How about some fresh air? Whether you’re a local, day tripping, or summering in the area, Berkshire is the perfect place to get active outside.
Here the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs stretch to the North and East, so glorious countryside is never more than a short journey away. At the same time, the whole region is a mosaic of villages, hills, and forests, meaning cycling and jogging never get boring! Feeling inspired?
Here’s our guide to the best ways to get outdoors in Berkshire.
Walks in Berkshire
It’s hard to imagine a better way to get outdoors than a simple Berkshire walking route on a sunny day. For an invigorating day walk in the county we recommend the Inkpen Common circular. This 17km nature reserve trek will take you through unique mix of ancient heathland and light woodland.
For a leisurely shorter walk with some interesting history take a look at Swinley Forest and its adjacent Iron-Age hillfort Caesar’s Camp.
Sulham Woods are another excellent place for a day out walking in Berkshire. Routes here are not especially long, maxing out at five miles, but will take you through hills of wildflowers in the spring, with Wilder’s Folly an interesting 18th century structure just a bit further out. However, the Thames Path in Berkshire is ideal for anyone needing a longer stroll – it will take you all the way to London if you forget to stop! We recommend Pangbourne as a beautiful village to start in.
Cycle Clubs in Berkshire
The rolling hills and lush scenery of this region make Berkshire a cyclist’s dream. For Reading cyclists looking for routes out of town we recommend getting in touch with the Reading Cycling UK club. Membership with Cycling UK is just £3.88 for adults and less than two quid for students. The Reading club hosts friendly group rides almost every day, with distances ranging between 20-50 miles. There’s something for everyone and difficulty ranges, but you can be sure that all these rides start in Reading and end at a cozy cafe or pub where you can cool down!
Now, if you prefer mountain biking we recommend Berks on Bikes (BOB). This club is slightly more intense, focusing on trail riding, endurance, and racing. They trek routes all over the region as well as organise trips to mountain biking destinations further afield – think Alpine slopes. Yearly membership is just £35 for individuals or £40 for families (you need to actually be related though), and for that you get access to training, club equipment, and an impressive seven rides per week! If you’re interested in mountain biking in Berkshire, check them out here.
Of course you should check out White Horse Hill if you haven’t already, but don’t forget we also have actual horses. Participating in Berkshire’s long history of equestrian sports is a lovely way to get active outside – and the if you’re trail riding, the views are even clearer from 15 hands up.
The North Wessex Downs host a number of stables offering cross country, show jumping, horse trials, and of course, riding trails. This is such a part of local history that honestly there are too many stables in Berkshire to count.
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