Pangbourne via Goring Circular walk

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

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  • Pangbourne via Goring Circular. 19/10/19.
    amib, Oct-19

    This was a very good walk of around 12.5 miles in the West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire countryside, on a decent Autumn day. Starting out from Pangbourne station, and soon crossing the Thames on the Whitchurch bridge, the walker is soon into the countryside and passing the mixed-beech woodlands associated with this area. Lunch is had amongst the straw bales at Upper Gatehampton, with some decent views out to Streatley. Shortly after, the walker encounters some real countryside pursuits at Hartslock Nature Reserve before reaching Goring. After passing George Michael's former home, there's a section on The Thames Path, which goes through Little Meadow wild-flower reserve and under the 1838, Brunel-built rail bridge. After that, there's a tranquil section along the banks of the Thames, through more mixed woodland, before crossing the Toll Bridge at Whitchurch again, and so on into Pangbourne. A very pleasant 'country' walk, offering good variety, on relatively decent paths (save a short section near The Thames, understandably). N.B. Unfortunately, the walker forgot to turn on the flash light today so the camcorder struggled with the darker aspects of the walk. Hopefully, this won't happen again!