Group name: Loddon Valley
This group is a part of Berkshire Area.
Our regular Newsletter contains reports on past events and details all our forthcoming activities. This includes our Walks Programme that gives information on our short walks (up to 7 miles) on Sunday and Thursday and long walks (up to 15 miles) on Sunday and the first and third Tuesday of each month. These walks are within reasonable driving distance from Wokingham.
We also provide the opportunity to walk outside our immediate area by arranging Coach Walks in the summer that finish with a visit to an interesting destination. To take advantage of the longer evenings in the summer, we arrange pub based evening walks that conclude with the opportunity to dine in the pub for those wishing to do so.
Twice a year we organise walking weekends away in some of the most scenic parts of the country and most years we also arrange longer walking holidays abroad.
Our social activities include treasure hunts, summer BBQs, quiz and skittle evenings and at Christmas a mulled wine and mince pie walk.
We monitor the condition of our local rights of way and report defects to the local authorities who use us as a consultative resource for planning decisions on rights of way. We act as a pressure group to ensure that landowners comply with their legal obligations to maintain footpaths and meet regularly with the local authority to ensure that our local footpaths remain open and in good repair.
To help keep our footpaths in good order, we assist the Local Authority by providing working parties to improve the walking surfaces, cut back intrusive vegetation, remove fallen trees, repair stiles and in some cases replace stiles with kissing gates when the opportunity arises.
To encourage others to use these footpaths, we have devised walks such as the Wokingham Way
which is a series of attractive walks
that as far as possible follows the Wokingham Borough boundary from the River Thames, north of Henley to the River Blackwater on the border with Hampshire. Details of these walks can be found on our website (www.lvra.org.uk)