Berkshire, United Kingdom
When to 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.
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PlanesThe 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.
TrainsFrom 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.
AutomobilesIt’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.
TaxisSome 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.