What to do in the Surrounding Area
We are lucky enough to be on The Chiltern Downs, hence the Rolling Fields name!
We are surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and you can walk along the ridgeway for 45 miles across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire!
2 miles either side you have the villages of Cholsey and Goring-on-Thames.
Local Places for a Drink or a Bite to Eat
Cafe – The Ox Shed in Cholsey
This is a small family run business with mouth watering cakes close to the Thames path.
Pub – The Red Lion in Cholsey
This lovely pub serves a great pint, lots of different types of gins and hot food!
Wine Bar – Le Clos in Wallingford
If you are wanting something a little more relaxed. Enjoy a lovely glass of wine and a Charcuterie board.
Restaurant/Bar – The Beetle & Wedge in Moulsford
This beautiful restaurant overlooks the river. It serves fantastic food, or you can just go for a quiet drink, they are very friendly! They also have a couple of boats that you can hire, though please contact them in advance to make sure you are not disappointed.
Villages, Towns and Cities
If you go to Cholsey Church you can also find where Agatha Christie is buried. There is a beautiful walk around the fields to Cholsey if you are up for it, my sister and I both live in the village and have walked it many times.
Goring and Streatley
Goring and Streatley are so pretty and definitely worth a visit. There are some fantastic walks along the river which separates the two villages. You’ll find a lock and a weir, originally constructed in the 1500s by a local mill owner.
You’ll find some small shops and a number of pubs and restaurants to go for a nice meal out. The Goring and Streatley train station serves a line that is well connected to London.
The picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames is only a 20 minute drive away. Famous for the Henley Regatta!
Oxford, Reading and London
The train stations will take you to Oxford, Reading and even London, all within an hour!
Oxford is only a 30 minute drive away and is worth a day trip to see the beautiful architecture in the old University City. There are streets of shops, restaurants, museums and theatres. It has everything you could want and you can even do a bit of punting down the river!
Again Reading is also a 30 minute drive away in the opposite direction. The town is on the Thames, at the very end of the Kennet and Avon Canal, and in the Middle Ages was the site of an influential abbey, the ruins of which can be seen around the central Forbury Gardens.
You are able to walk to both neighbouring villages, Goring-on-Thames and Cholsey, within an hour or if you are wanting a bigger walk, you have the Berkshire/Chiltern Downs on your doorstep which has stunning views!
Oxfordshire includes sections of three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – The Chilterns being the ones by us, which include the long-distance footpath along The Ridgeway.
The Berkshire Downs are also in walking distance and there is a gorgeous walk to The Bell in Aldworth, which is a quaint old pub that has been in the same family for over 250 years! However please be advised, this is a very popular country pub but being old school, it is cash only.
Alternatively, if you prefer a flatter walk, you can follow The Thames Path which provides excellent walking in either direction.
We also have plenty of National Trust sites around us.
Something a bit Different
If you want something a bit different for the whole family to enjoy there is:
Beale Park, a popular small wildlife park 15 minutes from the farm.
Fishing in Goring-on-Thames (you must remember to get a fishing licence for Goring Lock).
Waterski & Wakeboard/Wet n Wild – The Oxford Wakeboard and Ski Club has now become Gary’s birthday tradition as every year he gets his friends and family to meet there and they all do Ringos (getting towed behind a boat in a giant inflatable doughnut!) and there is also Wet ‘n’ Wild, which is a giant inflatable water park at the same site!
Blenheim Palace – a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.
Highclere Castle – home to Downton Abbey.