Pangbourne via Goring Circular walk
Part-wooded ridges above the Thames Valley to lunch in Goring, shorter return along the Thames through meadows
16.0 km (10.0 mi), with 235m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk and an Alternative Ending see below Walk Options.
3 out of 10, with 3 hours 45 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 7 hours.
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.
This walk is based on a sketched walk originally developed by YHA Streatley (located across the river from Goring, beds from £15, rooms from £29 ). The original leaflet with its user-friendly drawn map is still available on the webpage under a separate tab.
Longer Morning: Using parts of Book 1 Walk 4 and SWC Walk 243, adds 1.7 km/1.1 mi and 64m ascent/descent, and is rated 4/10.
OS Explorer: 171 (Chiltern Hills West)
Pangbourne station, map reference SU 632 766, is 67 km west of Charing Cross, 7 km west north west of Reading, 51m above sea level and in West Berkshire. It is on the original line of the Great Western Railway to Bristol, between Reading and Didcot Parkway. Journey times are from 63 minutes on a stopping service, and from 45 minutes if changing at Reading, and a bit longer on Sundays.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 10.00 hours.
The Sun Inn Hill Bottom, Whitchurch Hill, South Oxon, RG8 7PU (01189 842 260). The Sun Inn is located – 900m off-route the morning extension – 4.2 km (2.6 mi) into the extended walk.
Plenty of options in Whitchurch-on-Thames and Pangbourne. Check page 2 of the pdf for details.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk