Reading, England

River Kennet/Fobney Island/Lakes Paths

Fobney Lock: Andrew Smith

This is a nice 4.6 mile running loop in the Fobney Island area, combining paths along the River Kennet, Fobney Island Nature Preserve and the area’s lakes.

A good place to start is at the Island Road car park. Run west on the narrow path along the southernmost River Kennet path for 2.3 miles to the end at Mill Rd. There are nice views of the Kennet and the area’s locks, lakes & lagoons. Retrace your steps for 1 mile, then run on the other River Kennet path, and then the Reading Gas Fields trails to complete the loop. For more, there are fairly quiet area roads in the lakes area that are pleasant for running.

Add-Ons:  River Kennet paths extend north to Reading, up to 3 miles to the mouth of the Thames. Can also run on paths on the east side of the Kennet from Island Rd. to Waterloo Meadows (1 mile, plus paths there).

Essentials
  • 4.6 miles (7.4 km) loop. Option for additional paths along the River Kennet
  • Flat
  • Island Road car park
  • Car Park off Island Rd.

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Essentials
  • 4.6 miles (7.4 km) loop. Option for additional paths along the River Kennet
  • Flat
  • Island Road car park
  • Car Park off Island Rd.