Reading is situated on two small eminences, whose gentle declivities fall into a pleasant vale, through which the branches of the Kennet flow till they unite with the Thames at the extremity of the town.
Here commences the “Vale of the White Horse,” deriving its singular denomination from the gigantic carving of that useful quadruped, on a high chalky hill beyond — but the cuttings that soon after succeed, “not long, but deep.” effectually screen a very pretty country from the eyes of the traveller, save at occasional intervals, when an elevated embankment offers some transient glimpses.
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Banbury is situated on the river Cherwell; the navigable canal from Coventry to Oxford passes by this town.
Delightfully situated on a sloping bank of the Thames, amid extensive beech woods.