Having a staycation this summer? Well, you are in luck! There are hundreds of beautiful locations to visit and photograph during the summer holidays that won’t break the bank. Berkshire boasts great rail and bus networks, making it easy to reach these locations. Some spots are a bit further afield but well worth the visit for a day road trip. Charge those camera batteries, ensure you have space on your memory card, and get ready to explore these fantastic local destinations! Here are our Top 10 Places to Photograph in Berkshire:

1. The Look Out / Swinley Forest, Bracknell

Swinley Forest is a large expanse of Crown Estate woodland mainly within Windlesham in Surrey and Winkfield and Crowthorne in Berkshire. The main entrance and largest car park is in Bracknell, opposite Coral Reef (a huge swimming pool and water activity centre). It’s a popular bike trail location and has a wonderful wooden play park for the kids. Ideal for making tee-pees and wigwams, it’s perfect for those looking for sweeping views, heather, and forests.

2. Windsor

Windsor is synonymous with Windsor Castle and royal weddings, but there’s much more to discover. Start at the castle and head right to reach the Long Walk, a nearly 3-mile pathway leading to the copper horse statues. Smooth pathways and greenery on both sides make it a pleasant walk, and you might spot deer along the way.

3. Virginia Water and Savill Gardens

Continuing from the Long Walk in Windsor, you’ll eventually reach Savill Gardens and Virginia Water in Egham. Savill offers play parks, lakes, rivers, and a newly regenerated visitor center perfect for a nice lunch, coffee, or picking up a plant from their nursery. Entry to the gardens is paid, but it’s a great place to spend a few hours photographing. Virginia Water features the largest lake and man-made waterfall in the area, with a 5-mile walk around showcasing bridges, gates, and ruins. The sunset over the lake is stunning.

4. Cliveden National Trust

No list of Berkshire photo spots is complete without Cliveden! This luxe hotel, set on 376 acres, is a National Trust property. From the water fountain at the entrance to the tree-lined estate and exquisite grounds, it’s a spectacular space. Although you can’t tour the house without a booking, the surroundings offer plenty to photograph. Read about our family afternoon out here.

5. Richmond Park

Known locally as Deer Park, Richmond Park offers hundreds of acres to explore, perfect for photographing deer and stags. Pembroke Lodge, a magnificent Georgian mansion, provides spectacular views over the Thames Valley. It’s an excellent spot for lunch on the terrace after a morning of photography.

6. Henley and Marlow

Ideal for sleepy afternoons and river walks, Henley and Marlow are perfect for picnics. Grab something tasty from the town’s central Waitrose and enjoy a riverside meal. The River and Rowing Museum, inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s “Wind in the Willows,” is a delightful visit for kids.

7. Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Surrey

These locations offer breathtaking views and walks across the Surrey Downs. Make sure to wear your walking boots!

8. West Wittering Beach

The closest beach to Berkshire, West Wittering Beach is perfect for ice cream and family fun. Arrive early to avoid the summer crowds. Be careful with your camera to avoid getting sand in it.

9. London

Only 55 minutes by train from Bracknell to Waterloo, London is a photographer’s paradise. From Big Ben and Westminster to the London Eye and South Bank, there are countless iconic spots to capture. A walk along the South Bank will eventually lead you to Tower Bridge, the Gherkin, and Tate Modern.

10. Brighton

A 1.5-hour drive away, Brighton is great for wandering along the pier, the beach, and exploring the Lanes with their eclectic shops and vibrant atmosphere.

I hope our Top 10 Places to Photograph in Berkshire has given you food for thought on where to visit for a photography walk.

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