Orienteering gives you the opportunity the enjoy the fresh air, get outside, learn new skills, and discover new areas! I had never thought about doing an orienteering course until a couple of weeks ago. I was looking to do some preparation for my speed navigation test for the International Mountain Leader course, and it was …

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Standford Dingley Walk

Stanford Dingley Walk

County: Berkshire Area: Stanford Dingley, between Newbury and Theale Distance: 5.1km / 3.2miles Time: 1hr 15mins Refreshments: Two Pubs in Stanford Dingley Stanford Dingley This is a lovely short circular walk from Stanford Dingley. The village gets its name from Stanford meaning ‘Stoney-Ford’ in Old English, and Dingley being the name of the lords of …

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King Alfreds Cakes

What are King Alfred’s cakes, cramp balls & coal fungus?

King Alfred’s cakes (Daldinia concentrica), also known as cramp balls and coal fungus, are a type of inedible fungus. They are most commonly found in broadleaf woodlands. You will see them growing in groups, on dead or dying trees, most often, but not confined to, fallen Ash and Beech branches. King Alfred’s cakes are quite …

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