Thames Path National Trail: Goring to Shillingford

MODERATE 2 reviews

Thames Path National Trail: Goring to Shillingford is a 15.4 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Reading, Berkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 15.4 km Elevation Gain: 286 m Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly


trail running



city walk

pub walk

This walk starts at a significant point in the course of the River Thames, the Goring Gap, dividing the Chilterns to the north and the Berkshire Downs to the south. As if to mark this, there's a magnificent lock at the start, which can be viewed from above using the bridge across the river. From there, the walk heads towards the town of Wallingford via a short diversion away from the river, after which you cross over the water at a weir with white water hurtling beneath your feet. The route ends at Shillingford, with its impressive bridge, at a hotel, where you can take tea to celebrate your achievement, or something stronger if required! This is a linear walk covering around ten miles, with places to park a car at either end. Allow the best part of a day to complete, especially if you are shuffling cars. Apart from the single detour, which is largely on pavement, the walk follows the course of the river and the Thames Path National Trail, and as such is easy to follow and is relatively easy. There are a couple of watering holes along the way, but a picnic or Thermos might be a good idea.

1 month ago

The walk starts out in a most picturesque place with stunning views of life in the water, the area is most acquatic. The path is easily accessible (difficulty: Easy) and it requires little effort to stay on track. Again, the views are wonderful and most enjoyable. There is ample opportunity for a rest or picnic along the way, as well as a few pubs on the water. Walking in June we witnessed an abundance of wildlife. Although there is no designated swimming site, here and there people were playing water sports and swimming. Great overall walk!

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