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The Ramblers promotes rambling, protects right of way, campaigns for access to open country and defends the beauty of the countryside.

News << Newletter and walks programme Autumn 2016

We welcome visitors on our walks but after two or three walks ask you to join the Ramblers. As well as a regular programme of walks varying in length from 3.5 - 12 miles, we publish local walks guides, organize coach connected walks and long distance walks in stages.

Welcome to East Berks Ramblers Group


By the Jubilee River
The group provides the opportunity to make new friends and improve your health whilst enjoying walks of a varied nature. Walks are from 3.5 miles to 12 miles in length and take place mainly on Wednesdays and Sundays, with some on Saturday and evening walks in the summer as well. They mainly cover Berkshire and the surrounding counties taking advantage of the picturesque countryside.



Above Hambleden in the snow Walking by the Jubilee River, Taplow.

New walkers are welcome to walk a couple of times with the group before joining. Shorter walks set a more relaxed pace which less active people find comfortable. For those wanting longer walks in a different area the opportunity to walk a National Trail over the course of several months is organised by the group.



Group holiday in Malmesbury
Above Hambleden in the snow


We organise short (usually four-night) bi-annual holiday breaks in other parts of the country and occasionally abroad for example Mayrhofen, Austria, day coach trips providing walking and sightseeing opportunities, and social events are also arranged. For instance, some of the group enjoyed a short holiday break in Malmesbury, where they are shown gathering for a walk on the right. Diverse day trips have included Greenwich, Brownsea Island, Rochester.



Thames Path Petition signing


The aims of the group are to enjoy walking and to ensure footpaths in its area are kept open and maintained for use by the public. To this end the group carries out surveys, does maintenance work and lobbies for path improvements.
 We have stands at local shows with displays of our activities and campaigns.



Please use the buttons at the top of the page to find out more about our activities,  and for contact details should you want to know more or to join the group.  

A history of the East Berks Ramblers follows:

About East Berkshire Ramblers:

 

Have you ever climbed the tree-covered slopes of Ashley Hill on a sharp winter’s morning; strolled through the meadows from Maidenhead to the centuries old village of Cookham; viewed the grandeur of Windsor Castle from the Copper Horse; explored the beech woods around Winter Hill in Spring or Autumn or gazed down on the winding Thames from the slopes above Cock Marsh?

If so, you have followed in the footsteps of past and present members of East Berkshire Ramblers, the local Ramblers’ Association Group. Formed in Maidenhead in 1970 to restore, protect and improve the 1,200 rights-of-way in the eastern half of Berkshire.

When the Group was formed the local paths were badly maintained. The initial focus of the Group - co-ordinated by Margaret Bowdery, the Group’s Footpath Secretary, now our President - was to organise monthly working parties of up to 30 or so members. They started to open up scores of paths which had been impassable for years. Slowly the old pathways were reclaimed, footbridges renewed, stiles repaired and signposts put up. This work continues with a programme to remove stiles where they are no longer necessary or to replace stiles with more user-friendly modern gates or simple barriers.

Over the years a team of Path Wardens has been built up to regularly check all the paths in each Parish, and to carry out some seasonal tasks, such as clearing nettles and brambles, way-marking and reporting where problems have arisen.

Since our formation in 1970 we have achieved a great deal:

  • over 50 miles of paths cleared of obstruction,
  • more than 700 signposts erected or repaired,
  • 220 stiles and 86 footbridges built or repaired,
  • persuaded local landowners to provide many miles of Permitted Paths,
  • won several prizes for conservation work,
  • carried out projects, such as tree-planting, scrub clearance, etc., for the National Trust,
  • contributed to the Royal Borough’s Path Improvement Plan under the CROW Act,
  • donated £5,375 towards building Temple Bridge over the River Thames,
  • given over 20 kissing gates to local farmers/landowners,
  • successfully negotiated a safe crossing of the A404 at Bisham, including payment towards the considerable legal costs involved,
  • negotiated the reopening of the towpath under Cookham Bridge after 45 years of obstruction,
  • negotiated a riverside route of the Thames Path opposite the Thames Hotel in Maidenhead and contributed £10,000 towards the cost of its construction,
  • devised the 18 miles Maidenhead Boundary Walk (now an annual charity event),
  • published and distributed Parish Footpath Maps, covering seven villages around Maidenhead and a very popular Windsor Great Park Map,
  • produced, published and distributed and updated eight walks books in the much-acclaimed Rambling for Pleasure series,
  • attended a variety of local Shows to bring the benefits of membership of the Ramblers’ Association to the general public,
  • organised and led some thousands of walks of varying lengths for our members,
  • provided a range of social events for our members.

 

In one form or another the work and activities described above are ongoing and remain key objectives of the Group.

Links:

 Ramblers Holidays HFT RA RA GetWalking
Other local groups :
The Ramblers (the UK hiking association) has eight established walking groups in the county of Berkshire: the East Berkshire Group, the Mid Berkshire Group, the West Berkshire Group, the South-East Berkshire Group, the Pang Valley Group, the Loddon Valley Group, the Windsor & District Group, Berkshire Weekend Walkers, and the Berkshire Walkers.

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This website is open to all members of East Berks RA. to add items of interest to other members. Description of events, and (digital) pictures if possible, are very welcome.
Comments on the running of the group are also welcome.  You can of course criticise anything you like, but remember your opinion is yours and may not be shared by others! Also the law has decided that publishing on the internet defamatory material is libellous, even though transitory!

Please send your contributions to me, Mike T, your Webmaster at: webmaster@eastberksramblers.org

Contact Information - emails will be forwarded to the relevant person. 

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