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Thatched walls, Blewbury

For the village that has everything. Extra walk: Cholsey to Goring

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One of the cranesbills

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Rapefields

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Wood with bluebells

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Through the wild garlic

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Cholsey to Goring walk

Fairly gentle climbs through Oxfordshire and Berkshire countryside ending with a southerly stretch along the Thames.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Wed, 12-Jul-17 10

Wednesday Wander

SWC 49: Cholsey to Goring T=SWC.49

Distance: 14.6 miles or 23.5 km for those more metrically minded
Difficulty: 3 out of 10

Train: Take the 10:15 AM Great Western Cardiff train from London Paddington, changing at Reading (arrive 10:39 and depart 10:53) to the Oxford train to arrive at Cholsey at 11:11 AM. Alternatively, you could take the 9:57 AM Oxford train from London Paddington which stops in Cholsey. Return trains from Goring are at 17:13; 17:42; 18:12; 18:42; 19:12; 19:42; 20:12; 20:38 and 21:11. Buy a day return to Cholsey.

First, apologies for the late posting of this walk – took a bit for the crystal ball to clear and there was some agonizing over whether to post another SWT Offer outing. In the end, opted for something which offers a contrast to the SWT swimming walk on offer for Thursday – but still includes a pleasant water feature for a summer afternoon amble. This long but undemanding walk explores the gentle hills of the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire with a final stroll along the banks of the Thames into Goring. Agatha Christie devotees may want to make a detour at the beginning of the walk to visit her grave at St. Mary’s in Cholsey (directions included in the walk instructions). More information and the walk instructions can be found here.

The recommended lunch pub is the Red Lion Pub & Kitchen (01235 850 403) in Blewbury (4.2 miles/6.8 km into the walk). A midafternoon refreshment break could be taken at the Beetle and Wedge, a riverside hostelry in Moulsford with Wind in the Willows connections. Further post walk refreshies can be had at the very pleasant Pierreponts Café in Goring.

Enjoy the walk!
At first we were 10; then 8; then 6; then 3 sounds a bit like an Agatha Christie novel though no one to my knowledge paid homage in Cholsey. We set off under initially dark and moody clouds changing to warm sunshine by lunch. This walk makes for a great long mid summer's outing with vast skies, rolling hills and fields and fine views. Lunch was superb even earning a commendation from the SWC's official lunch pub reviewer and drinks at Mouslford along the Thames provided just the restorative balance required for the pleasant early evening saunter along the Thames to Goring. The only snag occurring just a stone's throw from Paddington when 4 were congratulating themselves on the efficient transfer to a fast train at Reading the train came to a sudden and unexpected stop.....for two hours....fortunately, the café car had adequate supplies to replenish our exhausted stocks....A fun day out in good company...
Excellent lunch of Thai fish soup at the recommended pub and great service to match from the new South African manager. Also note that the Swan hotel at Streatly is still undergoing a massive refurbishment but that access is maintained by the road behind.There is still tea and cakes along the river bank. Having elected to remain on the stopping train for Ealing I was advised to detrain at West ealing where I caught 2 buses home. Glad I made the best decision for me.
Sun, 28-Aug-16

Sunday Walk 2: Cholsey to Goring

Cholsey to Goring
SWC walk 49
Length 22.5km 14 miles.
3/10

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.

T=swc.49


I plan to go.
Forecast deteriorated, so change of plan.
Two of us ventured forth and did this somewhat challenging walk. We stopped for lunch at the lovely restaurant at Aston Tyrrell where we had the starter and desert . No main course.Absolutely delightful food and good company.
We did have slight trouble with a little wind and rain up at start of the Ridgeway but it was a lovely energising walk which I thoroughly enjoyed.jfk
Wed, 27-Jul-16 6

Midweek day walk Cholsey to Goring

Cholsey to Goring

Fairly gentle climbs through Oxfordshire and Berkshire countryside ending with a southerly stretch along the Thames.

Book 3* Walk 49 *online only

Length : 24 km or 15 miles

Toughness : 3 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:15 am Cardiff train from London Paddington (platform 4 ATTOW) to Reading changing there to catch the 10:53 (platform 12 ATTOW) to Oxford alighting at Cholsey OR ...
If travelling from Ealing Broadway ...
Catch the 10:05 am to Oxford (with no changes, and where, at Reading you'll be joined by the Paddingtonians), alight at Cholsey.

Please note that Bakerloo tube trains are not stopping at Paddington till mid-August

Meeting point : Cholsey Station at 11:11

Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Cholsey

Brief Description

This is a request from the SWC gastro sub-committee, so those who wish to eat in the Red Lion Blewbury should have good food.
Others with a packed lunch will be able to stop in St. Michael's Churchyard in this scenic village.
Quite a long walk, but gently undulating with a total ascent of 240 Metres (or 800 feet in old money).
Literature buffs may like to note that there's an opportunity to visit Agatha Christie's grave in St. Mary's churchyard , Cholsey at the start of the walk

You may find full details if this walk here and a PDF here

Suggested Lunch stop

The Red Lion Blewbury t: 01235 850403

Suggested Tea stops

The Beetle and Wedge Boathouse, Ferry Lane, Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 9JF t: 01491 6513

More dining/tea options may be found in the Walk's details here

Map

OS Explorer : 170

Return train times

Trains return from Goring and Streatley at the following times 15:46 | 16:12 | 16:46 | 17:13 | 17:42 | 18:12
Walkers returning to Paddington may expedite their journey by changing at Reading and catching a nice air conditioned intercity train.

6
hot sun

Exposed hot walk with little breeze to cool on a relentlessly sunny and humid day. All refreshment stops visited by most walkers.
sounds horrendous ?!
Managed to short circuit some of the really exposed part by visiting the first refreshment stop which was at aston tirrold . It turned out to be a foodie pub and proper restaurant. I had the wild mushroom soup which was served with a red nasturtium on top. Not to be missed but pricey if you have a main course.
would say well worth it if you feel like splashing out.jfk the hostess will look after you if you ring ahead to let her know.
Wed, 24-Jun-15 9

Midweek Day Walk - Cholsey to Goring

Cholsey to Goring (and Streatley)

Gentle Oxfordshire Countryside, horse training runs and Old Father Thames

Book 3* Walk 49

* Online only

Length : 22 km or 14 miles

Toughness : 3 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:15 am express train from London Paddington to Reading and change to catch the 10:53 to Cholsey
Or
Catch the 9:57 train from London Paddington directly to Cholsey
Some calling stations for this service are:
  1. Ealing Broadway: Dep 10:05
  2. Slough: Dep 10:27
  3. Maidenhead Dep 10:34

Meeting point : Cholsey Station at 11:10

Brief Description

This walk offers a fine combination of gentle Oxfordshire countryside, wide grassy horse training gallops, a stretch of the Ridgeway with splendid views from the Berkshire Downs, and a final saunter along the banks of the Thames. Although the walk is fairly long, it has nothing too steep or demanding.
You may find full details here and a printable PDF here (also suitable for Kindles)

Suggested Lunch stops

The Red Lion, Blewbury

Suggested Tea stops

Maps

OS Explorer 170

Return train times

Trains return from Goring and Streatley are at the following times ...

16:46
17:16
17:42
18:12
18:42
19:12
Paddingtonians may shorten the journey by changing at Reading - please check.
It is possible to shorten this walk by staying on the Ridgeway and going straight down to Goring (at point 7 in the directions where others may be turning left passed metal gates, on the Moulsford loop.)
It is possible to lengthen this walk by staying on the Thames Path and going straight down to Pangbourne (at the end of the walk).
I would love to do this walk but have tickets to a show at 7.30 any chance of making it back ie making it shorter?
K
If your idea of a "tea stop" involves tea (and cake) and not beer, there is a lovely café in Goring called "Pierrepont"; I've been there a couple of times ... very good cakes, but it does close at 5pm.


The Swan in Goring, by the bridge, has a terrace on the river for drinks, food, or a rather formal Afternoon Tea malarky. Also now a cafe cum deli next door in a refurbished out building with one or two much fought over tables on a small balcony over the river. The Beetle and Wedge will not be open when we pass.
9 sunny
nine walkers arrived in dribs and drabs due to signalling problems at Ealing B'way leading to cancellations and delays on FGW all day long. bus chaos outside P'ton didn't (the Fire Brigade was attending to the Aberdeen Steak House on Praed Street).
6 on the delayed posted train, 3 others on the even more delayed next train. briefly united at lunch. then 2 of the first group waited half way through the afternoon for the 3 backmarkers to form a wining and dining group:
having surprisingly being served tea at The Beetle & Wedge on their Thames side pontoon (on the last 2 outings this was shut in the afternoon), we then also had drinks and dinner at The Swan in Streatley (not cheap) and then another drink at one of the Goring pubs (one of the ones on Station Road, name escapes me).
22.19 train (or some such). directions, while many years old, stood up well.
very pleasant walk, very pleasant company.
not sure there was a net loss of calories on the day, though...
...didn't help...
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