Guide To Holidaying In Berkshire
A guide by Denis Materna
One of the great attractions of Berkshire is Grims ditches. These are not just any ditches; they date from the Bronze Age. These ditches are surrounded by the remnants of ancient ceremonial barrows. The ditches themselves are named after the Anglo-Saxon god of war Grim and have a later association with the devil.
Reading is situated at the confluence of two rivers; the Kennet and the Thames; it is also very close to the Chiltern hills. Things to see in Reading are the beautiful ruined Abby, Medieval churches, Georgian architecture and the gothic Town Hall. Along with the Museum containing a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, and Victorian Art Gallery, there is a large shopping centre with all the top retailers. It is also home to two annual music festivals. Other interests near the town are Mapledurham House and Watermill, Greys Court and Wellington Country Park. To eat in Reading there is the Café Waldorf with live music; Tommy's Café and Cabana Bar; world Famous Pike Café; the gourmet Cilantro Restaurant and the Packsaddle Inn. There are numerous classy hotels in Reading, but there is also a good variety of quality B&Bs and guest houses including The Avenue Roses Guest House; Little Park Farm; Orchard House and The Bath House.
Maidenhead is built on the shores of the Thames and offers great and beautiful walks along an area of river scattered with scenic little villages and woods like White Waltham and Cliveden. This is picturesque Berkshire which is also the home of Windsor Castle; well worth a visit as the largest inhabited castle in the world. Windsor is also the home of Legoland which is just packed with fun for all the family and Frogmore House with its gardens and botanical library. Berchett's Green near by is home to the annual Shire Horses and Birds of Prey display.
Slough is another principle town in this county but does not offer that many attractions for the visitor except a museum. The Coral Reef Waterworld in Bracknell is a good family outing with three giant water slides, rapids, erupting volcano, firing canons, squirting snakes and bubbling spas. This is great day out with its over 18 only Sauna World and Restaurant with views over the tropical paradise.
Newbury offers more to see with the Highclere Castle and Gardens. Places to stay in Newbury include the Vineyard at Stockcross; Beaumont House and Images House. Newbury has forests nearby and despite the protests is still a place surrounded by picturesque countryside. There is also the Kennet Horse Boat Co. which run canal boat services and boat rides into this home county countryside. Some great places to eat and drink in Newbury are the Blackbird Inn; Hoggs Head; Gordon's Restaurant and Bar; the Lion and the Snooty Fox.
Getting around in Berkshire is not difficult especially with its proximity to London and the extensive rail links to Reading and Windsor.
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