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 Saturday, 14th May 2022. It was a new route for me, but mainly on paths I'd walked before on other routes. The purpose of doing this route was to call in at the Hartslock nature reserve to see the wonderful orchids there.

I parked in the car park in Goring (it cost 2.60 for five hours), and started walking about 11.05am. 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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Passing Goring Mill to reach the river Thames

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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

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The path beside the Thames

After about three quarters of a mile the path entered some waterside pastures - I passed three cows by the river here. 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 (where I saw my first Meadow Cranesbill of 2022), and then passed under an arch of the railway bridge. 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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Gatehampton Bridge, originally engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of his Great Western Railway

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The path beside the Thames

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My first Meadow Cranesbill of 2022

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View out from under 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