Pangbourne via Goring Circular walk

Part-wooded ridges above the Thames Valley to lunch in Goring, shorter return along the Thames through meadows

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 # Weather
Sun, 01-May-22 Sunday Walk: Pangbourne Circular via Goring 3 very light rain clearing later
Sat, 12-Dec-20 Saturday walk - Pangbourne via Goring Circular - the Upper Thames Valley 35 lovely sunshine
Sun, 21-Jun-20 Sunday Walk - The Thames Valley: Pangbourne Circular (via Goring) 9 overcast briefly then sunny always humid
Sun, 03-Mar-19 Sunday Walk - Thames Valley and Goring Gap: Pangbourne Circular via Goring (Fully Written Up, and now with options) 4 drizzle and rain with brief dry periods
Sat, 02-Dec-17 Saturday walk - Pangbourne via Goring Circular 10 drizzle and mist
Fri, 30-Dec-16 Friday Walk - a Goring-on-Thames walk 10 foggy
Wed, 02-Dec-15 Midweek Day Walk - Pangbourne Circular 9 fine and dry
Sun, 08-Feb-15 Goring Circular, via Whitchurch 7
Sun, 08-Feb-15 Pangbourne Circular, via Goring
Sun, 17-Aug-14 Pangbourne Circular, via Goring 3
Sat, 25-Jan-14 Pangbourne Circular, via Goring 16
Sat, 26-Jan-13 Pangbourne Circular, via Goring 7
Sat, 19-Nov-11 Pangbourne Circular, via Goring
Sat, 27-Nov-10 Pangbourne Circular, via Goring
Sun, 19-Jul-09 Pangbourne via Goring Circular
Sun, 01-May-22
Sunday Walk: Pangbourne Circular via Goring

Length 16.0 km (10.0 mi) (Shorter and longer options available). Difficulty 3/10
After crossing the river, the route ascends through Whitchurch to follow a ridge above the Thames Valley. There are occasional splendid views of the valley and the Goring Gap Then it's down through a wildflower nature reserve and along the valley bottom to Goring for lunch.
In the afternoon you return along the Thames Path, mainly through meadows, then up through Hartslock Wood, and back down through Whitchurch and Pangbourne with their many tea options.
The walk is based on a hand drawn map devised by YHA Streatley and, if preferred, you could follow that instead (anticlockwise).
An optional extension in the afternoon climbs through Hartslock Nature Reserve (famous for its wildflowers, especially orchids).This adds either 300m or 1.4 km to the length..
Trains
Get a return to Pangbourne (a ticket one stop further to Goring & Streatley would give you the option of dropping out there).
Simplest journey: Get the 09:28 Didcot Parkway train from Paddington (Ealing Broadway 9:37) arriving Pangbourne 10:34.
Fastest journey: Get the 9:42 Hereford train and change onto the same Didcot Parkway train at Reading (arrive Reading 10:10 platform 9, depart 10:26 platform 13).
Freedom Pass holders: A Freedom Pass is valid as far as Reading on the even slower Tfl service (Paddington 9:15, Ealing Broadway 9:23). Arrive Reading 10:14 and, get the same 10:26 Didcot Parkway train. You need a ticket for the rest of the journey.
Return direct from Pangbourne at xx:04 (Goring xx:00). Change at Reading for Tfl services.
Lunch: Take your pick. There are 3 pubs in Goring, one in nearby Streatley, and 2 cafes.
The upmarket Swan at Streatley High Street, Streatley on Thames, (01491 878 800).
The John Barleycorn Manor Road, Goring, (01491 871813).
The Catherine Wheel Station Road, Goring (01491 872 379)..
The Miller of Mansfield High Street, Goring (01491 872 829).
Pierreponts Café 1 High Street, Goring 01491 874 464).
The Chocolate Café 9 The Arcade, High Street, Goring (01491 874 264)./
Tea
You got The Greyhound and The Ferryboat in Whitchurch (allow 30 min to the station) and the George Hotel, The Elephant, and the Cross Keys in Pangbourne.
Directions and intro here. The main walk is on the "download walk" button and the map walk on the "YHA.." button.
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  • 01-May-22

    3 very light rain clearing later . We saw a very close up of red kites soaring more or less on our level as we came down towards Goring. We had sandwiches by the river and the went back to the John Barley Corn for a beer. It was not crowded for a Sunday lunch time and is a friendly traditional pub, note to self to eat there next time. Reached Pangbourne in time for the 15.04.

Sat, 12-Dec-20
Saturday walk - Pangbourne via Goring Circular - the Upper Thames Valley
Length: 16km (10 miles), with optional extensions to 19.1km (11.9 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10. T=3.170
9.57 train from Paddington (10.05 Ealing Broadway) to Pangbourne, arriving 11.00.
A "whoops, I just missed the train" option is the 10.07 Bedwyn service from Paddington, which gets to Reading at 10.32, with a connection to the above train at 10.52

I am aware that by posting a Thames Valley walk I put off the South London walkers, for whom the Underground is a miasma of infection that they have sworn that they and their children's children will need enter again (Whoa, go easy there - Ed).... but on the other hand those benighted citizens of West London who have the same fears might like a walk on their side of London.
And for those who feel able to access it, this is a grand little winter walk, with some fine views of the Thames Valley in the morning and a pleasant walk along the river in the afternoon
It is based on very user-friendly sketch map produced by Streatley YHA (the 16km/10 mile version of the walk), but I notice one of our finest walk writers has now produced proper written instructions, which include two extensions to the walk, one in the morning (+1.1 mile), one in the afternoon (300 metres to 0.8 miles), the latter being an out-and-back steep climb up to a wonderful view, which I thorough recommend. These edge the mileage total up to as much as 19.1km (11.9 miles). The GPX and OS map of the walk present you all these options.
Of lunch pubs and tea places, I limit myself to observing that Goring has the former and Pangbourne the latter, access to which is governed by the Tier 2 rules, which you should have off by heart by now. At the start of the walk we will also split into groups of six, and share contact details within those groups.
Trains back are at 52 past the hour and take 1hr 09 minutes. You can save 25 minutes by changing at Reading for a fast train to Paddington: as far as I know reservation is not required on these, but it might be an idea to check before relying on them.
  • Anonymous
    30-Nov-20

    In Winter mornings, damp and dark..

    Tis difficult to spring from one's bed and freezing toes to park,

    On the cold floor.

    Can we please have some late starting walks!?

    Thank you

  • Anonymous
    05-Dec-20

    This comment is excellent so I tried to track it down but to no avail so I must assume that it came from the hand of Anon. Thanks

    And in trying to track it down Ogden Nash blew in

    Winter is the king of showmen,

    Turning tree stumps into snow men

    And houses into birthday cakes

    And spreading sugar over lakes.

    Smooth and clean and frosty white,

    The world looks good enough to bite.

    That's the season to be young,

    Catching snowflakes on your tongue!

    Snow is snowy when it's snowing.

    I'm sorry it's slushy when it's going.

  • 08-Dec-20

    for anyone yearning for a 20+ km walk: longer finish along the Thames to Tilehurst Station; see route map, webpage or pdf for details

  • Anonymous
    10-Dec-20

    Anyone in South London wanting to avoid going to Paddington on the tube can reduce the amount of tube use by going from Clapham Junction on the Overground. Alight at Shepherd's Bush then cross to Underground Central line and travel to Ealing Broadway. There are 5 stops mostly in the open air and quiet.

  • 10-Dec-20

    Thank you, Anonymous: that is a very useful idea.

  • 12-Dec-20

    I reckoned that by posting a Thames Valley walk I would get about a dozen turning up, and that we would split into two neat groups of six. In that respect this walk was a massive failure. Perhaps it was the forecast of lovely sunshine spreading from the west, but at least 25 alighted at Pangbourne, and more turned up as the day went on, having taken an assortment of earlier and later trains. Someone calculated 35 and I am not going to argue with that.

    In the morning all but one late starter seem to have ignored the extension: we stuck to the main walk route, weaving in and out a party of pheasant shooters only slightly less numerous than we were. In Goring a few went to the lunch pub, but sandwiches in the churchyard or by the river did for most of us. It was lovely to sit in the sunshine. Ridiculously, I later learned, some snowdrops were out in the churchyard.

    Perhaps shamed by their lack of extra-curricular activity in the morning, or possibly swayed by the walk author’s persuasive prose, in the afternoon a gratifying number climbed to the optional viewpoint and quite a few went to the magnificent higher one (see photos on Facebook). I hear at least one walked on to Tilehurst. That still left 20+ people to congregate on Pangbourne station for the 3.52pm train, in a group that could have been seen from space. Ironically the problem here was that in the absence of indoor tea places we could have gone to, no one wanted to be stuck another hour in Pangbourne. At least once on the train we all spread out.

Sun, 21-Jun-20
Sunday Walk - The Thames Valley: Pangbourne Circular (via Goring)
Length: from 16.0 km (10.0 mi), Ascent/Descent: 203 m [shorter ending possible in Goring] to 23.4 km/14.5 mi with 267m ascent, if adding a new morning extension and finishing in Tilehurst.
Net Walking Time: ca. 3 ¾ hours, Toughness: 3 out of 10, for the 16.0 km version.

Take either the 10.29 Didcot Parkway stopping service from Paddington (Ealing B’way 10.37, Reading 11.26) or the 10.46 Worcester Foregate Street service and change at Reading (11.12/11.26), arrive Pangbourne 11.34.
Return trains: xx.04 (from Tilehurst: xx.08). Shave off some minutes by changing at Reading onto a fast train. Buy a Pangbourne return (but buy a Goring return if you are finishing there).
Starting on the West Berkshire side of the Thames, this short walk links three pretty Thames-side villages via wooded ridges with splendid views. From Pangbourne you cross the river on the delightful Whitchurch toll bridge into Oxfordshire and ascend through Whitchurch-on-Thames and then some pastures to the highest point of the walk, with first scenic views down some pretty combes. The route follows the part-wooded ridge above the Thames Valley, with occasional splendid views of the valley and the Goring Gap between the Chilterns and the Berkshire Downs, before descending through a wildflower nature reserve and then leading along the valley bottom to Goring-on-Thames for lunch.
In the afternoon you return along the Thames Path Long Distance Trail, mainly through the river meadows, occasionally framed by wooded hills, then up through Hartslock Wood, and back down through Whitchurch and Pangbourne with its many tea options.
A finish in Goring-on-Thames, a modest extension in the morning, and a longer extension at the end of the walk along the Thames to Tilehurst station are possible.
Lunch: Picnic, although some of the cafes and pubs in Goring may sell takeout wares.
Tea: plenty of options in Whitchurch-on-Thames and Pangbourne; check page 2 of the pdf for details, some of whom should sell takeout drinks and snacks.
For walk directions, map, photos, height profile and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.170
  • Anonymous
    19-Jun-20

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do?fbclid=IwAR3_ffwV6KYAyr9rKJUMsmXfM3b7jEFS1Y3D_rtJnOCR0O5FRzNnuPY2Ejw#public-transport

  • Anonymous
    20-Jun-20

    5.4 Can I use public transport to get to green spaces?

    You should still avoid using public transport wherever possible. Consider all other forms of transport before using public transport. If you need to use public transport, you must wear a face covering and you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers.

  • Anonymous
    20-Jun-20

    I did this walk on Saturday. The morning segment was lovely making a nice change from urban parks. The afternoon along the Thames was busy with families and large groups having picnics along the river. I met walkers and cyclists from both directions every 50-100 yards in the narrow path all the way to Pangbourne, felt like walking on the Thames Path near Richmond.

  • 20-Jun-20

    No big problem that then: the initial stretch of Thames Path from Goring is a wide grassy area, mostly not even fenced, and then the bridleway towards Whitchurch (not Pangbourne) is about 2 metres wide all the way. And meeting someone going the other way every 50 - 100 metres should not really be a big deal in anyone's books, surely? It's more populated on every pavement or in every park in London, never mind in a supermarket or corner shop...

  • 20-Jun-20

    Anon at 14.45: thanks for your repeated reminders, but that is exactly what we have been doing today and will be doing tomorrow: consider other modes of transport, travel off-peak, wear facemasks, stay at safe distance, respect others, be good citizens. Done.

  • 20-Jun-20

    So much for a rushed walk posting: both Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City lines are not running, although the Circle Line is...at least

  • 21-Jun-20

    9 walkers, incl. one car driver, splitting into fast and slow group, after email addresses of walkers unknown to the poster had been taken down for track-and-tracing.

    One of those came to this walk through our Meetup feed (I quote: "It was the only walk up there for today."). Young and fast, she also was least concerned with distancing on the paths and as it later turned out, with putting on a face cover on the train. So here is one more APPEAL TO THE WEBMASTER: PLEASE DISABLE OUR AUTOMATIC MEETUP FEED.

    Even outside a pandemic, Meetup folk inevitably turn up without written directions and/or a gpx route, as that's just not what Meetup walks require people to do. So they end up asking loads of questions during the walk, most of which are answered in the text (they don't have) or in the walk post (they haven't read). A drain on resources...

    As for the walk: the weather was overcast briefly then sunny always humid . The fast group walked the slightly longer version and the slower group got to the obvious picnic spot, a hanging curving meadow overlooking the Thames Valley and with views across to the Streatley Hills, first. In Goring only Pierrepont's Cafe seemed open and had the resulting long queues (w/o best practice social distancing on display, for sure). The potentially congested Thames Path out of Goring (10 minutes worth of walking) was busy but everyone stepped out of their way to let people pass at distance. Later, the bridleway towards Whitchurch was half-busy but it is 2 metres wide and unfenced, so - again - no problems were encountered.

    In Pangbourne a Costa was open, but we bought coffees oposite it at an Italian deli (big piles of flour for sale there as in almost every other shop window in the village, P'bourne must be the capital of homebaking).

    16.04 train

Sun, 03-Mar-19
Sunday Walk - Thames Valley and Goring Gap: Pangbourne Circular via Goring (Fully Written Up, and now with options)
Length: from 16.0 km (10.0 mi), Ascent/Descent: 203 m [shorter ending possible in Goring] to 23.4 km/14.5 mi with 267m ascent, if adding a new morning extension and finishing in Tilehurst.
Net Walking Time: ca. 3 ¾ hours, Toughness: 3 out of 10, for the 16.0 km version.

Take either the 10.15 Didcot Parkway stopping service from Paddington (Ealing B’way 10.23, Reading 11.13) or the 10.33 Cardiff Central service and change at Reading (11.06/11.13), arrive Pangbourne 11.22. Return trains: xx.19 (from Tilehurst: xx.24). Shave off 15 mins by changing at Reading onto a fast train. Buy a Pangbourne return (but buy a Goring return if you are finishing there).
Starting on the West Berkshire side of the Thames, this short walk links three pretty Thames-side villages via wooded ridges with splendid views. From Pangbourne you cross the river on the delightful Whitchurch toll bridge into Oxfordshire and ascend through Whitchurch-on-Thames and then some pastures to the highest point of the walk, with first scenic views down some pretty combes. The route follows the part-wooded ridge above the Thames Valley, with occasional splendid views of the valley and the Goring Gap between the Chilterns and the Berkshire Downs, before descending through a wildflower nature reserve and then leading along the valley bottom to Goring-on-Thames for lunch.
In the afternoon you return along the Thames Path Long Distance Trail, mainly through the river meadows, occasionally framed by wooded hills, then up through Hartslock Wood, and back down through Whitchurch and Pangbourne with its many tea options.
A finish in Goring-on-Thames, a modest extension in the morning, and a longer extension at the end of the walk along the Thames to Tilehurst station are possible.
Lunch: 3 pubs and 2 cafés in Goring (8 km/5 mi), and one more pub across the river in Streatley; check page 2 of the pdf for details.
Tea: plenty of options in Whitchurch-on-Thames and Pangbourne; check page 2 of the pdf for details.
For walk directions, map, photos, height profile and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.170
  • 28-Feb-19

    Intend going.

  • 03-Mar-19

    4 , one of which bailed out at Goring to meet a friend, in alternating drizzle and rain with brief dry periods . Not many far views from the hills in light of the weather. A fully booked Miller of Mansfield, so much so that in the bar area only bar food was served, cue us ordering one of each food stuff on offer, tapas-style. There then ensued a long wait for coffees, as the machine was troubled, which eventually cost us the 16.19 train (at least the charge for the coffees was waived). Having time to kill until the next train, some went to The George, one other to The Swan...

Sat, 02-Dec-17
Saturday walk - Pangbourne via Goring Circular
SWC walk 170 - Pangbourne via Goring Circular
Length: 14km (8.75 miles), with optional moonlight extension
Toughness: 3 out of 10

9.43 train from Paddington (9.51 Ealing Broadway) to Pangbourne, arriving 11.02

If you miss this or have trouble getting out of bed, the 10.05 Penzance train gets to Reading at 10.31 and you can connect there to the above train, departing 10.53

For a hand-drawn map of the route - no written directions needed! - click here. For other walk details click here. For GPX file click here.

This lovely Thames Valley walk, illustrated by a map courtesy of Streatley YHA, can be done in either direction, but I would suggest doing it anti-clockwise to get the hillier and longer part of the walk (5 miles or so) out of the way first. This brings you to Goring, where there should be a choice of several places for lunch.

In the afternoon you are following the river path back to Pangbourne for tea. The Lou Lou Belle Cafe here seems to have closed, but a Google search suggests another cafe has taken its place. If nothing else, the inevitable Costa Coffee is open till 6.30pm. There are also lots of pubs, so you won't die of thirst.

Trains back from Pangbourne are at 17 and 47 past. The online timetable suggests that for the 17 past trains you have change at Reading (which actually saves 10 minutes over the direct trains, by transferring to a non-stop train to Paddington): you can also do this for the 47 trains, if you wish. But personally I would only do this if a through train is not shown.

After tea, if the skies are clear, some of us may take advantage of the full moon to walk to Tilehurst, another 3.5 miles along the Thames Path. T=3.170



  • 02-Dec-17

    It is a pity this walk always gets done in winter due to its short length as it has some pretty stretches. One struggled a bit to appreciate them in today’s drizzle and mist . Still 10 of us did our best, enjoying a convivial day out.

    We did the longer, hillier route in the morning and extended it with a variation of our own, into the woods and down a ridge into Goring. There the posh Miller of Whatsit pub was fully booked but the cheaper one did filling food and had a blazing coal fire (one forgets how much better they radiate heat than wood ones). The late George Michael’s house in the village is still festooned with tributes.

    The temptation of a cosy train home proved too much for one or two at this point. The rest of us walked the sometimes slippy but always delightful Thames Path to Pangbourne. Arriving at 4pm we found one cafe closing, another bleak and empty, and the new Costa Coffee across the road cosy, cheerful, busy and with a nice selection of cakes (even vegan Christmas cake). And it stays open till 6.30pm. A lesson in economics there somewhere.

Fri, 30-Dec-16
Friday Walk - a Goring-on-Thames walk
A regular walker had suggested she might post a walk for today, but with 2 ½ days to go, there is none. So let’s do this, acting to recent events:
In this annus horribilis for Rock- and Pop-Stars another famous name has died over Christmas, at home in his house in Goring: George Michael.
So here’s a gentle country walk to Goring that – as far as I can see – leads right past the house (Mill Cottage on Lock Approach) after lunch, where you can either pay homage, or ogle at the people paying homage, at the shrine that the entrance will have become by now.
SWC Walk 170 – Pangbourne Circular (via Goring-on-Thames)
Length: 15.8 km (9.9 mi) [shorter and longer walks possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 230 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 3 out of 10
Take the 10.00 Penzance train from Paddington, change at Reading (arr. 10.28, dep. 10.51) onto an Oxford stopping service (i.e. do not take the 10.45 Newcastle via Oxford train), arriving Pangbourne at 10.59. The train you are changing on to is the 09.39 from Paddington (Ealing B’way 09.47).
Return trains: xx.17 and xx.51 (journey time just over an hour, shave off 15 mins by changing onto a fast train at Reading)
Note: Paddington station is closed until Thursday evening for extended engineering works. In case of overrun of those we will have to start from Ealing B’way, so best check the National Rail website on Friday morning for updates.
This is the only one of the Goring walks that hasn’t had an outing this year (apart from the ‘can’t be finished in winter daylight’-SWC 171) and looks like a lovely route on the map…
Talking of maps: It is a map-led walk adopted from a 3rd party (the YHA Streatley) and has no written directions, but fear ‘ye not. It looks easy to follow if you print out the route map on our website here. (There is also a link on our site to the original sketched map from the YHA, but it’s naturally less precise).
The 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, providing a fine contrast with the inland section. Walk Options: It is possible to do just a short walk to Goring, in which case buy a Goring return. For a longer walk either follow a route further north from Beech Farm, through Cold Harbour higher up the hill and then west through Great Chalk Wood back down to the route, or extend along the Thames by 6 km to Tilehurst station (the last 2.5 km seem to be along tarmac though…)
There are several options for lunch in Goring and tea in Pangbourne respectively, some are listed on our webpage, where you’ll also find the mentioned maps, a height profile, photos and gpx/kml files.T=swc.170
  • Anonymous
    27-Dec-16

    Thanks for this apt and thoughtful choice, Thomas.

  • 27-Dec-16

    Intend going.

  • Colin
    28-Dec-16

    Me too.

  • 30-Dec-16

    8 met off the scheduled train, with 2 others having taken an earlier one and walking the route clockwise w/o a lunch stop, the groups passing each other near Gatehampton Manor, so 10 walkers in total in foggy conditions for the whole day, i.e.: no views at all, which was a shame as I'm sure they're good...

    Like other 3rd party walks this one suffers a little from being quite tarmac- and concrete-heavy, but this could easily be reduced by re-routing it a little, a quick look at the map would suggest, by leading further north and by making some use of the Open Access Land in the middle. Nevertheless: some nice mixed woods, plenty impressive houses to look at and lots of pubs, both in Goring (& Streatley) and in Pangbourne. So not all bad on the day.

    We found the Miller of Mansfield fully booked, so went back to the John Barleycorn, which served good-value-for-money stuff, and quickly, with sarnie options available as well.

    Onwards to Mill Cottage, easy to find by following the people with bunches of flowers in hand. Just off route, as suspected, down by the river, with all manner of objects put down in homage and rememberance.

    On along the Thames Path, with the initial stretch, like some of the morning route, afflicted by railway noise from the busy Reading-Oxford line. Good paths (if a little slippy at times), a couple of nature reserves, a climb!, and more interesting woods. Then more tarmac into and through Whitchurch.

    7 in our group went for tea and cakes in Pangbourne at the Cafe St. Louis (1 went to Costa instead). 16.17 train.

  • Anonymous
    30-Dec-16

    To the walk posters: thanks v much for the walks you post/create/organise. Happy New Year!

    E

Wed, 02-Dec-15
Midweek Day Walk - Pangbourne Circular

Pangbourne Circular

Father Thames, a toll bridge, and Whitchurch hill

Book 3* Walk 170

* (Online only)
Length : 14 km or 9 miles

Toughness : 3 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:15 am train from London Paddington to Pangbourne changing at Reading
Or
Catch the 10:05 am from Ealing Broadway

Meeting point : Pangbourne Station at 11:00 am

Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Pangbourne


Brief Description

You may find full details here and a downloadable PDF map here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Miller of Mansfield t: 01491 872829
The Catherine Wheel t: 01491 872379

Suggested Tea stops

It appears that the Lou La Belle Café may have closed, however it may be worth exploring the Café St Louis at 3-5 Reading Road t: 0118 984 2246

Maps

OS Explorer : 171

Return train times

Trains return from Pangbourne to London Stations at the following times ...
16:17 | 16:51 | 17:20 | 17:47 | and then 17 and 47 minutes past the hour if you decide to have an evening meal in Pangbourne.
  • 01-Dec-15

    Is anyone going on this Wednesdays walk?

  • yes I am planning on going

  • 01-Dec-15

    I'm intending to go too.

    Fingers crossed that the rain holds off!

    Also, you may leave the walk at Goring in which case you'll need to by a Day Return to that station.

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  • Colin
    01-Dec-15

    Suggest this walk be done clockwise for variety and to avoid wind in our faces on the higher ground after lunch.

  • 03-Dec-15

    9 on this walk. Weather fine and dry .

    Excellent winter outing and we all did the walk anticlockwise. most ate at the Miller of Mansfield where portions of some portions were a little lacking. Pierreponts cafe has an excellent lunch menu and this cafe should perhaps get a mention as a lunch option for this walk.

    After lunch the group split up but 5 of us did the lovely Thames Path route back to Pangbourne where 4 of us had delicious teas and cakes at Cafe St Louis which has been refurbished to become an up-market bar and open until 9pm or so.