GoringWallingford

Gorwal two
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11km/7mi

Ascent

50 m

Descent

53 m

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Path between Goring and Wallingford, following the well-signposted Ridgeway route. Part paved roads, part river tow path, this route is passable almost all year round, but in wetter seasons wellies are highly recommended. There is very little climbing, other than a little between Goring and South Stoke. During flooding seasons parts become totally impassable, but there are alternate footpaths on higher ground that should be dry. There are some lovely historic churches on the route, particularly in North Stoke and Newnham Murren.

1. Goring --> South Stoke: Quiet paved residential streets and gravel pathways on high ground. No flooding risk.
2. South Stoke --> North Stoke: Ridgeway continues through South Stoke Village, then descends to follow the tow path. Passable for most of the year, though muddy in wetter months. Liable to flood when river high. Alternatively take the footpath north off Ferry Rd via Little Stoke, and follow back road to North Stoke.
3. North Stoke --> Crowmarsh Gifford: Ridgeway path continues on dirt road and roughly paved paths through Mongewell and Newnham Murren. Follow ridgeway signs till the path meets The Street in Crowmarsh Gifford.
4. Crowmarsh Gifford --> Wallingford. Turn left onto The Street and cross bridge onto Wallingford High Street. Turn left onto St Martin's Street for the market place and the end of this route

Path between Goring and Wallingford, following the well-signposted Ridgeway route. Part paved roads, part river tow path, this route is passable almost all year round, but in wetter seasons wellies are highly recommended. There is very little climbing, other than a little between Goring and South Stoke. During flooding seasons parts become totally impassable, but there are alternate footpaths on higher ground that should be dry. There are some lovely historic churches on the route, particularly in North Stoke and Newnham Murren.

1. Goring --> South Stoke: Quiet paved residential streets and gravel pathways on high ground. No flooding risk.
2. South Stoke --> North Stoke: Ridgeway continues through South Stoke Village, then descends to follow the tow path. Passable for most of the year, though muddy in wetter months. Liable to flood when river high. Alternatively take the footpath north off Ferry Rd via Little Stoke, and follow back road to North Stoke.
3. North Stoke --> Crowmarsh Gifford: Ridgeway path continues on dirt road and roughly paved paths through Mongewell and Newnham Murren. Follow ridgeway signs till the path meets The Street in Crowmarsh Gifford.
4. Crowmarsh Gifford --> Wallingford. Turn left onto The Street and cross bridge onto Wallingford High Street. Turn left onto St Martin's Street for the market place and the end of this route

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Goring
Grid Ref SU6026380642
Lat / Lon 51.52149° / -1.13280°
Easting / Northing 460,263E / 180,642N
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Wallingford
Grid Ref SU6072189371
Lat / Lon 51.59992° / -1.12469°
Easting / Northing 460,721E / 189,371N
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Liz

05 May 2022

We walked Wallingford to Goring. Easy to walk and easy to follow route, with clear signage following the ridgeway through some pretty villages, past lovely churches and along a picturesque stretch of the Thames.


Martin Ellis

27 Mar 2022

Goring to Wallingford (Gorwal 2) review.

An enjoyable walk through the Goring Gap which is both part of the Thames Path and the Ridgeway National Trails. Gorwal 2 follows the east side of the river and is signposted the Ridgeway (the Thames Path is on the opposite bank – see Gorwal 1).

I started In Wallingford and crossed the bridge into Crowmarsh Gifford. A footpath south goes through Mongewell Park, a golf course, and the village of North Stoke.

From there a rough footpath follows the river for over a mile, passing a WWII pillbox and under a brick viaduct (Photo 1).

The route leaves the river to join a lane at South Stoke. Leaving the village, the route is again a rough path, crossing an open field (Photo 2). This becomes a surfaced track, returning to the river and on into Goring. It is paved roads for the rest of the route.


Ursula

27 Sep 2021

A pleasant route following The Ridgeway National Trail for roughly the first 9km, passing through the villages of South Stoke, North Stoke and Mongewell. The roads through the villages are mostly without pavement but I found them all to be very quiet.
The Ridgeway trail in Goring starts as a paved road/bridleway turning to track as it opens out onto Withymead Nature Reserve. Up to this point the River Thames is largely hidden from view by private gardens but a short walk through the village of South Stoke leads right to the riverbank. The trail then stays close to the riverbank for a couple of km before heading in towards the village of North Stoke. There are several gates along this section but no stiles. On a warm late-September day, the trail was lovely and dry.
After North Stoke there is a wide high-hedged bridleway leading through a golf course and on to Mongewell. The route then leaves the Ridgeway and continues on to Wallingford arriving at the Riverside Meadows. I chose to walk along through the meadows rather than on the street before crossing the bridge into Wallingford town.
For refreshments, the route passes a pub in South Stoke. There was also a signpost for a community shop there too but I didn't investigate.


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