The highest point in the southeast of England,
Join us for a spectacular walk through the lush fields of west Berkshire and Inkpen Common Nature Reserve before a steady walk to the highest point in south-east England, blessed with breath-taking views, before a closing stroll through idyllic villages of thatched cottages and a chance to see wild deer and Shetland Ponies.
Walbury Hill in Berkshire - 297m/974ft
Walbury Hill is all that remains of the ramparts (single bank and ditch) that once protected the north side of the large iron-age hillfort that occupied the top of Walbury Hill. This hill is the highest part of the great chalk escarpment which overlooks the valley of the river Kennet, 3 miles away to the north (that is off to the left in the picture). At 974 feet ASL (279 metres) Walbury is said to be the highest chalk hill in England.
Distance: 12.5 miles/20.2km
Time: 7hrs including lunch break
Underfoot: A mixture of field paths and woodland in the lower sections - at some point, you will certainly encounter mud. Parts of the ridge walk are likely to be sticky, and you are likely to have to find your way around puddles! Good footwear essential.
Terrain: A light steady ascent pretty much all the way from Kintbury to Walbury Hill but not very challenging.
Meet: London Paddington Station - in front of Delice de France and Upper Crust outlets. As you enter the station from the underground you will see them on the right. The outlets are marked between platforms 7 and 8 on the main concourse. Please see link below:
Meeting Time: 8.30am.
Cost: £20.00 person, based on an advanced Groupsaver4 ticket on a first come first serve basis, which includes: Rail Travel and NBH costs
* * * Payment required when you RSVP * * *
NOTE: If you are paying via NBH Bank send me an email to confirm your payment and I will add you to the RSVP list.
£20.00 via NBH bank transfer
Payment for this trip can be made to the following account:
Account Name: NBH
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PayPal - £21.50
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Train departs from London Paddington at 09.03am and arrives at Kintbury at 11.17am. Returning to London Paddington at 19.22.
Please check the planned engineering works when plannig your journey:
NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.
Things to bring:
Water and snacks
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for post hike drinks)
Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
For more information:
Look at the following site for the simplified explanation
IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.
We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx