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Long Walks Group
Objective: To provide the opportunity for any TVN U3A member to walk all or some of the Thames Path between the source at Thames Head and Windsor.
The plan is to walk in manageable chunks of between 8 and 10 miles, although logistics may make it necessary for one or two legs to exceed this slightly. Members of any affiliated U3A are welcome on any of the walks, which will be linear and will take place between July 2010 and October 2011. Circumstances may, however, make it necessary to limit the numbers for some of the walks.
Details of individual walks will be published in the project newsletter and on the TVN website. Each walk will have its own co-ordinator, with whom all intending walkers should make contact, as detailed in the brief for that walk.
Further information can be obtained from Ian Clarkson, Faringdon & District U3A, 01793 782836 or at email@example.com
Long Walks Group:
Walk Co-ordinator: Ian
Clarkson, Faringdon & District U3A
4 Locks, 3 miles between each makes a pleasant, easy 9 miles which will go
straight through with a 15 min break halfway.
The route takes us over Horseshoe Bridge, where the Kennet joins the
Thames, and pass the grounds of Reading Blue Coat school. We cross
from Berkshire to Oxfordshire via Sonning Bridge, past Shiplake
College, through Shiplake then on to Marsh lock. From there it’s a
15 minute stroll to the Catherine Wheel for a late lunch. For those who
prefer a packed lunch there are plenty of seats at Henley riverside.
Meet: Reading Bridge for a 10:30 start. ETA Henley 14:30
Car Park: Hills Meadow GR SU 71800 74059 is adjacent to the bridge.
Reading station is a 5 minute walk, follow signs for Caversham/River
Buses back from Henley are at 25 & 55.
For further information
contact Lin Godfrey 0118 9477820,
Mobile on day 07747 357825
Faringdon U3A organising
Ian Clarkson, Faringdon U3A, will be
leading this easy 10 mile walk along a lovely if lonely stretch of the
The walk will start at and we will aim to reach The Ferryman at Bablock Hythe by , where refreshment can be obtained. We will stop for lunch at Newbridge where participants have the choice of two hostelries or the river bank for a picnic.
If you are interested in registering for this walk or would like more information please contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will send out more details to all who register.
We will meet at the Spade Oak public car
park (not the pub car park),
It is essential that those wishing to join the walk let me know of their intentions at email@example.com, or on 01628 524306, by Monday 7th March so that transport can be arranged. All U3A members are welcome to join the walk but you will be responsible for your own transport if you do not contact me before March 7th.Brenda Smith, Marlow U3A
The arrangements for April’s walk can now be confirmed as follows:
Date: Wednesday 13th April
Meet: Either a)at Bus Stop B1 in George Street, Oxford at 11:00am to catch the 11:05am bus to Bablock Hythe, arriving at 11:38am (more precise details will be sent to participants later) or b) at The Ferryman, Bablock Hythe at 11:40am. We will start walking at
The later start is because this is the only bus to go to Bablock Hythe each morning
Route is via Pinkhill Lock,
Refreshments: Although there are several delightful pubs on or close to the route, they are either too early or too late to be suitable for a lunch stop, so a packed lunch is recommended. This is not to say that we can’t enjoy some refreshment at The Trout at Godstow or The Perch at Binsey as we near the end of the walk!
If you are interested in joining us, or
would like more information, please
contact the walk leader, Ian Clarkson on 01793 782836 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating
whether you will be meeting us in
Walsh Goring Gap U3A
Village Hall to Caversham
For Members of any Affiliated TVN U3A
Meeting Place Goring
Village Hall . Parking in Central Car
Park or station, start. See
map attached of
at Mapledurham Lock, drinks & ice cream available
A walk from Dorchester-on-Thames to Wallingford
Walk Co-ordinator: Kevin Harrison, Thameside (Wallingford) U3A
Date: Thursday 19th May 2011
Meeting Place: Riverside Car-Park (by Wallingford Bridge) at Crowmarsh.
Route: Short bus-ride from Crowmarsh to Dorchester. Return walk via Dorchester, Wittenham Clumps, Shillingford Bridge, Benson Marina and Wallingford – 7 miles. Level and fairly easy walking, except one optional climb to Wittenham Clumps.
Features: Dorchester village and Abbey, iron-age earthworks, Day’s Lock, optional short but steep climb to Wittenham Clumps (excellent views of the Thames and in every direction), woodland walk to Shillingford Bridge, riverside walk via Benson Marina and Benson Lock to Wallingford and Crowmarsh.
Refreshments: Stop at Wittenham Clumps for morning coffee (bring your own!) and informal lunch-stop at Benson Waterfront Café (wide range of light meals and drinks available) immediately next to Benson Riverside park, where an alternative option is to bring a picnic. Walk finishes in Wallingford with its riverside Boathouse (café-bar), other cafés, shops and interesting Museum.
Registration: If you would like to join this walk, please (preferably) email Kevin at email@example.com stating your interest, giving your name, U3A, telephone number and email address (otherwise telephone 01491 834632). You will then be advised of detailed plans for the day. Please note that for practical reasons numbers will be limited to 25, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Meet at 10:30am in front of the River and Rowing Museum,
Henley, walk to Bourne End.
Participants should contact Jill Kendal on 0118 972 2201 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know of the intention to walk and also to receive full joining instructions.
Long Walk –
Leader: Eric Nuttall, Abingdon U3A
Date: Wednesday 6th July Start time: 10:30am Distance: 9 miles
Meet at Oxford Police Station, St Aldgates – the most convenient Park and Ride is Redbridge
The route takes
If you are interested in joining this walk or would like more information please contact Eric Nuttall on 01235 522496 or at email@example.com
The arrangements for August’s long walk - the penultimate leg - are as follows:
Date: Thursday 18th August
Meet: At the
transport between Goring and
Route is a delightful easy walk via Shillingworth,
Refreshments: Because of the length of the walk it is suggested that participants bring a packed lunch – there are several hostelries in Goring in which to celebrate at the end!
If you are interested in joining us, or would like more information, please contact either the walk leader, Christine Usher of Wokingham U3A on 0118 987 2736 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Long Walks Co-ordinator, Ian Clarkson, on 01793 782836 or at email@example.com In registering your interest please try to indicate how many people and cars there are likely to be in your party so that arrangements to ferry the correct number of drivers can be made.
More exact details will be sent, to all who register an interest/intention to walk, approximately five days before the event