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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Exploring the West Chilterns

SWC 243 Goring Circular via Hill Bottom

Length 18km (11.3m); toughness 4/10.

Trains: 

Either a slow stopping train from Paddington 09.48 ( Ealing Broadway 09.57) arriving at Goring and Streatley 10.59 or take a fast train from Paddington at 10.00 arriving at Reading at 10.36 to pick up the above slow train at 10.45.

Return trains from Goring and Streatley to London Paddington at xx:00 or xx:01 past the hour.  You may care to change at Reading for a fast train back to Paddington but these trains are often very busy.

This is a walk of rolling countryside, woods and quiet country lanes with the three pubs. You should also be in time to visit the Village cafe in Goring for tea and cakes.

Click here for the walks page and the pdf for the full walk instructions.t=swc.243

1 comment:

PeteB said...

Six off the designated train but one other walker who started an hour later appeared at Goring station at the end of the walk(?) so n=7. Weather was w=warm-sunny-some-cloud-in-the-afternoon.
I posted this walk to check a stretch which has been overgrown in the past and up-date any other details. Firstly the old and long derelict former Railway inn by Goring statsion has now been transformed into a Tesco Direct ideal for buying stuff before the walk or for refreshments for the journey home. The designated lunch-time pub the Bell Inn now only provides meals if you have booked ahead (Is this a developing business plan for pubs now?) and drop-in custom will not be served meals. We walked on to the Red Lion getting there just in time for their 2.15pm cut-off point for meals and their huge portions and friendly service were much appreciated. I had a sandwich and watched a cricket match on the green which the pub overlooks.
In the afternoon we enjoyed the quiet tracks and woodland glades getting back to Goring at around 4.30 where 4 of the group went to the station whilst 2 of us ambled to the Village cafe for delicious tea, cakes and scones. Fired up by the tea and cake and feeling rested I decided to do the lovely 4.5m Thames path stretch to Pangbourne which is a superb coda to any walk ending in Goring. Timed just right to catch a train at 7.06pm.
Superb day out in brilliant company (all women) with the best moment when a young boy in an approaching family group asked his father on seeing us "are these people high walkers". No son his father replied they are hikers. From now on I'm a high walker!
I'll be up-dating the pdf for this walk.