Disclaimer: Berkshire Mummies was gifted this experience in exchange for a honest review.
We had the fantastic opportunity one sunny Monday morning in July 2020 to go on a Goring Gap Wildlife Walk with our guide Steve. This is a business which has been born out of lockdown and for us it was great chance to explore a part of the Thames Path we had not walked along before.
How do the Goring Gap Wildlife Walks work?
A few days before going on the family walk, Goring Gap Wildlife Walks sent me an email confirming our walk, time, where to meet and where to park. The recommended car park is pay and display which is reasonably priced. There are also public toilets at the car park.
We met Steve, our guide at the agreed location and the headed on our walk up the river. We were given a wildlife spotting sheet to use during our walk to tick off any birds we saw. The family walks are aimed at children 5+ years. It was a good length of walk (approx 1.5 miles circular) with plenty of stops to appreciate the wildlife and a nice steady pace. We took our off road buggy, which was fine. There were a few tree roots and slightly uneven paths to contend with, but the buggy made it round the walk. If we did this walk again we would contemplate taking the baby carrier.
The walk started at Goring Lock and then headed along the tow path in the direction of Pangbourne. The tow path wasn’t too busy and we ‘pulled’ over to make sure we were social distanced from any other walkers. During the walk we saw ducks, geese, swans, herons and some small birds as well.
We also had a look at a frog which a fisherman found along the waters edge. Steve our guide had some food in his backpack so we got to feed the swans and young geese. This was a hit with my children, particularly the eldest.
It was lovely to have gone on an outdoor adventure and felt like we were on a mini holiday.
How to book a walk?
If you would like to find more out about Goring Gap Wild Life Walks or would like to book a walk, click here to email Steve.
Do have a read of The Goring Gap Wildlife Walks Trip Advisor reviews. There is lots of positive feedback which shows you what other wonderful and varied wildlife walkers have spotted during their walks.
What did you do after the walk?
At the end of the walk after we had said goodbye to Steve we headed to the lock where we had a picnic. If you go on this walk I would recommend taking a picnic, it’s a lovely location. Just make sure you pay for long enough in the car park. Also take extra food for the ducks, geese and swans.
Streatley and Goring are such beautiful small towns in Berkshire. We will definitely return in the future for another walk along the River Thames but also to look around the towns properly and to go for a meal out at The Swan, Streatley as it looked a fantastic place to dine, overlooking the river.
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