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Reading has an extensive network of buses linking the different areas. They are relatively inexpensive and a quick way of travelling. It is therefore worth getting to know the bus routes that are of most use to you. The main buses that service the University of Reading are the 20, 20a and 21. These can be caught on campus on Chancellors Way as well as near the Main Entrance on Shinfield Road arriving approximately every 10 minutes and going to both the town centre and the large supermarket, ASDA, in Lower Earley. It takes approximately 15 minutes to get into town and only 10 minutes to get to Campus from Reading Railway station on theses buses. The cost into town or back from town onto campus is currently £1.80 for an adult or £1.30 if you are 19 years old or younger and you have obtained a free Readi-id card.

Discounts
You can also purchase a SimplyUni card which gives you unlimited use on routes 20, 20a and 21 for either a whole term for £99 or a whole year for £297. If you use the buses a lot this can be a substantial saving. For information about the Readi-id and simplyUni cards, as well as other discount options for buying multiple tickets in advance see the bus website: www.reading-buses.co.uk/

Walking
Whiteknights campus is approximately 25 minutes walk from the centre of town or 35 min walk to the train station. Walking is a healthy way of getting around, but when it is dark or late it is not recommended to walk alone. Buses and taxis are a safer option.

Cycling
At the University of Reading students are encouraged to cycle. Whiteknights Campus is ideal for cycling and cycling can save you time getting to and from lectures. There are bicycle racks at hall and on the main campus, so there’s always somewhere to lock your bike. Cycling in Reading town is more challenging and requires a good knowledge of road traffic rules and conventions. If you are unsure it is best to go with someone who has more experience before venturing out on your own. Cycle helmets should always be worn when cycling and when cycling at night and on dull overcast days, lights should be used and bright, preferably reflective, clothes should be worn.

New bicycles can be bought from a number of shops in Reading including Halfords, Argos and Berkshire Cycle Centre on Wokingham Road. You can also buy bicycles second hand for a lot cheaper from websites such as Gumtree.com.

The cost for the card is £28 for a year or £65 for 3 years.

You can purchase a 16-25 railcard at most train stations by filling in a leaflet at the station. You will need to have a passport size photo of yourself and your passport for proof of age. An ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) will also entitle you to purchase the rail card.

For more information about the railcard or to buy a railcard online and have it sent to you see this site: www.16-25railcard.co.uk/

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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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