Goring And Streatley: Why You Should Visit These Historic Villages Of England?
I am not going to lie - ever since I moved to this part of the world it hasn’t failed to impress me every single day. Be it the history, culture, stunning scenic views, or the enchanting countryside, England has plenty to offer to its visitors. However, even if the list of attractions and places to visit here are pretty long, for me, English villages have a different kind of charm that you can’t afford to miss.
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Let me take you on the virtual tour of Goring and Streatley and tell you why you should visit these historic villages of England.
I am not going to lie - ever since I moved to this part of the world it hasn’t failed to impress me every single day. Be it the history, culture, stunning scenic views, or the enchanting countryside, England has plenty to offer to its visitors. However, even if the list of attractions and places to visit here are pretty long, for me, English villages have a different kind of charm that you can’t afford to miss. So without further ado, let me tell you about two beautiful villages steeped in history and brimming with natural beauty.
About Goring and Streatley
After visiting these villages I was curious about how come two villages that are part of different counties share so many things. I started reading about their history and came across some interesting facts about this settlement.
- Goring and Streatley are twin villages in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the boundary of Berkshire and Oxfordshire respectively, in England.
- The two villages cluster around a bridge across the River Thames, with an adjacent lock and weir. Both villages showcase quaint thatched cottages and pubs, which are a treat to their visitor’s eyes.
- Today, these villages are good neighbours, but it hasn’t always been the case. In the year 795 AD, Goring and Streatley, due to the river boundary, were part of the different Anglo Saxon Kingdoms which were often at war with each other. By the year 1000 AD, both villages were united in Wessex in the reign of Ethelred the Unready. After the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror, they finally became good neighbours.
- Goring & Streatley have always been special in the geographical sense too. In the olden times, they were the only intersection of three ancient trade routes across southern England (The Ridgeway, The Icknield Way, and The Thames). They are still the only intersection of two present-day National Trails (The Ridgeway and Thames Path) and part of two other long-distance routes, The Icknield Way and The Swan’s Way.
- If you ever heard of or watch the Midsomer Murders/Barnaby series then you will be surprised to know that these villages are used as prominent locations to film these series.
Goring On Thames - The Miller of Mansfield
Goring Mill, England
How to reach Goring
These villages are easily accessible by train and car from famous cities like Oxford, Reading, and London. There are two popular ways to reach Goring:
- Car: The village can be accessed from either the M40 or M4 from the M25. As these villages are located in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, driving to Goring On Thames is itself a picturesque journey.
- Train: There is a direct train from London Paddington to the train station of Goring & Streatley with a journey time of 50 minutes. Reading is just 8 minutes by train, and Oxford is 38 minutes.
Top things to do
Goring and Streatley are small riverside villages but are considered as a wonderful weekend getaway or a day trip. Apart from taking a river walk and capturing beautiful scenery, you can also explore the local area by enjoying the view of beautiful thatched cottages, Victorian-style churches, parks, and restaurants.
Here are top things you can do during your visit:
Riverside House, Goring
You can take a riverside walk starting at Goring On Thames Lock, the hard towpath (part of the National Thames Path Trail) continues past Ferry Lane as a track through the woods.
Goring Bridge and Lock
The lock is the highlight of this village. Spend a lazy time watching boaters negotiating the gates of the lock, people feeding the ducks, and others simply enjoying their day by sitting near the river.
Browse the High Street
Goring On Thames: A House on High Street
High Street is a common street name for the primary business street of any town in the UK. It is itself a treat to watch some antique shops and buildings while walking through the street.
Explore local pubs and restaurants
The Catherine Wheel, Goring
Goring and Streatley have some amazing pubs where you can dine and enjoy while visiting these villages.
Take a stroll around the village
Thames Road, Goring
Take a leisurely walk around the village and get to see Victorian-style cottages, churches, and well-maintained parks.
Places to visit nearby
These villages are surrounded by some popular cities of England that you can visit:
If you are a fan of Agatha Christie’s work then you should definitely consider this destination. Wallingford is a beautiful town and just 7 miles away from Goring On Thames.
Who is not aware of this city’s name! Popular among worldwide students and visitors this city has a different kind of charm that amaze their visitors in many ways. Castles, gardens, museums and beautiful streets, there is plenty to explore in this town.
Another beautiful city you can explore while visiting Goring. You can use the bus or train to reach there. It is 17 miles away from Goring On Thames.
In my opinion, Cotswolds has the most beautiful villages in England. It’s a wonderful place and part of the area of outstanding natural beauty, and a must-visit location in England. This is the most picturesque location and a dream place for travellers and photographers. This place is easily accessible by car or bus and 39 miles away from Goring On Thames.
Why you should visit Goring and Streatley?
I think these villages are worth adding to your travel itinerary if you are visiting London, Oxford, or Reading. You are definitely not going to disappoint. These villages are popular since ancient times and have always been a popular holiday destination. Nowadays, visitors come to enjoy their renowned hospitality, stunning views, and local attractions. All in all, if you want to get a feel of real England countryside then Goring on Thames and Streatley are perfect candidates for this.
Streatley On Thames - Coppa Club
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