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Berkshire
Berkshire

Places to Visit

Berkshire

Walking Berkshire 

Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.

 

Reading and Newbury 

Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.

Recommended in Berkshire

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Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa

This charming and stylish hotel, complete with golf course, ticks all the right boxes.
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The Swan Inn

A delightful village inn dating back to the 17th century with spacious rooms and a smart restaurant.
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The Royal Oak Paley Street

First-class modern British cooking in a spruced-up country pub.