14km (8.75 miles)
8 km (5 miles) one way to Goring
|Toughness||3 out of 10|
|OS Maps||Explorer 171 or Landranger 175|
This walk offers fine views of the Thames valley from the inland heights above Goring. It visits both Pangbourne and Goring, two interesting and pretty riverside villages. The walk can be done in either direction, but the anti-clockwise direction does the hillier section first, saving the shorter flat Thames Path for after lunch. The Thames Path provides a fine contrast with the inland section.
It is possible to do just a short walk to Goring, in which case buy a ticket to Goring which is one stop down the line (further from London).
Martyn Hanks beautifully drawn user-friendly map (used here with the permission of Streatley YHA) means you'll have less time with your nose in the directions and more time to savour the beauty of this lovely countryside. Download from the link above.
YHA - Streatley Youth Hostel - beds from £15, rooms from £25 (2013 prices)
Take the train nearest to 9.30am from Paddington Station to Pangbourne. Journey time just over one hour on the direct, stopping service to Oxford. You can save about 15 minutes by taking a fast train to Reading and changing there for the stopping service. Return trains are every half hour (hourly on Sundays), direct or changing at Reading for a faster service.
An early lunch option is the homely pub in Hill Bottom, the Sun Inn (tel 0118 9842260) (which serves home cooked food at reasonable prices – main meals or light fare – from noon until 2-30 pm, Monday to Saturday, and all afternoon on Sunday, in comfortable surroundings, with outdoor dining areas).
Several Goring pubs include The Miller of Mansfield (01491 872829) in the High Street and The Catherine Wheel (01491 872379) in Station Road.
The suggested tea place for this walk is Lou La Belle Café (tel 0118 9842246) open until 5.00 pm (but closed on Sundays) at 3 Reading Road, or The Swan Inn (0118 984 4494) with its exceptional river view (turn right onto the A329 before entering Pangbourne station approach.)
Othe pubs in Pangbourne are the George Hotel (tel 0118 9842237), The Elephant Hotel (formerly the Copper Inn - tel 0118 9842244), which serves cream teas from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm daily, or the Cross Keys pub (tel 0118 9843268).
Opposite the George Inn is a Co-op Convenience store.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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