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Our outdoor meetings programme for 2023-2024 is under development
Programme 2023-2024

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Copies of previous years programmes are available as pdf documents using the links below.
Programme 2022-2023
Programme 2021-2022
Programme 2020-2021
Programme 2019-2020
Programme 2018-2019
Programme 2017-2018
Programme 2016-2017
Programme 2015-2016
Programme 2014-2015
Programme 2013-2014
Programme 2012-2013
Programme 2011-2012

Around the 3 Valleys  

This book contains more of our geological walks.

Our publications page contains links to all our various publications including leaflets detailing some of our walks.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 13 January 2024

10:30am   Building Stones of Reading

Meeting point - Queen Victoria Statue in Town Hall square. OS: SU 7164 7356; Lat,Long: 51.4565595, -0.9701736;

Ross Garden will lead a walk circling Reading town centre examining the building stones.

Saturday 10 February 2024

10:30am   Walk around East Ilsley

Meeting point - By the pond in East Ilsley village GR: SU 4937 8109; Lat Long: 51.5266001, -1.2896821. There is ample parking around the central triangle in Easy Ilsley bordered by Church Hill, Broad Street and High Street.

Lesley Dunlop will lead this walk of just over 3 miles which will take in the church at East Ilsley. We will walk up onto the Downs, giving a good view over the surrounding countryside. We will return into the village looking at some of the buildings on the way. The footpaths are good, although may be muddy at this time of year.
Geologically we are on Chalk all of the way but will see many features including dry valleys etc. East Ilsley itself had a whiting works which we will go past on our return to the village.
On the way we will we look at St Mary’s Church which has it’s origins in the 13th Century with 19th Century additions. The churchyard is also very interesting. The village itself has hosted sheep and cattle fairs historically and we will see the ancient racetrack on the hillside.

An old rhyme about the village goes as follows:

"Ilsley remote amid the Berkshire Downs,
Claims three distinctions o'er her sister towns,
Far famed for sheep and wool, tho' not for spinners,
For sportsmen, doctors, publicans and sinners."

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