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The River Thames as it passes through the Gap
The Goring Gap is a Britishmarker geological feature located on the River Thames approximately 8 miles upstream from Readingmarker.

Half a million years ago the River Thames flowed on its existing course through Oxfordshire, but then turned northeast to flow through Hertfordshiremarker before eventually reaching the North Seamarker in East Angliamarker near Ipswichmarker. At the end of the last ice age the amounts of melt water entering the Thames caused it to cut a new route through the chalk at the site of the Goring Gap. The newly formed route flowed through Berkshire and present day Londonmarker 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 Chasemarker, the nearest section of the Berkshire Downsmarker while the Chiltern Hillsmarker rise to the north. The twin villages of Goringmarker and Streatleymarker straddle the River Thames at the Goring Gap.

The Goring Gap represents an important communications and transportation corridor accommodating a major road connecting Reading to Oxfordmarker along with the principal railway line west from Londonmarker (Paddingtonmarker).


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