Walking is one of the exercises that is low impact, high satisfaction and we can enjoy it even during lockdown! If you are lucky enough to be living here or are a guest in our serviced apartments in Reading, you have plenty of space to explore. Here are some of the most scenic walks in Reading, ranging from leisurely strolls to longer walks.
1. Christchurch Meadows – 15 minutes’ walk
One of the closest green spaces to our serviced apartments in Reading, we’re lucky to have Christchurch Meadows just 15-minutes’ walk from our door. It is a beautiful riverside area with spacious fields, four full-sized tennis courts and a bike path which is safe for the whole family. You can also find a kids paddling pool. Feed the resident swans or enjoy an afternoon of fishing. It’s an ideal place for a relaxing walk in one of the towns most picturesque spaces or to keep up your fitness routine while travelling.
2. Balmore Walk – 30-minute walk
Another gem of Caversham, Balmore walk is a viewpoint along a steep grassy bank, overlooking the town with good views over Reading from Early to Prospect Park. The walkway is natural without much human interference, dotted with hawthorn bushes and groups of historic oak trees sheltering part of the way. There is a small woodland with plenty of benches to stop and rest or enjoy a picnic, and the northern section is mostly a hay meadow. Along the way, you may meet some of our local flora and fauna, including native flowers, birds and small critters
3. Prospect Park - 40-minute walk, 8-minute drive
Prospect Park is Readings largest green space so it goes without saying that it is a popular choice for lovers of the outdoors, especially during the summer months. The area gets its name from the fine views across the Kennet Valley and beyond. There is plenty of woodland and open green space, making it ideal for family days out or a safe place to exercise outdoors. It is most well-known for its facilities which include table tennis, rugby grounds and a basketball court. There is plenty of parking or it’s a 40-minute walk from our serviced apartments in Reading. The public park is free for all to enjoy and includes a large regency style house, now known as Prospect Park Mansion (formerly Prospect House) which also has a small restaurant to refresh and refuel.
4. Basildon Park – 20-minute drive
One of the most stunning parts of the Berkshire countryside is a 20-minute drive from PREMIER SUITES in Reading - Basildon Park. As well as the 400 acres of green space, there is a stunning Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland which was once the home of Lord and Lady lliffe. The 18th-century house is owned by the National Trust and has been lovingly restored to its former beauty. Inside you can admire the splendid décor, the unusual selection of antiques and refuel with a trip to the in-house restaurant. Outside, you can explore a selection of seasonal trails, going deeper into the woodlands. It’s an ideal place for an afternoon of exploring.
5. Kennet & Avon Canal – 140km long
At 87 miles long, the Kennet & Avon Canal walk can be as long or as short as you are able for. The canal links London with the Bristol Channel and passes through some spectacular landscapes including Reading. It’s a popular choice with locals, joggers and dog walkers and the calming river with plenty of natural space makes it the perfect place for a stroll on a summers day. Waterloo Meadows, a stop about 20-minutes up the canal is a wildlife haven and a true sight to behold. When it is in bloom, you’ll see fields upon fields of colourful wildflowers including poppies, daisies and field scabious. It’s a picture perfect setting.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for PREMIER SUITES Reading, a modern and stylish serviced apartment that provides business and leisure travelers the perfect place to stay in Reading UK. When she’s not petting her cat, you can see this free-spirited blogger writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.