Skip to main content

Thames Path National Trail Reading to Goring

Reading Walks Festival

A fantastic walk from Reading to Goring along the iconic Thames Path National Trail hosted by the National Trail Team.

An interesting and challenging section along the river and through the Goring Gap. The National Trails support team will provide refreshments along the way and explain all the interesting work we do with our partners and volunteers to keep the trail in good condition.

We will finish near Goring train station or to top the day off there is the option to come back to Reading on a river cruise, hosted by Thames River Cruise (£32) to celebrate the achievement of walking that section. Commentary is provided on the cruise back to Reading. There will also be a full bar with hot and cold drinks to purchase onboard. If you would like to secure a place on the cruise please email

Walk difficulty level: HARD

16km and approx. 4 hours (7 hours including the cruise)

  • Requires a good level of fitness.
  • Not suitable for dogs.

Maximum Number of Participants: 45

You'll need:

  • Sturdy shoes (preferably walking boots)
  • Packed lunch
  • Plenty of water

About the route

Start/End points

Start ///onions.spring.third - Thames Promenade - about 100 yards past the Rowing Club away form the bridge heading east.

End Goring on Thames - ///slung.start.hostels.

Getting there and back

Start/finish are short walks from both Reading and Goring stations.

Will there be access to toilets on the walk?



Tea and coffee will be provided as well an energy snacks. Cafes at various points along the walk.


About your guide

Hannah Gutteridge, Thames Path Manager and the Thames Path National Trail Team. We host a volunteer programme who work extensively on the Path with some wonderful volunteers, who will be joining us on the day.

Reading Walks Festival

Reading Walks Festival

This walk is part of the inaugural Reading Walks Festival. We are delighted to share over 40 walks with you over the five days of the festival, bringing alive the stories, heritage and landscapes of Reading and the surrounding countryside through a series of guided walks.