Tree Lined Path

Tree Lined Path

23-Jan-05 • Catherine Ames

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Thames Path

Thames Path

23-Jan-05 • Catherine Ames

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Thames Valley 2

Thames Valley 2

23-Jan-05 • Catherine Ames

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Book 1, Walk 4, Pangbourne Round 1

Book 1, Walk 4, Pangbourne Round 1

27 January '07

27-Jan-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 1, Walk 4, Pangbourne Round 2

Book 1, Walk 4, Pangbourne Round 2

27 January '07

27-Jan-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 1, Walk 4, Pangbourne Round 3

Book 1, Walk 4, Pangbourne Round 3

27 January '07

27-Jan-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Thames Valley

Thames Valley

30-Mar-08 • Catherine Ames

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Pangbourne Circular walk

Pretty villages, a toll bridge, fine views of the Thames in the morning and a serene stroll through a rural idyll after lunch.

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
Sun, 31-Dec-17

Sunday Walk: Pangbourne Circular

Pangbourne Circular book 1 walk 4
13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 4/10
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.
Directions here
T=1.4

Hi Guys,

Anyone attending this walk as I am interested and hope to see some of you.
Thanks

Monica
I am hoping to!
Tue, 07-Mar-17 9

Tuesday Walk: The River Thames, Whitchurch and Pangbourne

Book 1, Walk 4 - Pangbourne Circular

Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

Option to extend walk at end by 3.5 miles along Thames tow path

London Paddington: 10-15 hrs (Cardiff Central train)
Arrive Reading: 10-39 hrs
Leave Reading 10-53 hrs (Oxford train)
Arrive Pangbourne: 11-01 hrs

Ealing Broadwayers: 10-05 hrs (connecting with Oxford train which left Paddington at 09-57 hrs)

Return: Pangbourne 17 & 51 mins past the hour - journey length 1 hrs 11 mins. Change at Reading to cut journey length by 22 mins.
Tilehurst: 21 and 55 mins past the hour
Goring: 12 and 46 mins past the hour

Rail ticket: if planning to do the circular walk or the extension to Tilehurst, buy an off-peak day return to Pangbourne. If planning to walk on to Goring, buy an off-peak day return to Goring.

Today's easy walk straddles Berkshire and Oxfordshire and in addition to your water feature for the day - the River Thames - you have a nice mixture of woods, parks, farms and fields, plus some good views.
Your lunch stop is the homely Sun Inn at Hill Bottom - best 'phone ahead with numbers 0188-984-2260.
On your return to Pangbourne via Whitchurch you find at least one cafe and several pubs for tea.
For those in need of a longer walk, you can treat yourself to a relaxing stroll beside the Thames on its tow path, either heading east to Tilehurst via Mapledurham, or west to Goring, both circa 3.5 miles.
T=1.4
Walk directions here: L=1.4

Next week, Thursday 16 March: Book 1, Walk 8 - Bures to Sudbury
What a break with tradition !! well done Marcus. may do this walk or Thursday one. both sound better than hertfordshire one but am probably biased. Thank you.
Fab weather forecast. I'm on my way. Hoping for some great company especially as the forecast tomorrow look dire.
9, Warm and sunny, with a late start due to signalling problems at Maidenhead and the Sun Inn being closed on Tuesdays we all decided to take the short cut and return to Whitchurch / Pangbourne for lunch. Fortunately the Swan serves food all day and five of us enjoyed an excellent if slightly pricey late lunch in pleasant surroundings. The Swan is beautifully situated on the Thames and arguably worth the extra. The early part of this walk is along one of the most unspoilt parts of the Thames Path leading to superb views over the Thames Valley, overall an enjoyable day out.
My apologies to our group of walkers for not realising the Sun Inn does not open for lunch on a Tuesday: I should have read the Sun's own web site more closely. Despite my snafu we managed to have an enjoyable day in lovely Spring sunshine.
Sun, 04-Dec-16 10

A pretty walk in the Thames Valley

4 December 2016
Book 1 Walk 4 Pangbourne Circular
Distance 13.6km (8.4m); toughness 3/10.
Trains: 09.45 London Paddington (Ealing Broadway 09.53) Pangbourne 10.53
Return trains to London Paddington from Pangbourne at xx:37. (You may be able to save a few minutes by changing trains at Reading to get a fast train to London.)
This walk has pretty villages, a toll bridge, fine views of the Thames in the morning and a serene stroll through a rural idyll after lunch.
Your suggested lunch pub is the Sun Inn in Hill Bottom which serves food all day.
There are three possible pubs in Pangbourne for finall refreshments.
See here for further information about the walk and full walk instructions.
There appears to be a bus service for part of the outward journey, from Tilehurst to Pangbourne arriving 11.05. The return journey seems unaffected.
Thanks for the heads up re bus.
The bus ride seems to be only 10 minutes. I hope this doesn't put people off of coming on the walk. I plan on going as I have wanted to do this walk for awhile. Hope to see other people there!
~Karen
Me and two others will be on this walk.
Can you drive to this place?
10 at Pangbourne station, most from the delayed train + connecting bus (which despite delays worked perfectly). Bright and sunny all day. 5 picnicers (at point 12) enjoying the views along the river, 6 stopped at the cosy Sun Inn later in the walk (2 eating, roasts only on Sundays, reported OK but not wonderful), and having lost the others at various stages 5 stopped for (an adequate) pot of tea and a very nice pint at The Swan, a short walk from the station on the river at Pangbourne and stayed for a sticky toffee pudding (and another pint) catching the 17.37 back home.
There were rumours of dissident group that, despairing of the trains, had done a different walk from Reading. And sadly unreliable Karen never showed, so we did not have the pleasure of her company.
Oi unreliable? I ended up with the other group. As much as I wanted to do that walk, and I really did, I wasn't sure if the transport would get us there with enough sunlight to make the walk. You will have to wait another week for the pleasure of my company. Which will be on the watts chapel walk on Sunday. Peter's alternate walk today was lovely.
~Karen
As the prime mover behind the fab 4 dissident group (I was Ringo!) here is a note on what we did. (By the way how can a service which is delayed work perfectly?).
Concerned that the FGW arrangements may not work because of delayed trains at Paddington we took a fast train to Reading where we could (re)consider our options. We noted that the posted train would be arriving late at Reading so 4 of us decided to do a Thames path walk from Reading to Pangbourne (about 6m I think) where again we could consider our options. At Pangbourne we all had a picnic lunch on a bench by the river and then because it was only 1.30pm and far too early to return to London I suggested we walked from Pangbourne to Goring which imho is the loveliest stretch of the entire Thames path (and yes I have walked all 186m of it so I know what I'm talking about). En route we did the short sharp climb for a bit of hill work and to enjoy the fabulous views of the Thames Valley at the bench viewing spot.
We continued on to Goring where 2 took the short, direct route to Goring station to catch the 15.32 and two of us continued on the riverside path to Goring for tea and a massive slice of delicious cake at the Village Tea rooms before catching the increasingly crowded 16.32 back to London. So we ended up doing a 10 11 mile Thames Path walk. A SWC adventure in the finest of our traditions with all 14 of us enjoying our day out in perfect sunny weather.
Sat, 23-Jan-16 17

Saturday First Walk Pangbourne Circular

TOCW1 Walk 4 Pangbourne Circular

This walk starts with a stretch of the Thames Path and then moves away from the river for an easy walk through Oxfordshire woods and fields. You will need the download instructions to get to the lunch pub, as the pub in the book is closed.

Length 8.5 miles (13.6km) 3 out of 10

Travel: Take the 0942 Oxford train from Paddington (0950 Ealing Broadway) for a direct train to Pangbourne (1101), or the 1003 Hereford train, changing at Reading for the 1053 Oxford train arriving Pangbourne at 1101.
Return trains are xx17 and xx47 with the option of changing at Reading for a faster journey to Paddington.

Lunch: is the Sun Inn at Hill Bottom. (Food 1200-2.30)

Tea: As well as the options in the instructions, the Ferryboat Inn has been recommended.

L=1.4


re pub lunch: where shall I download the direction? Any link would be helpful. Thanks.
In response to the comment below
To get the link clkick on the walk number which is in the header on this walk where the w3alk number is listed as 1.4 just after the walk posters name PeteG and just before Add Comment
17 A good group with fine weather, and friendly reception in the Sun Inn.
We decided that the instructions have a mistake in para 21, turn left uphill onwards needs removing.

We also took a different route after the pub, turning right and walking down the road to the B471, crossing it and joining the main walk at para 48. Also the GPX needs updating which I will do.
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