GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Reading Circular River Walk

2 miles (3.5 km)

This circular walk takes in a number of waterways including the River Thames, the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal. You'll also visit the pretty Forbury Gardens, Reading Abbey and the historically significant Holy Brook.
The walk starts near the train station on Reading Bridge, with views of Caversham on the opposite side of the river. You then follow the Thames path east, passing King's Meadow Park and the large Tesco.
After about a mile you come to the River Kennet where you turn south west towards Blake's Lock. Next to the lock is the Riverside Museum which tells the story of Reading's two rivers. Exhibits include agypsycaravan, a medievalmill wheel, turbinemachinery, and seasonal art exhibits.
Shortly after you come to Highbridge Wharf where you cross the river and turn north to the Holy Brook. The brook is a channel of theRiver Kennet parts of which are thought to have been created inmediaevaltimes by themonksofReading Abbeyto supplywater millsandfish ponds.
The brook takes you towards the ruins of Reading Abbey, founded byHenry Iin 1121. You'll also pass the ruined formerwatermill of Abbey Mill on this section of the walk.
The route then meanders into the attractive Forbury Gardens. Here you will find pretty flower beds, an attractive fountain and the noteworthy Maiwand Lion. Thestatue was erected in 1886 to commemorate the loss of 286 soldiers at theBattle of MaiwandinAfghanistanin 1880.
Soon after the walk finishes back at Reading Bridge, near the train station.
It's easy to extend your riverside walking in the area by picking up the long distance Thames Path or the Kennet and Avon Canal Walk. Heading west along the Thames will take you to the attractive Mapledurham House and the town of Pangbourne.
Heading north east takes you to Sonning and Wargrave.

Reading Circular River Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Reading Circular River Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The River Thames, Reading - - 597163

The Thames in Reading

Reading Abbey and River Kennet

Reading Abbey and River Kennet

The River Kennet, Reading - - 765265

The River Kennet and waterside properties

Forbury Gardens, Reading

Forbury Gardens monument

Abbey Mill, Reading

Three remaining arches of the Old Abbey Mill over Holy Brook

Forbury Gardens, Reading - Berkshire

Fountain, flowers and St. James Church at Forbury Gardens

Reading Abbey 01

Reading Abbey 1

Reading Abbey 02

Reading Abbey 2

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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