A Historic Motorbike Ride Through the Thames Valley

Come along on a sunny motorbike ride through Wargrave, Windsor, Henley on Thames and Virginia Water and see the amazing historic buildings along the way! 

One of the best ways to see the countryside - and appreciate their beautiful historic buildings - is on the back of a motorbike. The sky seems to open up in front of you, no longer contained between the windscreen and wipers of a car, and you're pootling along, keeping a lookout for churches, stately homes and interesting buildings. 

You can see us in the video below...

Some things to look out for:

The Woodclyffe Hall, in Wargrave (1:18)
This beautifully decorated building in Wargrave's High Street has been used as the village's hall for more than a century. It was built in 1902 - look out for the gorgeous window! It still hosts events, including theatrical performances. 

The Temple of Augustus, Virginia Water (2:52)
This was a real treat! Our friend told me I'd love this, and he was right. These ancient Roman columns date back to the 2nd century AD and were originally in Libya. In 1816, during the reign of George III, Colonel Hanmer Warrington decided he would bring these back to England (a nod to the 'colonial' times back then). There was a little bickering about the value of the columns but eventually they were placed here, in Virginia Water, just around the corner from Windsor Castle. It's thought they were named 'Augustus' after the king's son George IV's middle name. 

Runnymede Church (3:12)
I've wanted to go to Runnymede for ages, and couldn't believe our route took us just past Runnymede's church. This village is where King John signed the Magna Carta. We couldn't stop, but I'll be back for a proper visit another day. 

Henley on Thames (1:51)
As we go over Henley on Thames' bridge, you'll see on the right, we'll go past St Mary's church, with its imposing tower rising up into the sky. It's thought that there was a church here since Saxon times, but today's church was re-modified and rebuilt in the fifteenth century and again in the nineteenth century. 

Stay tuned or subscribe for more historic bike trips, if you'd like to come along on the next one (virtually, of course - there won't be room for everyone on the bike!)

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