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The Goring Gap is the dramatic gorge where the mighty River Thames chiselled its way through the Chiltern Hills during the last ice age. Nearby are the picturesque villages and towns filmed as the fictional county of Midsomer. We visit Alfred the Great's Wallingford and Dorchester -a head-turning village full of mediaeval, Tudor and Georgian buildings before rounding off our day out with a cruise through the Goring Gap.

Meet the Guide in Wallingford at 10.30am for time to buy morning refreshments before enjoying a little local trail. This is Midsomer's Causton and fans will recognise many locations. A short drive away is Dorchester - a very small village with a very big Abbey, which is one of the earliest Christian sites in England. A main course lunch with coffee is included at a 15th century coaching inn used in several Midsomer episodes.

At 3.00pm we board the boat at Benson Waterfront for the sevenmile swoop beneath the Chilterns through three locks to the Goring Gap. The magnificent scenery around the Goring Gap is the setting for Wind in the Willows, Watership Down and Three Men in a Boat. Look out for the blue flash of kingfishers and the soaring red kites that are thriving in the Thames Chilterns.

We step ashore at elegant Goring, which became fashionable in the late 1800s when residents included Oscar Wilde.

You'll be heading home by 5.00pm.

Adults & Seniors: £39

Available weekdays in May, June & Sepotember

With Morning coffee but free time for lunch in Wallingford £32pp

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

15 miles