13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Along the Thames Path, past Coombe Park, to a wood with views down to the Thames. Then up through a nature reserve and Great Chalk Wood, A diversion takes you to a pub in Hill Bottom for lunch. Afterwards, your route is a "serene stroll through a rural idyll”, then back down through Whitchurch and Pangbourne for tea.
Trains The 9:45 Oxford train from Paddington (9:53 Ealing Broadway) arriving 10:53,
Its also possible to take the 10:03 Weston-super-Mare train and change on to the Oxford train at Reading (platform 8 10:44)
Return at xx:06 except for the 17:05 You can save 16 mins by changing at Reading. This pattern persists till 21:06. After that, there's a changing train at 21:52 and a final at 23:32.
Lunch The recommended lunch option is the homely pub in Hill Bottom, the Sun Inn (tel 0118 9842260). It serves home cooked food at reasonable prices – main meals or light fare –all afternoon on Sunday, in comfortable surroundings. It will be open as normal today.
Note that the White Horse, mentioned in older versions, is closed.
A later option is the Greyhound in Whitchurch. Last orders 4pm.
Tea Choose from the George Hotel (tel 0118 9842237), The Elephant Hotel (tel 0118 9842244), which serves cream teas from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm daily, or the Cross Keys pub (tel 0118 9843268). As you are already caught in the downward spiral towards 2018, with its unrolly blowy things, and atypical bonhomie, expect erratic pub hours.