Northern Whiteknights

Update: 13 March 2020. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, Friends of Reading University have advised the society that the Whiteknights Campus will no longer be accessible for this planned walk. We hope to offer a new date for the walk as soon as this is possible. All individuals booked onto the walk will be contacted within the next few days and offered either the opportunity to transfer their payment onto the new date, when it is known or a refund at that point, or an immediate refund. We are apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.   

Join us for a fascinating walk led by the Friends of Reading University Group.

Explore the ‘northern’ part of the Whiteknights campus, focusing on the history and occupants of Foxhill, one of six Victorian houses built in the Park, and the growth and development of the University’ halls of residence. The trail also includes the site of the Marquis of Blandford’s New Gardens and visits the sites of Park House, Erleigh Park (now demolished) and the ice house. The trail will finish at Whiteknights Park House.

The walk will take approximately 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Please dress for the conditions – solid footwear and rain wear (if necessary). The trail may include some walking on uneven surfaces. Disabled access might be restricted; it is therefore not recommended for wheelchair users. 

The meeting point will be emailed to booked individuals approximately one week beforehand. Parking for attendees is available in Car park 1a (pay and display) on the Whiteknights Campus of Reading University, Whiteknights Road, Earley, RG6 6UR

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Early booking is recommended as the society’s walks are  very popular and fill quickly.


14 Jun 2020


14:00 - 15:30


The Centre for Heritage & Family History


The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
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