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Reading Town River and Canal Circular Walk

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Reading Town River and Canal Circular Walk is a 2.7 mile 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.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 203 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking River City walk Historic site
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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.

The walk starts outside of Reading Town Hall which now houses the Museum of Reading and is situated on Blagrave Street. There are several car parks near by including the Forbury Retail Park situated on Kenavon Drive, which is free and a short walk away. The postcode of the Town Hall is RG1 1QH

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Irtaza Chohan
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Hiking

Nice trail takes takes on areas that I never knew existed - after even living here for over 13 years. Some parts seem a bit dodgy - like the crossover the bridge but all in all its a good walk.

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Amy Ainslie
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Hiking

Not the most stunning walk but maybe it would be nicer in the summer. Great for getting some exercise though! And some lovely pubs on the way.

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Katherine Langdale
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Walking

My hubby and I live locally (under a mile from the starting point) We planned lunch at the Fisherman's cottage PH. We deviated from the route a couple of times as we know the area there were things we wanted to do on the way. Whilst most of the route is pathed and fairly flat there are areas which wouldn't be suitable for wheelchair access (however, with planning, I'm sure this can be overcome) Please enjoy this part of the River Kennet.

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Mike Coker
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Hiking

Nice way to use a couple of hours while car being serviced and to learn a bit of Reading history.

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Joe Doak
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Surprisingly tranquil walk around and through central Reading....and one which oozes history!

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Andrew Baillie
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Tony Wiseman
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Pam B
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Neil Ferguson
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