At Whitchurch there is the Thames Path’s longest diversion from the riverside and the only steep climb. This is because the towpath stays on the right bank until Gatehampton where the ferry has ceased to operate. The high walk is in woodland with views down on to the towpath before the river turns north to Goring Gap.
Pangbourne: The Jolly Good Food Company, 3 Reading Road. Mon-Sat 8am-5pm.
Pangbourne: Laughing Halibut Fish & Chip Shop, 16 Whitchurch Road. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm; daily 4.30-10pm.
Pangbourne: Weir View House, Shooters Hill, RG8 7BJ (0118 9842120).
Whitchurch: The Ferryboat Inn, G8 7DB (0118 9842161).
Pangbourne: National Rail.
Goring: National Rail from Goring & Streatley Station.
OS Explorer 171 (Chiltern Hills West).