Group name: Loddon Valley
This group is a part of Berkshire Area.
Our activities include:
Path maintenance, Short and easy walks
Loddon Valley Ramblers are a very sociable group who serve the people of Wokingham, Earley, Winnersh, Twyford, the villages to the west of the Borough and the surrounding region with a variety of interesting walks across our area. We aim to provide walks for all ages and all walking abilities. 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 6 miles) which we offer on Sundays and Thursdays and our long walks, (up to 15 miles), which we offer every Tuesday and on every other Sunday. These walks are always within reasonable driving distance from Wokingham. For the shorter walks there is quite often an opportunity for a pub lunch afterwards. Always a nice way to end the walk with friends!
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. (Can you spot a theme yet!!)
Twice a year we organise walking weekends away in some of the most scenic parts of the country, for instance in 2018 we had an outstanding weekend in Dorset and had a wonderful time as can be seen in our banner photograph. Most years we also arrange longer walking holidays abroad.
Our social activities include summer BBQs, quizzes and dinner dances and at Christmas we organise mulled wine and mince pie walks.
We actively 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 have had an ongoing programme to replace stiles with kissing gates once the necessary permissions have been obtained. These voluntary efforts usually end up with a gathering at a local hostelry to discuss any lessons to be learned and chat about the morning's experience.
To encourage others to use these footpaths, we have established 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)
We welcome new members and can promise a friendly and rewarding experience whilst enjoying the outstanding countryside in our area. Come and meet us!!