I hope you've had a great week. Five on Friday is on today because it's Friday again already. Many thanks to Amy for the link up, I really enjoy reading about all the things you've all been up to during the week.
Today we are heading out of Reading along the Kennet and Avon Canal for a mile or two but the canal itself will just carry on its merry way to Bath.
One - The Rising Sun Arts Centre
Before joining the canal at the Oracle shopping centre, I had to take a detour to find the Rising Sun Arts Centre as the building was built by Alfred Waterhouse, who built the Natural History Museum in London. Originally built as a Temperance House for his wife in 1877 in what was a rather dodgy area, it became a shop and then a squat for artists in 1990. This group set up the independent Arts Centre, now a charity run mainly by volunteers offering a lively programme for the community. It looks a really colourful place which was hosting a musical workshop for people with learning difficulties when I dropped in.
Two - Reading Lock
Back to the Oracle, I picked up the canal path past County Lock, the second lock after the canal leaves the River Thames. It isn't very deep at this point but there is a small weir. Having fallen into decline over the years, the canal only reopened in 1990 after lots of hard work by enthusiasts and volunteers.
Three - Flowers along the way
Four - Green Park
Following the signs to Green Park, another detour from the canal, I arrived at a business park with a difference. Companies are located in widely spaced buildings around a lake landscaped with twisty paths through beautiful planting.
|Information boards about the planting|
|Exercises for all those keen types.|
|Lots of places to sit and eat your lunch.|
|Rowing boats available for use|
|There's even the wind turbine you can see from the motorway - here's a few facts about it|
|New houses being built at the edge of the park|
Five - The Madejski Stadium
Just round the corner is the Madejski Stadium, home of Reading's football team, known as the Royals. As this post is getting rather long, I'll tell you about it another time.
Needless to say, after all that exploring, 16,000 steps, I had to get the bus back to the town centre!
Thanks for calling in, lovely to see you as ever.