Dadima's walks 2023 Family walk programme

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    Start dateVarious dates January 2023 - January 2024
    End dateJanuary 2024
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    Start TimeVarious morning start times
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    LocationVarious locations
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    PriceFree

Welcome to Dadima’s CIC’s 2023 walking programme!

Dadima’s is a friendly, intergenerational walking community, organising monthly walks in the Chilterns, often with inspiring guest speakers. The group aims to encourage people of all cultural  backgrounds and all ages to feel welcome in the countryside. Dadima is the Hindu noun for paternal grandmother, and we want all generations to be able to join in. To read more about us, visit our FAQs page. Coming soon: our 2022 highlights page, full of stories from last year’s walks.

Our 2023 overarching educational theme is Biodiversity Loss.

All of our monthly walking dates for 2023 follow below.

You can just turn up to a walk unless the walk states that booking is essential, or you can email or DM Geeta on social media:

  • Instagram: @dadimaschilternswalks (Linked to @_dadimas main page)
  • Twitter:@educatinggeeta
  • Facebook: @_dadimas (I am not very active on facebook atm, and will try and share more in this space).
  • Email: gludhra@gmail.com 

When getting in touch, please bear in mind that Dadima’s is a non-profit social enterprise – I’ll do my best to reply ASAP within the challenges of work and family life.

Additional information

Dadima's CiC
Dr Geeta Ludhra
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2023 Walk Programme Information

This will be a storytelling walk, with environmental scientists from the Open University sharing a variety of stories about the creative and destructive power of rivers in our lives and landscapes.

Date & Time: Sunday, 29th January 29, 10am start

Starting point/parking: From the (pay) public car park at Skirmett Rd, Mill End, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6TL. See also this Parking map link

Distance and route: This is a 10 km (6 mile) walk along and around the Thames from Hambleden Mill to Henley-on-Thames and back.  The walk is mainly on flat paths but with some slopes and stiles to cross. There is one main road to cross (twice). After heavy rain, the paths may become muddy and slippery, so be mindful of footwear to avoid slippages. The walk starts near the site of a Roman villa, crosses the Thames at a weir, walks past the Henley rowing regatta venue, then up the low hill behind Remenham to talk in the views across the valley.
Facilities: There are toilet and food facilities in two pubs along the route: the Little Angel in Remenham Lane, Henley, and the Flower Pot Hotel at Aston. Do bring some light snacks with you to save time.
Please get in touch if you’re interested to attend the January Walk. You can find all of our contact details at the bottom of this page, and more information on what to wear and bring on our Dadima’s FAQs page.

This walk commences at 10am sharp from the usual Lewknor meeting point, just off the M40 (see FAQs for parking/bus-stop points). I will be in the parking lay-by area to greet you ahead of 10am.

This is not a powerwalk or distance race, but rather a slowish, mindful walk that encourages us to connect with nature through all our senses, at an individual and community level. I will start the walk with a short mindfulness activity for grounding and calm, to release some of the stresses that we may carry. I will then set a simple photography activity on ‘noticing the small things’, which will lead towards creating a storyboard of 3 pictures by the end of the walk (5 max if you struggle with 3).

We will then walk along the famous Ridgeway trail towards Watlington, pausing at ‘notable’ points along the path. We will stop-off at the Spire and Spoke for a coffee/drink/toilet break and discuss some of our ‘noticing’. We will repeat this on the walk back and observe what we may ‘notice’ differently. I would love to share your story images on my social media with your permission (and full credit to you), to encourage others to explore nature and ‘notice the small things’.

Starting point and times: 10am start from Lewknor (see FAQs), End around 1-1.30pm depending on discussions and pace.
Intensity, distance & pace: Slowish, flattish walk at a pace to take pics, observe and notice in different directions. Approx 7km total.
What do you need: Suitable clothing for the weather, to include comfortable walking shoes or trainer. Phone camera or other camera of your choice. If you do not have a phone or camera, no problem at all – a good old-fashioned notebook and pencil will do (you can note your observations and I will adapt the activity).
Booking: Please email or message Geeta via social media to book.

Watch this space for more information.

Watch this space for more information.

Butterflies, badgers and bees, led by Dr Elaine King

Date & Time: Sunday, 21st May, 10am start

More details to follow soon.

 

 

Led by expert Dadima’s Ambassador, Jon Mason @theearlybirder who led an amazing walk in 2022. Place: Tring Reservoirs. Pre booking will be required. More information coming soon.

This event will building on the success of 2022’s South Asian Heritage Month event. We welcome stories, poems, songs etc on the topic above. Pre-booking required. Details to follow.

Watch this space for more information.

Watch this space for more information.

Watch this space for more information

Watch this space for more information.

Watch this space for more information.

Watch this space for more information.

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