Penny Post Guide to Local Walks and Walking Groups

We are so lucky to live in the wonderful walking territory of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with many bucolic routes to chose from, many with a nice pub at the end.

Here is important advice for walkers in the country:

Here are the Lockdown regulations that apply to walking: 

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:

  • the people you live with
  • your support bubble
  • or, when on your own, one person from another household. (Children under five, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside.)

Outdoor public places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

Local Walks

Local Walking Books

Walking in the North Wessex Downs Steve Davison £12.95

Pub Walks near Hungerford Alex Milne-White £7.99

Shorter Walks near Hungerford  Alex Milne-White £9.99

Savernake Forest Maps available from The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough (also follow Ride Forest Ride facebook page)

Local Walking Groups

Local walking groups to join:

West Berks Dining-Walking-Plus Meetup Group

The Ramblers

Wellbeing Walks in West Berkshire (formally Walking for Health)

U3A Amblers (contact your local U3A group for details)

How to Get Kids to Go For a Walk


It’s not always easy to get kids outside especially when it’s wet and cold. But as they say there’s no such thing as bad weather if you are dressed appropriately. You can also have a few tricks up your sleeve to tempt them out:

1.set a treasure hunt – challenge them to find a list of unusual things eg a stone with a hole in it, a piece of string, hearing a bird sing, an empty nutshell that has been gnawed by a squirrel, animal tracks in mud

2. bake potatos, wrap them in foil and put one in each coat pocket to keep hands warm – with the bonus that they can be eaten at the end of the walk!

3. puddle jumping – over or in the puddles! If you’re wearing wellies and perhaps waterproof trousers, you can splash as much as you like…

4. dog or farm animal bingo, where you have to spot different breeds and species

5. think about going out after dark: nature spotting with a torch, hot water bottles in the garden for star gazing, toast marshmallows on the barbecue.


If you have any more suggestions please comment below!


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  1. Thanks you Penny post. We always enjoy reading your weekly posting. We never contribute but so enjoy receiving all the local news. We always glean

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