Thames Valley LDWA: Home Page


Welcome to the web site of the Thames Valley LDWA. Our Group was founded in 1976 and is a friendly, active local walking group covering a large area west of London; you can download a map of the area here. New members are most welcome - please see the membership information on the Admin page.

Although we have no programme of social walks at present
we are arranging walks for primary members conforming to the advice (3rd Aug) you can download here.

If you wish to lead a walk or join one please also read our own advice here.

We have a fine selection of social walks throughout the year. Most are in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, or Berkshire, though we occasionally stray further afield. Naturally, the River Thames and the Chiltern Hills feature in many of our walks, which we aim to make friendly and enjoyable outings with a leader to guide us through the day. On most of our walks, unless it says otherwise in the programme, you should bring food and drink for lunch and snacks. If the leader has planned for the group to eat lunch in a pub this will be clearly stated in the programme.

The weather.

The LDWA's NEC agreed in April 2020 that any red weather warning from the Met Office should automatically see an event or social walk cancelled. There might be a degree of flexibility with amber warnings, although this will be up to the leader: for example, if the warning is for floods and the route does not go near water it may be appropriate to walk as there will be no danger based on the route chosen. Walk Leaders! Please notify any changes to the Walks Co-ordinator or Webmaster.

You will find our walks programme on this website, and it's also published in the LDWA national magazine, "Strider".

The Journal

The Journal is our rolling Newsletter where you will find articles and photos by Group members. If you're not (yet) a member it will give you some idea of what we do.

Challenge Event - Oxon 40/20

Our regular annual challenge event is the Oxon 40/20. Both walkers and runners are welcome. It offers a choice of distances - 40 miles or 20 miles - and follows a different route each year. The 40-mile route is good preparation for the annual LDWA 100-mile event and the 20-mile is an ideal introduction to any of the Marathon challenge events in the LDWA calendar.

The 2021 Oxon 40/20 will be held on Saturday 1st May at Stokenchurch. See the About the Oxon 40/20 page for more details.

40th Anniversary, 2016

Thames Valley celebrated 40 years of walking in 2016; you can read more here.