Far Views from Streatley Warren upper rim

SWC Walk 17 Goring Circular [Streatley Warren Extension]

07-Jan-18 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Thames Crossing (Goring to Eyot)

SWC Walk 17 Goring Circular

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Streatley Warren (ridge in the SW corner)

SWC Walk 17 Goring Circular [Streatley Warren Extension]

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Book 3, Walk 17, Goring Circular

Even the sign had a preservation order, 9 June '07

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Book 3, Walk 17, Goring Circular

Aldworth, 9 June '07

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26-Jun-07 • Andrew Murphy


26-Jun-07 • Andrew Murphy

Goring Circular walk

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


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
Sun, 07-Jan-18 16

Sunday Walk - Thames Vistas and Berkshire Downs via a listed cosy pub: Goring Circular via Streatley Warren

Length: 19.9 km (12.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 383m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¼ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10

Take the 10.15 Didcot Parkway train from Paddington (Ealing B’way 10.23, then stations to Slough and Reading), arrives Goring & Streatley 11.24.
Or take the later 10.27 Cheltenham Spa train to Reading and change there (11.00/11.11).
Return trains: 16.00, 17.05 and 18.00 etc. (from 74 minutes journey time, change at Reading to shave off 10 minutes or so). Buy a Goring & Streatley return.
Leave Goring with a pretty vista over the Thames, before following the Ridgeway path up on to the Downs. Lunch is at the excellent and cosy Bell Inn. The route ends with a steep climb and a lovely view over the Thames, before a steep descent, and a re-crossing of the Thames into Goring.
The posted (slightly longer) route goes via Streatley Warren with its sensitive wildlife, access to it is only possible from November to February.
Lunch: The Bell Inn in Aldworth [“The Gateway to the Downs”] (Grade II listed, family-owned for over 250 years, ales only on the pump, 8.6 km/5.3 mi, food to 14.30).
There is also The Four Points Inn a little off route in the same village.
Tea: The Bull Inn and The Swan Inn in Streatley and plenty of options across the river in Goring.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.17.a
Snowdrops, muntjacs, a very pretty coombe, some atmospheric woods, the odd steep ascent, ground frost (in places) and blue skies. 16 walkers had an appetite for that and enjoyed a good day out. The entry point into the seasonal Open Acess area at Streatley Warren from the north has unfortunately now been shut with barbed wire blocking the access, so we had to walk around the rim of the area (with fantastic views) rather than through it (2 though then entered from the westerly field gate and were recommending the extra effort involved with descending and re ascending through the pretty valley).
There seemed to be some discrepancies on the approach to Aldworth between gpx route and text, and in the ensuing confusion a large part of the group missed a turning and added a good 10 minutes of walking. The Bell Inn then was near full, but most found a spot to sit and enjoy the simple but good food on offer. 5 walked on to The Four Points Inn in hope of a proper full pub lunch, but that was fully booked so we had baguettes or chips outside, the first al fresco pub lunch of the year!
In Streatley/Goring a few chose to visit The Bull Inn in Streatley while most went for the 17.05 train.
Sun, 12-Mar-17 7

Sunday Walk: Exploring from Goring

Goring Circular: SWC walk 17
17.5km (10.9 miles) or slightly shorter for the map walk.
Difficulty 4/10
A choice of two similar walks in the downland above Goring.
Get the 09:45 Oxford train from Paddington (Ealing Broadway 9:53) arriving Goring 10:58.
Return trains leave on the hour. If you can be bothered, you can change at Reading for a faster train saving about 20 mins.
Your lunch stop is the Bell in Aldworth – a pub that has been in the same family for 250 years. Don’t expect nothing fancy – just rolls, ploughmans and puddings.
The well opposite is said to be the deepest in England. Be sure to visit the church there, home to the Aldworth giants. Elizabeth I made a special detour to see them and you’re just round the corner. They’re in worse nick these days thanks to a ravaging by Roundheads but still worth a butchers.
There's also a 1000 yr old yew that has seen better days. As have some of us (sigh).
The Swan at Streatley is encountered first. You've also got the Miller of Mansfield, the Catherine Wheel and the John Barleycorn. Why not try them all? Don't bother with the Queens Arms, though. Although still mentioned in the notes, it is closed.
Info on the walk here . The main SWC walk is on the "Download Walk" button. The shorter hand-drawn map walk is on the "YHA Goring via Aldworth" button.
The latter is courtesy of Streatley YHA. Follow it in an anti-clockwise direction. If you opt for the map walk, note that the station isn't shown on it (it's off to the east). You can follow the others most of the way to the start, but in a nutshell, head for the High Street and turn left downhill. Cross the river and pass the Swan pub, but where the others turn right on the Thames Path, you continue across the A329 to turn right shortly afterwards, onto the map route. Coming back, cross the river, head uphill on the High Street and turn right for the station after crossing the rail bridge.
If you go to the Bell at Aldworth a most interesting village associated with Elizabeth 1 st make sure you take cash. The last time I visited they did not accept credit cards .
very large sized rolls are served and puddings and ploughmans.jfk
7 5 set off on the proper walk and 2 followed the map.The map two were quickly separated. The steep climb up Lardon Chase saw to that. Most had sandwiches. I can report that the mild in the Bell is most drinkworthy.(Hope that’s a word). And I heard good reports about the Tyler. light rain heavy mist till 12 dry and mild thereafter with hints of sun Any worries that I wasn’t going to achieve this winter’s mud quota were splashed into the long grass today. Plenty of the slippy stuff. (Mudlarks take note). This made for a treacherous descent into Streatley. Quite a strenuous walk but worth it for the Bell.
Sat, 12-Nov-16 6

Saturday Third Walk – Undulating Hills Along the Thames with Autumn Color

SWC Walk 17: Goring Circular with possible Extension to Pangbourne or Tilehurst T=3.17
Distance: 10.9 Miles or 17.5 km for those more metrically minded (or 16ish miles/26ish km with full extension)
Difficulty: 4 out of 10

Train: Take the 10:00 AM Penzance train from London Paddington (changing at Reading to the Oxford train -- arriving in Reading at 10:28 and departing 10:53), arriving at Goring at 11:06. For those early birds not wishing to change trains at Reading (or those joining from Ealing), you can take the Oxford train at 9:37 directly from Paddington (9:45 Ealing Broadway). Return trains from Goring are at XX:12 and 42, until 21:12 and roughly 5 and 10 minutes later, respectively, at Pangbourne and Tilehurst. Buy a day return to Goring & Streatley.

This is a lovely walk along the undulating hills near the Thames that has not been done for a spell. With any luck, we should hopefully be able to catch some nice tree color in the woods en route and possibly a glimpse of a near full moon reflecting from the Thames later in the afternoon/evening (one good thing about the Great Darkness, being the ability to have a full moon walk in the early evening)! Following on from our successful moonlit outing last month, should conditions merit, it is possible to extend this walk (after appropriate refreshments in Goring) with a moonlit promenade along the Thames by following the Thames Path to Pangbourne (an additional 3ish miles (4.5 km)) or Tilehurst (an additional 6ish miles (10 km)). You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch spot is the Bell Inn (01635 578 272) in Aldworth (4.6 miles/7.5 km into the walk) – it is a very traditional pub serving real ale and only light meals. However, I have noted that there is a full-service pub, The Four Points Inn (01635 578 367), about 400-500 meters off-piste and, for research purposes, I thought that for those interested we would make a reccie excursion to this pub for lunch to assess whether it makes sense to include as an option for this walk. Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at Pierreponts Café (open until 5pm) or various other establishments near the river in Goring.

Enjoy the walk!
6 brave souls on this walk, defying a weather forecast of endless rain. But in fact the rain stopped soon after we started walking. The morning was then dry but grey, the afternoon drizzly. Much better than expected.

The best part of this walk certainly the best bit for woods and autumn colour is in the afternoon. There was some good beech colour on this section but we only saw some of it before darkness fell. This was because we eschewed the normal sandwich only lunch pub and diverted to another (nice, if busy) up the road that did full meals. We did not get there till 1.45 and left at 3pm.

Walking in the woods as dark fell at 4.45 was entrancing. Owls hooted, pheasants clucked noisily as our approach disturbed their roost and was that a sika deer I heard rutting? Once it was fully dark navigation was tricky at times and descending the steep hill to Streatley in the blackness was not easy. But thanks to K and T, our expert night walkers, we all got there in one piece by 6pm.

After a pub tea the clouds were breaking and three of us set off, intending a short stroll along the Thames under the supermoon. But it was so lovely we walked all the way to Pangbourne. How to describe this for those who have not done it? The silvery light dancing through the branches, dappled patches on the path, the whole landscape reduced to shades of mysterious blue, familiar objects taking unfamiliar hues. We arrived reluctantly in the relative civilisation of Pangbourne just in time to catch the delayed 21.12 train and then decamped at Reading to search for provisions (thanks M&S). Then a fast train back to London arriving only a bit later than the original train would have done.
Oh, and on the moonlight walk we practically tripped over a badger! He (she?) was so busy feeding on something that we were within a foot of him before he bolted off. Never ever seen one so close before.
Sun, 29-Nov-15 5

Sunday First Walk - Berkshire Downs

This walk replaces the originally chosen Thamesside walk, whose route is said to be problematic

Extra Walk 17 – Goring Circular
Length: 17.5km (10.9miles). Toughness: 4/10

09:43 Oxford train from Paddington (Ealing Broadway 09:50) arriving Goring & Streatley at 10:56.

Or 10:03 Weston-super-Mare train from Paddington changing at Reading (arr 10:35, dep 10:46) arriving Goring & Streatley at 10:56.

Return trains direct to Paddington are at 15:41, 16:38 and 17:39 (journey time about 1 hour 13 minutes). You’ll get back about 10 minutes sooner by changing at Reading on to a fast train to Paddington.

Initially following the Ridgeway Path up on to the Berkshire Downs, the route later goes through woods and fields with a steep climb and descent towards the end. You'll need to maintain a reasonable pace and not spend too long in the lunch pub in order to complete the walk in daylight. Do take a torch just in case.

Lunch is at The Bell Inn (01635 578272) at Aldworth, which offers simple food (e,g, rolls, soup) and good ales in a traditional pub setting.

You will need to download the Walk Directions

A shorter version of the walk (8 miles) in the form of a sketch map has been produced by the YHA Streatley and can be downloaded here
There is no Hammermith & City or Circle line east of Edgware Road this weekend and no District or Circle south from it either, so the only way to Paddington from these directions is by the Bakerloo
5 on this walk; weather was overcast windy but dry and mild. The somewhat overly pessimistic weather forecast perhaps limited the numbers for this walk or possibly it was due to another Goring walk done on Saturday. A fine winter's walk with a fair bit of tarmac in the short morning stretch but some lovely woodland trails in the afternoon. Just two ate in the Bell and we did not linger too long there as 70% of the walk is after lunch. You have to keep up a reasonable pace too in winter as at the end there is a steep climb followed by an equally steep, long and slippery descent. You certainly do not want to be doing the latter in near darkness.
The wind was challenging at times in exposed areas but really added to the atmosphere of the walk in the woods. (Question: why do so many deciduous shrubs and trees still have green leaves on them at this time of year.??)
We reached Goring around 3.15 and the lure of a 3.41 train proved too strong so we set off to catch this. However we were delighted to discover that en route the Village cafe in Goring High street is now open until 5pm on Sundays a real bonus for Sunday walkers as Pierreponts cafe is closed then. We got some takeaway teas for the train home. (There was a good selection of cakes too.)This good news for Sunday walkers needs to be added to all Goring ending walks information.
An excellent day's walking.
Why do some deciduous trees still have green leaves? It goes like this:

For much of October we had relatively sunny weather with cold nights. This was ideal conditions for making many trees turn, and led to a rather early leaf fall at the end of October and in the first week of November.

But some hardy trees, which always hang on to the end of leaf fall, were only partly affected. Ie, they only partly turned their leaves in the cold weather: some remained green.

Since the end of October the weather has been remarkably mild, windy, changeable. The wind has blown off all the turned leaves, but those that have not turned are feeling no particular incentive to do so, since the weather remains mild. There is a precedent for this. In 2005, a warm year, quite a lot of leaves remained green into December.

Leaves you see at this stage are mainly on oak, hazel, perhaps a bit on beech. Also weeping willow which is always late to turn. What is worth noting is that even strong winds, such as we have had in recent days, do not strip all these remaining leaves off. On the whole foliage falls when it is good and ready to, and not before!

For more see

http://nature and weather.walkingclub.org.uk/search/label/October nature


http://nature and weather.walkingclub.org.uk/search/label/Nature Blog

i did this lovely walk on Sunday returning by a different route. i was very impressed with the Bell Inn which does homemade soup for £3.50 also very well filled rolls £3.50 but doesnt accept credit or other cards.They also specialise in real ales.
At teatime i took tea at the Swan Hotel situated on the Weir and in comfortable relaxed surroundings . it cost £2.30 and is still my favourite teastop in Goring.jfk
Thanks for the explanation Walker; interesting stuff.
Sat, 22-Nov-14 2 Goring Circular
Sat, 24-May-14 4 Goring Circular, via Moulsford
Sun, 29-Sep-13 2 Goring Circular
Sun, 10-Mar-13 0 Goring Circular (alternative route)
Sun, 17-Jun-12 Goring Circular
Sun, 03-Apr-11 Goring Circular (alternative route) / via Moulsford (alternative route)
Sat, 12-Feb-11 Goring Circular (alternative route)
Sat, 17-Jul-10 Goring Circular
Sun, 09-May-10 Goring Circular, via Moulsford
Wed, 16-Dec-09 Goring Circular, via Moulsford
Sun, 13-Sep-09 Goring Circular
Sat, 27-Jun-09 Goring Circular
Sun, 08-Mar-09 Goring Circular
Sat, 25-Oct-08 Goring Circular
Sun, 13-Jan-08 Goring Circular
Sat, 24-Nov-07 Goring Circular
Wed, 07-Nov-07 Goring Circular
Sat, 09-Jun-07 Goring Circular
Wed, 07-Feb-07 Goring Circular