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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Wednesday Walk - Goring Circular (via Streatley Warren)

Length:  19.9 km (12.4 mi) [shorter walk possible, see webpage]
Ascent/Descent:  383m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¼ hours
Toughness:  5 out of 10 
  
Take the 10.15 Cardiff Central train from Paddington (change Reading 10.40/10.51), arrives Goring & Streatley 11.05. The train from Reading is the 09.57 stopping service from Paddington to Didcot Parkway (Ealing B’way 10.05 etc.).
Return trains: 15.43, 16.13, 16.40, 16.44, 17.12, 17.40 …. (from 49 minutes journey time, if you change at Reading onto a fast train). Buy a Goring & Streatley return.

Leave Goring with a pretty vista over the Thames, before following the Ridgeway path up on to the Downs. Lunch is at the excellent and cosy Bell Inn. The route back ends with a steep climb and a lovely view over the Thames, before a steep descent, and re-crossing the Thames into Goring.
The posted (slightly longer) route goes via Streatley Warren with its sensitive wildlife, access to it is only possible from November to February.

Lunch: The Bell Inn in Aldworth [“The Gateway to the Downs”] (Grade II listed, family-owned for over 250 years, Real Ales only on the pump, accompanied by plain simple warm rolls, soup and traditional puddings heated in the Aga; 8.6 km/5.3 mi, food to 14.30). There is also The Four Points Inn a little off route in the same village.
Tea: The Bull Inn  and The Swan Inn in Streatley and plenty of options across the river in Goring.

For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.17.a

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope to see you there jfk

Thomas G said...

n=13 walkers in w=sunny-turning-overcast-to-some-degree weather. But no sign of jfk...
10 were tempted by the walk poster into exploring an alternative to the start: over and across Lardon Chase/Lough Down and thoroughly enjoyed it. Grand views back along the Thames Valley through the Goring Gap and then ahead towards Dorchester-on-Thames.
All 13 walked the long version as posted, up to and along the rim of Streatley Warren, then through the seasonal Open Access land at the top of the valley, again with superb views back down into the Thames Valley.
The lunch stop at The Bell Inn, stuck in a timewarp as it is, was a very convivial affair. Good to experience it mid-week, being far less busy than on a weekend.
4 took an unofficial shortcut in the afternoon, following Reading Road to cut out the lower end of the walk, some quiet and atmospheric woodlands. The rest encountered en route a shoot in full flow, and later saw the van carrying away their quarry, plenty of pheasants. A few more steep ascents followed and Streatley finally came back into view where - after a final steep descent from a magnificent viewpoint - 6 of us dived into The Bull Inn, a very cozy Marston's Pub, with a large fireplace, where we whiled away the wait for a convenient train. 1 of the shortcutters went to Pierreponts Cafe in Goring apparently, the rest went directly to the station.
The various parts of the group thus were spread out across the 16.13, 16.40 and 17.12 trains.