Walks Around Earley
The Covid-19 pandemic, its associated ‘lockdowns’ and government focus on health, has highlighted the important part that outdoor exercise plays in the improvement and maintenance of physical and mental well-being. The restrictions associated with ‘lockdown’ emphasise the need for access to public greenspace for those who do not have outdoor space of their own. Earley is fortunate in having many attractive open spaces; the Town Council are able to provide residents with information regarding readily accessible local walks.
Volunteers from Loddon Valley Ramblers have designed walks that use the extensive network of quiet footpaths and paths/cycleways around the Town. Some walking on pavements and gravel or grassy surfaces is also needed. Comprehensive route notes along with photographs and a map is provided for each walk. For the users of GPS equipment, tracks and waypoints in .gpx format are provided for some walks. The general location of the walks and their starting points are shown on a map. The routes can be downloaded by clicking on the links and then printed or used on smartphone or tablet.
Title(Click on the walk no to download PDFs)
|1||Maiden Erlegh Lake & Moor Copse||1.8||2.8||1 hr|
|2||Redhatch Copse||1.0||1.6||30 mins|
|3||River Loddon & the Wood of Eagles||3.1||5.0||1 hr 30 mins|
|4||Chalfont Park & Pearman’s Copse||2.0||3.2||1 hr|
|5||University, Parkland & Old Buildings||2.8||4.5||1 hr 30 mins|
|6||Lower Earley Parks & Lake||3.5||5.5||1 hr 45 mins|
|7||Sol Joel Park & High Wood||2.5||4.5||1 hr 30 mins|
|8||University, Parkland, Lake & Old Buildings||2.8||3.5||1 hr 30 mins|
|9||Suttons Bowls & Maiden Erlegh Lake||2.6||4.2||1 hr 30 mins|
|10||Lower Earley Woods & Meadows||1.4||2.3||45 mins|
|11||Chalfont Park & Arborfield Church|
A suite of 5 walks that go out of the Town,
distances vary from 5.5 miles (8.8km) to 7.3 miles (11.8 km)
|7.3||11.8||2 hrs 30 mins|
|12||Thames Valley Park & the Oracle Lakes||Various||Various||Various|
|13||A Circuit of Lower Earley||6.1||9.8||3 hours|
|14||Older Earley North & South||8.8||14.3||4 hours|
|14n||Older Earley North Only||5.4||8.7||2 hrs 30 mins|
|14s||Older Earley South Only||4.5||7.3||2 hrs|
Who are the walks for?
The walks will suit the young (under supervision), the old and everyone in between. School-age children will love discovering the Town and following the instructions as they lead their parents around the walks. Specialist equipment is not needed: a pair of trainers and a waterproof coat (this is England) or sunhat will suffice. Some walks, designated WCA, have been specifically designed with wheelchair users in mind.
All walks are accessible by public transport; the route notes identify the bus number and bus stop of the starting points. Appropriate car parking at, or near, the starting points is noted.
Please report any problems with the walks to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be directed to the appropriate authority for investigation. Comments about the walks should also be sent to the same address.The Town Clerk can be contacted at email@example.com
A kind “thank you”
Earley Town Council wishes to thank: Reading University (for allowing the use of its campus), Thames Valley Business Park (for permission to link to its walks), and Loddon Valley Ramblers for their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. Although efforts have been made to confirm the accuracy of the information provided, walks are undertaken at the walkers’ own risk.