East Berks Ramblers

Berkshire Area

Walks Reports

"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

Pub

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 gavstylee 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!

Thursday, January 17, 2019