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The variety of walks in Berkshire is vast and you can explore ancient woodland, walk around the country’s most famous castle or ramble along riverbanks without leaving the county borders. West Berkshire almost entirely falls within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and allows you to explore undulating pastoral landscapes dotted with picturesque villages and valleys. In the east, you can roam the trails of Swinley Forest and the extraordinary Windsor Great Park.
The River Thames acts as a northern border for parts of the county and if you’re after waterside hikes in Berkshire, you can follow the River Kennet through much of the region. The Kennet & Avon Canal traverses half the county and numerous lakes are clustered together offering excellent walking trails with plenty of bird spotting opportunities.
Reading, Newbury and Bracknell are the largest settlements but you’ll find much quieter and quainter places to rest too. Short strolls or day-long hikes, there are adventures for everyone in Berkshire.
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Up to the downs and down to the rivers
Some of the best hiking trails in Berkshire take in the glorious landscape features of its downlands and rivers. In the West, the county falls within the North Wessex Downs AONB, and when you explore the Lambourn Downs, you’ll soon see that it deserves its designation. Hikes from Berkshire’s pretty settlements of Lambourn, Eastbury and East Garston all take you from the thatched cottages alongside the River Lambourn up to the rolling downland above. Bridleways, byways, footpaths and tracks criss-cross the hills here and you can explore from farm to farm with excellent views.
On the River Kennet and its neighbouring canal, you can enjoy stunning walks along Berkshire’s main waterway as it flows east through Newbury to its confluence with the Thames at Reading. Woodlands, meadows, medieval parkland and pretty locks combine to make this area a tranquil adventuring ground.
Grand houses and a royal abode
There’s plenty of rural countryside to enjoy but you could also spend most of a day exploring the phenomenal Windsor Great Park, part of the enormous Windsor Castle estate. This world-renowned slice of history is one of the primary homes of Queen Elizabeth II and has been continually occupied since the original castle was built in the 11th-century.
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