Reading Town River and Canal Circular Walk

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Reading Town River and Canal Circular Walk is a 4.3 kilometer loop trail located near Reading, Berkshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
4.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
62 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

river

city walk

historic site

A loop around Reading and its two rivers the Thames and Kennet. The walk takes in the Thames Path, former industrial areas and the historic grounds and ruins of Reading Abbey. Reading is a large town built on the confluence of the River Thames and the River Kennet. It is also served by the Great Western Railway and the M4 Motorway. First evidence of settlement dates from the 8th Century although it became important in medieval times with the founding of Reading Abbey. The walk follows a mixture of tarmac paths, grass tracks and towpaths. The walk is flat other than steps leading to and from the rivers, a long bridge over the Kennet Canal (suitable for people and horses!), and a small set of steps leading into Forbury Gardens at the end of the walk. Dogs should be kept under control along the route looking out for fishermen, cyclists, joggers and heavy road traffic in places. However, there is also the opportunity to visit two museums along the way that are not accessible for dogs. Approximate time 2 hours.

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