West Berkshire Holiday brochure

Only an hour's drive from London, Bristol and Oxford you have to go a long way to beat West Berkshire for fine eateries, picturesque countryside and fascinating heritage.

Opportunities for those interested in the great outdoors are aplenty with walks from 2 miles to 184 miles including Ridgeway National Path which takes in Walbury Hill, the highest chalk hill in England. A more leisurely stroll can be enjoyed alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal or the Thames. Or why not try a flutter at the 100 year old Newbury Racecourse, renowned for its great hospitality.

The region's Heritage is of great interest. Donnington Castle saw much action during the civil wars of 1643 and 1644. Today all that is left is the gatehouse but visitors are still attracted by the views. National Trust Basildon Park near Pangbourne is noted for it's detailed plasterwork, magnificent staircase and unusual shell room.

There's a lot for families too, including the exotic Living Rainforest and a chance to get close to interesting animals at Beale Park and Bucklebury Farm Park.