Spencers WoodReading

Sperea two
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Distance

11km/7mi

Ascent

96m

Descent

80m

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This route, between Reading and Spencers Wood, mostly avoids road walking. Taking you along the River Kennet, as you escape the expanse of Reading, and through the green spaces at the outer reaches of the large town, then onward to the countryside and Spencers Wood

This route, between Reading and Spencers Wood, mostly avoids road walking. Taking you along the River Kennet, as you escape the expanse of Reading, and through the green spaces at the outer reaches of the large town, then onward to the countryside and Spencers Wood

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Spencers Wood
Grid RefSU7145766287
Lat / Lon 51.39113° / -0.97438°
Easting / Northing471,457E / 166,287N
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Reading
Grid RefSU7150773750
Lat / Lon 51.45822° / -0.97216°
Easting / Northing471,507E / 173,750N
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Reviews


Martin Ellis

03 Jul 2022

Spencers Wood to Reading (Sperea 2) review.

This is certainly one of the more idiosyncratic Slow Ways.

Spencers Wood has a pub, convenience store and a bakery. The Basingstoke Road towards Reading is avoided by a looping route that instead takes back streets, a byway and a footpath by playing fields and a building development.

The route briefly meets the main road, but then takes a quiet footpath to flank the A33 to the M4 Junction 11. The walk across the junction is straightforward via footbridges (Photo 1).

The route heads west between the Reading International Business Park and the motorway (Photo 2). There is not much to see as the park’s perimeter fence presses aggressively close (Photo 3). I hurried through this noisy section, which was also rather overgrown with brambles.

(Photos are blurred from now on. Showers became a full rainstorm with hail by the time I’d reached Reading).

The Slow Way emerges into an extensive Green Park business park. A well-maintained path crosses the Foubry Brook and there are benches beside a lake (Photo 4).

A leafy footpath heads north from the park. I could hear the mechanical hum from the Reading Sewage Treatment Works, hidden from view. A heron joined me on my soggy walk (Photo 5).

A lane takes the Slow Way to the River Kennet (Photo 6). There is then a pleasant walk alongside the river into Reading (Photos 7 & 8). The route ends at the Oracle riverside shopping precinct and an urban walk to Reading Station.

Sperea 2 adds an extra mile to the earlier Sperea 1. The loop avoiding the Basingstoke Road is arguably skippable. I certainly preferred the business park and Kennetside walk to the alternative. It’s a pity the footpath by the M4 is so grim (Reading Council footpath 11A). It’s divided between Wokingham and Reading councils which might be part of the problem.


Alice Norman

30 Jun 2022

I walked this route from Spencers Wood to Reading on the same day as I walked Sperea 1 from Reading to Spencers Wood. This route is much more pleasant to walk and I will probably walk it again.

It starts in Spencers Wood on the B3349, near the excellent Warings Bakery, and soon heads into quieter roads and then takes a byway (photo 1). After crossing the B3349 it goes along quieter roads and reaches a footpath which is wide and well maintained (photo 2). There is a lot of building work here (photo 3) but the footpath is clear.

After crossing the Basingstoke Road in Three Mile Cross and entering Grazeley Road I had the only navigation difficulty on the route as the footpath sign was a little hidden (photo 4). Following the footpath through the housing estate and the alongside the A33 I came to the pavement beside the A33 and over M4 junction 11 which was loud, but safe. Even Junction 11 has its compensations (photo 5) with large wildlife areas within it.

After Junction 11 the route follows a footpath sandwiched between the M4 and the Tesco warehouse (photo 6). This was the least pleasant part of the route; the path is narrow and sometimes overgrown, it also felt quite oppressive. However, I was soon in Green Park, which has been landscaped well and is a pleasure to walk in. Photo 7 shows Longwater lake.

I left Green Park by the footpath between the sewage works and the dump - it's much nicer than it sounds but can get very muddy in winter - and then to the Kennet and Avon canal (photo 8) which I followed all the way to Reading.


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