Our Site Location

Our hydro scheme is on the River Thames in Reading, UK, by Caversham Weir and View Island. You can get great views of the scheme from land that is open to the public 24/7. Have a good look at our hydro-electric turbines and fish pass from the West end of View Island. Stand on the footpath on the North bank of the river to get a full panorama of the mural on our turbine house, or walk along the public footpath that crosses the weir for a close-up view. We encourage groups and individuals to visit when the scheme is operating.


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Directions

Address: View Island, Caversham Weir, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8BP

Coordinates: Latitude 51.46146, Longitude -0.96502

Walking Directions from Reading Train Station:

Exiting from the North Entrance, head along Trouper Potts Way towards Vastern Road. Turn right towards the roundabout, crossing over onto Napier Road (past Thames Water and Reading Bridge House). Take the first left onto Kings Meadow Way, and follow the road past the Thames Lido to the Thames Path. Cross Caversham Lock onto De Bohun island, and follow the path across Caversham Weir. You will see the site location just before you pass the wooded boundary of View Island.

Amenities

If you’re paying us a visit, please respect the local environment on View Island and the River Thames. They are precious resources and a habitat for the wildlife of Reading and we wish to co-exist positively with our neighbours! Some of the amenities local to our site include:

  • Thames Lido: the wonderfully restored historic open swimming baths are just beside Caversham Lock, and include spa facilities and a fantastic restaurant for all your leisure needs. Find out more here.
  • Whittington’s Tea Barge: Operates between March – October; fancy a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake? Whittington’s will be very happy to accommodate you by the Thames and the Reading Bridge. Find out more here.
  • Christchurch Meadows & Hills Meadows: Our site is located next to two of the three parks in this part of Reading. The Turbine House visible and accessible from the Hills Meadow car park off George Street.
  • Kings Meadow: On the other side of the Thames? Kings Meadow is a wide open park with the Thames Path running through it and past the Tesco Extra at the end of Napier Road. You get a wonderful view and photography opportunity of our site just in front of Caversham Lock.