Goring Circular: SWC walk 17
17.5km (10.9 miles) or slightly shorter for the map walk.
A choice of two similar walks in the downland above Goring. Trains
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. Lunch
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). Tea 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. Directions
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"
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.