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|Fobney Island Nature Reserve|
|Author: thameswater, Published: 16 Mar 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 1 mile circular walk around Fobney Island Nature Reserve in Reading, Berkshire. Fobney Island is the perfect place to explore and get to grips with nature with its mosaic of wetland, wildflower meadow, hay meadow and reed bed habitats. |
The walk is completely flat and follows a hard surfaced path the whole way round. You will need to negotiate a staggered barrier and two kissing gates along the way. Dogs are welcome on this walk (which follows paths in the Eastern Reserve) but please clear up after them (there’s a dog bin by the lock at the start of the walk) and don’t allow them to cross into the Western Reserve (which is the protected area for wildlife). Approximate time 20 to 30 minutes.
The walk starts and finishes from the Fobney Island car park on Island Road. Leave the M4 at Junction 11 and take the A33 north towards Reading. Continue past the Madejski Stadium and then, just after the Hilton on the right, turn left into Island Road (signed for the Household Recycling Centre). As you reach the recycling centre on the left, turn right to continue along Island Road. Pass under the vehicle height restriction barrier (1.9 metres) and you’ll see the open parking area on the left. Approximate post code RG2 0RP.
|Start to Bird Hide|
Start point: 51.4339 lat, -0.986 long
From the car park, continue ahead along Island Road as it crosses the bridge across the River Kennet. Immediately afterwards, turn left through the black staggered barrier to reach the canal towpath (with Fobney Lock to the right). Keep straight ahead (the right-hand of the two paths) following the towpath with the Kennet and Avon Canal running immediately to the right.
|Bird Hide to End|
Start point: 51.4351 lat, -0.9927 long
In 2011 Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council and the Thames Rivers Trust worked together to improve Fobney Island and create this nature reserve. The beautiful reserve is a complex of wetland, wildflower scrub, reed beds and hay meadow, making it ideal for all kinds of wildlife. Take time to enjoy the birds without disturbing them from the security of the hide.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author thameswater and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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