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Best trails in Reading

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Looking for a great trail near Reading, Berkshire? AllTrails has 44 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Windsor Great Park or Ashe Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 31 easy trails in Reading ranging from 0.7 to 11 miles and from 124 to 547 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Thames Path National Trail: Goring to Shillingford
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
This walk starts at a significant point in the course of the River Thames, the Goring Gap, dividing the Chilterns to the north and the Berkshire Downs to the south. As if to mark this, there's a magnificent lock at the start, which can be viewed from above using the bridge across the river. From there, the walk heads towards the town of Wallingford via a short diversion away from the river, after which you cross over the water at a weir with white water hurtling beneath your feet. The route ends at Shillingford, with its impressive bridge, at a hotel, where you can take tea to celebrate your achievement, or something stronger if required! This is a linear walk covering around ten miles, with places to park a car at either end. Allow the best part of a day to complete, especially if you are shuffling cars. Apart from the single detour, which is largely on pavement, the walk follows the course of the river and the Thames Path National Trail, and as such is easy to follow and is relatively easy. There are a couple of watering holes along the way, but a picnic or Thermos might be a good idea.Show more
#2 - Shiplake Circular Path
Reading, Berkshire, England
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
#3 - Waltham Saint Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park
Shottesbrooke Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
A circular walk from the beautiful village of Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire. The route enjoys long stretches of tree-lined bridleways, with fine views of open fields and woodland. You will pass through several small settlements, including West End, with beautiful historic properties. The return leg leads you through the parkland at Shottesbrooke Park, with its mansion, parkland trees, open pastures, lake and church. The first stretch of the route is along a village road so take care of traffic here. The majority of the route follows tree-lined bridleways which can get muddy in part, so boots are a must and you may need wellingtons in the winter or after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate one kissing gate plus a total of four stiles. The first two stiles have gaps alongside for up to medium-large dogs to squeeze through (standard poodle will just fit!) and the final two stiles are both relatively low so agile medium-large dogs should be able to climb them. However, the first stile and last stile are on the limits of average dogs squeezing through or climbing over, so you may need to be prepared to give a lift instead. You will cross one horse paddock and you will be sharing the parkland paths with sheep. You can avoid the horse paddock (and the first two stiles) by following a stretch of a B-road instead, but this can be quite busy with traffic. Allow 2 hours. Show more
#4 - Twyford and Loddon Nature Reserve
Reading, Berkshire, England
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
A circular walk starting from Twyford in East Berkshire. The walk takes in some of the residential streets of the village before following the River Loddon through a beautiful nature reserve of lakes (former gravel pits) and then returning to Twyford across fields. The route is relatively flat and the surfaces are a mixture of pavement, riverside, lakeside and field paths, many of which will be very muddy in winter and/or after wet weather so suitable footwear is advisable. There are several kissing gates and two stiles (both of which have gaps alongside or underneath suitable for most dogs). You will be sharing some of the fields with horses so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 hours.Show more
#5 - Silchester Walk
Reading, Berkshire, England
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
This is a walk round the perimeter / walls of Calleva Atrebatum a Roman town from 270AD near the village of Silchester. Like most Roman ruins the engineering is so impressive as great sections of the defensive walls still stand solid after almost 2 millennium. You can walk through the central road called The Drove but the walls are more interesting. At the North Eastern corner you can also see the clear remains of their amphitheatre. When on the wall paths take care as some of the surfaces are uneven.Show more
#6 - Black Swan and Sandford Lake Circular
Dinton Pastures County Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
A circular walk around the lakes of Dinton Pastures Country Park in Berkshire. The park covers more than 300 acres and is open daily throughout the year. It offers a variety of habitats including seven lakes, two rivers, woodland and a number of meadows. The park is a real haven for birders with a variety of wetland birds such as swans, geese, coots, moorhens plus rarer species including bitterns. The walk is flat with no stiles or gates. The paths vary from wider stone paths to wetter riverside mud paths, the latter of which are prone to flooding after very wet weather. Dogs are welcome in the park but should be kept under control. In a couple of places dogs need to be on leads to protect the birds (these areas are clearly signed). Approximate time 1.5 hours.Show more
#7 - Sulham Woods Circular
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#8 - Thames Path: Pangbourne to Goring
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#9 - Sulham Woods and Tidmarsh Circular
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
#10 - Highwood Local Nature Reserve
Highwood Local Nature Reserve
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
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