Goring to Tilehurst via St Mary’s Whitchurch

Goring to Tilehurst via St Mary’s Whitchurch

5th November 2016, 9-6

About the walk: This walk passes along the Thames path, along the section associated with Wind in the Willows. Pangbourne, where lunch is was the village Kenneth Grahame spent the last years of his life. The pub there is also the last resting stop of Three Men in a Boat. The main point of Christian interest is St Mary’s Whitchurch, founded in the 7th century by St Birinus. It has seen continuous Christian worship for over 1300 years. St Birinus is now a little remembered saint, but it is thanks to him that much of Britiain is Christian. He was the apostle to the kingdoms of Wessex, following only shortly on the heels of St Anselm.

Date: Saturday 5th November 2016

Distance: 7 miles

Lunch: Packed lunch, or Swan Inn Pangbourne

Christian Interest: St Mary’s Whitchurch was founded by St Birinus (600-649), the Bishop of Genoa, who converted the Kingdoms of Wessex. There will be a short talk on him.

General Interest: Goring and Pangbourne through which you walk date back to the early middle ages. Pangbourne is the home of Kenneth Grahame, and the countryside through which you walk is the basis of the book ‘The Wind in the Willows’.

Meeting Place: Paddington Station, by platforms 9& 10 next to Burger King

Meeting time: 9.15am, with tickets ready

Train ticket to purchase: Off- peak day return to Goring