For a perfect blend of fine eateries, picturesque countryside and fascinating heritage you have to go a long way to beat West Berkshire. The region is just over an hours drive from London, Bristol and Oxford and rail and road links are excellent. West Berkshire has a very rich heritage both culturally and naturally. Berkshire is one of the oldest counties in England and has seen many battles throughout history making it a great place for the historian. It is worth paying a visit to Windsor Castle. Berkshire is also the home of racing, at Ascot where twenty-five days of racing over the course of the year includes the Ascot Gold Cup.