The Kennet & Avon Canal is famed for its scenic beauty and magnificent examples of canal engineering. County Lock is a haven in the heart of Reading's busy shopping district.
Address: The Oracle Riverside carpark (P&D), Reading, RG1 2AG
Visit time: 3hr - 4hrs
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Parking: There is parking in the city centre and a pay & display at the Horse and Barge for patrons
Toilets: There are public toilets in the shopping centre
Shopping centre with riverside dining and a cinema
You should see some narrowboats. Look out for the traffic lights for boats near Country Lock
Pub specialising in ciders
Restaurant and bar in old biscuit factory
There are plenty of grassy areas to have a picnic beside Country Lock
From The Oracle, follow the Heritage Walk along Chestnut Walk, taking in Chocolate Island, where Huntley & Palmer's biscuit factory once stood, Reading Gaol, where Oscar Wilde was imprisoned, and the Abbey ruins.
You may see:
The city benefits from having the canal run through it bringing lots of wildlife, particularly water birds