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Excellent views and great walks in the woods

The woods are a fantastic place for walking, also for Mountain Biking. Local's have turned part... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Daniel H
Reading, United Kingdom
Wilder's Folly, great photo opportunity , especially in the sun

The simple brick tower was built in 1769 by Reverend Henry Wilder while he was courting Joan... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
Ashley C
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4 miles west of Reading, Reading, England
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Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

It seems to have been tricky so a few people to find the folly and so here is a couple of quick easy ways to get there. Travelling travelling along Pincents Lane from the a four drive past IKEA and a little way up there...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Neil P
Reviewed 1 August 2018

The woods are a fantastic place for walking, also for Mountain Biking. Local's have turned part of the wood in to multiple short downhill mountain bike tracks. However these areas are clear to see and mountain bikers are mindful of walkers. The tower is in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This is great place for a country walk. Based just off of Tilehurst in Reading, This is a gentle area to get away from the hassle of daily life. The site is also Pincents Manor - a Medieval Manor Farm House, built in about the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I know this place very well as I luckily live a few minutes walk away, Wilders folly {shown} is an old Dove cote, the area was scene to battles between Round heads and Royalists, the Wilders farmhouse was once a convent and gave refuge to...More

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank Anglerdave
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The simple brick tower was built in 1769 by Reverend Henry Wilder while he was courting Joan, younger sister of John Thoyts of Sulhamstead House.[1] Wilder constructed the belvedere on Nunhide Hill so that it could be seen from Thoyts' home as well as his...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Ashley C
Reviewed 9 April 2017

A great walk for the dog(or kids) the hill offers spectacular views all across reading and the woods that lie behind are a great place to catch a glimpse of local wildlife. Also a great escape from the new IKEA building down the road

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

It is in between the middle of a copse and the M4 and only accessed by foot, it can be rather noisy but the fields are truly beautiful. The folly is lovely to look at and the romance of the apparent story to how it...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank 19dolly71
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a great place for a quiet walk, hidden away on the outskirts of Reading/West Berks area. You are right in the countryside. Walk up to the woods and cut through to Sulham or walk down to the track and walk or cycle to...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank nathanp843
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Enjoyed walking around this spot and hearing the legend behind the tower. We also walked in a nature preserve nearby and a copse. I had no idea wahat a copse was, so our friend informed us

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I was out cycling recently in Reading and decided to see if I could get from IKEA to the western outskirts of Reading by road. You can but not by car. After passing a narrow barrier in Pincents Lane you climb a longish hill and...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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