‘Hop-on-Hop-off’  2020 Goring Cruises


‘Hop-on-Hop-off’ Reading to Goring Boat Trip

We are offering a hop-on-hop-off boat trip from Caversham in Reading to Goring with stops at Mapledurham Lock, Pangbourne Meadows and Goring (with easy access to Streatley). Join the boat for one hop, two hops, three hops, a return or the entire trip. An ideal trip for walkers, photographers, wildlife watchers and those looking for a real day on the river or just a trip to Goring for lunch.

Make your own day

Choose where to get on and off

Simply decide how many hops you would like and purchase a ticket.

1 Hop is for one leg

2 Hops is for two legs

3 Hops is for three legs

All hops are also available as a return.

Each leg of the journey is a hop between stops

Caversham to Mapledurham Lock

Mapledurham Lock to Pangbourne Meadows

Pangbourne Meadows to Goring and Steatley (Goring Lock)

You will find space for a picnic by the side of the river

You will find space for a picnic by the side of the river

Goring & Streatley

Our final destination is Goring & Streatley where, subject to river traffic, you should have around 1 3/4  hours ashore to explore, grab a pub lunch or even set off by bike back towards Reading and meet us at Mapledurham. For a vistor’s guide to Goring & Streatley click here

Take a day to explore the beauty of the Thames. You choose where to go.

Take a day to explore the beauty of the Thames. You choose where to go.

Use the boat as a unique way to reach Goring for Sunday Lunch

Walk a section of the Thames path and  explore the river between stops

Walk a section of the river, dart off into nearby countryside or simply sit in the sun and let the day go by before catching the return sailing. The first stop at Mapledurham Lock puts you in a perfect position for using the Thames Path to walk to Pangbourne where you can catch a train, meet the boat or cross the toll bridge to Whitchurch and then continue on to Goring (where there is also a station) To view the route of the Thames Path click here

Goring and Streatley have excellent Sunday Lunch options. Book ahead.

Goring and Streatley have excellent Sunday Lunch options. Book ahead.

The Details

Boarding Times

The timetable is approximate depending on river traffic. We are reliant upon the speed of the vessel passing through the locks.


Depart Caversham 10:15

Mapledurham Lock 11:15

Pangbourne Meadows 11.45

Arrive Goring 12:45



Depart Goring 15:30

Pangbourne Meadows 16.35

Mapledurham Lock 17:15

Arrive Caversham 18.00

The timetable may be altered due to river conditions

Boarding of boats will start up to 15 minutes prior to the sailing time from Caversham and Goring

Sailing Dates
  • This service runs May 17th, June 28th, July 26th, August 23rd, September 20th
  • You can choose one hop, multiple hops or an entire journey
  • Each leg of the journey is one hop
  • For Caversham to Mapledurham you need one hop
  • For Caversham to Pangbourne you need two hops
  • For Caversham to Goring and Streatley you need three hops
  • Return tickets are one hop and back eg. A one-hop return will get you from Caversham to Mapledurham Lock and back
  • All of our boats have a bar with soft drinks, hot drinks and alcoholic drinks as well as bar snacks.
  • Our boats are equipped with full central heating and toilet facilities.
Disabled/Limited Mobility Access
  • All our vessels carry ramps to assist with wheelchair access and our staff are trained to assist. We try hard to accommodate all guests as comfortably as possible but we advise you give us a quick call in advance so we can discuss which vessel will be operating a specific service and what is possible at the various landing stages.
Travel & Directions
  • The boat will leave either our Caversham Promenade or Pier boarding point in Reading. They are next to each other and located to the rear of the Crowne Plaza Hotel near Reading Rowing Club. The postcode for sat nav use is RB1 8BD
  • There are public car parks located to the rear of the rowing club (1-2 minutes walk) and about 5 minutes walk away
Terms & Restrictions
  • We ask that you book in advance for this trip.
  • Space for bikes is limited to only those who have reserved a bike space.
  • Children of any age are welcome on board, our boats meet all safety requirements but we do ask that parents and responsible adults take care of their own children.
  • Please see our full terms & conditions