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Guide to Rural England - Berkshire

Guide to Rural England - Berkshire

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Published by Travel Publishing
The Guide to Rural Berkshire will appeal to people with a real interest in the beauty, tranquillity and traditional values of country life. Equally for those seeking a more active life in the countryside, the book offers a selection of many pleasant walks and information on places of interest such as historic houses, churches, monuments and many, many more.
Travel Publishing has made available Free of Charge digital editions of its popular series of Guide Books. These are available with working hyperlinks and for free download for personal use from http://www.findsomewhere.co.uk/PDF/PDF.htm
The Guide to Rural Berkshire will appeal to people with a real interest in the beauty, tranquillity and traditional values of country life. Equally for those seeking a more active life in the countryside, the book offers a selection of many pleasant walks and information on places of interest such as historic houses, churches, monuments and many, many more.
Travel Publishing has made available Free of Charge digital editions of its popular series of Guide Books. These are available with working hyperlinks and for free download for personal use from http://www.findsomewhere.co.uk/PDF/PDF.htm

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stories and anecdotes
 
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famous people
 
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art and craft
 
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entertainment and sport
 
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walks
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historic building
 
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museum and heritage
 
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historic site
 
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scenic attraction
 
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flora and fauna
Looking for somewhere to stay, eat, drink or shop?
 www.findsomewhere.co.uk 
 
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 G u i   d   e  t   o  R  u r  a l   E n g  l   a n d  
 B  E R  K S  HI   R  E
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stories and anecdotes
 
G
famous people
 
H
art and craft
 
I
entertainment and sport
 
J
walks
A
historic building
 
B
museum and heritage
 
C
historic site
 
D
scenic attraction
 
E
flora and fauna
Looking for somewhere to stay, eat, drink or shop?
 www.findsomewhere.co.uk 
 
LOCATOR MAP
BERKSHIRE 
KintburyHookHatleyWintneyAldermastonTadleyPangbourneHurstbourneTarrantAshburyLambournCrays PondMoulsfordBaydonPadworthSilchesterBaughurstThatchamHermitageBradfieldThree MileCrossArdingtonStoke PogesWooburn GreenWokinghamBinfieldHeathHare HatchTwyfordFarnboroughGreatBedwynLightwaterBurghclereHeadleyBeedonLitchfieldEtonWestChallowFarnhamRoyalHanningtonAddlestoneChalfontSt PeterCookham
AscotCrowthorneFleetKingsclereHungerfordWantageWallingfordGoringGrove
BracknellWindsorNewburyDidcotMaidenheadBeaconsfieldHenley-on-ThamesMarlow
BasingstokeWokingCamberleyStainesReadingSlough
Aldermaston
 pg 15
Aldworth
 pg 17 
Arborfield
 pg 15
Ascot
 pg 20 
Basildon
 pg 17 
Beenham
 pg 16
Binfield
 pg 21
Bisham
 pg 25
Boveney
 pg 22
Bracknell
 pg 21
Bray
 pg 22
Combe
 pg 10 
Compton
 pg 4
Cookham
 pg 23
Datchet
 pg 25
Towns and Villages
Donnington
 pg 6
Dorney
 pg 22
East Ilsley
 pg 4
Eton
 pg 24
Finchampstead
 pg 15
Greenham
 pg 11
Hampstead Norreys
 pg 6
Hungerford
 pg 7 
Hurst
 pg 14
Lambourn
 pg 4
Maidenhead
 pg 23
Newbury
 pg 5
Pangbourne
 pg 16
Reading
 pg 12
Runnymede
 pg 25
Sandhurst
 pg 22
Slough
 pg 25
Sonning
 pg 13
Swallowfield
 pg 15
Thatcham
 pg 11
Twyford
 pg 21
Wargrave
 pg 21
Whitchurch
 pg 16
Wickham
 pg 7 
Windsor
 pg 18
Winterbourne
 pg 6
Wokingham
 pg 14
Woodley
 pg 14
Woolhampton
 pg 16
 
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stories and anecdotes
 
G
famous people
 
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art and craft
 
I
entertainment and sport
 
J
walks
A
historic building
 
B
museum and heritage
 
C
historic site
 
D
scenic attraction
 
E
flora and fauna
Looking for somewhere to stay, eat, drink or shop?
 www.findsomewhere.co.uk 
 
 The Royal County of Berkshirereceives its honorific titlebecause one of the Queen’sthree official residences, Windsor Castle, lies within itsboundaries. The mostimportant landmark in the eastof the county, the 900-year-oldcastle is the county’s majortourist attraction.Berkshire extends over some485 square miles in the valley of the middle Thames and isdivided into six main districts. The western area of the county is important for racing and the training of racehorses, with a top-class course atNewbury, and the training centres of Lambourn and East Ilsley. Another feature of West Berkshire is thenumber of communication routes that flow across the region linking London with the WestCountry, dominated today by the M4 motorway. The ancient Ridgeway Path, England’s oldestroad, follows the county border withOxfordshire, and the Kennet and Avon Canal,completed in 1810, crosses southern Englandfrom Bristol to join the River Thames atReading. Entering the county at Hungerford,this major waterway passes through a charming rural landscape as it winds through villages andmarket towns. The canal prospered until thearrival of the Great Western Railway in 1841,after which it inevitably declined; by the 1950s it was largely unnavigable. After a full clearing andrestoration programme, the canal can now once
Berkshire
again be travelled its full length, providing a wide variety of leisure activities for thousandsof visitors each year. The central region of Berkshire isdominated by Reading, a thriving commutertown with excellent links to both London andthe West Country. Though seeming to be very much a product of the past two centuries, ithas a long and interesting history. The Thames, forming the northern county border with Oxfordshire, has, especially along its southern banks, many delightful villages, which became fashionable thanks to the Victorian and Edwardian passion for boating,and they remain fashionable to this day. Across Windsor Great Park, the remains of a royal hunting forest, lies Ascot racecourse,founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. Five days in June see the worlds of fashion andhorseracing meet at the highest level at theRoyal Ascot meeting.
Dun Mill Lock, Kennet & Avon Canal

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