Monday, 27 July 2015


Goring is an attractive village on the Thames.  After walking around the area we realised it is Goring on the north bank and Streatley on the south.  The area is sometimes known as the ‘Goring Gap’, a narrowing of the Thames where it cuts through the terrain between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs.  Apparently there was a ford here and later there must have been a ferry as the name of the narrow road leading down to our mooring is Ferry Lane.

The scenery around here was the setting for books such as The Wind in the Willows, Watership Down and Three Men in a Boat.

goring moorings

Moorings at Goring

The main visitor attraction here is probably the bridge across the Thames, built in 1927 and Goring Lock and weir.

goring lock 2015

The Swan Hotel is located on the Streatley side of the river.

goring cafe There was a wedding reception beside the replica paddle boat.

wedding party

I wandered up through Streatley looking for a pub eventually finding The Bull.  However after checking the online reviews we decided against having Sunday lunch there.

the bull

The John Barleycorn is on the Goring side and actually closer to our mooring. 


We received a very warm welcome and had a tasty meal  Another good choice!

Apparently Goring was a very fashionable place to live in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Notables included Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur (Bomber) Harris and Admiral Sir William Harwood, victor of the Battle of the River Plate.

There are some attractive boathouses and dwellings in the approach to the old mill race.

rare goring moorings

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