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Best Walks in Thames Valley

When staying in Reading, Berkshire, there is an array of breathtaking countryside to explore beyond the city center. From family-friendly walks to more challenging hikes, providing you with views over the surrounding areas, Reading really does offer something for everyone. So if you are staying in our serviced apartment in Reading and fancy taking a quick stroll then you’ll have a range of different locations to choose from.

As a serviced apartment provider based in Reading, we’ve collated a range of our favourite walking routes over the years that are perfect for evening strolls or weekend adventures before a hearty pub lunch! We hope you enjoy these as much as us and likewise fall in love with Reading.

Reading Town River and Canal Circular (Est. 1 Hour & Length: 4.3 km)

Explore this beautiful circular trail near Reading, Berkshire. It takes around 1 hour to complete and is a popular trail for hiking, mountain biking, and road biking. The trail is open year-round.

Lower Southcote Allotments and Holy Brook Circular (Est. 1h 34m & Length 7.7km)

This trail near Reading, Berkshire is an easy route and it takes an average of 1 hour and 34 minutes to complete. It is considered a great route to walk or run and a peaceful place to take your children or dogs.

Shiplake Circular (Est. 2h 33m & Length 10.1km)

Experience this circular trail near Sonning, Berkshire. This area offers a wide variety of beautiful scenery and is great for bird-watching, walking, and hiking. This trail takes an average of 2 hours and 33 minutes to complete.

Twyford and Loddon Nature Reserve Circular (Est. 1h 31m & 6.6km)

Explore this trail near Sonning, Berkshire. It is considered a fairly easy route and is accompanied by a beautiful nature reserve of lakes. This is a popular area for walking, running, and hiking. You will be sharing some of the fields with horses, so be sure to take care of your dogs.

Waltham Saint Lawrence and Shottesbrooke Park Circular (Est 1h 43m & length 6.9km)

This trail is a very popular area for walking, hiking, bird watching, and mountain biking and is accompanied by beautiful views of open fields and woodland. This route is considered fairly challenging, and it takes an average of 1 hour and 43 minutes to complete.

Sulham Woods and Tidmarsh Circular (Est. 1h 43m & Length 7.2km)

Explore this circular trail near Sulham, Berkshire which takes an average of 1 hour 43 minutes to complete. The route is beautiful to visit anytime and dogs are welcome but must be on a lead.

Caversham Mapledurham Loop (Est 4h 4m & Length 16.6km)

Experience this circular trail near Reading, Berkshire which takes an average of 4 hours to complete. This is a very popular area for walking, running, and hiking. This route is great if you want to stay close to Reading and offers some amazing views.

Highwood Local Nature Reserve (Est 57m & Length 4.3km)

A small nature reserve with a circular footpath that links to Southlake park. It is an enjoyable 57-minute walk around a lake which is accompanied by a small children’s play area. Free parking is available on roads around the site.

Broadmoor Land and River Thames Path (Est. 1h 11m & Length 4.7km)

This circular trail is near Sonning, Berkshire and takes around 1 h 11 minutes to complete. This trail is favored for hiking, bird watching, and running. However, you can still enjoy a peaceful walk during quieter times of the day.

Black Swan and Sandford Lake Circular (Est. 59m & Length 4.3km)

This beautiful circular trail near Wokingham, Berkshire takes 59 minutes to complete. This is a popular area for bird watching, walking, and walking. The trail is open year-round and visually impressive to visit anytime.

Thames Path: Reading to Pangbourne (Est. 2h 34m & Length 11.9km)

This is a point-to-point trail near Reading, Berkshire. This route is relatively flat and suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. It is a popular trail for hiking and walking, and takes around 2h 34m to complete.

St Mary’s Island, River Thames, and Cow Lane (Est. 1h 2m & Length 5.0km)

This trail is an easy route and a span of just over 3 miles. This is a popular trail for dog walking, bird watching, hiking, and running. It takes around 1 hour and 2 minutes to complete.

Southcote Mill and Fobney Island Wetland Nature Reserve (Est 1h 3m & Length 5.0km)

Explore this out-and-back trail near Reading, Berkshire. This walk connects Fobney Island to Southcote Mill and is great for hiking, bird watching, and running, but you would need to leave your beloved pet at home as dogs aren’t allowed on this trail.

The Horse and Groom and Hare Hatch Walk (Est 1h 15m & Length 5.3km)

Visit this circular trail near Reading, Berkshire. Despite this trail being considered a moderately challenging route, it is great for hiking and walking. It is rare that you will encounter other people while exploring.

Stay in Reading with House of Fisher

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