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Berkshire in the heart of Southern England (often referred to as 'Royal Berkshire' as it is so closely linked with the British Royal Family) is veined with country roads and leafy lanes; pretty villages lie throughout the county. The name Berkshire derives from the great forest of birch trees called Bearroc - the Celtic word for hilly - and the traditional home of the ancient British god/spirit Herne the Hunter... More recently, Berkshire's links with the computer industry have led to the county becoming known as England's Silicon Valley.

Berkshire is as scenic as many other parts of England with the River Thames flowing by magnificent Windsor Castle and the acres of rolling hills which make up the Chiltern Hills. It has a range of chalk hills south of the Thames as its northern border extending to the Vale of the White Horse and the county runs from the flat fields of the Thames Valley to the Chiltern Hills, then beyond Reading to the Berkshire Downs. The ancient track known as the Ridgeway runs through it while the restored Kennet and Avon Canal runs from Reading through West Berkshire. Chalk hills and the edge of the Cotswolds lie in the west.

Locations within Berkshire:

Aldermaston
Aldworth
Arborfield
Ascot
Astley
Avington
Barkham
Basildon
Beedon
Beedon Hill
Beenham
Binfield
Bisham
Boxford
Bracknell
Bradfield
Bray
Bray Court
Brightwalton
Brimpton
Bucklebury
Burghfield
Burnham
Canvey
Caversham
Chieveley
Chilton Foliat
Cold Ash
Combe
Compton
Crowthorne
Datchet
Earley
East Garston
East Ilsley
East Shefford
Eastbury
Easthampstead
Enborne
Englefield
Eton
Farnborough
Farnham Royal
Fawley
Frilsham
Great Shefford
Hampstead Norris
Hartshill
Hermitage
Horton
Hungerford
Hungerford Newton
Hurley
Hurst
Inkpen
Kintbury
Lambourn
Langley Marish
Marlow
Midgham
Moulsford
Newbury
Old Windsor
Pangbourne
Peasemore
Reading
Remenham
Shaw
Shinfield
Shiplake
Slough
Sonning
South Fawley
Speen
Stockcross
Stoke Poges
Stratfield Mortimer
Streatley
Sulhampstead
Sulhampstead Abbots
Swallowfield
Thatcham
Theale
Tidmarsh
Tilehurst
Twyford
Waltham Saint Lawrence
Warfield
Wargrave
Wasing
Welford
West Woodhay
Whitchurch
White Waltham
Wickham
Windsor
Winkfield
Winnersh
Winterbourne
Wokingham
Woodley
Wyrardisbury



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Status: Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region: South East England
Area: 1,262 sq. km
Admin HQ: No county town
ISO 3166-2: n/a
ONS code: n/a
NUTS 3: UKJ11
Population: 812,200 (2005 est.)
Council: No county council since 1998

 
     
 
   

 
 
   
 
 
 
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