Reading

This circular walk of about 3 miles starts at Reading, St Laurence's Church at the end of Friar Street. It includes the River Thames, Reading Abbey and Reading Gaol. Postcode RG1 1DA

Directions to the start

Reading Walk Map

1. From St Laurence's Church take the path to the left of the Church near Blandy and Blandy. At the end of the path cross the road and turn left, following the road round to the right to cross pedestrian crossing. Turn left to pass under railway bridge on raised pathway. Cross Kings Meadow road and head for Reading Bridge. 2. Take steps on right just before bridge and join Thames Path heading downstream with river on left. Pass Caversham lock and continue through Kings Meadow. Follow path to reach the Horseshoe Bridge. Cross bridge and turn left to pass under four bridges with canal on your right. Pass Jolly Anglers and Fisherman's Cottage on your left, and Blakes Lock, to reach bridge. Leave towpath here and turn right up Kings Road, past Huntley and Palmers. Turn immediately right to cross bridge built in 1880 by Reading Gas Company. Join towpath passing under Kings Road, keep to right and follow Chestnut Walk. At ruins of Reading Abbey turn right and enter Forbury Gardens through arch. Follow path along left edge with Lion statue on right and look for large Victoria Gates. Walk ahead to return to St Laurence's Church.
Reading Pubs

St Laurence Reading Bridge Caversham Lock
St Laurence
Reading Bridge
Caversham Lock
The Jolly Angler Fishermans Cottage Huntley and Palmers
Jolly Angler
Fishermans Cottage
Huntley and Palmers
Reading Abbey Forbury Gardens Lion Statue
Reading Abbey
Forbury Gardens
Lion Statue

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