Berkshire’s best bike rides: 19 miles from Wokingham to Arborfield
PUBLISHED: 16:53 28 September 2020
Colin Wharton takes you on a lovely bike ride from Wokingham to Arborfield
This is a short cycle ride with a mixture of roads, lanes and tracks following a route to the west of Wokingham and exploring a mixture of urban and countryside terrain.
This cycle ride is best done with a hybrid bike or mountain bike due to some of the rougher track sections, however these can be avoided if poor weather conditions dictate using better road sections.
Wokingham is a market town close to Reading and was once known for its silk production. It has a pretty market place with a number of historic buildings.
1) (SU 80628 68623) From Wokingham Station follow Station Approach northwards from the east side of the station following the cycleway. When you reach the Reading Road stop and cross the road, then turn left to continue on the cycleway. You should see St Paul’s Parish Church on the other side of the road.
Turn right at the next road (Holt Lane) and follow this road northwards and uphill passing Joel Park on your left. Joel Park is a small Local Nature Reserve.
At the next road, Jubilee Avenue (A321), turn left and follow this road north with Joel Park on your left. Continue along Clifton Road. At the end of Clifton Road turn left into Mathewsgreen Road and follow this until you reach Toutley Road. Turn right.
2) (SU 79943 70565) Follow Toutley Road northwards along the cycle path when possible. Turn left at Old Forest Road and follow this road southwards. Cross over the railway bridge. Turn right onto the Reading Road and onto the cycle way.
Turn left at Sadler’s Lane, with fields on your right. The track becomes rougher for a small section until you eventually reach Bearwood Road, where you have to turn right.
Turn left at New Road and follow it northwards, turning left again at the next junction onto Mole Road (B3030). Follow this road southwards, turning right onto Harrow Way. Follow Harrow Way and then Gypsy Lane, then turn right onto Betty Grove Lane.
Turn onto a track on the second left and follow this south westwards until you reach Julkes Lane. Turn left at Julkes Lane and follow this southwards, turning right at Carters Hill, Arborfield. Now follow the track as it winds southwards, exiting close to Saint Batholomew’s Church, Arborfield, where you turn right onto Church Lane.
3) (SU 75973 67770) Follow Church Lane until you reach the Reading Road (A327). At this point turn right and follow the road, turning left again at Greensward Lane. Follow the road southwards, passing open countryside either side.
Turn right down Swallowfield Road with hedgerows and countryside either side. After passing Castle Hill, turn left at a small byway down to Kiln Lane. At the end of Kiln Lane, join Priest Hill, following it right and then south- westerly down until you reach Bungler’s Hill.
At Bungler’s Hill turn left and follow the road south, turning right down a byway that will take you to Sandpit Lane. At Sandpit Lane, turn left and follow the lane eastwards, taking a right turn close to Wheeler’s Copse. Follow this track until you get to Jouldings Lane.
Turn left at Jouldings Lane and follow it northwards and eastwards as it merges into Church Road. Follow Church Road until you eventually reach Eversley Road (A327). Cross the road and take Sheerlands Road until you reach Biggs Lane. At Biggs Lane turn left and follow the road northwards, past Arborfield Garrison, using the cycleway as much as possible.
Turn right at Langley Common Road and then left at School Road and follow this westwards. Turn right at Wood Lane and follow it northwards and then eastwards as it leads into Coombes Lane and crosses Bearwood Road into Sandy Lane.
Stay on Sandy Lane until you reach Barkham Road. At Barkham Road turn left and follow it eastwards, which will take you back to the train station.
Start/finish: Wokingham Station, Station Approach, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2AP
Distance: 19 miles or 35km
Terrain: A short cycle ride traversing a mixture of small roads and lanes to slightly more off-road byways across undulating countryside
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Refreshments: Eateries and pubs close to Wokingham