Flat Route: Distance 3.7 miles (5.9 km) Duration 1hr 30mins Calories 600 (est)
Scenic Route: Distance 5.3 miles (8.58 km) Duration 2hr 30mins Calories 850 (est)
The Views of the Thames stile free circular walks will introduce you to the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which lies just north west of London, easily reached on a short train journey.
The Scenic Route takes you from picturesque Goring up into the Chiltern Hills. You will pass through beech woodlands and through a chalk grassland nature reserve with panoramic views over the Thames Valley. The return leg to Goring is flat, along the River Thames. The walk is easy going, though you will need to cross the railway via a footbridge and navigate some hilly but beautiful sections at the start. The Flat route is shorter, avoids the hilly start but visits the main points of interest you would see on the Scenic Route.
Goring is a small picturesque village at the foot of hills separated by the River Thames. There are several pubs serving food, restaurants, cafes, local shops, accommodation and a Youth Hostel. There is a regatta during the summer. Public toilets are located in Goring car park. There are no toilets or refreshments on the walks outside of the villages.
Fun for the kids
The Flat Route includes quiz questions to keep the children entertained. Look out for the Brain Bugs on the map!
Please be considerate in the countryside:
- keep to public rights of way, and leave farm gates as you find them.
- please keep dogs under close control and on leads where animals are grazing.
Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area:
Chiltern Hills West, Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford (OS Explorer Map – 171) – Buy Now at Amazon