The walk along the busy main road from the former Roebuck pub to the Skerritt Way residential road has been reduced. Now one can leave the road early and walk through Purley Beeches rather than following the road to a bus stop and walking down a flight of enclosed steps.
The directions will now read:
“Turn right through the gate in the flint wall (right) to follow a woodland path down to Skerritt
Way. Continue ahead along the road.”
This plan has been around since 1982, before the estate was completed. The wood is in the care of Purley Beeches Residents Association which levies a voluntary household fee towards the cost of maintenance.
The new foot and cycle bridge upstream of Reading Bridge has opened.
The crossing links the towpath with Christchurch Meadows and provides a pleasant walk for those wishing to reach Caversham.
However, it has met with a mixed reception.
Reading cyclists are dismayed that there is not a segregated cycle lane.
Also, the design of the ramp fencing means that walkers on the Thames Path briefly lose a river view.
Meanwhile, although there has been a formal opening by the Mayor of Reading, the bridge has not been given a name.
Suggestions being considered by Reading Council include Meadows Bridge, Christchurch Bridge, Fry’s Bridge (after upstream Fry’s Island) and de Montford Bridge (after Robert de Montford who won a joust on the island against Henry of Essex).