12. Pangbourne to Goring

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.

Refreshments

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-2.30pm; daily 5-11pm.

Pangbourne: The Garden Cafe, 14 Whitchurch Road. Mon-Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 10am-3pm.

Pangbourne: The Swan, Shooters Hill (by river). Open all day.

Goring: The Catherine Wheel, Station Road. Tue 4-10pm; Wed-Sun 12-10pm. Food Wed-Sun lunchtime and evening except Sun. evening. (Turn inland at ferry point just before bridge and follow road ahead for 0.25 mile passing St John Barleycorn.)

Accommodation

Pangbourne: Elephant Hotel, Church Road, RG8 7AR (01189 842244).

Transport

Pangbourne: National Rail.
Goring: National Rail from Goring & Streatley Station.

Maps

OS Explorer 171 (Chiltern Hills West).

From the Sea to the Source