Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Are there any age restrictions in this group?

No, all ages are welcome so long as they are fit to undertake the walks at a reasonable pace.

Do I have to join the group to come on the walks?

Generally the walks are open to members of the Ramblers. If you are not a member you are still welcome to join us for two or three walks, but after that we would ask that you join the Ramblers (see here for further information) - don't forget to ask for the Mid Berks Ramblers as your home group!

How much does it cost to join the Ramblers?

Membership rates can be found by clicking here.

Do I need any specialised equipment or clothing to come on the walks?

The Ramblers' advice on this subject can be found by following this link. If you're just getting started, and particularly if you're trying to get more active by walking more on an everyday basis, then visit the Ramblers' Go Walking pages for a wide range of useful advice and information.

Can I get a printed copy of the walks programme?

Group members receive the programme via mail or email according to preference. If you are associated with another group and would like a copy of our walks programme, then this can be provided for a small charge - please contact our group secretary. Alternatively, if you have a printer connected to your computer you can browse to the programme page of our site and print from your browser. Our site has been designed so that unnecessary details, such as menu bars, do not print and the full width of the printed page is used.

How do I report a problem that I've found with a public footpath?

To help with reporting problems, Brian Jones, the Berkshire Area Footpath Secretary, has developed a website to simplify the process. All you have to do is click on a map to identify the location of the problem and type a few words of description. You can try the website here. It’s much easier than the reporting system on the Ramblers main website, and we’ll be able to compile an accurate view of the state of the county’s footpaths. Do give it a try. Of course, if you find a problem with a footpath, you can still always contact our footpath secretary (see contacts) or contact the relevant local authority directly.

Website FAQs

In the walks programme, what are the numbers following "GR" in each walk description, each highlighted in a different colour?

These numbers are Ordnance Survey grid references for the meeting point for the start of the walk. These numbers are highlighted in a different colour because they link to an external website (StreetMap) that provides a map showing where this start point is. Just click on the highlighted reference to open a new window (or tab) displaying the map.

I've displayed a map for the start point of a walk, but it is zoomed to such a level of detail that I can't actually see where it is.

Streetmap zoom graphic

By default the map is "zoomed" to a high level of detail. This is useful in towns, where individual streets can be seen, but less useful in countryside, where there is very little detail. Don't panic, it's possible to zoom out! Look for the zoom control illustrated here. By clicking on the horizontal bars different levels of zoom can be selected, including levels which will display OS 1:25 000 (Explorer) or OS 1:50 000 (Landranger) maps. Clicking the '+' or '-' buttons will zoom in or out by one step.

I've noticed when looking at the website that some words or phrases appear in a different colour and are underlined, why is this?

These words or phrases indicate a "link". Positioning your mouse cursor over one of these links and clicking the left button will perform some action. The action performed will depend on context. For example, if the highlighted item is an individual's name, in the context of providing contact details, then the action will typically either open your email programme, with the contact's email address already filled in, or take you to a page containing the individual's contact details. If the highlighted item were a place, then the action might be to open a separate page giving additional details on the place.

I followed a link from the website and now I don't know how to get back to what I was viewing on the Mid Berks website.

Links in the Mid Berks website operate in two different ways depending on their context. Firstly, the content from the destination may be displayed in the same window, overwriting the Mid Berks content in the process. In this case finding your way back is a matter of pressing the browser "back" button one or more times until the Mid Berks content reappears (the browser "back" button is usually a left arrow somewhere along the top edge of the browser - check your browser documentation if unsure). The second method used to display content from links is to open a new window for the new content. If your browser supports tabs (see your browser documentation) then this is a new tab display rather than a completely new window. In this case simply reselect the original window or tab to view the Mid Berks content. It's probably a good idea to remember to close the new window or tab when you've finished viewing it to prevent an excessive build up of open tabs or windows.

Some features, such as clicking a grid reference to get a map, or display of the weather in the walks programme, are not working.

Some features of the website are implemented using something known as "javascript". If you have javascript disabled in your browser then these features will not work. Information on how to enable javascript in your browser can be found here.

I viewed a page from the Mid Berks website and the formatting was a mess (for example text displaying over other text or images, or background images not in line with containing boxes).

Large commercial websites invest considerable time and effort in testing to ensure that their websites look good in most versions of most browsers. Unfortunately this kind of time and effort is not practical for a website such as this. It is therefore possible that you are using a browser or browser version that is not compatible with this website. The page content that makes up this site has been validated to be compliant with international standards (XHTML 1.0 strict and CSS 3 if you have a technical interest - though the programme page uses jquery ui, for popup dialogs, which is not CSS3 compliant). It should therefore function well with a recent version of any of the major browsers. It has been briefly tested with recent versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari. If you are not using one of these, then try it with one of them. If you are using one of these then check that you have an up to date version. If after this you are still seeing problems, then the website administrator would be interested to know the details. In addition to describing the problem, please include information about the platform being used (e.g. PC, Mac, iPad, mobile phone, ...), the browser being used (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, ...) and the version of the browser being used. The website administrator can be emailed by clicking .

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Last updated on by John Haddock.