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Five sights a 30-minute cycle from L&Q at Huntley Wharf
Situated in a sought-after riverside location, L&Q at Huntley Wharf is a brand-new development offering a lively and vibrant lifestyle in the heart of the buzzing town of Reading. A cycle-friendly new neighbourhood, L&Q’s residents are just a short bike ride away from some of the area’s top sights. Whether you’re looking for a short weekend meander or an epic bike ride adventure, Reading is well-catered for when it comes to getting around on two wheels.
We’ve rounded up five fantastic destinations within a 30-minute cycle from L&Q at Huntley Wharf. Read on to find out more…
Just a quick three-minute cycle from the development, Reading’s town centre beckons to be explored. For foodies, Reading is melting pot of world cuisines, great restaurants and lively pubs and bars. Pedestrianised Broad Street and the surrounding roads are home to an array of eateries, coffee shops and takeaways as well as the twice weekly street food market in Market Place. Situated on the waterfront, the eating and drinking area at the Oracle Centre Riverside is the perfect spot to meet up with friends, especially during the summer months, to enjoy an after-work drink in overlooking the River Kennet.
Following the river from the development, a four-minute cycle towards town reaches Forbury Gardens and the ruins of Reading Abbey. A historical landmark for Reading, a visit to the Abbey Quarter offers a chance for guests to explore 900 years of history, discovering the grounds and ruins of Reading’s royal abbey and burial place of King Henry I.
Situated a five-minute trip north by bike, the Thames Lido is a beautifully renovated outdoor swimming pool and Mediterranean tapas restaurant. Treat yourself to a ‘swim and eat’ package and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation in this urban retreat. On the way back, why not do a lap of the adjacent King’s Meadows, a pleasant green open space with a towpath along the River Thames.
Based just across the River Thames, Thames Rivercruise is reachable in a ten-minute cycle from L&Q at Huntley Wharf. Operating cruises down the Thames, the company offers fun days out with friends and family, to see the area from the water amidst stunning surroundings.
A 15-minute cycle from L&Q at Huntley Wharf reaches Reading University’s Whiteknight Campus and idyllic Harris Gardens. A peaceful haven away from the bustling streets, highlights of the gardens include a flower meadow, crab apple orchard and a stream which flows through small pools into a pond.
For more ambitious cyclists, a 45-minute ride away, to the Northwest of Reading is Basildon Park, a National Trust Georgian mansion surrounded by beautiful parkland. The 400-acre park site has four waymarked walks to explore as well as the remains of a World War Two Nissen Hut, formal gardens and a tearoom. Lovingly restored, the house and gardens are open all round for visitors, the perfect day trip from Reading.