Nestling alongside the River Thames, Pangbourne has been the subject of much literary inspiration.
Kenneth Grahame, author of ‘Wind in the Willows’, lived in the town and the Swan Public House is referred to in Jerome K. Jerome’s ‘Three Men in a Boat’.
Today, Pangbourne is still a charming place, full of character, with individual shops, pubs and cafes, an ideal place to potter. Stop and watch the waterside wildlife while enjoying a pint of beer or a glass of wine. Surrounded by picturesque countryside that cradles the River, many visitors come through Pangbourne on the National Thames Pathway but stop to enjoy the town’s tranquillity.
The water meadows, owned and maintained by the parish council are a popular spot for a picnic or a stroll. It’s also the site of the annual village fete, a wonderful English tradition, including the customary WI cake stall but also the more unusual Limbo dancing competition! With parking and easy access from the M4 motorway this is a popular choice for families.
Another draw to families is Beale Park at Lower Basildon, a Riverside park, home to many difference species of birds as well as goats and ponies. There are also picnic areas and other great facilities fo those with small children. Close by is National Trust property, Basildon Park, noted for its detailed plasterwork, magnificent staircase and unusual shell room. More recently, this splendid building was used whilst filming Pride and Prejudice.
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