Walking at Thames Valley Park in Reading

We went walking at Thames Valley Park in Reading along the Thames Path. The walk is a flat walk and mainly along footpaths so good for buggies (part of the walk is across a well trodden path across a field so you might want to use an off road buggy) and it’s also dog friendly. We saw plenty of wildlife and it made a brilliant peaceful family friendly walk.

Walking at Thames Valley Park
Thames Valley Path Reading
Where did we walk?

From the car we walked over the large green open space until we picked up the footpath next to the river, with Wokingham Water Centre to the left as we looked at the water. We then followed the path to our right away from the water centre. 

We followed the path and stopped at a little ‘beach’ to feed the ducks, before crossing the footbridge and continuing along the footpath which took us round a large field until the walk went into a ‘woodland area’, here you could have turned right and headed back to the car. However we carried on a little further until we got to the next right turn. This took us past a ‘swamp’ area on the right and then led us to a large pond – this is where we saw a heron on the side of the pond and three cormorants in the trees. We then continued along the path keeping left, until we got to a smaller pond, we continued straight until we reached David Lloyd and then headed through a gate way on our right and walked back along the open grasses area back to the car. 

Beach at Thames Valley Park
Path at Thames Valley Park
Pond at Thames Valley Park
Thames Valley Park Reading

During the walk we saw ducks, coots, swans, a heron and cormorants plus lots of rowing boats and kayaks. Throughout the walk there are lots of display boards all about the nature you may witness during the walk. 

Nature Boards
Kayaks at Thames Valley Park


There were several different walking paths to take and navigate around.

Where did we park? 

Thames Valley Park is based on a business park and you are encouraged to use public transport to access the site (obviously this is slightly more challenging during Covid times). There is also a park and ride but this is currently being used as a Covid testing centre. 

We parked on the road alongside the walk in the business park. This is where we parked, click here to see the map. This road had a single yellow line, meaning you can park at restricted times. Below is a picture of the sign, obviously double check this hasn’t changed and you are allowed to still park when you visit.  

Walking at Thames Valley Park

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