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Explore Langley Mead

Reading Walks Festival 2024

    Langley Mead is over 18 hectares of countryside along the banks of the River Loddon, made accessible to the public for recreation and enjoyment as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). Owned and managed by the University of Reading, the site has been the subject of an ongoing project to restore agricultural land back to the biodiverse landscape that once existed here. It aims to create an area that provides a visually stimulating, attractive and educational environment for local people to visit and to enjoy.

    On this walk, you will learn about the habitat Langley Mead provides for a range of wild plants and animals, contributing to the beautiful nature and environmental conservation at the site.

    You will also get to learn about the heritage of Langley Mead and our ecological restoration project that is 'turning back the clock' to restore the wildlife-rich landscape that existed here and is slowly being returned.

    Key facts

    • Part of Reading Walks Festival 2024
    • Exercise - a healthy walk with some stopping points of interest. More walking/less talking
    • Medium difficulty / 4 km / 2.5 hours
    • Start and finish - Spencers Wood Fullbrook Avenue' bus stop, RG2 9ES TBC
    • Walking boots or trainers
    • Bring water with you, no planned stops at cafes/pubs.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not family friendly

    About the walk leader

    Walk leader is Nigel Frankland.

    "I am an expert when it comes to Langley Mead and I love sharing my passion for the area with the community. Having worked at the University since the start of the restoration project, I will provide a fascinating insight into how Langley Mead has evolved to become the wildlife-rich landscape you'll find today. "

    Getting there

    Meet point:

    Take the Mereoak Park & Ride 600 (dark green) bus and get off at the 'Spencers Wood Fullbrook Avenue' bus stop. The bus leaves from Station Road or Market Place in the town centre and takes approx. 30 minutes.