The walk starts in Tilehurst on the edge of the Reading built-up area, but almost immediately enters surprisingly open country with a great sense of space and lovely views over towards the Thames valley. The path crosses the main road and the railway to skirt the unlovely village of Purley, cuts the edge of Pangbourne and returns via Sulham Woods to Tilehurst. The bit on the edge of Pangbourne is very suburban (and not worth including), but overall this is a delightful stroll, mainly through fields and meadows. 5 miles overall.
Rating: 3 stars.
From: From: Rambling for pleasure around Reading (First series) by David Bounds for East Berkshire Ramblers' Association group.
Map: Explorer 159 (Reading, Wokingham and Pangbourne).
A number of personal and work issues on my mind today, so no great thoughts about walking or nature. However, I returned home feeling calmer about the personal stuff and with some clear things to do in relation to two work projects. Part of the magic of walking.
Some nice butterflies: small white, meadow brown (appropriately, given that the walk passes through a significant number), small tortoiseshell, red admiral, another painted lady and today's stand-out, a marbled white.