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Book 3, Walk 17, Goring Circular Book 3, Walk 17, Goring Circular S4302083


by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy

SWC Walk 17 : Goring Circular

An undulating route through Berkshire with lunch at The Bell, a refreshingly traditional pub.


Main walk: 17.5km (10.9 miles). 5 hours 30 minutes. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 9 hours.


OS Landranger Map 174 Explorer Map 159 and 170


4 out of 10


Leaves Goring with a pretty vista over the Thames, before following the Ridgeway path up on to the Downs.

Lunch is at the excellent Bell Inn (cosy in winter, beer garden in summer)

The route back ends with a steep climb, and a lovely view over the Thames, before a steep descent, and re-crossing the Thames into Goring

Please note that due to sensitive wildlife, access to Streatley Warren is only between 31st Oct and 1st March (at the time of writing). If you wish to find out more information about a particular restriction, telephone the Open Access contact centre on 0845 1003298, quote OS grid ref. (for Streatley Warren) SU551810 or contact English Nature who look after Streatley Warren. (Only about 1km of the route is affected, and the detour around it is very easy)

Walk Options

The YHA Streatley have produced a 12.5km (8 miles) version of this walk. Their Goring via The Bell pub at Aldworth Circular is almost the same in the morning, however it takes a slightly shorter route up on to the downs. The afternoon's return route is different. The walk is in the form of a beautifully sketch map drawn by Martyn Hanks, and is re-produced here with permission. Download from the link above.

YHA - Streatley Youth Hostel - beds from £15, rooms from £25 (2013 prices)


Trains go from London Paddington to Goring and Streatley, journey time is one hour. (Catching a fast train to Reading and changing there can reduce your travel time to 45 minutes.)

Saturday Walkers Club

Take the train nearest to 9.50am from London Paddington


The Bell Inn Aldworth, RG8 9SE (01635 578272). Real Ales accompanied by plain simple warm rolls, soup and traditional puddings heated in the Aga and served noon - 2.45pm Tue - Sun. (Closed on Mondays.) Located 7.5 km from the start of the walk.


The Swan at Streatley High Street, Streatley, RG8 9HR (01491 878800) Possible tea stop. To be researched.

Other Possibilities in Goring:

John Barleycorn Hotel Manor Rd, Goring-on-Thames RG8 9DP (01491 872509)

The Catherine Wheel Station Rd, Goring-on-Thames (01491 872379)

The Queens Arms (next to Goring & Streatley station) Reading Rd, Goring-on-Thames RG8 0ER (01491 872825)

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After the walk, we would really appreciate your comments

Out: (not a train station)

Back: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: RG8 0EP

OS Explorer Map 159 Reading Area Covered
OS Explorer Map 170 Abingdon, Wantage & Vale of White Horse Area Covered
OS Landranger Map 174 Newbury & Wantage Area Covered
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Walk Directions

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