Ramble to Reading Part 5: Pangbourne to Reading, 12 miles, moderate/challenging

May 14, 2022 @ 10:40 am
Pangbourne Station
Reading RG8 7DY
Grant A

A route with not one but two pub stops. This route leaves Pangbourne via Whitchurch on Thames, and after a steep ascent up to Goring Heath we weave our way through woodland and then farmland and through a golf course to our first pub. After this we make our way through Caversham and to our second drink stop to celebrate, after which we will head to Reading Station.

Booking is required for this walk, which is limited to 20 walkers, via the form here.

Note that the weekend’s walks have been swapped due to transport issues affecting this one, which is now on Saturday.

Pace: fast. Ascent: 256m.

Walk details

After around ~40 miles, we have arrived at our final part of the Ramble to Reading. As such there will be not one but two drinks stops in our final part.

Starting from Pangbourne, we retrace some of our steps from Part 4 before heading out passed the Bozedown Alpaca farm, after which we start our short but steep ascent into the hills above the Thames to reach Collins End.

We soon leave Collins End behind making our way through Holme Copse and Little College Wood to reach Nuney Green where we will have our lunch.

After the woods we cross a number of fields before arriving to Mapledurham Golf Course where will weave our way through to our first drink stop at the Packhorse.

After the Packhorse we start on our final section of the walk, which passes through Tokers Green and then turns towards Caversham passing through the remaining green spaces enroute.

After passing through our last green space we then make our way to our second pub stop (to be decided on the day but either the Last Crumb or the Fox & Hounds in Caversham) for a celebratory drink, those who wish to continue straight to the station will be given directions.

Travel details

By public transport

GWR, Oxford to Didcot Parkway, 9:37 AM – 9:49 AM, GWR, Didcot Parkway to Pangbourne, 10:06 AM – 10:21 AM

GWR, Reading to Pangbourne, 10:23 AM – 10:31 AM

By car

Park at Pangbourne (APCOA – 2150 – £4.20) and return via train from Reading at the end of the walk.

Park at Reading (APCOA – 2386 – £12.50 for 24 Hours) and take train to start at GWR, Reading to Pangbourne, 10:23 AM – 10:31 AM


  • If you or someone else from your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend.
  • Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • Please bring a drink and a snack.
  • It might be muddy – please wear suitable footwear.
  • Please feel free to contact the leader with queries about the walk, or if you are delayed on the day.