We decided to spend the day in Reading, a town in the Thames Valley to the west of London. It’s Berkshire’s biggest town and also the largest in the UK to not have city status. Reading is a popular commuter town with a train almost every five minutes into London and the fastest services taking only 27 minutes.
Reading Rowing Club overlooking the River Thames
The town is kind to motorists as its Thameside Promenade car park offers unlimited free parking at weekends. As it only has 62 spaces I would recommend arriving fairly early as we arrived at 11.30 a.m. and were lucky as there were only three places remaining. We’d decided to take a three mile (4.3km) loop around the town and its two rivers, the Thames and the Kennet. The walk would take us along the Thames Path, through the city centre and to the ruins of…
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