Five Best Boxing Day Walks in Reading
Imagine you’ve just finished the last bite of Christmas pudding, after devouring a whole roast turkey with all the trimmings.
Before you settle in for a nap in front of the Sound of Music, and before the games and chants begin as day turns into night, what is the only thing you could do with it.
Yes, a walk!
Lucky for you, we’ve listed five parks and open spaces in Reading that are perfect for getting out of your Christmas lunch.
Above: Kings Meadow
If you are in and around central Reading the walk to Kings Meadow is straightforward, under the tube under the station and across the road to Reading Bridge.
With car parks available on Napier Road, it is accessible to everyone in Reading and offers beautiful scenery as you stroll along the Thames Path.
If you choose to go left you will walk towards Caversham or right and you will end up near Woodley and Sonning.
The joy of these walks is that they are completely free and you can walk for as long as you want.
Above: Wilder’s Folly, Sulham
As iconic of Tilehurst as the Water Tower, Sulham Woods is a beautiful wildlife area stretching from Purley on Thames to Theale, with hundreds of trails leading to Tilehurst.
At times very sloping, it is less accessible than Kings Meadow but no less enjoyable, and it feels like an adventure every time you enter it.
A popular route starts from Pincents Lane in Calcot to Wilder’s Folly, a 200 year old dovecote.
Above: entrance to Dinton Pastures
Dinton Pastures is a country park in Wokingham.
Fun for the whole family, it’s located around the wonderful Black Swan Lake and even has a play area for the kids.
At Â£ 1.65 for four hours, parking is very reasonably priced, and you can even grab a hot drink or grab a bite to eat at the on-site Dragonfly CafÃ©.
If the paths and marked routes are more your cup of tea than a hike through the woods, this is the one for you!
It’s open year-round, with the cafe and restrooms open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Boxing Day.
California Country Park
Above: California Country Park entrance
Another country park, California, is run by the same people who run Dinton Pastures.
With two routes, ranging from 0.9 miles and 2.2 miles around Lake Longmoor.
Two new playgrounds have been built for the 2021 season, with challenging obstacles for all ages.
The boardwalk and landscaped trails provide easy access for those who need a more solid grounding.
The same parking rates apply at this park as at Dinton, with Â£ 1.65 for four hours and Â£ 6.60 for more.
With over 40 hectares to explore, Boxing Day could be the perfect opportunity.
Above: Linear Park parking lot
36 hectares of woodland, Linear Park is located in Calcot and stretches as far as Southcote.
Since you can see the M4 motorway from the park, it is incredibly quiet and scenic, especially the boardwalks that connect to it.
With an array of trails to explore, the most popular route remains the walk along the Holybrook, with many deciding to stop for a nifty pint at the Cunning Man pub.
With free parking and almost free reign, the world is yours this Boxing Day.
Wherever you decide to go and whatever you decide to do, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.