Length: 18km (11.3 miles) T=3.243
Toughness: 4 out of 10 9.27
train from Paddington
(9.35 Ealing Broadway
) to Goring, arriving 10.35.
Or get the 9.47
Swansea service to Reading
, arriving 10.10, and pick up the above train there at 10.23.
Buy a day return to Goring and Streatley (NOT Goring-by-Sea)
For walk directions
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of the route click here
There are two much better known Goring Circulars in our library of walks - the one with the sandwich pub (done last Sunday) and the one via Pangborne (or vv). But this isn't either of those, and it in fact has not had a Saturday outing for nearly three years. It explores a gently hilly area to the north of the Thames, with some woods...and that is about all I can remember about it, because it is even more than three years since I did it.
Perhaps it is the convoluted debate about the lunch pubs in the comments for this walk that put posters off. But as far as I can see, on its most recent outings the Sun Inn
on Whitchurch Hill has proved perfectly good, and as for it welcoming walkers, they actually solicit our custom on their website
and the wording there and comments posted on our website suggest the warning about having to pre-book is no longer valid: it serves food till 3pm. Otherwise there are two pubs in Woodcote: one (the Black Lion
) only does drinks, but the Red Lion
from its website
looks to have a respectable food offering and does food all afternoon.
Goring at the end of the walk is not lacking in refreshment options and, the days now being longer, there is the possibility of an after tea extension along the Thames Path
to Pangbourne - or even, it being nearly a full moon, a moonlight walk
if conditions are favourable. Trains back
from Goring are at 18
past, and again changing at Reading in theory cuts the journey time to Paddington by around 23 minutes (50 minutes versus 1 hour 13 minutes)