Activities and Family Activities in Berkshire
The name Berkshire means a wooded hill area, relating to the Celtic word 'barro' for hilly and to a large forest of birch trees in this area called 'Berroc'. Located in the south east of England, Berkshire is one of the oldest counties in Britain (circa 840). Berkshire is known for its long history of sheep farming and one of the largest sheep fairs in the country is still held at East llsley. The county is also home to one the oldest and largest Royal Residences in the World, Windsor Castle. The castle remains one of the Queen's official residences, which is why the county is known as the "Royal County of Berkshire". The mighty River Thames runs along Berkshire's north-east border, from Old Windsor, via Henley, Reading and Pangbourne up to Goring. This scenic waterway was once a major trade route for the county but is now mainly used for boating, leisure craft and pleasure trips.