Discovering George Orwell (1003)

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    Start dateOctober 27 2022
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    Time09:30 am
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    LocationRG9 3NY
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    Price£20 adults, £15 under 18s

Join us ‘Coming Up For Air’ in the Chilterns to discover George Orwell’s ‘golden country’. His childhood here in the South Oxfordshire countryside can be seen to have influenced passages in some of his writing, as we will discover on our walk. We start out from Shiplake station along the Thames where Orwell loved to fish, then head up the hill to Binfield Heath and Crowsley Park to discover a ‘listening station’ with echoes of Big Brother. After a short drinks break at the Bottle & Glass Inn (with Orwell’s approval!) we continue through bluebell woods where 1984 hero Winston would go to escape the Thought Police. Finally returning to Shiplake we pass the house where Orwell once lived.

Additional information

Walkers should dress appropriately for a country walk having regard to the weather on the day and bring waterproofs in case of rain.
Bring a picnic lunch. Drinks break mid-walk at the Bottle and Glass Inn, Binfield Heath – pay locally.
We advise walkers to carry water, personal first aid and medication (if required) and hand sanitiser.
Village shops in Shiplake and Binfield Heath.

Terrain info: Well defined paths and tracks, but can be uneven, rough and muddy in places. Some steps. Undulating terrain – total ascent/descent 560 ft.

Philippa Sanders. Pipsticks Walks.
Meet at Shiplake Station Station carpark or limited roadside parking in village
11 miles
Long walks (7 or more miles)
7h 30m
Strenuous (long / challenging walk for fit / experienced walkers
Yes (Young people age 14 + welcome. Must be capable of walking the distance and must be accompanied by parent/guardian who shall be responsible for them at all times.)
Yes (Train: GWR Henley via Twyford to London and Reading. Bus: Arriva 800 Reading to High Wycombe via Shiplake and Henley (alight Lower Shiplake, Station Road))