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The Goring Gap is a British geological feature that is located on the River Thames, approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The Goring Gap forms an important communications and transportation corridor. Besides the river itself, which is now limited to navigation for leisure purposes, the gap accommodates the A329 road linking Reading and Oxford, along with the Great Western Main Line railway from London to Bristol and South Wales.

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  • The Goring Gap is a British geological feature that is located on the River Thames, approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The Goring Gap forms an important communications and transportation corridor. Besides the river itself, which is now limited to navigation for leisure purposes, the gap accommodates the A329 road linking Reading and Oxford, along with the Great Western Main Line railway from London to Bristol and South Wales.
  • The Goring Gap is the narrow valley between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs, occupied by the River Thames. It is approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
  • The Goring Gap is the narrow valley, occupied by the River Thames, between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs. It is approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
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  • The Goring Gap is a British geological feature that is located on the River Thames, approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Half a million years ago the River Thames flowed on its existing course through Oxfordshire, but then turned northeast to flow through Hertfordshire before eventually reaching the North Sea in East Anglia near Ipswich. During the last ice age, the ice sheet blocked the river's exit to the sea, whilst the amounts of melt water entering the river caused it to pond up into a lake. This eventually cut a new route through the chalk at the site of the Goring Gap. The newly formed route then flowed through Berkshire and present day London before finally reaching the North Sea. Today, the Goring Gap constricts the River Thames, narrowing the otherwise broad river valley. Steep hills rise southwards to Lardon Chase, the nearest section of the Berkshire Downs while the Chiltern Hills rise to the north. The twin villages of Goring and Streatley straddle the River Thames at the Goring Gap. The Thames Path, Icknield Way and the Ridgeway cross the Thames at Goring. The Goring Gap forms an important communications and transportation corridor. Besides the river itself, which is now limited to navigation for leisure purposes, the gap accommodates the A329 road linking Reading and Oxford, along with the Great Western Main Line railway from London to Bristol and South Wales.
  • The Goring Gap is the narrow valley between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs, occupied by the River Thames. It is approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Half a million years ago the chalk hills at Goring formed a continuous escarpment, which directed the Thames to flow northeastwards to reach the North Sea near Ipswich. During the last ice age, an ice sheet blocked the river's downstream course through Hertfordshire, forcing the water to back up and to form a large lake. The level of the lake eventually became so high, that it overtopped the escarpment and cut a new route through the chalk, creating the Goring Gap. After the ice receded, the Thames continued to follow its new course through Berkshire, as it still does today. Today, the Goring Gap constricts the River Thames, narrowing the otherwise broad river valley. Steep hills rise southwards to Lardon Chase, the nearest section of the Berkshire Downs while the Chiltern Hills rise to the north. The twin villages of Goring and Streatley straddle the River Thames at the Goring Gap. The Thames Path, Icknield Way and the Ridgeway cross the Thames at Goring. The Goring Gap forms an important communications and transportation corridor. Besides the river itself, which is now limited to navigation for leisure purposes, the gap accommodates the A329 road linking Reading and Oxford, along with the Great Western Main Line railway from London to Bristol and South Wales.
  • The Goring Gap is the narrow valley, occupied by the River Thames, between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs. It is approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Half a million years ago the chalk hills at Goring formed a continuous escarpment, which directed the Thames to flow northeastwards to reach the North Sea near Ipswich. During the last ice age, an ice sheet blocked the river's downstream course through Hertfordshire, forcing the water to back up and to form a large lake. The level of the lake eventually became so high, that it overtopped the escarpment and cut a new route through the chalk, creating the Goring Gap. After the ice receded, the Thames continued to follow its new course through Berkshire, as it still does today. Today, the Goring Gap constricts the River Thames, narrowing the otherwise broad river valley. Steep hills rise southwards to Lardon Chase, the nearest section of the Berkshire Downs while the Chiltern Hills rise to the north. The twin villages of Goring and Streatley straddle the River Thames at the Goring Gap. The Thames Path, Icknield Way and the Ridgeway cross the Thames at Goring. The Goring Gap forms an important communications and transportation corridor. Besides the river itself, which is now limited to navigation for leisure purposes, the gap accommodates the A329 road linking Reading and Oxford, along with the Great Western Main Line railway from London to Bristol and South Wales.
  • The Goring Gap is the narrow valley, occupied by the River Thames, between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs. It is approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream of Reading and 27 miles (43 km) downstream of Oxford. The river here forms the county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Half a million years ago the chalk hills at Goring formed a continuous escarpment, which directed the Thames to flow northeastwards to reach the North Sea near Ipswich. During the last ice age, an ice sheet blocked the river's downstream course through Hertfordshire, forcing the water to back up and to form a large lake. The level of the lake eventually became so high, that it overtopped the escarpment and cut a new route through the chalk, creating the Goring Gap. After the ice receded, the Thames continued to follow its new course through Berkshire. Today, the Goring Gap constricts the River Thames, narrowing the otherwise broad river valley. Steep hills rise southwards to Lardon Chase, the nearest section of the Berkshire Downs while the Chiltern Hills rise to the north. The twin villages of Goring and Streatley straddle the River Thames at the Goring Gap. The Thames Path, Icknield Way and the Ridgeway cross the Thames at Goring. The Goring Gap forms an important communications and transportation corridor. Besides the river itself, which is now limited to navigation for leisure purposes, the gap accommodates the A329 road linking Reading and Oxford, along with the Great Western Main Line railway from London to Bristol and South Wales.
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