Local area guide for villages south of Reading

With stunning properties, great schools and convenient access to central Reading, the villages south of Reading are hugely popular among commuters looking to offset their busy working weeks with peaceful surroundings. Three Mile Cross, Shinfield, Grazeley, Arborfield, Burghfield and Spencers Wood offer plenty of open space and wonderful character.

What's in south of Reading?

  1. 1Pubs and restaurants

    The villages south of Reading have an excellent array of rustic and traditional pubs set within the beautiful countryside. Those looking for something extra special will find the delicious fine-dining L’Ortolan restaurant. Located in a picturesque Shinfield location, its unique menu offers a magical experience that’s certainly out of the norm. You’ll also find a wonderful selection of Indian food, thanks to the vibrant multicultural community in the Reading area.

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  2. 2Shopping

    Of course, Reading itself offers a wealth of shopping opportunities (with The Oracle shopping centre and a maze of high street shops), but each of the villages has its own offerings. You’ll find a post office, local store and all the conveniences you would expect, while nearby, large, out-of-town supermarkets provide everything needed for a weekly shop.

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  3. 3Health and fitness

    With open spaces, public footpaths and leafy woodland; the area south of Reading provides plenty of excellent countryside walks. If you’re into running, there is an annual 10K race held on the first May bank holiday in Shinfield which is always popular. With South Reading Leisure Centre just on the other side of the M4, you have access to a 25m swimming pool, gym, 3G football pitches, tennis courts and a sports hall for activities including netball, badminton and basketball.

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  4. 4Entertainment

    With plenty of chances to explore the countryside, you won’t be short of adventures. Spring offers family-friendly opportunities to visit the many farms and lambing centres in the region, such as Lockey Farm in Arborfield and Amners Farm in Burghfield – both of which providing hands-on animal experiences and fun kids’ activities. Each village has their own communities also holding events throughout the year.

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  5. 5Education

    Bohunt Wokingham school in Arborfield is a very popular choice for children aged 11-16 years old and is set to be expanded in 2024. For children who want to focus on sports, the John Madejski Academy is another popular choice. In Three Mile Cross itself, there is Oakbank School for pupils aged 11 to 16.

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  6. 6Transport

    There are many bus routes to and from the villages south of Reading to the town centre, from where you can get direct trains to Heathrow, Slough and beyond. With easy access to the M4 corridor, you can get to just about anywhere you want to go.

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