Spring Walks

Waterside Walk in Spring

This is a fairly easy linear walk starting at Whitchurch-on-Thames and ending at Goring-on-Thames where there is a station and the trains run regularly back to Pangbourne, near the start of the walk. It is a popular walking route particularly along the Thames Path stretch and also makes a great walk for dogs although it is not suitable for buggies. There are just a couple of short steep ascents/descents but most of the walk is flat and easy.

Whitchurch-on-Thames

We parked near the Dolphin Activity centre in Whitchurch-on-Thames
https://adventuredolphin.co.uk/ and walked across the road over the Whitchurch Bridge noticing the breathtaking views high above the River Thames on either side. This was a great start to our walk. https://whitchurchonthames.com

Whitchurch Toll Bridge

whitchurch toll bridge
Whitchurch Toll Bridge

Continuing past the toll gate and along the High street in Whitchurch, we passed the Ferryboat Inn on our right-hand side and a little further along was St. Mary’s church on the left. Both of these places looked like they would be worth further exploration. The Greyhound Inn was not much further along on the right-hand side but we continued up the road through the high street, past the Modern Artists Gallery. Another time, I must stop and browse.http://www.modernartistsgallery.com/ . The High Street continues bearing left and going uphill but we had to take care as the pavement runs out although after passing a flintstone wall we took a sharp left-hand turn onto Harts lock Bridleway. https://whitchurchonthames.com/about.html

The Hartley Steps

We followed this path which includes a steep descent and equivalent ascent. But this part of the path was made much easier by the construction of some helpful steps.
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The Hartley Steps
The Hartley Steps

Continuing on, eventually, a signpost indicated the Thames Path,
https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path/route/goring-pangbourne taking us across the fields which were straight ahead. This path soon arrived at the river. This part of the walk is very peaceful and the path continues along hugging the riverbank.

Along the Thames

Wildflowers

Eventually, the path began to drift towards the right and away from the river but before long we found a sharp left turn, signposted Thames Path which took us back alongside the river adjacent to a wonderful wildflower meadow.

Wildflower Meadow beside the Thames

Goring-on-Thames

We finished our walk by taking a sharp righthand turn towards a roadway just before the train line ahead. Then we continued up Manor road into Goring https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goring-on-Thames

In Goring, there are several good pubs.
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g1046995-Goring_on_Thames_Oxfordshire_England.html We stopped at the cosy Catherine Wheel as we had half an hour to wait before catching a train from Goring and Streatley station back to Pangbourne.
https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/stations-and-routes/goring-and-streatley

At the station garden, I spotted this ladybird enjoying the forget-me-nots. From Pangbourne station, it is just a few minutes walk back to the Dolphin Activity Centre carpark.

ladybird on forget me not
ladybird on forget me not

Conclusion

This walk took us about 2 and a half hours at a leisurely pace. The trains run at approx. every half an hour https://www.thetrainline.com/ and the journey only take 5 minutes to returning to Pangbourne. I am looking forward to repeating this walk again and taking more time to explore the towns of Whitchurch and Goring.

Happy Wildflower hunting in March.

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Kim Mackenzy Andrews is a children’s book author, nature writer, photographer, and artist.

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