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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Prospect Park at Tilehurst, Reading

Prospect Park is Reading's largest open space park and is often used as the location for a variety of events, from Reading Carnival to an annual steam fair. Last weekend the Race for Life event organised by UK Cancer Research Institute was held here. Thats when I had been to the park as a volunteer for the event.





The park gets its name from the fine views south across the Kennet Valley and beyond. Set high up on the hill in the centre at the highest point of the park is the a white stuccoed mansion called The Regency - now a restaurant.






The park is mainly short cut grass mown with conservation grasslands in certain areas. 


There is an artificial pond to south of the house.




To the west of the Mansion is an area of conservation grassland managed as a wildflower meadow and a replanted pear orchard. To the north is 'The Rookery', (designated a Wildlife Heritage Site) a small piece of planted mature oak woodland.

Overall it is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing evening.





Facilities at the park:

1. Large Children's Play area - The park offers a very wide range of opportunities for recreation and children’s play, both paid and free of charge.


2. Football, tennis courts, bowling, basket ball - use of the tennis courts is free.


3. Mini steam train (on some summer weekends)
4. Toilets
5. Picnic Site
6. Dog Walking
7. Restaurant
8. Changing rooms with showers toilets

Address:

Prospect Park
Liebenrood Road,
Tilehurst,
Reading
RG30 2ND

How to reach:
The park is about one mile from the town centre. The main vehicular access is on Liebenrood Road, which links the two main roads to the west from Reading town centre: the Tilehurst and Bath Roads. There are numerous footpath entrances into the park at off Bath Road, Tilehurst Road, Liebenrood Road and Honey End Lane.


 

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  1. that is so lovely! the greenery is soul cleansing!
    thank you for sharing!

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