Pete's Walks- Goring, Hartslock, Cray's Pond (page 1 of 3)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 8.3 miles on Sunday, 29th May 2016 - it was a repeat of a walk I did in May 2015, and again was designed to include a trip to see the orchids at the Hartslock nature reserve.

I parked at the far end of Manor Road, where it deteriorates into a very rough and uneven track (Grid Reference: SU 801602) and started walking at about 11.45am. I followed the track that was the continuation of Manor Road, and soon saw what I think was my first Goat's-beard of the year. After a few hundred yards the track turned left, then after a short distance it turned right beside a railway embankment. After another hundred yards or so it turned left again, to go under a railway bridge and continue on to Gatehampton Manor. Here a sign on a wall indicated where the path turned left along a surfaced drive.

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The track continuing from the end of Manor Road, Goring, to Gatehampton Manor

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The track continuing from the end of Manor Road, Goring, to Gatehampton Manor

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The track approaching Gatehampton Manor

At the end of the drive I turned right along a bridleway, soon passing Kingfisher Cottage on my right. A little further on I passed a path junction, where the riverside path from Goring came in on my right (that's actually a nicer path to reach this point, I only came the way I did today because it saved me from having to pay to park in the centre of Goring and because it made a change from following the riverside path). The bridleway carried on between fences and hedges, with the Thames somewhere over to my right and steep hills rising to my left. When I reached the edge of a wood, I took a footpath going left. This rose steeply up a scrub-covered hillside, close to a fence on my right. I passed a bench at the top of the climb, where there was a fine view back towards Goring, and continued beside the fence until I reached a pedestrian gate. Here I took a break from the walk, to explore the Hartslock nature reserve. Unfortunately the Lady Orchids had been grazed by deer or rabbits this year, but I saw the Monkey Orchid and Lady/Monkey hybrid orchids that I wanted to see, plus some White Helleborines (another orchid)

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The bridleway passing Gatehampton Manor

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The bridleway from Gatehampton Manor

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Looking right, across the Thames, from the bridleway from Gatehampton Manor

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The bridleway from Gatehampton Manor

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The path climbing up to the Hartslock Nature Reserve

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Looking west, back towards Goring

I then resumed the walk. The path continued a short way downhill to a farm gate, where I turned right on what the OS map marks as an 'other route with public access'. This proved to be a narrow path, heading eastwards and gradually rising uphill. Initially there was a large meadow on the right, then woodland. At the top of the hill there was a field of oil-seed rape on my right (last year it was here that I spotted my first Goat's-beard of the year). I continued straight on at a path junction, to reach the end of a lane.

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The path  (an 'other route with public access' according to the OS map) going east from near the reserve

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The path going east from near the reserve

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The path going east from near the reserve

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The path going east from near the reserve

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The path going east from near the reserve

I continued down the lane, passing Cockpit Plantation on my left after a few hundred yards. I then passed a cottage on the left. A little further on I turned left onto a bridleway, starting opposite the drive to Coombe End Farm over to my right.

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The  lane, passing Cockpit Plantation on the left

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Just before I turned off the lane