Well, Well, Well! Charity Nordic Walk

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Peppard Common

The Red Lion

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Dipping into the Wells

Pipsticks Walks is delighted to partner with Thames Valley Nordic Walking to offer one of our special ‘Well Walks’ to help raise funds for community projects in The Gambia.

A Nordic walking friend of ours, Rob Leder, is involved with various organisations in The Gambia that help families and communities through education and clean water supply projects.

Our special Well Walks seemed to be a perfect match for a fundraising opportunity to help ensure that a whole community can benefit from clean running water, something which we all take for granted. Rob will be joining us on this walk and will be happy to talk about his volunteer work and the projects which will benefit from your donations.

Walk Description:

This 10 mile circular walk explores the importance of wells to the villages of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In days gone by the communities here relied on local ponds and wells for their water. Piped water did not reach many communities until the mid-1900s. Our route takes us through the villages of Peppard, Gallowstree Common and Highmoor Cross with their covered wells and Stoke Row with the magnificent Maharajah's Well, complete with golden elephant!

All this walking is thirsty work and there is the opportunity to enjoy post walk refreshment in the red Lion at Peppard Common.

Walk Fee:

This walk is raising funds for community projects in The Gambia. We recommend a minimum donation of £12, but the choice of how much to give is yours.

Where to Meet:

Meet at Rotherfield Peppard by the Red Lion PH, RG9 5LB

OS Map Exp 171 GR: SU 709819

Please note that participants are responsible for their own travel to/from the agreed meet point for this walk. Cars are left at owners own risk.

Bus & Train: Reading Bus: 25 Reading to Peppard Common (15 min walk)

Need to Know:

Who is it for?

This walk is ideal for Nordic walkers with a reasonable level of walking experience and fitness. Non Nordic walkers are also welcome.

On this walk we operate a minimum age of 18 years.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, dogs are not permitted on this walk.

What will it be like?

  • 10 miles (16.5 km)
  • 5 hrs (moderate pace)
  • Fairly Strenuous
  • Good paths and tracks over grass/dirt/gravel through woods, open fields and common.
  • Some paths stony in parts or may be muddy at times.
  • Some short sections of quiet rural road.
  • Undulating route, steep in part – 750 ft (225m) total ascent/descent.

What do I need?

  • A good, comfortable pair of walking shoes or boots
  • Comfortable outdoor clothing, including waterproofs in case of rain
  • A small rucksack for personal provisions, including snacks and water
  • Drink and food for personal consumption during the walk.
  • Nordic walking poles! Let us know if you would like to borrow some for this walk.

We will pause for a lunch break at Stoke Row (Stoke Row Stores Cafe or the Cherry Tree PH or picnic by the Maharaja's Well). Post walk refreshment available in the Red Lion at Peppard Common. (Pay locally).

The weather

The weather in the south of England is relatively mild but can be changeable. We walk in all weathers unless we consider it is unsafe to do so. If we need to change our itinerary or walking routes due to weather conditions we will let you know. Please check the Met Office forecast before your walk, ensure that you wear suitable outdoor footwear and clothing and come prepared for whatever the weather! If you need advice, please get in touch.


We encourage you to take photos during your walk but ask you to be sensitive to other members.

We also like to take photos on our walks and may use them for promoting Pipsticks Walks and Thames Valley Nordic Walking activities, including on our website & social media. These photos may feature participants, although when we publish images we never include identifying information (unless you want us to). By signing up to this activity you agree to us taking and using such photos. If you do not wish to feature in our photos please inform us at the start of the activity.

For your enjoyment and safety

We endeavour to promote safe practice on our walks and activities, having regard to the conditions prevailing at any particular time. All participants also have an individual and collective responsibility to ensure this happens and you will be expected to abide by any safety instructions and decisions made by us. If you choose to ignore safety instructions we cannot be held responsible for the consequences. We reserve the right to refuse to take a client whom we consider will be unable to complete the planned activity, is wearing unsuitable clothing, ignores direct safety instructions or whose behaviour falls below an acceptable standard that puts others within the group at risk.

Participation Statement:

At Pipsticks Walks we recognise that walking, like all outdoor activity, has a danger of personal injury. There are many variables including, but not limited to, weather, personal fitness level, terrain features and outdoor experience that must be considered prior to walking. All participants voluntarily choose to take part and should be aware of and accept these risks and are responsible for their own actions and involvement. ​

Please read the walk description carefully. You should be satisfied that you are sufficiently fit to participate in this walk. Bookings are accepted on the understanding that you, and those you are booking on behalf of, are medically and physically fit to take part in this walk.

If you would like any further information before booking, please get in touch (


This event is helping to raise funds for community water projects in The Gambia. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds for this event. In the unlikely circumstances that we need to postpone the event (such as extreme weather or illness), we will notify by phone or e-mail and give a rescheduled date for this event.

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