The Kennet flows through the centre of today’s town centre, bisecting the Oracle and providing riverside dining opportunities. It then flows past the ruins of Reading Abbey on its journey east with a weir and pumping station (now a restaurant) before it meets the Thames.
The Thames is a few hundred metres north of Reading town centre, beyond the Great Western Mainline. A short walk under the station subway and across Vastern Road brings you to the south bank. The new pedestrian bridge links you to leafy Caversham and beyond.
Today, both rivers play an important part in the town’s leisure time. Rowing clubs dot the banks of the Thames, narrow boats and other craft are up and down and through the locks; The Thames Path takes walks through the heart of Reading while there are great walks to pubs and cafes both east and west of Reading on both the Kennet and Thames.
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