West Berkshire (pronounced 'bark-sher') is a 272-square-mile administrative region in South East England. It lies half way between Bristol and London and is centred on the town of Newbury. West Berkshire is served by the M4 and is on a major rail link into London Paddington, so it is popular with commuters. This is reflected in the sky-high property prices.
Around 154,000 people live in the area. The mainly rural landscape is dotted with picturesque villages and small market towns. But West Berkshire is handy for air travel too, with both Heathrow and Gatwick within easy reach.
The North Wessex Downs are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Local landmarks include Highclere Castle (the location for TV's Downton Abbey) and Newbury race course. The West Berkshire Brewery at Yattendon is where they make the legendary Dogbolter ale. In Newbury, you can catch a play, concert or comedy gig at the Corn Exchange or the Watermill Theatre.