The parish encloses two villages situated on either side of the majestic Basildon Park estate. Lower Basildon, which sits in the valley alongside the river Thames, and Upper Basildon, situated 1.5 miles to the South West on the other side of the park.
In Lower Basildon you will find St. Bartholomews church, built over 700 years ago, which is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust. You can also see the old school, which was built in 1858 complete with bell, opposite lower Basildon garage. In Upper Basildon, there is the local primary school, the village hall, St Stephens Church, built in 1964 in the shape of a fish and the Red Lion, our village pub.
Maps and Travel
Other Useful Information
Rights of Way
Footpaths, Bridleways & Byways
There are numerous footpaths and bridleways throughout the parish. A leaflet describing them is available to download here
or there are a couple of additional maps showing local routes below:
- Footpaths are dashed purple.
- Bridleways are crossed green.
- Restricted byways are ticked green.
- Byways open to all traffic are ticked brown.
: Basildon Park no longer permits free access to its grounds for residents of Basildon Parish. You must either be a member of the National Trust or pay at the entrance if you want to walk within the park.
Reporting a problem with a Right of Way
The footpaths and bridleways are surveyed regularly by a group of Rights of Way champions but if you know of a problem with a footpath or bridleway in the parish, please report it to West Berkshire Council who have the duty to maintain the footpaths. The easiest way to do this is to email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01635 42400. Alternatively, you can report the problem to West Berkshire Council using their Fault Reporting Page
The Post Office now provides an outreach service 2 days a week at St. Stephens Church in Upper Basildon. The opening times are as follows:
- Monday: 10:00am to 12:30pm
- Friday: 9:00am to 11:30am
Did you know that we can:- Issue Car Tax, Check Passport forms, process Travel Insurance, take Foreign Currency money orders? That you can withdraw cash with no extra charge from most major banks, Top up your Mobile Phone, buy Telephone cards and Gift cards. That we have a large selection of stationery and cards to choose from.
All this and more is available at your local Post Office Outreach service.
Cafe St Stephens
Did you know the village has a coffee shop?
Cafe St Stephens provides fresh brewed coffee and home made cake along with other items to have in or take-away. Much better value than Starbucks or Costa! Open Mondays (except bank holidays) 10am - 12 noon alongside the post office in the Church Centre. Also available most Mondays:- Sale of second hand books in aid of charity.