Riverside Park is a small, established community of park homes located to the north east of Tilehurst, a suburb of Reading to the west in Berkshire. The Park is accessed via Scours Lane and is located between the River Thames to the north and railway line to the south
The Thames Path runs along this side of the river. There is a small area of trees and shrubs to the west of the park.
Scours Lane terminates at the river in the north, to allotments in the east and exits via an underpass under the railway to the south, leading on to connect with Oxford Road.
The M4 motorway is some 4 miles to the south. Comprehensive amenities and facilities can be found within a short distance of the park.
Tilehurst is situated 3 miles (5 km) west of central Reading and 42 miles (68 km) from London.
The original name was Tigel-Hurst which means “the wooded hill where tiles are made”.
Parts of St Michael’s Church in Tilehurst date from the 13th century but there has been a church on the site since 1189. Up until the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, it was served by the monks from Reading Abbey.
A prominent landmark in the area is the Tilehurst Water Tower which was built in 1932 to supplement Bath Road Reservoir. It is in a prominent position and can be see particularly well when approaching Reading from the M4 motorway.
Opened in 1882, Tilehurst railway station is to the north of the area and is on the original line of the Great Western Railway between Oxford and Reading. Journey times are approximately 5 minutes to Reading, 35 minutes to Oxford and just under an hour to London Paddington.
There is also a frequent bus service during week days from Tilehurst to Reading town centre.
Prospect Park is Reading’s biggest open space and is so called because of the stunning views over the Kennet Valley and beyond, as seen from the Mansion House at the highest point of the park. The mansion, built in the late 18th century, is Grade II listed and is now a restaurant. The site has a host of sports facilities and a well-equipped children’s play area. There is also a mini steam train which runs on weekends during the summer. During the year the park is also the venue for several community events such as the Reading Carnival in May.
Electricity – Mains. Billed direct to the home owners
Water – Mains. Billed direct to the park and split equally amongst the homes
Drainage – to septic tank with waste pumped to mains
Gas – LPG. Bulk tanks