There can’t be many better places to enjoy the best of the English countryside with pretty villages and yet still be just a short drive from the English capital. Such an area is South Oxfordshire, which is a beautiful part of England just a few miles to the west of London. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, campsites and B&Bs.
South Oxfordshire incorporates some charming towns including Henley on Thames, Wallingford, Didcot and Thame as well as some pretty villages like Dorchester and Stoke Row. There are some fantastic walks for hikers to enjoy along the Chiltern Hills as well as along the Thames Path and The Ridgeway, while cyclists can take to the designated Oxfordshire Cycleway or the disused railway line of the Phoenix Trail. If equestrian activities are more to your liking then there is an Equestrian Centre at Checkendon.
There are plenty of golf clubs in this area too with courses in Henley on Thames, Wallingford, Didcot and Thame for example. Henley is famous for its regatta held annually usually at the end of June and beginning of July, which involves rowing events and visitors can hire boats here throughout the year. Visitors can undertake many other activities in this part of the country such as bird watching with around 200 Red Kites in the area, or perhaps take a bird’s eye look at the beautiful landscape from a hot air balloon with rides offered from Thame.
There is a diverse mix of places to eat with many different international cuisines on offer from Asian to Italian as well as traditional British fare. People on self catering holidays may also like to try one of the many pubs, cafes, restaurants or tea and coffee shops in the area. A mixture of specialist shops with well known high street names can be found in South Oxfordshire including many arts and crafts shops, jewellers, boutiques as well as stores and markets offering local produce.
There are many historic homes, galleries and museums to explore in South Oxfordshire including the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames and Didcot Railway Centre, where Thomas the Tank Engine is a frequent visitor. Nature lovers will be able to enjoy some wonderful sights with places worth visiting including Little Wittenham Nature Reserve and Warburg Nature Reserve in Henley on Thames as well as numerous parks and gardens. Approximately half an hour away from Henley on Thames is Windsor, home of the famous castle as well as Legoland.
The warmest time of the year to visit South Oxfordshire is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 21 to 22 degrees centigrade. July is usually also the driest month while October to January is the wettest time of the year with between 60 and 70mm average rainfall per month.
London Heathrow Airport is only 30 minutes away from Henley via the M4 and handles flights from a large number of destinations across the globe. Trains from London Paddington Station have links from Reading that call at Culham, Didcot, Cholsey, Goring, Henley and Shiplake. The M4 and M40 provide easy access by road from London as well as the South East and Midlands areas of England.