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.
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.)
Pangbourne: Weir View House, 9 Shooters Hill, RG8 7DZ (0118 984 2120).
Pangbourne: Elephant Hotel, Church Road, RG8 7AR (01189 842244).
Whitchurch: The Ferryboat Inn, G8 7DB (0118 9842161).
Pangbourne: National Rail.
Goring: National Rail from Goring & Streatley Station.
OS Explorer 171 (Chiltern Hills West).