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Castle Hill, Old & New Coley Heritage Walkabout

Guided Walk

This Walkabout (Guided Walk) developed for Heritage Open Days 2021 by Terry Dixon (Terry's Reading Walkabouts) and Reading Civic Society.

I will explore the history of Castle Hill, Old and New Coley over 150 years. Will will show images of the area as it was. Do you know there a Whitbread Pub was in Coley Place? What about where the Coley steps were? Illustrations will be used to explain the history and the changes to the area (from Mansions to courts) , the lost industries, people and some fascinating facts.

The tour will last approximately 2 hours, with a few short inclines & descents.

The tour is close to Reading Town centre. We meet at bottom of Castle Hill (junction with Coley Place) and will finish on Castle Hill junction with Field Road.

The tour will depart at 10am sharp but please arrive at 9:50 for the Safety brief.

There are no loos on the route - The nearby Castle Tap (on Castle Hill) will no doubt welcome paying customers at the end of the walk.

All proceeds (less minimal expenses) will be equally split between my 2022-23 Charities:- starting from April 6th 2022 for a year are:-
1st - Parents And Children Together - PACT - has been building and strengthening families since 1911.
Reading based, PACT is an adoption charity and family support provider which helps hundreds of families every year through outstanding adoption services and award-winning therapeutic support and inspirational community projects across the south of England.
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2nd - Royal Berks Charity are here to Support the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust vision to continue to drive improvement in patient experience and be an outstanding provider of health services for the local community. Through fundraising and generous donations, able to add extra value and support pioneering and innovative work for the benefit of those that need help. It’s the extras – both small and large – above and beyond the scope of the NHS budget, that really make a difference. See -
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