Reading town, river and canal walk

A three mile 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.

A walk around Reading, courtesy of iFootpath A walk around Reading, courtesy of iFootpath

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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 & Avon Canal 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 anglers, 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

Start point: Queen Victoria statue in Blagrave Street

End point: Queen Victoria statue in Blagrave Street

Distance: three miles

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