West Berkshire

Area guide

The rural charm of West Berkshire enchants many with its culture, history and natural beauty.

Welcome to the West Berkshire area guide which will highlight some key points on the area including details on the types of property, key towns, transport, education and leisure activities.

West Berkshire lies in the South just East of London and is majorly comprised of a rural landscape which provides residents with the quaintness of country life whilst being near to the hubbub of the city. The area is populated with an abundance of charming villages and market towns which are accompanied by stunning natural scenery; such as the North Wessex Downs which is classified as an Area of Natural Beauty.

West Berkshire is a great commuter spot for those working in London or Bristol; with the location being almost equidistant between the two. Strutt & Parker manages a great variety of properties in West Berkshire whether you’re looking for cottages, townhouses or farms and estates. Along with this, we offer a wealth of services in the area including residential sales, estate management, farming and professional valuations. Read on to discover more:

Things To Do In West Berkshire

West Berkshire in all its rural and traditional glory has many attractions weaving in between the stunning countryside and villages.

Farmers Markets

The town of Newbury hosts a Farmers’ Market twice a month on a Sunday allowing residents of West Berkshire to shop for quality food and groceries from local farmers and independent businesses. Events such as these bring the local community together and are altogether a welcoming, fun and friendly affair.

Visit The North Wessex Downs

The beautiful rolling hills of the North Wessex Downs closely surround the West Berkshire area. The downs is frequented by many walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to the huge variation of bridleways and routes carved out specifically for these activities. A number of heritage sites are also located around the area such as Barbury Castle Country Park which is an Iron Age Fort open to visitors in a stunning location.

Why We Love West Berkshire

  • Restaurants and Pubs - charming pubs are spread all across the stunning North Wessex downs which are ideal for gatherings, parties or a bit of time to yourself. Some of our favourites include The Winterbourne Arms, The Pheasant Inn and the Dundas Arms which is located right next to the beautiful river beside Kintbury.
  • The Parks and Gardens - there are a huge number of fantastic green spaces around the West Berkshire region, the Hungerford Park Estate is home to beautiful gardens as well as its very own farm shop full of locally sourced meat, wine and cheese. Elsewhere, Welford Park hosts a number of events and attractions including the snowdrop gardens which is a beautiful woodland littered with an abundance of snowdrop flowers.
  • The community charm - West Berkshire’s many villages and towns are populated with fairs and events throughout the year which bring the local residents together.
  • The range of activities on offer - there are an array of activities scattered through the natural wonders of West Berkshire. This also includes Theale Water Sports Club where you can hire boats, learn how to waterski and wakeboard. An excellent opportunity to find a new hobby!

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Properties for sale in West Berkshire

Key villages & towns in West Berkshire

Schools in the area

West Berkshire is home to a huge amount of great secondary schools; The Willink School, which lies in the South of the region, is considered to be an excellent facility, as well as many independent schools such as Downe House, St Gabriel’s School and Pangbourne College. Elsewhere, the likes of Trinity School and Kennet School are also held in the same high regard.

The same goes for primary schools, Brimpton Church of England Primary School (located just outside of Newbury), Chieveley Primary School and Beenham Primary School are all featured in the top 20 of the school league tables for the area.

There are also a lot on offer for those seeking further education courses, Newbury College is the largest in the area (Reading College and Reading University is also nearby).

For a full and more comprehensive list of schools in the area, head to the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

Many stations operate throughout the area connecting travellers to London and Bristol with ease including Newbury Station, Thatcham Station and Kintbury Station. Reading, Woking and Basingtoke station are also located nearby which each hold a number of excellent connections to London, Southerly regions and further nationwide destinations.

By train

The M4 which runs all the way from London to Wales via Bristol and Bath cuts right through the heat of West Berkshire. Being situated at an almost equidistant point between London and Bristol has made the area a desirable commuter spot, with each destination being within just over an hour’s reach.