Aldworth is a small village in
Berkshire, It is in the rural area between Reading, Newbury and
Aldworth is on the high ground of the Berkshire Downs, just off the B4009 road between Newbury and Streatley. Postcode RG89SE.
La Beche Castle once stood on the site of what is now merely Beche Farm in Aldworth. This was the main residence of the De La Beche family, after whom it was named. They were a well-known family of medieval knights holding many high positions at court since at least 1260.
This is a short walk of less than 2 miles although it is easy to find longer alternative with so many footpaths in the area. Starting from the front of the Bell head past the the canopied well, slightly downhill to reach St Mary's Church. The church contains numerous monuments to the De La Beche family.
When you reach the end of Townsend Road you will reach a T junction. Turn right down Ambury road, which will take you back to The Bell.
The Bell stands opposite a canopied well said to be the deepest in England, cut 365ft. into the solid chalk; but the inn was dependent for centuries upon its own well until in 1914 a piped supply was provided.
The pub serves a mouth watering range of filled
rolls and some well kept local ales. Closed on Mondays except bank
Open All Year 11am to 3pm, and 6pm to 11pm, Sundays noon-3, 7-10:30. Closed Dec 25th.