We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


Planning your visit

Address: The Oracle Riverside carpark (P&D), Reading, RG1 2AG

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: There are public toilets in the shopping centre

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.

Great for

  • Dog walking
  • Walking
  • Shopping


Shopping centre with riverside dining and a cinema

Spot a boat

You should see some narrowboats. Look out for the traffic lights for boats near Country Lock


Picnic spot

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:

  • Swans
  • Ducks

The city benefits from having the canal run through it bringing lots of wildlife, particularly water birds


There is parking in the city centre and a pay & display at the Horse and Barge for patrons

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