Sulham Estate

Cycle Paths on the Sulham Estate


I was recently approached by Henry Scutt, the owner of the Sulham Estate, which lies to the West of Reading, asking if we were interested in helping to devise new cycle routes through the estate.

I contacted Rob Hill who looks after that area for your committee and Simon Bird from the Reading branch of Cycling UK. We met with him and had a long discussion about how we might do this.

One of the ideas was that we would consult with our members and to this end Simon is sending out an email to all CUK-R members with links to their Facebook and website pages where he has put maps of the area. He is asking for ideas as to possible routes and I would ask all of you reading this to do so as well.

Mr Scutt may have found a source of possible funding for the creation of such routes and this is a very valuable opportunity to access a beautiful and relatively unspoilt part of our local area.

What we are looking for is for feedback as to where you would like to be able to cycle.

For example, do we need a safe route into Pangbourne or back into Purley or Tilehurst?

Is there an opportunity to get beyond the Theale to Pangbourne Road and out into West Berkshire?

Please contact Simon Bird or me with your comments and ideas.

Find the Cycling UK website at and their Facebook Page at

Joe Edwards
RCC Chairman


The Sulham Estate is seeking ideas for new cycle access across the estate. The estate lies immediately west of Reading, bounded by Theale to the south and the railway line to the north.

Have a look at the maps and think about what routes could be useful to the wider community. Here’s the low-tech way to participate:

  1. Print a map off:
    Examples are shown below.
  1. Draw your routes on it.
  2. Take a photo and send it to with your thoughts on what makes your route useful.

You don’t need to be constrained by any existing rights of way. Do bear in mind that the estate is essentially flat in the west and hilly in the east. Easy routes up that hill would be very welcome.

Each map shows the boundary of the estate. There are three maps showing differing levels of detail (Google, Ordnance Survey 25k and 50k).

Simon Bird
Runs Secretary, Cycling UK Reading

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