One of the positive aspects of the Covid 19 pandemic has been the importance of getting outdoors for both physical and mental wellbeing.
Wanting to help our residents access the many beautiful green spaces in and around Woodley, we have worked closely with volunteers from Loddon Valley Ramblers to create 16 Woodley focused walks that use the network of quiet footpaths around the town and out into neighbouring areas.
Each individually designed walk has comprehensive route notes, photographs and maps, while some include tracks and waypoints in .gpx format for GPS use. All start and finish points are shown on the map and all of the routes can be downloaded via the links, ready to be printed or used on a smartphone or tablet.
The majority of the walks are ‘circular’ and start and finish at the same place. However, two are ‘linear’ walks, starting and finishing at different places and may require the use of public transport to get you back home or to your car. Where this is the case, details of bus routes, stops and numbers, and train alternatives, are provided. It is advisable to check bus and train times before you set out. 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 also noted.
We wanted to include all of our residents and therefore the walks will suit the young (under supervision), the ‘not-so-young’ and everyone in between. School-age children will love discovering the area and following the instructions as they lead their parents around the walks.
Some walks have been specifically designed with wheelchair users in mind and are marked with WCA. All ‘buggy friendly’ walks include gravel or dirt paths, which may be muddy and puddled, and across parkland that may be soggy. Extremely muddy paths have been excluded from this category.
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 be sent to the same address.
The Council wishes to thank Reading University (for allowing the use of its campus) and Loddon Valley Ramblers for their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm.
Although all efforts have been made to confirm the accuracy of the information provided, walks are undertaken at the walkers’ own risk.