The Chairman's Walk describes a 'beating the bounds' walk of nearly 100 miles closely following the perimeter of West Berkshire on public rights of way (and roads where necessary). It was designed in 2000 for the Council Chairman of the time, Phil Barnett, and published as a book (A5 spiral bound format on waterproof paper) in 2003. We have covered our costs and are now offering the remaining copies for a nominal sum that covers postage, packing etc. To order see the main Information -> Books page on this website.
The route is described clockwise starting from Pangbourne and is split into 10 sections of 9 to 12 miles with many of the start and finish points accessible by public transport (though some of the information on this in the book, particularly that relating to buses, is now out of date). Each section is subdivided into 2 or 3 stages of 3 to 4 miles.
Amendments as at November 2018 (this list may not be complete - please let our Secretary know if you become aware of any others that ought to be recorded):
- Page 5: Please refer to the About Us -> Contacts page on this website for up-to-date contact information for West Berks Ramblers.
- Page 6: Please use the website www.ramblers.org.uk/berkshire as the starting point for contacting other groups in Berkshire. Increased postal costs mean that the charge for being sent another group's programme is now £3 per annum.
- Page 7: 'Roads Used as Public Paths' have now been superceded by 'Restricted Byways' with purple waymarks. These may not be used by the public with mechanically propelled vehicles (except for invalid carriages &c.)
- Page 8 - Trains: These operate as described but now under the Great Western Railway franchise. Services between Reading and Bedwyn are subject to significant disruption while the line is being electrified (the work is due to be completed in early 2019).
- Pages 8 & 9 - Buses: Local buses have been subject to major changes and cutbacks in recent years and it isn't practical to detail them here, especially when further changes are liable to occur at short notice. Please use online (click here) or telephone enquiry services to check on the routes now operating in the area you are interested in.
- Inside back cover: Unfortunately 21 Walks for the 21st Century is no longer available.
- Route information - stiles and gates: We are cooperating with West Berkshire Council in a programme to replace stiles by gates and you may find that where a route description refers to a stile there is now a gate. We are not attempting to record individual changes of this nature here - if you wish, for example, to establish whether a section of route you would like to follow now has no stiles, West Berkshire Council has online mapping available (click here and zoom in to the area of interest) which indicates the locations of gates (orange triangles), stiles (blue triangles) and steps (red triangles) and is kept reasonably up to date, though there are stiles that can in practice be bypassed which are still shown