Wild on Wheels – explore Reading’s green areas by bike

Join us for family-friendly rides during the October half-term to explore some of Reading’s green treasures.

The guided rides are part of the local organisation Wild About Reading’s celebration of nature across the town. 

The rides will set off at 10 am on each of the four days of the programme from Saturday 24 to Tuesday 27. 

Each ride will take around 90-120 minutes depending on the route and will be at a leisurely pace along footpaths or quiet roads. There may be one or two hills to climb, but it will be easy to get off your bike and push. 

Children are welcome to join the rides but will need to be accompanied by an adult. 

Basic mechanical support will be available, but please make sure you bike is in reasonable condition for the outing. 

Please email Andy on andy.vonglehn@avanticycling.co.uk to register your interest, saying which ride you would like to join and what cycling experience you have. 

Closer to the time we’ll send you joining instructions and more detail about the intended route. 

Saturday 24 October 

Fobney Lock – Within easy reach of the town centre, this lock is on the Kennet canal and next to the Fobney Island nature reserve. 

Sunday 25 October 

Explore Reading – Trundling through the town on a bicycle allows you to see things which you might normally see. 

Monday 26 October 

Kennet Canal (setting off from next to Newtown School) – Once an important trade route, the canal now offers leisure opportunities for boating, walking and cycling. A ride along the canal gives you a different perspective of the town.  

Tuesday 27 October 

Emmer Green – Reading’s most northerly residential area has some nature areas which are being rewilded as well as plenty of historical interest. 

(Tentative) Southcote Mill – This is where water was pumped into Reading in the mid-1800s. It is easily reached by riding along the towpath from the town centre.

Register your interest: Email andy.vonglehn@avanticycling.co.uk