Four Berkshire Walks to Please Both Walkers and Historians

January 31, 2022 6:19 pm

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One of the best counties to enjoy if you like to get out and about in the countryside is Berkshire. As well as having beautiful countryside, you will also be able to see a lot of history on your walks. Berkshire has lots of lovely towns which make it a great place to stay – Windsor, the home of course of Windsor Castle and Ascot, the home of one of the most popular horse racing events in the world are just two great places to stay, and they also have all the local amenities that you need, such as luxury hotels and businesses like this Ascot Solicitors Parachute Law.

So, if you are looking for some good places to walk when you visit Berkshire, here are a few that you should definitely try out…

The Wind in the Willows Walk – Follow the beautiful trail based on the creations of Kenneth Grahame in his popular book the Wind in the Willows. As nature and life on the riverbank is brought to life on those pages, see for yourself the beautiful countryside of Ratty, Mole and of course Mr Toad! You can walk past Kenneth Grahams former home as well as seeing the very woods which inspired the Wild Wood in the book.

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Cock Marsh – If you want to see wildlife, your best bet is to head to Cock marsh. It is a haven for wildlife and also a site of special scientific interest. Here you will also see some ancient structures – burial mounds that date back to the bronze age. There are some steep areas and it can be quite muddy at certain times of the year, so it is not for those who are less steady on their feet, but if you like a good walk then bring your wellies and head to Cock Marsh.

Bowdown Woods – This ancient woodland is a lovely place to go to escape from the modern world and all the hustle and bustle of daily life. It feels truly magical and is particularly beautiful in May as the bluebells carpet the ground in many areas of the woods. It goes down the river Kennet and makes a lovely walk if you are after some peace and quiet.

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Combe Gibbet – For a walk that combines spectacular views and scenery with a macabre history this is it! Walk up the hill and you will find the gallows that was put here in the 1600s. It was specifically built to hang two lovers for adultery and murder!

The Long Walk – Walk in the footsteps of former Kings and Queens with Windsor Castle in view. This is a lovely wander along the tree lined path, you will possibly spot some of the native red deer that roam the grounds, as well as the statue of King George III, famed for going mad and of course for losing the American colonies.