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.

There is a Risk Assessment Checklist for use by walk leaders as they plan their walks. Click here to read or download the checklist 



Walkers pay for their own lunch at the pub.


Next Events 

Group 1 - Circular walk from Skirmett 15 May 2018 10.00 for 10.15 hrs start Meet at The Frog, Skirmett  RG9 6TG
 Group 2 - Circular Walk from Chesham Vale 18 May 2018 10.00 for 10.15 hrs start Meet at the Black Horse, The Vale, 
Chesham, HP5 3NS
Long Distance Group - The Chiltern Way nineth leg (Southern Ext.) 

7 Jun 2018

Please note change of date

tbc Chazey Heath to Battle House


Group Notice 

Group 1 - Tuesday 15 May 2018 - circular walk from Skirmett

Ingrid has kindly agreed to guide the next walk  starting at 10.15 am from The Frog at Skirmett . Grid Ref.SU 775902. Post Code RG9 6TG. 
About 4 miles hilly,(well it is the Chilterns) with 1 fairly steep hill up from Fingest nd 4 stiles.
Pub will not be open for loos. We can pre order lunch at the Frog on Tues. before the walk.  I will have menus but if you want to think about it for longer their website is
thefrogatskirmett.co.uk.   The landlord says they will also have fish and chips
Please let Ingrid know by Sunday 13th if you are coming so that she can let him know numbers to expect. Car park is rather small, so share if possible.
Ingrid's e-mail    ingridholmes@icloud.com  or phone    01844 291331

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 - Friday 18 May 2018 - Circular Walk from Chesham Vale

The walk is a bit similar to the one I did last year, but  a different pub and most of the route.  The pub is the Black Horse at Chesham Vale, the walk is about 5.8 miles, fairly gentle ups and downs and a few stiles. Lovely bluebells at the moment, and we heard a cuckoo! To get to the start you drive through Chesham, then take the A416 and then Vale Road out of Chesham.  Post Code of the Black Horse is HP5 3NS. The pub served us an excellent lunch, and there is plenty of parking.  We have reserved a table for the 18th May.
For information, the A 416 is the road north from Chesham to Berkhamsted. Vale Road branches left off the A 416 about a mile north of Chesham and the Black Horse is about a further mile or so after the junction. Vale Road goes on to Hawridge and Cholesbury, so you can approach the pub from a variety of directions.
We reckon a 10.15 start, so plan on getting to the pub by 10, which would probably mean leaving home about 9.15.
We said we would let them know how many would be on the walk, and the lunch choices beforehand.  Web address is: www.theblackhorsechesham.co.uk for menus. So if we could get the numbers and choices a few days before the 18th, that would be great.
Leaders: Anne Gatward (annegatward@waitrose.com and Vivienne Borgnis (vivienne.borgnis@live.co.uk)

Long distance - 7 June 2018 - near Caversham to near Goring

The next walk will be on June 7 from near Caversham to near Goring, led by Anne Gatward and Rosanne Ward. 
Please note that we are changing the date of our next walk from 31st May to 7 June.
This overcomes any issues associated with the closeness to the finish of the St Ives holiday, problems with the lunchtime location, and gets us out of half-term week.  I only hope it doesn't cause too many problems to those with diary events for 7 June already.
The walk on 28 June from Goring to Ewelme will be led by Neil Dury and Ed Skipsey.  
Ed has prepared the next five Chiltern Way walks of approx 10 miles and volunteer leaders will be sought shortly

Longer Distance Walkers - Chiltern Way 

The leaders of each stage will be
  • 10th stage - Brian Bowman
Neil Dury (07940 576088; neil.dury@btinternet.com)

Walking in England

A link to a website giving details of thousands of free walks for downloading has also been added to the Useful Links page


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