Fri-Mon Jul 31st-Aug 2nd
£51 per person (including supplement) for bed for the 2 nights
We have reserved dorms at YHA Streatley staying in a Victorian Manor in the Thameside town of Goring and Streatley. The hostel is at the crossroads of the Thames Path and the Ridgeway so is perfect for walks and cycle rides. This trip is aimed at newer members who have not stayed at hostels before. Just one hour by rail from London it is ideal for a first weekend away with the group.
Friday - Early arrivals can take advantage of the late evening daylight to go for an easy walk around Goring taking in the Thames Path and Ridgeway ending at one of the riverside pubs.
Saturday - 10 mile circular walk from hostel. Route will follow Thames Path to Pangbourne for lunch by the river. Option for picnic by riverside plus tea shop and pubs. Pangbourne and Whitchurch are scenic villages on either bank of the Thames at this point. Historic churches and manors to explore. We will then return to hostel via footpaths taking in Berkshire meadows and woodlands. Option to take shortcut by catching train back from Pangbourne. Walk is easy with few climbs on route. Second option for adventurous people - off-road mountain biking over Ridgeway trail. People will need to bring their own bikes (trains carry cycles Friday evening and all day on weekends). Group dinner on Saturday will be arranged in pub next to hostel. We can gather for late drinks in Goring where there are at least 5 gorgeous old pubs.
Sunday - We plan to travel to historic Wallingford (5 miles) via shared cars. Wallingford is a historic Thameside town with castle, medieval churches and many independent shops. We plan a short walk with lunch at the riverside pub. There is also an option to hire boats here to further explore the Thames.
Hostel provides food and beverages - recommended to book in advance. Fully self catering kitchen. Pubs and cafes along routes on all days. Communal tea / coffee and milk will be provided for everyone.
Trains to Goring station from London Paddington via Ealing Broadway every half hour. Option to co-ordinate car sharing. Please be aware that arranging lifts is an individual responsibility and lift share is not arranged by event organiser.
Sole use dorms booked. YHA Streatley, Reading Road, Streatley, RG8 9JJ. Option to stay at B&B or inns as several in town.
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