Saturday, 24 February 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
Start time 10:00
6 miles / 9.7 km
Meet at the Monument, Woolley Down, grid ref SU400806. Downland walk to South Fawley, Fawley and Farnborough Down.
Sunday, 25 February 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
9.5 miles / 15.3 km
Porchester Castle: Could anyone requiring a lift please contact the Programme Secretary. Please text the leader before leaving, or if intending to join the walk at its start. Park in the free car park on the East side of Portchester Castle, grid ref SU625047, postcode PO16 9QW (100 miles round trip from Newbury), and meet the leader for a walk start at 10:00 am. The walk climbs 400 feet to Fort Nelson on Ports Down for views over Portsmouth Harbour to the Isle of Wight and stops for an hour for a well-deserved coffee and a quick look round the armaments museum (free entry). It then goes downhill to the Cams Mill pub at Fareham for lunch. After lunch we walk by Portsmouth Harbour and back to the castle. It should be reasonably dry underfoot, even after a wet spell. 9.5 miles
Monday, 26 February 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
Start time 13:15
4 miles / 6.4 km
Coming from Newbury, take the Chilton exit from the A34 and proceed approximately one mile north on the old A34 (A4185), turning left into Curie Avenue at the Harwell International Business Centre. Park in the first car park on the right, grid ref SU481874. This is the second of three different monthly walks from this starting point.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
Meet in the car park off Rectory Road, Padworth Common, grid ref SU619648, for a walk via Aldermaston, Fisherman’s Lane and Padworth; 12 stiles.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
Start time 9:30
11.4 miles / 18.3 km
Meet in the car park outside St Martin’s Church in East Woodhay, grid ref SU405615; car sharing if possible. The walk passes Brick Kiln Farm, Highclere, Hollington and Heath End. Lunch is available at the Furze Bush in Ball Hill, and we return via Berries Farm. Bridleways and some footpaths will be muddy.
Saturday, 3 March 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
Park at Hampstead Norreys recreation ground/village hall car park, grid ref SU527763, for a walk to Banterwick Farm and Bothampstead.
Sunday, 4 March 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
11 miles / 17.7 km
Ashford Hill Nature Reserve: Please meet in the car park at Crookham Common, grid ref SU523645. We head south to Mill Green and Plastow Green, before heading north and through the Nature Reserve to a well earned break at the Ship Inn. Our return route will be via the River Enborne.
3.5 miles / 5.6 km
(Estimated finish time: 12:00)
From the roundabout on the A339 in Kingsclere, turn south into Newbury Road. After 400 metres go straight ahead into Fox’s Lane. After a further 150 metres turn right into the Fieldgate Centre, grid ref SU522587, for a walk up to Cottington’s Hill and back past the stables. 3.5 miles
Tuesday, 6 March 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
Park at the Woolton Hill car park, grid ref SU431616, or along the road by St. Thomas’s Church. The walk goes via Crowshott and East Woodhay.
Thursday, 8 March 2018 (Group: West Berkshire)
10 miles / 16.1 km
Meet at Ogbourne St George (with the ‘Inn with the Well’ pub on your right, go under the road bridge and immediately turn right into Bytham Road), grid ref SU204742. This undulating downland walk on byways and farm tracks takes us to Mildenhall (Minal) where an optional pub lunch may be possible (or bring a picnic). We return to our cars following in the footsteps of the Roman legionaries.