Lush countryside at picturesque Aldermaston
The small Berkshire village of Aldermaston is set in some of England’s prettiest countryside and is a great starting point for visiting the surrounding area, which includes the beautiful Kennet & Avon canal and the Nearby North Wessex Downs, classified an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy simply messing around in boats? Head to Aldermaston Wharf where you can take a narrowboat down the canal for the day.
From Downton to deer …
Fans of the hit TV series Downton Abbey will love to visit Highclere Castle, under half an hour’s drive from here. Please note though: it’s closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Meanwhile the Nearby Bucklebury Farm Park offers plenty of fun for everyone with deer and other creatures plus indoor and outdoor play areas. Nearby too is The School of Jewellery and Craft, made famous by TV’s Kirstie Allsopp, where you can book a range of making courses. Rainy day? The Leisure Park at Basingstoke isn’t far and offers skating, bowling, swimming, golf and even indoor skydiving.
Green and pleasant land
The North Wessex Downs are a haven for exploring. Head to Waylands Smithy to marvel at the Neolithic tombs there. Planning a trip to Aldermaston? Try the Travelodge Basingstoke Hotel or the Travelodge Newbury Chieveley which is handy for the M4.