Talk and Walk listen to experts on a subject
A whole day experience.
The morning will be a stroll 2-3 hours long, covering 1.5 – 3 miles with an expert talking on a chosen subject. See Talking Tours for more details
This will be followed by a provided lunch and hot and cold drinks at a selection of locations, e.g. barn, village hall, marquee, scout hut, clubhouse or public house.
In the afternoon a longer walk of between 4 – 8 miles over 3 – 4 hours covering a range of countryside. There will sometimes be the option of afternoon tea or an option for an evening meal or drinks (not included) before departure.
The exact details of what is included are specified for each individual event, so check out the Events and tickets page for details of upcoming and previous Talking Walking Tours.
Morning expert subjects include:
Ecology and conservation – The living environment, the wildlife, ecosystem preservation and enhancement.
Botany – The plants observed on the walk, their uses historical and present, folk law and other interesting facts.
History, archaeology and pre-history – Delve into the past of the area, from Neolithic times that shaped the ancient landscape to the present day.
A light lunch will be a choice of sandwiches, rolls, soup, one-dish hot food (soup, chilli, jacket potato etc) plus tea, coffee and cold drinks. The type of lunch specified in the event details (i.e. is it a hot or cold lunch). Most dietary requirements are catered for.
Time to get out and really explore the countryside, get some fresh air, and enjoy the knowledge gained in the mornings expert talk.
Walks vary in length and ability, from 4 to 8 miles long, and from relatively flat terrain to some more challenging ascents and descents.
Some of the walks will include “Meet the Farmer” or someone who works in the countryside. They will talk about what is around, and what is happening at that time of year. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
The length of the walk and the terrain covered will be specified for each individual event. We aim to make you confident in your level of enjoyment.
Afternoon Tea, Evening meal or Drinks
All walks will aim to conclude at a place of refreshment of some description.
Evening meals and alcoholic drinks will tend not to be included, although tea, coffee and cold drinks will be provided. You may choose to purchase an evening meal at the location or sample the local drinks on offer.
The type of venue, what is available at the venue, and an estimate of how long will be available at this final destination will be specified for each individual event.
Start, Finish and Transfers
Nearly all events will start and finish at Pewsey Railway Station.
Transport to and from the station will be included where required. Timing of the start and finish of events will be matched to appropriate train times to and from Reading and London for convenience.