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Sunday, 3 March 2019

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


DAC said...

Intend going.

Thomas G said...

n=4, one of which bailed out at Goring to meet a friend, in alternating w=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...