Cholsey to Goring
SWC walk 49
Length 22.5km 14 miles.
An Oxfordshire walk taking in stretches of the Ridgeway, the Berkshire Downs and the Thames. For me, the highlight is the quaint village of Blewbury with its thatched cottages and peculiar thatched walls. Although the walk is fairly long, it has nothing too steep or demanding. Trains:
Get the Oxford train from Paddington at 9:48
(Ealing Broadway 9:56). Arrives Cholsey at 11:04.
For a slightly quicker journey, take the 10:00
Weston-super-Mare train from Paddington and change to the same Oxford train at Reading (arr 10:31, dep 10:45 plat 13).
Trains return from Goring at xx:42.
Again, change at Reading if you wish (arr. xx:57 platform 14, dep. xx:07 platform 15). This saves you 8 minutes to Paddington.
Get a return to Cholsey. Lunch: The Red Lion
, Blewbury 01235 850 403 is recommended.
There is another Blewbury pub, recently revamped as the Blueberry
01235 850 296 on the London Road (A417) near the Pound (a small green). "Walkers dogs and children welcome" Tea:
The Beetle and Wedge
, by the Thames in Moulsford 01491 651381 has associations with Wind in the Willows and Three Men in a Boat. It closes at 4 on a Sunday.
The Swan at Streatley 01491 878800 is another riverside pub, nearer the end.
The walk notes offer more suggestions in Goring. Walk Directions
: available here
Anyone wanting a shorter ending could cut out the loop going through Moulsford and stay on the Ridgeway at point 7 (i.e. don't turn left), rejoining the walk route at the bridge in Streatley. This option is not in the directions. You would need to follow the Ridgeway signs and/or the OS map
. This shortens the walk by about 4.53 km /2.81 miles.