What we're about

The Berkshire Walkers are a walking and social group aimed at people in their 20s and 30s and is part of The Ramblers.

We are based in Berkshire, mainly around Reading, Newbury and Slough, and provide walks at a variety of lengths on weekends and summer evenings. We also have regular socials such as pub meets, meals out, ten-pin bowling and trips to museums and places of interest. All are welcome to join the Berkshire Walkers for a walk, whether you are already a keen walker, or just starting down the path.

Your first three walks are FREE for new members. We are part of the Ramblers and we are always keen to meet new members. You can join here.

Annual membership is exceptionally reasonable (just over £3pm on Direct Debit). Membership also gives you access to our social events that aren't advertised on Meetup and socials happen at least two-three times a month. With membership, you can also join any of the other 500 Ramblers groups, including other Berkshire groups and those nearby in Surrey, Sussex, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire.

Joining The Ramblers in general brings all the benefits of being part of the UK's largest walking organisation, with discounts available in many walking shops (e.g. 15% at Cotswold Outdoor). You will also receive a magazine 4 times a year, about walking in the UK and things that affect your rights to walk through our amazing and varied countryside. Your membership fees also contribute to The Ramblers' efforts to promote walking as a healthy pastime, to campaign for access and to fight for maintained access to our rights of way. What's not to like?

Not all our members are on Meetup, so there will be more people on walks than are shown on Meetup. For a general idea, we typically get 10–20 people on our walks. Please note that our social events are not usually listed on Meetup: our socials are for our walkers only (including those new to the group with an interest in joining), and can be found on our website.

Upcoming events (4+)

Alice's Winter Adventures in the New Forest, 10 miles, moderate

Brockenhurst

This 10-mile circuit from Brockenhurst will take in the New Forest in winter.

This walk will be led by Tom H.

Please see our website for more information about the group.

Pace: medium. Ascent: 114m.

Walk details

This walk is unlikely to see much of the New Forest in autumn colours, owing to the rail engineering works forcing postponement from the original planned date, but should still be a lovely walk!

The first stage of the walk takes us through Brockenhurst village centre and across Black Knowl, where we can expect to see some of the famous New Forest ponies, before entering the Forest proper at Bolderford Bridge.

From there, we continue heading north until reaching the “capital” of the New Forest, Lyndhurst. The church of St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst is famous for being the burial place of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” (although her gravestone bears her married name, Mrs Reginald Hargreaves). Depending on time, numbers and preferences we can stop in Lyndhurst at either a cafe or pub. It is also possible at this point (approximately 5 miles into the walk) to drop out and return to Brockenhurst by bus.

The walk then continues by returning to Brockenhurst through a different part of the Forest. Heading through Park Ground Inclosure, Parkhill Inclosure, and Ramnor Inclosure, the final stretch of the walk leads across Balmer Lawn. If there is a long wait for the train from Brockenhurst to Reading, we can wait at the Foresters’ Arms pub, very close to the station.

Travel details

By public transport

Please catch the 08.52 train from Reading if coming by train. The walk leader intends to travel on this train – if it is delayed the start of the walk may be as well.

By car

Parking with charges is available at the station, or nearby in Brockenhurst at Brookley Road – or park considerately in the surrounding streets.

Notes

  • Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • It might be muddy – please wear suitable footwear.
  • Please contact the leader directly if you are delayed on the day or can't find the group (find contact details on our website). We are unlikely to respond to meetup comments or messages sent on the day of the walk in enough time to be helpful.

Walking the Wallingford Way, 7.5 miles, easy/moderate

Riverside Car Park

An easy walk that absorbs some fine rural countryside as well a potential stop at South Oxon’s CAMRA pub of the year.

This walk will be led by Dan H.

Please see our website for more information about the group.

Pace: medium.

Walk details

We head through the market town of Wallingford, a place that was home to Agatha Christie for 40 years, passing the southern edge of Kinecroft Park. Here is home to the annual Bunkfest, which some of us visited a couple of times in recent years, as well as a very well organized (and lengthy) bonfire and fireworks display. The walk leader attended the event this year and can very much recommend it.

Our route out takes us past a number of playing fields where you may see folk keeping active by partaking in a game of football or rugby. Taking care crossing the A4130 we soon hit the countryside and head towards South Moreton on mainly grassy paths. At South Moreton we hope to pay a visit to The Crown public house. Now a community run pub it has won South Oxon’s CAMRA pub of the year and having sampled an ale on the recce, I can see why. It is also dog friendly.

We head back retracing our footsteps for a short while before returning to Wallingford via Mackney. The fields here were a little muddy that otherwise makes an “easy” walk slightly tougher underfoot. As a result please ensure you wear suitable footwear for such conditions.

Please remember to arrive in plenty of time. There are a number of good coffee shops in town should you have a desire to support one of these establishments and arrive early enough. The walk leader intends to do so, please contact him should you wish to meet up.

Travel details

By public transport

The X40 bus service would be a good one to get. The 10.25am service departs Reading town centre would be perfect or 9.25 am, which the walk leader intends to board in Caversham Heights if anyone fancies a coffee. Please make own way to car park, a short 5 –10 minute walk.

By car

At time of walk submission, no charges apply in the car park at this time of year.

Notes

  • Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • It might be muddy – please wear suitable footwear.
  • Please contact the leader directly if you are delayed on the day or can't find the group (find contact details on our website). We are unlikely to respond to meetup comments or messages sent on the day of the walk in enough time to be helpful.

We Shall Train in the Beeches, 8.5 miles, easy/moderate

The Beeches Eco Cafe

This is the first training walk in the series leading up to the big 30 Miles For 30th Birthday, taking in the scenery of Burnham Beeches and surrounding fields and heathland. Anyone is welcome to join, whether or not you intend to train-up for the big 30 miler.

This walk will be led by Angela & Jack.

Please see our website for more information about the group.

This is a joint walk with Chiltern Young Walkers, Hike Oxfordshire and Surrey Young Walkers.

Pace: medium.

Walk details

We will take a leisurely start from Burnham Beeches Eco Café. Join us for a breakfast start (if you wish) at the Eco Café, between 10 and 11 am. The cafe serves a variety of light bites including bacon rolls, sandwiches, and pastries.

After refreshment we will make a start into Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve, taking in the forest scenery and crossing an old Neolithic settlement before heading out into Dorney Wood towards Littleworth Common.

We then cross Egypt Woods and head towards Hedgerley. After passing Hedgerley, there is an option for stopping for lunch at Hanging Wood.

We will then make our way towards Stoke Common, a stunning area of special scientific interest, where we will cross heathland towards Brockhurst Wood and landing in Farnham Common before the final ascent towards our start point at Beeches Way. Depending on the time and interest, there is an option of stopping at a kitty-themed cafe in Farnham Common.

Thanks to Irina for inspiring the walk title with her "We shall fight it in the Beeches!"

Travel details

By public transport

There is a bus option from Slough Train Station. Details will be released closer to the date. The walk leaders are able to offer lifts to two people near Caversham (Reading).

By car

Parking available at Lord Mayor's Drive in Burnham Beeches, where charges apply via Ringo app or old-fashioned paybox (it does take card).

Notes

  • Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • It might be muddy – please wear suitable footwear.
  • Please contact the leader directly if you are delayed on the day or can't find the group (find contact details on our website). We are unlikely to respond to meetup comments or messages sent on the day of the walk in enough time to be helpful.

Choco-Train (in Shiplake & Peppard), 11.5 miles, moderate

Shiplake

This is the second training walk in the series leading up to the big 30 Miles for 30th Birthday, going from Shiplake to Peppard and back via the Chocolate Café in Henley-on-Thames. Anyone is welcome to join, whether or not you intend to train-up for the big 30 miler.

This walk will be led by Angela & Jack.

Please see our website for more information about the group.

This is a joint walk with Chiltern Young Walkers, Hike Oxfordshire and Surrey Young Walkers.

Pace: medium.

Walk details

Who doesn't love chocolate? Who doesn't love training for a long summer walk in winter with a chocolate cafe stop near the end?

We will make a brisk start from Shiplake and head towards Rotherfield Peppard on the Chiltern Way. There is an option to get a take-away coffee and cake at the Bottle & Glass Inn at Binsfield Heath, around 3 miles into the walk. Don't fill up too much if you intend to stick around for the (in)famous Chocolate Café in Henley-on-Thames!

After a brief stop we will cross Crowsley Park woods and make our way to the lunch stop at Greys Green. We will then diverge from the Chiltern Way and make our way to Henley via a beautiful stretch of open field surrounded by a ridge, skirting the Hernes Estate and passing Henley College.

For those chocoholics (including the walk leaders), we will stop at the Chocolate Café for much needed glucose replenishment. There is an option to take the train back to Shiplake (or your home destination) from Henley if you do not wish to do the last 2.5 miles of the walk.

For those staying, we will head back to Shiplake via the Thames Path, taking in the stunning scenery as we head out of Henley.

Travel details

By public transport

We will release the train times from Reading, Didcot, Oxford (etc) closer to the date. There is also the 800 bus which stops near Shiplake (details to be released nearer the date).

By car

There is free(ish) parking available at Shiplake Railway Station, although there are limited spaces.

Notes

  • Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • It might be muddy – please wear suitable footwear.
  • Please contact the leader directly if you are delayed on the day or can't find the group (find contact details on our website). We are unlikely to respond to meetup comments or messages sent on the day of the walk in enough time to be helpful.

Past events (272)

Thames, Caversham, Houses and Views!, 6 miles, easy

Reading Station (North Entrance)

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