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WALKING GROUP

 

Contents

Walking Overview

Walking Area

Equipment and Safety
Walk Definitions

Walk Diary

Walking Overview

Walking is a popular pastime (especially if you have time to enjoy it). It does not need any special skills or equipment. It is an easy way of relaxing and getting some exercise, and of enjoying nature and the changing seasons.

We are a small friendly group (of generally 10 to 18 people) who meet once a month (first Thursday), and enjoy the camaraderie and peace of mind offered by guided walking. At the end of the walks, we always manage to find a local hostelry and partake of their services! The walks are mainly organised by Roy Spencer and Frank Heckscher

Walking Area

 


We stay fairly local in the winter months and go further afield during the summer time, also the winter walks tend to be slightly shorter in length.

The walks focus mainly on Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. The rich variety in these county's landscapes makes walking there specially rewarding. It is a countryside of gentle contrasts, which for the most part is surprisingly unspoiled.



Equipment and Safety

The most important single item of equipment for country walking is a pair of sturdy walking shoes or boots. Boots give better support to your ankles, especially in rough or uneven terrain, and your feet need to be kept warm and dry in all conditions.

With the unpredictability of the climate, the next essential is warm and waterproof clothing. However, you do not need to spend a fortune for a top specification jacket for walking in the Candovers, a good anorak will do, or there are many efficient and breathable alternatives which need not cost the earth. Waterproof trousers can also a good idea, especially in winter to keep clean and warm.

Finally, a small rucksack is useful, to carry other items like water and head wear, (hats to keep warm in winter and protection from the sun in summer), gloves or maybe a spare jumper.

 

Walk Definitions

All of the walks in the programme detailed below require people to wear proper walking boots/footwear.

EASY: Gentle walks with some moderate uphill sections and possibly step stiles

MODERATE: Pleasant walks, generally on well-marked paths of varied terrain. May include some longer/harder uphill sections or duration.

HARD: NOT included in any of our walking programmes

Diary for 2019

Silchester



NOTES
  • These walks are organised for members of the Blackwater Valley U3A, however, we would be happy for any U3A member to join us
  • All walks, unless specified, start from Frogmore Campus lower car park. No need to book, just turn up. N.B. we leave at 09:15 prompt
  • If in doubt as to whether the walk will go ahead, (i.e. bad weather etc.) please contact the Walk Leader by 8.45 a.m. on the day for confirmation
  • Please be aware that everyone who takes part in a U3A walk, does so entirely at their own risk

* Subject to change, depending on ground condition and weather situation.

DATE OF WALK 2019

LOCATION OF WALK

WALK LEADER

WALK TERRAIN

JANUARY    3rd     

TBA

Roy Spencer

01276 423428

+/- 5 miles (8 kms)

FEBRUARY 7th

TBA

Roy Spencer        01276 423428

+/- 5 miles (8 kms)

MARCH 7th

Great Windsor Park

Anne Cleary

01252 879569

6 Miles (10 Kms) 

APRIL  4th

Horsell Common & Woking

Julia & Martin   01276 35347

about 6 miles

MAY 2nd

TBA

Romy & Jean

01276 503813

6 Miles (10 Kms)   

JUNE 6th

Around Alice Holt

Nic Harvey

01344 779735

6 Miles (10 Kms) 

                             JULY 4th

Around Beenham

Marilynne & Kathy - 01252 875510

6 Miles (10 Kms)   

AUGUST 1st

T B A

Ken Lambert

01276 32692

+6 Miles (10 Kms)

SEPTEMBER 5th

TBA

 

about 6 miles

 OCTOBER 3rd

TBA

Karin & Mike 01276 504979

+6 Miles (10 Kms)  

NOVEMBER 7th

TBA ** due to unpredictable weather conditions

Ken Lambert 01276 32692

+5. Miles (8. Kms)   Easy  walking

DECEMBER 5th

TBA** due to unpredictable weather conditions

Roy Spencer

01276 423428

+5 Miles (8 Kms)    Easy walking

TBA will be decided on the day.

 

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  Walkers at Rapley Lake in Swinley Forest

Walkers Windsor Great Park

Walkers at Windsor Great Park - 4 January 2017