This post was most recently updated on June 27th, 2018
The Thames Valley is a loose term for the counties and areas that roughly follow the course of the River Thames as it flows from Oxfordshire in the west to London in the east.
The region is dotted with charming villages, cities, and towns, many of which are situated directly on the banks of the river. Consequently, the area is well-known nationally as a boating, kayaking, canoeing and rowing destination.
A single long-distance walking and cycling trail winds through the entire region. Known as the Thames Path, it takes in scenic landscapes including the Chiltern Hills, Ridgeway National Trail and Windsor Great Park.
The region is known for its luxury spa hotels and golf resorts, and visitors and locals alike enjoy frequent festivals, fairs and regattas. While high summer offers the warmest temperatures, it is also when most visitors flock to the area. Consider visiting in late spring or early autumn, when the crowds have started to disperse.
To help you on your way, we’ve assembled a list of the most popular places to visit in the Thames Valley…
1. Bray, Berkshire
This large village in Berkshire is a gastronomical hotspot, home to two of the four 3-Michelin-starred restaurants in England. Tantalise your taste buds at The Fat Duck run by Heston Blumenthal, or The Waterside Inn run by Alain Roux and Cavaliere Diego Masciaga.
With three miles of riverfront and many attractive riverside properties, Bray provides a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.