Berkshire Downs

Berkshire Downs

The Berkshire Downs are a downland area in England lie north of the River Kennet, south of the River Thames, east of Swindon and west of Reading. It is part of the North Wessex Downs AONB.

Originally wholly within Berkshire, the 1974 reorganisation of local government boundaries split the downs between the counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Horse racing forms a major industry in the area, with much of downs covered with training areas, and stables centred on the village of Lambourn.

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