Goring

Wanderlust moored (improperly) below Goring's lock and weir.

Wanderlust moored (improperly) below Goring’s lock and weir.

A day’s cruise upstream from Wanderlust’s base in Caversham is the English village of Goring-on-Thames.  Early in October, at the edge of fall, we moored overnight at Goring’s lock.  With the sounds of the water of the Thames rushing over the nearby weir filling the air we spent a peaceful night.

Goring was Oxfordshire’s Village of the Year in 2009 and the Calor Village of the Year South England Regional Winner for 2009/2010.  A handful of pubs and quaint buildings line Goring’s narrow, snaking streets.  Whether tied to the bank or tucked into a B&B the combination of an atmospheric small town and a pleasant stretch of river make for a good place to spend a night.  Goring was sufficiently agreeable that we chose to spend a night above the lock on our trip back down the river.  Indeed, staying in Goring might just become a habit.

Goring's lock

Goring’s lock

Taking on water at the Cleeve Lock, just upstream from Goring

Taking on water at the Cleeve Lock, just upstream from Goring

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