This riverside village in Reading is considered one of the finest places to live in the country. There's lovely river walks and a particularly fine public park to explore on foot.
This walk takes you along the river to neighbouring Sonning before visiting Twyford, Charvil Country Park and the Loddon Nature reserves.
The walk starts at the delightful Caversham Court Gardens on the northern side of the river near Caversham Bridge. There's some beautiful gardens here with lakes, the foundations of a medieval house, a herb garden and a tree-lined park open to the public at no charge. After exploring the gardens you head west to cross Caversham Bridge where you can pick up the Thames Path National Trail and follow it east to King's Meadow and Sonning. At St Patrick's Bridge you leave the river to follow Milestone Avenue south to Charvil. Continue south east and you will come to the nature reserves to the west of Twyford village. There's some nice footpaths here around a number of pretty pools with lots of wildlife to look out for on the water.
After exploring the reserves you retrace your steps to the river and follow it back into Caversham.
PostcodeRG4 7AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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At Caversham Court you'll find the delightful Tea Kiosk. They have some delicious home made cakes and an outdoor seating area with views over the gardens and the river. The friendly little cafe also provides support for local charities so it's an ideal place to stop off for a rest and a bite to eat.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your exercise pick up the Reading Canal Walk which will take you along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal. You can also join with the Reading Circular River Walk as well.
Just to the north of the village there's a pretty little nature reserve to visit in the shape of Clayfield Copse. The site includes woodland paths, a sculpture trail and a wildflower meadow. It's a nice place for a peaceful, easy stroll in the town.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Berkshire Walks page.