Walking Groups



Walking Group 1


U3A Walking Group

Walking Group 2



 Long Distance Walking (or sitting!) Group



Grand Union Canal walkers reach Birmingham Jan 2017


There are three Walking Groups - two of which focus on circular walks of 4-5 miles, and a third for long distance walkers.

Group 1 meets on the third Tuesday of each month, and Group 2 meets on the third Friday of the month. In both cases the walks start around 10am (although the timing may vary with the location).

The routes are usually circular and about 4 to 6 miles in length. Group members take it in turns to plan the route and lead the walk. We usually end at a suitable pub or restaurant for lunch. The starting point is announced in advance to group members. Members should share the travel arrangements where convenient.

 Walkers are welcome to join either or both the groups.

The Long Distance Group are committed walkers who prefer a longer walk and embark on a more challenging course in monthly stages. So far they have undertaken the Chiltern Way, the Thames Path, the Grand Union Canal and the Oxford Canal. The current project is to follow the Chiltern Way.

Most years, there is also a walking holiday arranged during the summer months. See the Holidays page for further details.




Walkers pay for their own lunch at the pub.


Next Events 

Group 2 - circular walk from Pishill 16 Mar 2018 09.45 for 10.00 hrs start Meet at The Crown at Pishill, RG9 6HH
Group 1 - circular walk from Quainton 20 Mar 2018  10.00 for 10.15 hrs start Meet at the Green, Quainton 
Long Distance Group - The Chiltern Way seventh leg (Berkshire Loop) 29 Mar 2018 tbc Winter Lodge to nr Remenham Hill
Long Distance Group - The Chiltern Way eighth leg (Southern Ext) 26 Apr 2018 tbc Nr Remenham Hill to Chazey Heath
Long Distance Group - The Chiltern Way nineth leg (Southern Ext.)  31 May 2018 tbc Chazey Heath to Battle House


Group Notice 

Group 2 - In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards.

Thanks to our dear friends in the EU, we have new Data Protection legislation. This goes further than the previous (1998) legislation, particularly in terms of individuals giving consent regarding who may hold their personal data. It is actually quite sensible. I, and Haddenham U3A,  currently hold ICE details that you have provided. That has to change. In future, you should carry with you, on our walks, an ICE card containing the necessary information so that someone can be contacted on your behalf if it becomes necessary. U3A will provide the ICE cards and it may well be that some of you already have them. However, if you do not have a card, please let me know (not Paul), and I will get enough cards so that I can give them to you at the start of the walk on the 16th.

Andrew Wild  on 01296 748679 or wilddinton@waitrose.com

Group 2 - 16 March - Circular walk from Pishill

As discussed, Libby and I are planning to lead the walk on Friday 16 March, using the one we had planned for last September when most people were away.
The starting point is the Crown at Pishill, RG9 6HH and I have already made a provisional booking. Once we know definite numbers I can confirm that and shall also need participants' lunch choices, so please have a look at the website menu (www.thecrowninnpishill.co.uk). Plenty of space in the pub car park.
Incidentally, the name Pishill is apparently derived from the fact that there was a lot of pea-growing there - probably where the vineyards are now - the latin word for pea being pisum. The recommended pronunciation is something like 'pishle' - a sh as in dish, fish, and then an unstressed 'i'. Important to differentiate pees and peas.
The walk will take us south to the edge of Maidensgrove and then along through Stonor park to South End, the edge of Turville Heath and back to Pishill. Just under 6 miles, quite hilly (though nothing extreme), one stile (but room for dogs to get under), lovely scenery....... Dogs do need to be on leads in the deer park, but that's a relatively small part of the total walk.
We would need to make a prompt start at 10.00. Could you please let me know as early as is convenient whether they intend to come - and, if so, their lunch choices.
Incidentally, the name Pishill is apparently derived from the fact that there was a lot of pea-growing there - probably where the vineyards are now - the latin word for pea being pisum. The recommended pronunciation is something like 'pishle' - a sh as in dish, fish, and then an unstressed 'i'. Important to differentiate pees and peas.
Best wishes,
Paul  01844 215140 or paul.dickinson2007@btinternet.com  My phone number on the day is 07709 116547


Group 1 - Tuesday 20th March 2018 - Circular walk from Quainton

Joy Dyson will lead the walk, probably starting from Quainton. 

I have arranged with the George and Dragon, Quainton (HP22 4AR) for us to have lunch there on 20th March.  The walk therefore will begin  and end at the pub.  As there is also a cafe on the pub site there will be access to toilets when members arrive, the pub owners will have a menu board available and we can order our meals before we walk.  Parking will need to be in and around the Green and because Station Road is currently closed there seems to be more cars around the Green at the moment so please leave an extra 5 minutes for parking in case you have to walk a little way.
The walk itself will start by going over Quainton Hill which is not too steep. I am not aware of any difficult stiles on the route planned as some stiles around Quainton have recently been upgraded with kissing gates.  The route planned is between 4.5 and 5 miles long.    I would suggest that we meet at 10am for a 10.15 start and I have booked lunch for 12.30.I think that unless we have brilliant blue skies from now on some of the paths will be muddy as we will go over farmland.  However I can guarantee some beautiful and interesting views.
the pub would like to have a rough idea of numbers up front, so please will you tell me if you are planning to come.  I have ordered sunshine for the day! 
Leader: Joy Dyson  01296 708951  joydyson@btinternet.com

Long Distance Walkers - Thursday 29 March 2018

We are able to keep with the original plan for dates, walks and leaders/organisers by pushing back our programme by a month,
so the walk we had to put off due to winter weather is to be on Maundy Thursday, 29 March.
Let us hope for great weather for this attractive walk from Cookham Dean towards Aston near Henley.
Please can you confirm your wish to do this walk.
I have early sign-ups from Angela, the Annes and the Wheeler-Cherries so I am already a little anxious about numbers v bus size!
- Please get your names me soonest!
I will recirculate menu for meal choices closer to the time of the walk as there will be some menu changes by then.
Best wishes

Longer Distance Walkers - Chiltern Way 

Planned walks will now be moved back by one month following “Beast from the East” cancellation on 1 March
The leaders of each stage will be
  • 7th stage - Neil & Anne
  • 8th stage - Hilary & Edgar
  • 9th stage - Anne Gatward & Rosanne
  • 10th stage - Brian Bowman
Neil Dury (07940 576088; neil.dury@btinternet.com)

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Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Group 1:     Malcolm White on 01844 291677 or mwhiterudds@gmail.com 

Group 2:     Andrew and Helen Wild on 01296 748679 or wilddinton@waitrose.com 

Long Distance:        Neil Dury on 01844 291809 or neil.dury@btinternet.com