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January 2005
Walking tips and safety
Duck with ducklings on river
Walking allows you to enjoy the countryside at a leisurely pace
If you're new to walking, check out our tips to ensure you get the most out of the Berkshire Way...

Berkshire Way Index

PART ONE: Lambourn to Hungerford

PART TWO: Hungerford to Combe Gibbet

PART THREE: Combe Gibbet to Hamstead Marshall

PART FOUR: Hamstead Marshall to Newbury

PART FIVE: Newbury to Chievely

PART SIX: Chievely to Bury Down

PART SEVEN: Bury Down to Lardon Chase

PART EIGHT: Lardon Chase to Pangbourne

PART NINE: Pangbourne to Reading Bridge

PART TEN: Reading Bridge to Ashenbury Park

PART ELEVEN: Ashenbury Park to Wokingham

PART TWELVE: Wokingham to The Look Out

PART THIRTEEN: The Look Out to Ascot

PART FOURTEEN: Ascot to Windsor


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Walking can help you lose weight.

It helps flexibility and coordination.

It enhances mental well-being.

In the interests of safety and conservation, before you choose to explore the countryside, you are advised to assess the suitability of the route. The map information on this website is based on the Ordnance Survey maps from their website

The BBC cannot be held responsible for any mapping inaccuracies or any accidental injury/damage that may occur in your choice to take up the challenge of any one of the published walks.

None of the walks should pose any onerous challenge as long as...

You know your capabilities and don't overstretch yourself.

You are familiar with the walk before you go.

You know what you are liable to expect on the walk.

You can find your way using the information supplied.

You are properly equipped for the walk.

You take a sensible approach to the weather.

You are aware of any natural hazards.

You have informed family/friends of your plans (and estimated time of return).

You need to be reasonably fit, so consult with a doctor first if you have any doubts.

Be prepared - take detailed instructions, a map and a mobile phone. A GPS (Global Positioning System) is very useful to. You just tap the coordinates of your walk into it, and if you stray off course it tells you. Very clever.

Wear long trousers, even if it's hot, to protect yourself from stinging nettles.

Proper walking boots are a brilliant investment. They'll make walking on uneven ground much easier. Don't be tempted to wear trainers without socks - you'll regret it!

Wear thick socks, you'll find special walker's socks at outdoor shops.

Invest in a waterproof map cover, to protect your map.

Take plenty of water, a hat, sunglasses, and mini bottle of sun cream. Throw a few chocolate bars in your bag too.

Also take a waterproof jacket - this should all fit into a small rucksack.





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