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Goring & Streatley

National Rail | station code GOR

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The station is in the attractive village of Goring but it also serves the smaller village of Streatley over the bridge on the other side of the River Thames (in Berkshire). The Thames Path and Ridgeway National Trails pass through Goring making it a great place for walks. From Hartslock Nature Reserve there are magnificent views of the Thames Valley, including the railway line and a distant view of Basildon Park (see Pangbourne). Goring & Streatley is pronounced 'Gore-ing and Streetly'. |

Goring is in the Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a range of chalk hills north-west of London. The area is popular for walking with beautiful countryside, great views and picturesque villages.

The adjacent villages of Goring and Streatley are great places to stay for exploring the area, including walks along the Thames and through the surrounding countryside. With a good train service to Reading and Didcot Parkway (change there for Oxford) it is also easy to explore further afield. | including free walks leaflets

Accommodation in Goring & Streatley (with distance from station):

Miller of Mansfield (¼ mile) Swan (½ mile) Youth Hostel (¾ mile)

Hartslock Nature Reserve 1¼ miles*

A reserve of sloping chalk grassland with magnificent views of the Thames Valley. It is an important site for orchids and other chalk grassland flowers, plus many insects including bees and butterflies. Note that some paths on the Reserve are steep. Admission free.
Open at all times but best visited Mar-Aug.
* or 2½ miles along a more interesting route via the Thames Path.

Goring & Streatley map

The Ridgeway National Trail Guide

Thames Path in the Country

Basildon Park NT by bus

This impressive Georgian Mansion was rescued by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s when they restored the elegant interior. Gardens with views over parkland. Waymarked trails around parkland. Tearoom.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar), House from 1100.
Bus 142 from station forecourt to opposite entrance (watch for sign), 6 minutes journey. Tuesdays only, infrequent but suitable for visiting. Operated by Going Forward Buses. Buses also operate from Pangbourne.

Beale Park by bus

Wildlife Park and Gardens. Animals include lemurs, wallabies, meerkats and monkeys. Walk-through aviary, owlery, pets area, play areas and narrow gauge railway. Restaurant.
Open mid Feb-Oct, Daily 1000-1700 (1800 Apr-Sep), last admission one hour before closing.
Bus 142 from station forecourt to entrance (watch for sign), 7 minutes journey. Tuesdays only, infrequent but suitable for visiting. Operated by Going Forward Buses. Buses also operate from Pangbourne.

Wallingford by bus

Wallingford is an attractive and historic market town with old buildings, narrow streets, an elegant bridge over the River Thames and remains of a royal castle. Earthworks of the castle can be seen in the Castle Gardens and Castle Meadows. Visit the Museum for details of the castle, including its destruction immediately after the Civil War. Leaflets for town and local walks are available from the Tourist Information Centre. The Thames Path passes through Wallingford.

TI Town Hall. Tel. 01491 826972.
Bus 134 from station forecourt to Wallingford Market Place, 20 minutes journey. M-S every 1-2 hours. Operated by Going Forward Buses. Buses also operate from Cholsey, Henley-on-Thames and Oxford.

Wallingford Museum by bus

The history of Wallingford from earliest times to the present day, covering the early Saxon fortified town, the prominent medieval royal castle and its destruction, the River Thames and bridge, and local inhabitants including Agatha Christie. Features include a Victorian street scene and a scale model of Wallingford station.
Open Mar-Nov, TWThFS & BH (also Sun Jun-Aug) 1400-1700, opens 1030 on Sat.
Bus see Wallingford above.

Wallingford map

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