There is an nearly traffic-free route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium. It is a timeless and almost secret world of ancient paths beside rivers and streams and through the meadows of south Reading.
The walk is mostly level. Some paths are narrow and unmade and there are steps at Green Park; it’s best on a dry day and not in the dark.
Start outside the Hindu Temple on Whitley Street.
Walk west down Boults Walk between the Hindu Temple and Brighton Terrace, then turn right (north) onto Elizabeth Walk. When you get to the last house, turn left (west) down Waterloo Road.
Follow the hill down Waterloo Road, but watch out for traffic exiting or entering Aveley Walk. At the bottom of the hill, turn right (north) for a short stretch on Elgar Road until you reach the entrance to Waterloo Meadows on the left (west) side of the road.
Join the southerly footpath along the Kennet; look out for the mystery monument and spot the stinkpipe. Follow the riverside path south to Rose Kiln Lane then cross the Kennet by the road bridge (without crossing Rose Kiln Lane) and join the towpath on the other side of the river.
Continue south under the Rose Kiln Lane bridge and follow the gravel path next to the river and between the trees, spot the stinkpipe on the way to the bridge over the A33. From here you can see the latest phase of development at Kennet Island.
Go under the A33 bridge and continue south-west along the river to Fobney pumping station, Fobney Lock and Fobney Island nature reserve.
Walk south along the unmade track, over both bridges, and head for the Re3 tip. Cross Island Road carefully and join the footpath immediately opposite, which is right next to the entrance to the tip. The section by the stream alongside the recycling centre is very scenic but a bit pongy so you may want to hurry along here. In wet weather it can be boggy.
You emerge into the modern spic-and-span office and housing complex that it is Green Park. On Saturdays it is quiet here but take care and use the crossing.
Turn right (west) and walk a few steps to where the footpath continues on the left (south).
At a T-junction in the footpath, turn right (west), keep next to the lake and bird hides until the path joins a wide and straight pedestrian thoroughfare that heads south-east directly to the stadium.
Use the pedestrian crossing where the footpath meets the road; there are steps up to the stadium car park on the other side.
Take care navigating through the car park to whichever is your designated entrance to the ground.
The walk takes an estimated time of 1 to 1.25 hours.
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