- Countryside Rolling hills and canalside strolls
- Country life Pageantry and perfect pubs
For fine eateries, picturesque countryside and fascinating heritage, the Royal County of Berkshire is hard to beat.
Bordering the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Hampshire, it’s both a convenient base to see much of southern England and a splendid county in its own right. From the quiet beauty of Windsor Great Park to the stylish bars and shopping possibilities of Reading, it’s an area with much to offer the weekend visitor. Threading its way through the whole region, the Thames unites the soft landscape of gentle hills and warm valleys like a slow-flow highway to the heart of England.
Do go/Don’t go
June, July and August are the best months for British weather but, frankly, we’ve often found that a fresh spring morning or a crisp, cold autumn or winter’s day is the best way to enjoy southern England’s countryside delights.
- Planes The nearest airport is Heathrow | roughly 45 minutes’ drive from Goring. RailAir coaches link Heathrow to Reading station (www.railair.com). Gatwick is about an hour away by car. The Gatwick Express (www.gatwickexpress.com) departs every 20 minutes for London Victoria | which has easy connections to Berkshire stations.
- Trains From London Waterloo, there are frequent services to Windsor and Reading; Reading also has national links to Edinburgh, Swansea, Oxford and Bristol, among others. Paddington station also offers good connections with Berkshire stations.
- Automobiles It’s well worth having your own wheels: some of these country lanes are a sight to behold. The area is popular with weekending Londoners | though | so roads can be busy on Friday and Sunday afternoons.
- Taxis Some of the smaller towns have limited taxi services. Your best bet is to get your hotel to sort out there-and-back drop-offs and pick-ups.