Group name: West Berkshire
This group is a part of Berkshire Area.
Our activities include:
Dog-friendly walks, Short and easy walks, Path maintenance
Our group was formed in 1967 and provides walks in the West Berkshire countryside and beyond to help people enjoy walking. At least 3 walks take place per week which are led by experienced leaders and range from 4 to 12 miles. In the summer there are Wednesday evening walks of up to 6 miles based on a pub and Sunday coach trips once a month. The coach trips normally offer a choice of three walks of around 6, 9 or 12 miles.
The group also works to protect the places we all love to walk in West Berkshire. As well as monitoring development proposals etc., it has a Ramblers Working Party (RWP) that inspects all the paths in West Berkshire on a rotating basis parish by parish, working in cooperation with West Berkshire Council. It checks the status of issues on the Council’s database, carries out minor maintenance using tools provided by the Council, and reports back on problems that it cannot resolve. There is an associated team which installs gates on rights of way on behalf of the Council - it started in 2004 and put in its 250th gate in July 2016.
For more information about the West Berkshire group see the group’s website.
West Berks Ramblers 50th Birthday Walk
West Berks Ramblers is celebrating its 50th Birthday on Thursday 2nd March 2017. Came and join us on a walk of 1.3 miles and watch the unveiling of a gate on Shaw-cum-Donnington Footpath 12 to commemorate the occasion. There will be a toast and cutting of a birthday cake after the unveiling. The walk will start from near the entrance to Snelsmore Common car park at 10:00am. There are walk options of 3.5 or 4 miles afterwards and a further 3 mile walk in the afternoon. See the 50th Annversary page for further information.
On the 1st July 2016 our Gate Installation team lead by Colin reached a milestone as they installed their 250th installation. The gate was installed at Rushall Farm, Bradfield in reasonable weather though the site was quite muddy. The gate has a special post engraved by Colin to commemorate the event. They were joined by most of our Ramblers Work Party and several guests for photos (see here) before adjourning to The Bull Inn at Stanford Dingley for a celebratory meal and a cake. We wish them well for them next 250 installations.