"Some nice places.................." Berkshire by leics

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.......in Berkshire. A wealthy county, with the evidence of that wealth fairly obvious in many places, but also one with pleasant walks and pretty villages.

I've really made this page to link to other places that VT doesn't recognise as being in Berkshire, such as Pangbourne. If you go there, it's worth walking over the bridge into Oxfordshire and the village of Whitchurch-on-Thames. There you will find the UK's largest alpacca farm (take the second right after you have crossed the Thames, and walk about a quarter of a mile........alpaccas on the left!).

I've also spent some time recently exploring the Iron age hillfort at Hermitage.

Now I've realised I can use this page to link to odd places, I'll do a bit more investigation and take some more photos. Th main one above shows the river in January; the blob on the tree in the background is mistletoe (loads in this area).

This gorse is in bloom at Hermitage, on New Year's Day. The English saying is that 'when the gorse is out of bloom, then kissing is out of fashion'. It blooms throughout the year, which is just as well.

Lots of very old, rather pretty (and hugely expensive) cottages in Berkshire. Many are thatched; the ideal rural retreat for all those grey-faced men who commute into London every day in order to make enough money to buy a rural retreat in 'Royal' Berkshire............

These, dating from the 16th century, are opposite the church in Pangbourne.

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  • Pros:Some lovely countryside and walks, and history
  • Cons:A very wealthy county
  • In a nutshell:Some lovely countryside
  • Last visit to Berkshire: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 12, 2013
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