New Logo East Berkshire Ramblers' Group
The Ramblers promotes rambling, protects right of way, campaigns for access to open country and defends the beauty of the countryside.

Gower spaces but RIDGEWAY WALK : First Leg : FULLY BOOKED! Waiting List available for any cancellations.

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.

CURRENT NEWS (Updated 23rd February)

Pinkneys Green Clean Up
The National Trust have organised a clean up day at Pinkneys Green as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, where all will be welcome. It will be held on Saturday 3 March between 10 and 1. Details can be found on the National Trust link:

Great British Spring Clean at Pinkneys Green. : http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/events/great-british-spring-clean-pinkneys-green  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/24b0d2a7-bac0-42bd-9bbf-67fb60a3117b/pages/details https://twitter.com/MCC_NT?lang=en We’d be really grateful if you could use your contacts to get the word out. It would be great to have you all there.

Don’t miss out! Places are limited for the Group’s September holiday on the Gower Peninsula. Details and a booking form were in the December Newsletter – but for further information contact David Bailey on 01628-634561 or by e-mail at dbailey907@btinternet.com

The reason you haven’t seen Margaret (Welsford) on any walks recently ……

In December Margaret broke her leg after falling off a ladder when she was putting up her Christmas decorations. As a result she was in hospital for her Roast Turkey lunch on Christmas Day. January has been spent recuperating at home but Margaret had a bit of a setback when she was developed a stitch abscess which had formed six weeks post operation and for which she has had a course of antibiotics. Margaret is now at home doing various exercises to strengthen the muscles of her injured leg and her physiotherapist was positive and encouraging. We all wish Margaret a speedy recovery and do hope that by the time the weather improves she will be able to join us again on some of the walks. If you wish to drop Margaret a line her email address is margaret.welsford@google.com

Scroll down this Guardian feature to see our walkers!

The Walking Partnership (Ramblers Worldwide Holidays)

At a time when many of our members may be thinking of arranging their holidays it is perhaps worth a reminder that if you book with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, and mention at the time of booking that you are a member of East Berks Ramblers, then under the Walking Partnership the Group will receive a donation, the amount depending upon whether your holiday is in the UK or further afield (£10 per person for a UK holiday, £20 pp for a short haul, or £30 pp for long haul.)

WALK LEADERS - don't forget you are the one who knows for sure where the starting place is. I have been asked to pass on the request that Leaders give CLEAR directions to the starting point to help those walkers who do not have the necessary maps. Also, if your walk is taken from one of the books of walks, please provide this information when putting the walk forward (I have been asked to make this point as some walkers find it helpful).

WALK PARTICIPANTS - Please note the official Ramblers walk categories: (In practice, EBR normally only offer Moderate or Leisurely grades)

Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.

Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended. Walked at about 2 mph,(not including banana stops etc.)

Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. Walked at about 2.5 - 2.7 mph,(not including banana stops etc.)

Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.

Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes or crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details. - See more at: www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/about-group-walks/walks-difficulty.aspx#sthash.W5i8gqsB.dpuf

Old News...

© 2012 East Berkshire Ramblers. All rights reserved.