About the Goring Gap
The Goring Gap is an interesting geological feature caused by the River Thames breaking through the hills and so making its way to the sea east of London. The river runs from north to south here between the Berkshire Downs and the Chilterns.
The villages of Goring and Streatley on opposite sides of the river are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which offers many amenities as a residential, tourist and recreational centre. In addition to the attractive riverside scenery, the Goring Gap is convenient for many places of interest including Oxford and the Cotswolds, and London is less than an hour away by train. Goring Gap is also at the junction of both the Ridgeway and Thames long-distance Paths, and so popular with walkers.
Goring in South Oxfordshire, with a resident population of 3,500, is served by a range of excellent shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs and other services. Its rail link means that many people work in London, Reading or other towns but can enjoy the pleasures of living in the country. Goring is twinned with Bellême, Normandy, France and there is an active programme of exchange visits.
Village of the Year – South of England 2009-2010
Streatley in West Berkshire has a population of only some 600. Before the first bridge was built linking Goring with Streatley in 1837, the two villages had little contact; in fact, Streatley originally was larger and more important than Goring because it was on the turnpike road to Reading.
Today, the two villages work together as one community, organising and sharing in local amenities and activities, and co-operating in the preservation of their joint heritage.