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  • 20
    April 20, 2019

    10:00 am-1:00 pm
    April 20, 2019
    Simon's Wood car park
    Wellingtonia Avenue, Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berkshire RG45 6AE

    Key information

    This is a 6 mile circular walk. There are no stiles, but there is a spell of road walking, so dogs will need to be on a lead. There are a couple of inclines, one is particularly steep, but just over a hundred steps will get you to the top where there are benches we can use while recovering and admiring the views.

    The route

    We’ll walk through Beech Hill, down to Horseshoe Lake and on to one of the more scenic part of the Blackwater River. After following the river for a couple of miles, we’ll explore the new ponds north of Longwater Lane. We’ll then pass the Catherine of Aragon plinth and return via the woods and pond of the Finchampstead Ridges. Finally, we’ll cross back under those very impressive Wellingtonias.

    We did this walk last year, but this time we hope the timing is right to see the bluebell wood near the ridges at its picturesque best. There is a second bluebell area beyond Longwater Lane that we’ll also walk through.

  • 28
    April 28, 2019

    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    April 28, 2019
    Royal British Legion Club
    Eversley Road, Arborfield Cross, Reading RG2 9PR

    Key information

    Our third Big Valley Ramble will be an 11 mile circular walk, with a shorter 5 mile option. Our reputation for scenic and well organised walks means that everything, including light refreshments, is completely taken care of. Tickets are selling fast – book your ticket now

    The route

    The ramble will take you through some of the most delightful scenery that Berkshire has to offer – the quintessentially English country lanes and paths that link Arborfield and Swallowfield. Spring’s wildlife and landscape will be in all its glory. Bring the family for a great day out!

    We’ll first go to Farley Hill – the midpoint of the short walk. The more energetic walkers will then venture along stretches of the Blackwater and Broadwater rivers, visiting Swallowfield for a lunch stop before returning to Aborfield Cross.