Walk 7 – Goring Ring – 4½ miles

This walk, as do all the described walks, commences at St Andrews church South Stoke. There is parking on The Street outside the church.

Proceed (south) along The Street past the school, Perch and Pike PH and Chapel Close and as the road turns sharply to the left, continue (south) on the Ridgeway Path. After about ¼ miles the path becomes an access road to the houses and then the river comes into view on the right. You will then pass Goring Sailing Club and the Leatherne Bottel PH, which is riverside on the right. Continue south on the path, which now follows the river at a distance, with the Great Western railway on the left. You will soon get a glimpse of Cleeve lock.

After about ¾ miles the path (now a track) joins a road on a hair-pin bend. Tturn left here (east), (the Ridgeway Path continues south on its way to Avebury) and proceed under the railway bridge to the cross roads with the B4009.

Taking care crossing the B4009, continue straight ahead (east), into Elvendon Road and after about ¾ miles you will reach Battle farm, having past Cleeve Down housing estate and Summerfield Rise on your right. Take the footpath on your left (north), signposted Beech Lane and Woodcote, and follow this for about ½ miles as it hugs the edge of Wroxhills Wood before turning (east) into the woods. Here you can see Bluebells in the spring and are accompanied by the bird songs. You will shortly reach a point where two paths cross, turn left (north) and proceed on this path for about ¼ miles, which brings you to the edge of the wood. As you exit the woods take time to enjoy the panoramic view of the valley, being able to see the edge of the North Downs and the Chilterns and in the distance Wittenham Clumps and Didcot Power Station. Turn left (west) here and follow the track. After a short while (just past a fenced off building) another path joins from the right. Take this path and continue until it meets the single track road, this is the Icknield Way. Cross the road and take the single track road (going west) that is almost directly opposite. Keep on this road for about ¾ miles, passing Grove farm and cottages on your right, until it meets the B4009.

Turn right (north) onto the B4009 and proceed with care and caution. A few yards past the brow the hill, crossing the B4009 with care, turn left (west) into South Bank and proceed under the railway bridge and at the bottom of South Bank follow the road round into The Street and continue straight ahead until you reach St Andrew’s church on the right.

This is the end of the walk.