Ding Dong Bell, there's an Elephant on the Well! (4103)

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    Start date16th October 2023
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    Time09:45 am
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    LocationRG9 5EJ
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    PriceAdults/Seniors £16

In days gone by the rural communities in the Chilterns often suffered from severe water shortages.  The dry valleys of the Chilterns (known as bottoms) did not provide water and piped water did not reach many communities until the mid-1900s.  So how did these communities survive?
This 10.5 mile circular walk explores the historical importance of water to the hill communities and villages of the Chilterns.

Along our way we visit a number of small villages and hamlets, each with their covered wells and including the magnificent Maharajah’s Well complete with golden elephant! We will take a break for refreshment in Stoke Row (pub/cafe available).

Additional information

Please dress appropriately for a walk in the countryside, and having regard to the British weather! Paths may be rough and muddy in part. A small rucksack is useful for personal items such as water, snacks, spare clothing etc. We advise walkers to carry personal first aid.
Please bring food and drink for personal consumption during the walk. We will take a break for refreshment in Stoke Row (pub/cafe available).

Paths and track variable and can be muddy in places at times, particularly after rain.
Some short sections on quiet lanes. Undulating route (total ascent/descent approx 730 ft). No stiles.

Philippa Sanders, Pipsticks Walks. Philippa shares her passion for the Chilterns to give you a unique and rewarding walk experience. Pipsticks Walks offers inspiring special interest guided walks, Nordic walks, team walks and navigation training. Programmed activities and bespoke services available. Find us at www.pipstickswalks.co.uk
Car park opposite Peppard Stores, Stoke Row Rd, Peppard Common
10.5 miles
Long walks (7 or more miles)
6 hours 45 minutes
Strenuous (long / challenging walk for fit / experienced walkers
Yes (Reading Bus - Pink 25 )