East Berks Ramblers

Berkshire Area

Walks Reports

Dawn Walk

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Nine early birds set off with the chorus of birds welcoming us for our 12th Dawn Walk of about 6 miles, to Taplow.
 
Dark, misty and light rain to start and quite atmospheric when we visited the Anglo-Saxon Taeppa’s mound overlooking the Thames. Taeppa was thought to have been a chieftain after which Taplow derived its name.  We walked around the paths of a newly established garden walk near Taplow church, and returned by the Thames pathway by Brunel’s Bridge.

We finished the walk with a hearty breakfast at Wetherspoons in Maidenhead.

Great Stones Way

July - October 2017

The Great Stones Way and on to The Ridgeway! write Chris and Nigel Roper

As those who joined us over the past four months will know, we certainly experienced the most extreme of ‘summer weather’ for our introduction to organising the long distance footpath walks. However, we were thankfully rewarded in October by perfect weather for our discovery of Avebury and its surrounding prehistoric monuments! For those who were unable to join us on these adventures please do visit the website, which Nigel put together, and enjoy some of our experiences and photographs from the comfort of your armchair over the forthcoming winter months. We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience of organising these walks; the discussions, planning walks and even the daunting task of looking after 45 plus keen walkers on each leg and ensuring we didn’t lose anyone or the coach!!!

We are now looking towards the next stage of our adventure - The Ridgeway - and will be heading off from Avebury on Wednesday 4th April. We hope to complete the walk to Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire by May next year. If you would like to join us, taking in more of the archaeological monuments en route, then please do contact us. We are looking forward to our next round of walks along the Ridgeway with, no doubt, more unpredictable weather. It will certainly be entertaining we are sure!!!

Do hope you can join us …. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Chris : 07793 739 732 Nigel: 07872 558 664

As a footnote for those who might be interested: Nigel and I attended the National Trust AGM in October where a Member’s Resolution was tabled and discussed on the plans for the A303 at Stonehenge. A very interesting debate, particularly in the light of new archaeological discoveries - Blick Mead Mesolithic site. If you would like to hear this debate then please visit the NT web site, scroll down the home page to AGM, click the link ‘More about our AGM’, whereupon you can choose the discussion as one of the options. www.nationaltrust.org.uk 

"New Year" Ramble and Lunch

January 14 2018

A clear dry morning saw 26 members meet at the Winter Hill golf course to set out on a five and a half mile ramble led by Pera and Gordon M. The walk took us through the lanes of Cookham and Cookham Dean, along Winter Hill (including clambering over a fallen tree trunk) and then down to Cockmarsh, where there was evidence of some waterlogged ground.We got back to the golf clubhouse in very good time for lunch. Eighteen of the walkers were joined there by other members, making 49 in all, seated convivially at five round tables. It was good to see many longstanding members present, keen to socialise even though they may now walk only infrequently, and everyone enjoyed an excellent meal. New chairman of the group, Phil Smith, welcomed us all and issued thanks to David Bailey for his five years as previous chairman. As well as thanking those who had helped to organise the walk and lunch, Phil expressed his appreciation of all committee members and volunteers who give of their time to make East Berks Ramblers such a successful and happy group.

Traditional pre-Christmas ramble and lunch

December 20 2017

A possibly record number of members (41) turned up at the Dashwood Arms, Piddington, on Wednesday 20th December, ready for the challenge of a hilly walk led by Keith D. We crossed the A40 and set off in a North-Westerly direction along to Bottom Wood, before the first of four hills, the steepest of which took us up to Bledlow Ridge. Total ascent, in our rhomboid-shaped walk, was 1095 ft, with a distance of 6.6 miles. The final stretch back to the pub, from Nobles Farm and Chorley Farm, contained several stiles, so our total timing was over three and a half hours, after which we were happy to remove our (very!) muddy boots and sit down to a large festive lunch.

Not all the walkers had booked lunch, but a few non-walkers had come to join us, making 43 in all. Such large numbers meant service could not be rushed, which gave us all the more time to sit and enjoy each other’s company. Crackers were pulled, hats put on and jokes groaned at, while the food met with great approval. We finished the afternoon with delicious Christmas cake, provided by Keith and also by Juliet W – another tradition to keep up for future years, please!

Monday, June 18, 2018