their own localities are an obvious source of information about where these “lost paths” may be. Please contact Heather Brown of our Windsor Group if you would like to become involved with this project.
We were successful in our bid for £613 to be allocated from Area funds thereby enabling Rob Solomon, Bracknell Forest Ranger, to carry out a bridge repair and replace a gate along Winkfield FP5.
I want to mention our Walk Reports to you. They contain some good and interesting summaries of walks. Do log in and take a look.
February brought our Annual Lunches to the programme and jolly good they were too. There were 46 of us on the Wednesday and 18 on Sunday. We were treated very well by the Crown & Cushion, Blackwater and they served our meals in the Meade Hall which resembles a banqueting room. It really is a superb venue. I did however manage, as back marker, to lose 8 of our Wednesday walkers!! I am pleased to report that all eight eventually returned safely and enjoyed their lunch.
The Saturday morning walks continue to be very well supported with two walks now on offer. One caters for the not so able walker and the 3 mile walkers who are capable of doing a much faster pace. Thank you to our walk leaders, all SEBR volunteers, for taking it in turns to lead the groups.
We are still in need of new Walk Leaders for our programme of walks, so if any one out there is thinking of leading a walk for us, please do get in touch with me or any one of the Committee. We are always ready to welcome you and give you help and guidance if you need.