Woodley Walks

Woodley Walks

Get your walking shoes on – 16 Woodley Walks now available on our website. Perfect for the Bank Holiday weekend!

Click HERE to access the walks or scan the QR Code

One of the positive aspects of the Covid 19 pandemic has been the importance of getting outdoors for both physical and mental wellbeing.

Wanting to help our residents access the many beautiful green spaces in and around Woodley, we have worked closely with volunteers from Loddon Valley Ramblers to create 16 Woodley focused walks that use the network of quiet footpaths around the town and out into neighbouring areas. 

Each individually designed walk has comprehensive route notes, photographs and maps, while some include tracks and waypoints in .gpx format for GPS use. All start and finish points are shown on the map and all of the routes can be downloaded via the links, ready to be printed or used on a smartphone or tablet. 

The majority of the walks are ‘circular’ and start and finish at the same place. However, two are ‘linear’ walks, starting and finishing at different places and may require the use of public transport to get you back home or to your car. Where this is the case, details of bus routes, stops and numbers, and train alternatives, are provided. It is advisable to check bus and train times before you set out. All walks are accessible by public transport; the route notes identify the bus number and bus stop of the starting points. Appropriate car parking at, or near, the starting points is also noted. 

Accessible walks

We wanted to include all of our residents and therefore the walks will suit the young (under supervision), the ‘not-so-young’ and everyone in between. School-age children will love discovering the area and following the instructions as they lead their parents around the walks. 

Some walks have been specifically designed with wheelchair users in mind and are marked with WCA. All ‘buggy friendly’ walks include gravel or dirt paths, which may be muddy and puddled, and across parkland that may be soggy. Extremely muddy paths have been excluded from this category. 

Please report any problems with the walks to and they will be directed to the appropriate authority for investigation. Comments about the walks should be sent to the same address. 

The Council wishes to thank Reading University (for allowing the use of its campus) and Loddon Valley Ramblers for their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. 

Although all efforts have been made to confirm the accuracy of the information provided, walks are undertaken at the walkers’ own risk. 

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Woodley library

Woodley Library now open

May 2021

Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries are now open

Woodley library

Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries have reopened for book browsing, borrowing, and a click and collect service.

  • Woodley Library is open on Mondays (9am to 1pm), Wednesdays (9am to 1pm) and Thursdays (1pm to 5pm)
  • Wokingham Library is open on Tuesdays (1pm to 5pm), Wednesdays (9.30am to 1.30pm) and Fridays (9.30am to 1.30pm)
  • Lower Earley Library is open on Mondays (9.30am to 1.30pm), Tuesdays (1pm to 5pm) and Thursdays (9.30am to 1.30pm)

All three libraries are open for click and collect only on Saturdays (9.30am to 1pm). 

Orders can be placed on the Library website or by phone on 0118 978 1368 .

Measures are in place at all three sites to allow for safe visiting; including social distancing, a one-way system, a requirement to wear masks and hand sanitizer stations.

Find out more here or check on the Library website or social media pages for changes to library services, as we move through the Covid-19 recovery roadmap. 

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town electors meeting woodley

Town Elector’s Meeting

Town Elector’s Meeting – Tuesday 25th May 2021 19.00-20.00

Town Electors’ Meeting – Your Town, Your Say

The Town Elector’s Meeting will have a new focus this year, looking back at the past 12-18 months and how the local community of Woodley has pulled together during the Covid 19 pandemic.

We want to celebrate the support and help the local residents of Woodley have received, and we will therefore have presentations from:

  • Jake Morrison, Citizens’ Advice Bureau
  • Peter Absolon, Readibus
  • Marjie Walker, The Link Visiting Scheme & Jayne Streak, Friendship Alliance
  • Richard Davies, Woodley FoodBank
  • Tracy Ward, Woodley Volunteer for Covid 19 Facebook Group
  • Deborah Mander, Woodley Town Council Town Clerk

The Town Elector’s Meeting will also give local residents the opportunity to have their say and ask any questions on the areas of Woodley that we look after. These include:

  • Centre Stage 
  • The Oakwood Centre
  • The Garden of Remembrance
  • The allotments at Reading Road
  • Community activities and events 
  • Halls for hire (Coronation and Chapel Halls)
  • Youth support work
  • Woodford Park Leisure Centre and The Gym on the Park
  • Woodley Town Centre Management Initiative
  • Local parks (Woodford Park, Malone, Wheble Parks & Bulmershe Open Space)
  • Maintaining designated bus shelters, the public toilet, street lighting, noticeboards, and public seating.

Do you have a question you would like to ask the Council about one of these areas?

Would you like to see more youth activities and events?

Would you like an annual Picnic in the Park or a Music Festival at Centre Stage?

Would you like to see any additional services or improvements to our parks and green spaces?

We’re encouraging local residents to join us on the evening of Tuesday 25th May at 19.00 via Zoom, when you will have the opportunity to ask your question. To obtain a link, please email

If you are unable to attend and would still like to submit a question, then please email or send your questions to our Facebook or Twitter pages. 

The meeting can also be watched live on the night on our YouTube channel

Please note that we will be unable to answer any questions related to Wokingham Borough Council and will ask you to contact them directly.

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Woodley Town Council 17 may

Lockdown restrictions 17 May 2021

Step 3 of lockdown lifting confirmed

Today, Monday 17 May 21, Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead. The main changes are:

  • People will be able to meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Up to six people, or two households, will be able to meet indoors
  • Domestic overnight stays will be allowed with people not in your household or bubble
  • Pupils and students will no longer need to wear masks in the classroom or communal areas
  • Pubs, restaurants, and other hospitality venues will be able to seat customers indoors
  • Indoor entertainment such as cinemas and museums will be able to open
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs will be able to reopen
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will be able to restart
  • Performances and sporting events in indoor and outdoor venues will be able to resume with capacity limits
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend significant life events such as wedding ceremonies, receptions, and christenings
  • The legal limit on the numbers of mourners at funerals will be lifted, though legal limits will be set by venues based on capacity.

Visit the Government website for a full overview of how the rules will change on 17 May.

Woodley Town Council

woodley town council

Woodley Town Council offices remain closed. Waste bags can be collected from other local collection points. Please see HERE for where to collect and how to order.

The Oakwood Centre

Oakwood Centre

The Oakwood Centre continues to take bookings in line with Covid 19 restrictions and rules. Please email: for further information. 

Brown Bag Cafe

Brown Bag Café opens today (17 May) and the public toilets in the Oakwood Centre will also be open during the café’s operating hours. Monday – Saturday: 08.00 – 17.00; Sunday: 09.00 – 16.00. 

Woodley Town Council 17 may

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Woodley Town Council

Woodley Town Council election results

Woodley Town Council election results

Robert Horskins, was voted Conservative councillor for Coronation East Ward.

Wokingham Borough Council election results for Woodley

Anne Chadwick, was voted Conservative Wokingham Borough Council councillor for Loddon ward.

Shahid Younis, was voted Conservative Wokingham Borough Council councillor for Bulmershe & Whitegates.

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Woodley Town Mayor Janet Sartorel

New Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor

We are delighted to announce that Cllr Janet Sartorel has been elected to Woodley Town Mayor and Cllr Kay Gilder to Woodley Deputy Town Mayor for the year 2021-22.

This is Cllr Sartorel’s first Mayorship and will be Cllr Gilder’s fifth time as Deputy Mayor.

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allotment gardening for mental wellbeing

Allotment gardening for mental wellbeing

A new fun, friendly and free event is now available from Sport in Mind at our Reading Rd allotment site.

It’s aimed at people experiencing mental health issues to promote physical health and mental wellbeing. Sport in Mind are also running events at other local parks.

Please contact Sport in Mind for further information (this is not a Woodley Town Council event). / 07341267740

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Friendship Alliance

Friendship Alliance Newsletter

Friendship Alliance Wokingham

Please download the latest Friendship Alliance Newsletter HERE, with links to all of the activities.

If you have any enquires, please contact Jayne Streak: 07464 834949 | 0118 979 8019 |

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