In addition to the many miles of public footpaths and bridleways, the Englefield Estate makes more than 1,700 acres of land available for public access with miles of walking and horse-riding trails.
Much of this is attractive woodland with lakes and ponds, offering plenty of space for exercise, fresh air, wildlife spotting and quiet contemplation.
The Estate’s proximity to several villages and larger urban areas makes it ideally placed to help people with less access to green space in their immediate locality.
The Estate works with social prescribers in local GP practices, to identify outdoor activities that will help those with social needs, long term conditions and mental health.
They also work with Get Berkshire Active, a charity funded through Sport England with a social purpose to transform lives through Sport and Physical Activity.
Local Walking for Health groups also use their public access areas, and social prescribers refer people to these groups where appropriate.
Visual guides to walking routes on the Estate range in length from 20 minutes to over an hour and can either be downloaded and printed or viewed on mobile devices whilst walking.
This means social prescribers can discuss the level of exercise individuals are comfortable with and provide suitable routes.
It also means that all members of the public who would like to explore their public access areas, but are not sure where to start, have easy to use guides at their fingertips.
Ever Active, funded by Reading Borough Council and West Berkshire Council, is a programme that supports older and disabled adults who are seeking to improve their health and fitness and reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
Get Berkshire Active contacted the Estate about starting an Ever Active exercise class in Englefield Village, driven by the need to reduce the social isolation and loneliness exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and give older people a safe place to take part in a group exercise activity with a qualified instructor, who follows Covid-safe procedures and can tailor classes to the requirements of participants.
They are very happy to provide a suitable flat, spacious, outdoor area in the village for weekly session
1.2 mile walking route from Mortimer - click here to download pdf
Terrain and Surface: A couple of short, steeper slopes.
Muddy in places (wellies advised after rain and during winter)
Seating: Log bench at one mile.
Parking: A couple of spaces next to the gate or street parking in Mortimer
Englefield & Theale
A map for public access around Englefield and Theale can be found can be found here.
Terrain and Surface: Not hilly, can be muddy
Seating: Yes, about half way round
Avoid: School start and finish times.
Silchester Playing Field
Terrain and Surface: Some slopes, muddy with puddles (wellies advised after heavy rain and during winter)
Seating: At the start/finish
Avoid: School start and finish times
Parking: Free, open 7am-6pm
Enjoy a hearty meal in their cosy country pub, grabbing a pint at the bar or digging into a light lunch in their scenic beer garden and watching the world pass by.
A warm and inviting pub offering a friendly welcome every time you visit with great outdoor space for the kids.
Englefield and Theale
With a large outdoor covered patio area and sunny garden they are the perfect place to drop in for a refreshing drink.
A traditional pub that has ample distanced inside seating areas if required.
They have a covered outdoor seated patio area along with a covered bench seating area.
Fresh breakfast, quick service, friendly atmosphere.
The Store’s tea room is well known and much loved for its freshly made light lunches and homemade cakes.
Bradley's is a brand new Coffee Shop specialising in Barista Style Coffee in the heart of Theale's bustling High Street.
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