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Riverside detail - Shorter Walks Usually Circular with a refreshment stop

Please Note. All U3A members wishing to join a walk in the 'Short Walks' programme, must book in with the Walk Leader for that walk, in advance.   The Walk Leader will advise the meeting point and any other relevant information about the walk at the time of booking.   It is not OK to just turn up on the day of the walk

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Faringdon U3A – A Short Walk

Contact: Ian Clarkson, Faringdon U3A
Where
: Buscot and the Thames                   Date: Wednesday 21st July 2010
For
: Members of any Affiliated TVN U3A. National Trust membership would be of benefit- Costs to non-members – Grounds only £5, House and Gardens £8
Meeting Place
: (No public transport) Car Park, Buscot, A417, 2 miles SE Lechlade 12:00noon
Route
: Buscot Weir and Lock, Thames Path, Buscot Park and House (National Trust – open 2:00pm – 6:00pm). The walk is 4.5 miles (approx) but this does not include walking round Buscot Park and House
Refreshments:
Picnic lunch at riverside, tea rooms available at Buscot House.
Registration:
If you would like to join this walk please send an email to ian.clarkson@gmail.com, simply stating that you are interested in the short walk, giving your name, U3A, telephone number and email address. You will then be advised of detailed plans for the day.
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Wokingham U3A Short Walk 

Friday, September 10th Wittenham Clumps Short circular walk,

Circular walk to Shillingford over the Wittenham Clumps and return on the Thames Path via Dray's Lock  
 
There are 3 options:
Option A:  Start in Little Wittenham, walk via the Wittenham Clumps and woods to Shillingford Bridge Hotel for lunch.  Return on the Thames Path (option of detour to Dorchester) via Dray's Lock to Wittenham.  Distance 6 to 7 miles.  Steep initial incline  gives panoramic views of the Thames and Dorchester (and the Didcot Power Station!).Iron Age hillfort and Poem Tree.  Some woodland, some riverside walking.
 
Option B:  Start in Dorchester.  Walk to Shillingford Bridge Hotel along the Thames Path with opportunity to visit the magnificent Dorchester Abbey.  Lunch at the hotel, and return along the Thames Path (with a short section along the main road) to Dorchester with the Option A group.  Distance 3miles.
 
Option C:  Join the group for lunch at the Shillingford Bridge Hotel, with an opportunity to use the picturesque site for photographic, painting or bird-watching activities.
 
Registration:  If you would like to participate in Option A please inform Patsy Thornton, (patsy@thorntac.co.uk   01344 774812)  She will give you the start time and place. 
If you wish to lunch at the Shillingford Bridge Hotel, please inform Patsy so that she can pass on likely numbers to the Hotel.
If you wish to join Option B please inform Terence Carter West Oxford U3A  (01865 863379) who will tell you the start point and time.
 
The Shillingford Bridge Hotel offers a range of sandwiches, soup and jacket potatoes (£4.50 to £6.50) as well as a selection of main meals.  Of course, you can take a picnic if preferred.
 

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West Oxford U3A

Walk Leader

Phone No

eMail address

Terence Carter

01865 863379

Not to be publicised

 

Date of Walk

Friday 8th October, 2010

Start Time

10.30am

Distance

4.5 or 6 miles

Approx. finish time

1-1.30pm for pub lunch

 Short description of walk inc. details of any stiles/inclines etc.

The walk enjoys the pleasant and quiet stretch of the River Thames south of Oxford between Kennington and Radley, and the neighbouring countryside with its gently sloping woodland and fields, passing close to Radley College and to Nuneham House and Church (built for the first Earl of Harcourt in 1756). The walk, which starts at Sandford Lock, is easy, with just a few stiles. Parking details will be supplied on application. Participants may enrol for the 6 mile or the 4.5 mile walk (which takes a short cut). Applications by phone (see above) or to Mr Terence Carter, 88 Oxford Road, Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9PQ.

 Any place(s) of local interest –description inc. times of opening and cost of entry

The Harcourt Arboretum in the nearby village of Nuneham Courtenay, managed by the University of Oxford, is open from 10am – 5pm (last admission 4.15pm): the charge for entry (concessions) is £3. The ticket can also be used on the same day for admission to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden opposite Magdalen College, which is open from 9am – 5pm (last admission 4.15pm): there are buses into Oxford from Redbridge Park and Ride, a short distance from Sandford and just off the Oxford Ring Road (clockwise direction).

 Pub Lunch? – If available – description of type of menu + approx.cost

Sandwiches, Jackets, Lunch Deals from £4-6 approx. Full lunch menu also available.

 Please arrange for a photo at the beginning of the walk and photos of anything interesting along the way and send them to me for probable display in September 2011.

Members of own U3a attending

Name

 

Pub Lunch Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Meeting Point/Parking Details/Any Public Transport

Sandford on Thames, Oxford. Parking details and directions will be given only on application

 Members of other U3A’s must register with the Walk Leader. The Walk Leader will only give details of the meeting point, upon commitment by the other U3A member that they will be attending.

Members of other U3a’s attending

Name

U3A

Pub Lunch Y/N

Phone no. & e mail address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event by Haddenham U3A
Organiser: Hilary Skipsey, 01844 290464
Date of Walk: Friday 22 October 2010
Distance: 5 miles
Start time: 10.15
Starting point: The Palmers Arms, Dorney SL4 6QW.
Description: Easy walking, a few stiles & small incline.
Approx finish: 1 pm
Pub Lunch: The Palmers Arms, sandwiches plus main meals £10 - £15.
Local Interest: Jubilee river (Thames flood relief), Boveney Chapel, 13th century, St James Church 12th century, Tudor Dorney Court (producing the first pineapple in England), Eton College's rowing lake, across the Thames Oakley Court Hotel, 18th century Down Place once the meeting place of the infamous Kit-Kat Club, now Bray Studios. I will find out if the Chapel & Church can be opened for us. Dorney Court is only open in the summer.

Please make sure to let Hilary know if you are going to attend

Wokingham U3A

Walk Leader

Phone No

eMail address

Penny Tomlin

01344 774409

Penny.tomlin2@btinternet.com

 

Date of Walk

Wednesday, 1st December

Start Time

10.30

Distance

5 miles approx.

Approx. finish time

12.45

 

Short description of walk inc. details of any stiles/inclines etc.

Hurley is a pretty Thameside village.  There is evidence that there was ford here in 450.  The  walk goes through open countryside, along quiet lanes and tracks, between Hurley and Marlow, returning along the Thames path.  No stiles.

 

Start at the free car park at the end of Hurley village, opposite the church

 

Any place(s) of local interest –description inc. times of opening and cost of entry

 

The remains of a Benedictine monastery which was mentioned in the Domesday book in Hurley village

Hurley lock, unique along the Thames as the river splits into many channels.

Temple lock, unique because when the new lock was build in 1890, the old lock was left in place

 

Pub Lunch? – If available – description of type of menu + approx.cost

A short drive to the picturesque 17th century Dewdrop inn in the heart of the countryside.

Soup and a roll,£4 50.  Smoked haddock rarebit £5.50.  Sandwiches with chips and salad from £6 50 - £7.00.  Seasonal specialities are also available

 

Please arrange for a photo at the beginning of the walk and photos of anything interesting along the way and send them to me for probable display in September 2011.

Members of own U3a attending

Name

 

Pub Lunch Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Point/Parking Details/Any Public Transport

 

 

Members of other U3A’s must register with the Walk Leader. The Walk Leader will only give details of the meeting point, upon commitment by the other U3A member that they will be attending.

Members of other U3a’s attending

Name

U3A

Pub Lunch Y/N

Phone no. & e mail address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABINGDON U3A

Walk Leader

Phone No

eMail address

Eric Nuttall

01235 522496

pnuts@mypostoffice.co.uk

 

Date of Walk

Wednesday 2nd March 2011

Start Time

10.30am

Distance

6 miles

Approx. finish time

2.30 to 3.00pm if having lunch

 

Short description of walk inc. details of any stiles/inclines etc.

Circular riverside walk starting from Culham Lock, touching Sutton Courtenay and continuing along the Thames Path to Abingdon Lock.  Cross onto Abbey Meadows and continue into Abingdon town centre for an optional lunch stop in any of the local pubs and cafes.  Return to Culham (either before or after lunch) will be via the Causeway and river bank. This is a flat easy walk with no stiles.  Please register your interest with Eric Nuttall on the above telephone number or email when directions to the free car park will be supplied.   Limit of 25 walkers so please book early.

 

Any place(s) of local interest –description inc. times of opening and cost of entry

Abingdon is an ancient market town with many interesting buildings including the magnificent County Hall in the Market Square (now a Museum unfortunately closed during 2011) and the remains of the Abbey buildings, including St. Nicolas’ Church.  There are several groups of almshouses mainly clustered around the parish church of St. Helens.  We will endeavour to give a short guided tour either at lunchtime or after the finish of the walk depending on demand – please advise if interested when booking for the walk.

 

Pub Lunch? – If available – description of type of menu + approx.cost

Variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Abingdon providing the full range of menus at reasonable prices.  We will not book any one in particular – just arrange to meet up afterwards. 

 

Please arrange for a photo at the beginning of the walk and photos of anything interesting along the way and send them to me for probable display in September 2011.

Members of own U3a attending

Name

 

Pub Lunch Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Point/Parking Details/Any Public Transport

 

 

Members of other U3A’s must register with the Walk Leader. The Walk Leader will only give details of the meeting point, upon commitment by the other U3A member that they will be attending.

Members of other U3a’s attending

Name

U3A

Pub Lunch Y/N

Phone no. & e mail address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henley U3A

Walk Leader

Phone No

eMail address

Jill Kendal

01189722201

kendalwoodbury@supanet.com

 

Date of Walk

Wed 6 April 2011

Start Time

10.30am

Distance

5 miles

Approx. finish time

Lunch time

 

 

Short description of walk inc. details of any stiles/inclines etc.

Meet outside the River and Rowing Museum for a circular walk through rolling Chilterns and back along the River Thames. Hilly climb out of Henley. Stiles – yes.

Free to find lunch in the town and then for those interested a historical walk round Henley. Numbers restricted.

 

Any place(s) of local interest –description inc. times of opening and cost of entry

River and Rowing Museum. Open every day. Entry for concession £5.00

St Mary’s Church and Chantry House, places of interest.

 

Pub Lunch? – If available – description of type of menu + approx.cost

Lots of places to eat or picnic.

 

Please arrange for a photo at the beginning of the walk and photos of anything interesting along the way and send them to me for probable display in September 2011.

Members of own U3a attending

Name

 

Pub Lunch Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Point/Parking Details/Any Public Transport

Parking. Mill Lane, free car park at Reading end of the town off the Reading Road by jet garage.

 

Members of other U3A’s must register with the Walk Leader. The Walk Leader will only give details of the meeting point, upon commitment by the other U3A member that they will be attending.

Members of other U3a’s attending

Name

U3A

Pub Lunch Y/N

Phone no. & e mail address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goring Gap U3A
Date  Monday 9th May 2011 

Contact Ann Walsh  Goring Gap U3A 

Where A 4 ½ mile walk around Goring & Streatley  to include fine views of the Thames and hopefully bluebells. The walk includes a number of climbs.  Either a picnic lunch beside the Thames or one of the pubs in the village.  Parking in central car park or station.

See map attached of Goring Village 

 For  Members of any Affiliated TVN U3A

 Meeting Place  Goring Village Hall at 10.30

Registration  e-mail to annwalsh3@aol.com with name, U3A  and telephone number.

 

Thameside (Wallingford) U3A 

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  kg.harrison42@tiscali.co.uk 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. 

Windsor U3A

Walk Leader

Phone No

eMail address

Jackie Taylor

0118 9797350

Jackie@taylorpost.com

 

Date of Walk

Thurs 9 June 11

Start Time

10.30

Distance

5 miles

Approx. finish time

12.30

 

Short description of walk inc. details of any stiles/inclines etc.

Riverside Meadows, the playing fields of Eton and views of Windsor castle & Eton college are the main ingredients of this flat and easy walk.  On this walk there  is a particularly memorable view of Windsor Castle rising majestically above the opposite bank of the Thames.   There will be plenty of time to explore the many historic attractions of Windsor and Eton at

 

Any place(s) of local interest –description inc. times of opening and cost of entry

Windsor Castle  £14.50 approx.

 

Pub Lunch? – If available – description of type of menu + approx.cost

Many different eating establishments in both Windsor & Eton. 

 

Please arrange for a photo at the beginning of the walk and photos of anything interesting along the way and send them to me for probable display in September 2011.

Members of own U3a attending

Name

 

Pub Lunch Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Point/Parking Details/Any Public Transport

Car park in Eton ,     please e mail or phone Jackie for directions to Car Park

 

Members of other U3A’s must register with the Walk Leader. The Walk Leader will only give details of the meeting point, upon commitment by the other U3A member that they will be attending.

Members of other U3a’s attending

Name

U3A

Pub Lunch Y/N

Phone no. & e mail address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRACKNELL FOREST U3A

Walk Leader

Phone No

eMail address

Roger Jones

01344 451541, mob 07717 261630

rogerjones@northlake.wanadoo.co.uk

 

Date of Walk

Monday 15 August 11

Start Time

10am

Distance

5 miles

Approx. finish time

12 noon

 

Short description of walk inc. details of any stiles/inclines etc.

Monday 15 August 2011

A five mile circular walk along the River Thames between Maidenhead and Bray.

A pleasant riverside walk including Brunel's GWR bridge, Bray Lock and the village of Bray.

 

 

Any place(s) of local interest –description inc. times of opening and cost of entry

 

Please arrange for a photo at the beginning of the walk and photos of anything interesting along the way and send them to me for probable display in September 2011.

Meeting Point/Parking Details/Any Public Transport

Starting time 10 a.m. from Bray Wick Park car park, entrance from Hibbert Road. Map Ref. SU895795 (LR175, Exp160/172)

Please ensure you enter the car park in Hibbert Road and not the one from Braywick Road. If approaching from the south there is no right turn into Hibbert Road from the A308, Braywick Road. Go past on dual carriage way and do a U-turn. If using public transport it is about 1 mile from Maidenhead railway station.

 

 

 

Members of U3a’s attending inc. your own

Name

U3A

Pub Lunch Y/N

Phone no. & e mail address