Pete's Walks- Goring and Hartslock (page 1 of 4)

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

Google map of the walk

I did this 5.1 mile walk on Sunday, 17th May 2022. It was a repeat of a walk I did in May 2022, and again the purpose of doing this route was so that I could call in at the Hartslock nature reserve to see the wonderful orchids there. Much of this report is 'cut and paste' from my report from 2022.

I parked in the car park in Goring (it cost 2.80 for five hours, 20p more than last year), and started walking about 10.25am. I took the short path from the car park (past the public toilets) into the centre of Goring and turned left along the road. Just before the road reached a bridge (over the river Thames), I went down a slip road on the left, passing Goring Mill to reach the river. Here I turned left and followed a path along the river bank.

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The road through Goring

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Looking under the road bridge to Weirs across the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

After about three quarters of a mile the path entered some waterside pastures. In the second one I spotted a male Egyptian Goose on the river bank, which dropped into the river and soon joined the rest of its family. I could soon see Gatehampton Bridge ahead, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel to take his Great Western railway across the Thames. After the pastures, the path continued through a narrow meadow, and then passed under an arch of the railway bridge (there was a pill-box here, which I don't remember noticing before). The path then ran close to the river for a few hundred yards, before turning left and ending at a T-junction with a bridleway, close to Gatehampton Manor.

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The path beside the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

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Egyptian Goose

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View towards Gatehampton Bridge, originally engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of his Great Western Railway

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Egyptian Geese

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The path beside the Thames

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Gatehampton Bridge

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Pill-box by the railway bridge

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The path beside the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

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The path beside the Thames

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The path after it turns left near Gatehampton Manor