North Wessex Downs
This AONB includes significant areas of chalk downland with their unique habitat. Man's past has left many reminders in this area too including the iconic white horses, the stone circle at Avebury and Silbury Castle. More Information
The County of Berkshire is bisected by the Thames Valley with higher land rising to the north and south of this great river. The county has mane areas of woodland with trees that prefer acid soils. These include Bracknell Forest, Windsor Great Park, Crowthorne and Stratfield Saye Woods. The highest land lies along the Hampshire border to the south The highest point in the county is Walbury Hill at 297 metres above sea level. The open upland areas compete with Newmarket (Suffolk) for horse racing training and breeding. Away from the towns cereal crops are widespread. The major towns and centres of population include Ascot, Eton, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough and Windsor.
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