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Heathrow to Reading

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Heathrow airport is the UK’s largest airport, the airport closest to Reading and the one you are most likely to arrive at. Upon arrival at Heathrow there are a few options available for travelling to Reading. The recommended option is to take a Railair coach from Heathrow direct to Reading. On the days of the International Weekend (see p4) representatives of the University will be at arrivals at Terminal 3 from 07.00 to 20.00 to direct international students to the Railair coach. The Railair coach shuttle service runs every 20 minutes and costs £17 with a journey time of 51 minutes. The coach leaves from the Central Bus Station at Heathrow and also stand 10 at Terminal 5, which is found by exiting Terminal 5 opposite the National Express sales desk. If arriving at a different terminal and you can’t find a University representative to direct you to one of these coach stops do the following:

  • From Terminals 1 and 3 follow signs for the Underground and Central Bus Station
  • From Terminal 4 use the free Heathrow Express shuttle service to take you to ‘Terminals 1, 2 and 3’. Then follow signs to ‘Terminals 2 and 3’ and as soon as you see signs for buses and underground follow these instead.

The drop-off point in Reading is Reading Railway Station. From here, if carrying luggage you are advised to take a taxi to your final destination. Local taxis will cost approximately £8 to take you to the University. Alternatively local buses run to the University of Reading from Reading Railway Station (see p17). For more information on the Railair coach service see:
www.railair.com/

An alternative to the coach and the most expensive option is to hire a taxi to drive you to Reading. You can arrange for a driver to meet you at the airport by pre-ordering from a company such as National Airport Links. They charge approximately £50 to meet you at Heathrow and drive you to your destination in Reading. The advantage of this service is that they can meet you at arrivals, help with your luggage and take you straight to your hall of residence or chosen destination in Reading.
www.nationalairportlinks.co.uk/

The final option is to take the train from Heathrow’s train station called Heathrow Central, formerly known as Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Reading Railway Station. Be advised that the train is not direct and has two changes, so may not be a good idea when carrying heavy luggage. The cost however is cheap with tickets starting from £15.40. Once at Reading Railway station taxis can be found outside the station along with buses.
www.thetrainline.com/buytickets

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Lousehill Copse | Well Hidden Local Nature Reserve

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A remnant ancient woodland that has been dated back to over 300 years ago, in the residential area of Tilehurst, In 1992 site was designated a Local Nature Reserve.

Lousehill Copse is dominated by a broadleaf canopy and mixed shrub layer. A circular path takes you round the wood with several spur paths connecting to local neighbourhoods. The wood includes steep slopes but as a result you do get a canopy eye view of the woodland!

The nature reserve is 13.03 hectares (32.2 acres) in size, and is under the management of the Reading Borough Council. The majority of the site comprises natural mature woodland surrounded by housing and featuring a pond, whilst the northern section of the reserve, also known as Comparts Plantation, is a grassy meadow area. To the south the reserve is crossed by Dee Road.

Along with Blundells Copse & McIlroy Park, Lousehill Copse forms part of West Reading Woodlands.

Lousehill Copse is located at Tay Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4DR

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Clayfield Copse | Reading’s first Local Nature Reserve

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A large, mainly natural open space consisting of fields and native woodlands adjoining the Oxfordshire countryside. Two fields are recreational areas. Some woodland is being actively managed as hazel coppice, and traditional dead hedging defines some of the ancient woodland areas. A wild flower meadow and other fields are being left to regenerate woodland. Beautiful bluebells spot in bluebell season.

Designated as a Reading Nature Reserve in 1991 (and was Reading’s first Local Nature Reserve). Clayfield Copse also features a Sculpture Trail (suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs) and two of the fields are recreational areas with a skate park.

Popular site for family walker, dog walkers

Clayfield Copse is located at Caversham Park Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6R

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Basildon Park | An Unmissable Berkshire Heritage Site

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If you’re looking for an amazing family fun walk, Basildon Park is the one. With 400 acres of stunning Berkshire countryside for the dogs to run around in and seasonal trails to keep the kids entertained, Basildon is a true gem. Also take advantage of the National Trust property by exploring the stunning 18th century house – it’s a true beauty and the decoration has been restored from how it would have been back in it’s day.

There are many things to do & explorer at Basildon Park

The house
Explore Basildon Park, a stunning Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland. Once the home of Lord and Lady Iliffe, it played host to many glamourous parties in the 1950s.
Also if you are fan of Downton Abbey you would like to know that in this house is where the interiors of Grantham House are set.

The garden
With an impressive restoration story of their own, find out what the gardens of Basildon Park have been through to be where they are today.

The parkland
Explore over 400 acres of parkland. With plenty of walks and family fun to be had, you’ll enjoy celebrating the outdoors here, whatever the season.

Basildon Park is located at Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
Note: As Basildon Park is owned by the National Trust, there is a charge

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