Reading, England

Includes Routes in Maidenhead & the Countryside. See Also Our Running Guides for Nearby Windsor & Oxford.

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Reading is a town in Berkshire, located at the confluence of the Thames and Kennet rivers. It’s an important commercial and retail center, given its location in the Thames Valley only 40 miles west of London. There’s a nice variety of running options in Reading, including extensive river paths, pleasant parks, estate grounds, and quiet roads in the open, rolling countryside.

The centerpiece of running in Reading is the series of paths along the River Thames west to Tilehurst or east to Shiplake. Add to this with the parks & gardens of King’s Meadow & Christchurch Meadows. We also love the paths along the River Kennet, which can be added to with the paths around Fobney Island and the area’s lakes. One of the best places to run in Reading is on the grounds of Basildon Park, plus some lovely countryside running in Maidenhead & Cookham Commons, and a route south of Reading in Rotherwick. For some wooded trail running, head to Swinley Forest.

For even more in the area, see our running guides, for Oxford, Windsor, and the London suburbs!

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Some of our favorite runs in Reading, England

Basildon Park

Restored 18th-cenury house with 400 acres of historic parkland and gardens. Lovely running around fields, gardens, and... more...

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Swinley Forest Trails

Reading, England

Excellent running options in this 3,000-acre National Forest located 13 miles southeast of Reading. Forested paths of varying levels of terrain & difficulty, and some more open terrain toward Hut Hill.

The climate in Reading is similar to that of the greater London area.


There’s a good selection of running stores in Reading.

Up & Running. Good local store.

Runners Need. Reading location of major UK store chain.

Also outlets for Decathlon & Sports Direct.


Up & Running has group runs Tuesdays at 18:30 from their store. Info.

Runners Need has group runs as well.

There’s also parkruns in Reading and Maidenhead.

Area event calendar.