Thames-side strolls, ridgeway yomps & moreish food
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
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It might be less than an hour by train from London but the peace and tranquillity of the countryside around Streatley and nearby Goring are a great antidote to the hectic nature of the ‘Big Smoke’.
With this weekend’s jaunt there’s something for everyone – whether you’re new to Large Outdoors and want to ease yourself in with strolls along the flat but beautiful Thames Path or looking for a longer leg stretcher along stunning sections of the Chilterns Way or The Ridgeway national trails.
We’re staying in a grand Victorian house in the village of Streatley that has a prime spot on the Thames Path and yet is just a 15-minute walk from the train station.
All this and of course the legendary Large Outdoors hospitality – plenty of good wholesome food and a friendly welcome.
Book by the 31st of July and save £40
Shared room standard tickets are just £95 for this trip if booked by the 31st of July, from the 1st of August tickets will be £135.
In a nutshell:
- Relax in a peaceful countryside setting that’s still easily reached by train.
- Rev up those limbs for a couple of days’ of great walking.
- Revive with great food, laughter and a healthy dose of the ‘feelgood’ factor.
Dates – Exploring the Thames Weekend
- Friday 16th – Sunday 18th October 2020
Feel free to turn up any time after 5pm by which time our Large Outdoors host will have put the kettle on and thrown open the door of our YHA base, a Victorian abode that makes the most of its size with a great sociable living area and an outdoor terrace leading to a leafy garden.
For first-timers please note that the imagined horror of walking into a room full of strangers is far from reality as the majority of people are soon nattering away with the rest of the group as if they’ve known them for years!
Introductions made, our Large Outdoors host then begins preparing the evening meal and will outline the walking choices over the weekend while we’re all tucking in.
During breakfast you need to make a decision – which of the three walking groups you feel like joining today.
Don’t worry though as our host will outline the trio of choices (an easy flat stroll along the riverside, a more challenging leg-loosener or a longer all-day hike) to help steer you towards the one that you’ll feel most comfortable with.
The exact routes will be depend on the weather as well but never fear as our guide will know of a plethora of options to suit the day and the group.
However here’s a flavour:
- The Thames Path takes us through quintessentially English countryside characterized by the languid river, historic bridges, meadows, oh and the odd pub or two.
- A longer walk into the surrounding Chiltern Hills following trails through woodland and rolling hills passing historic places such as Mapledurham, a stately home that is said to have inspired author Kenneth Grahame to use as Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows.
- An all-day yomp along a stretch of the 87-mile Ridgeway National Trail enjoying panoramic views across our ‘green and pleasant’ land.
By mid to late afternoon we’ll all be back at base and then there’s plenty of time to rest up before we sit down to the evening meal that usually ends with our legendary cheese board.
Today we have the choice of two walks – a gentle wander before heading into a pub at lunchtime or a longer hike where we’ll pack up our own lunch and look to finish at around 4pm before departing for home.
Good to know:
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Goring & Streatley
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation.
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s – For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018