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Thames Path

Prices start from £1,125* per person

for 10 nights B&B based on 2 people

sharing an en-suite room


DURATION: 10-19 NIGHTS / 11-20 DAYS

DISTANCE: 184 MILES/294 KM

GRADE: EASY TO CHALLENGING


The Thames Path, one of the National Trails follows England’s best-known river from its source in the Cotswolds all the way to the heart of London.The Thames Path is a gentle trail without steep climbs, but due to its length it can test your stamina depending on the daily mileage you choose to walk. The reward is an array of awe-inspiring natural and cultural sights as the Trail passes peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife, historic towns and cities and picturesque villages.



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The River Thames near Iffley Lock

Picturesque Henley-on-Thames

Overview

Covering a distance of 184 miles, the Thames Path takes the walker on a unique journey. From the quiet, rural Thames full of natural beauty to the vast, royal Thames with castles and palaces the Path offers a great variety of walking. Some of the historical highlights along the Path include Kelmscott Manor, the city of Oxford, Windsor Castle, Runnymede, Hampton Court Palace, the Palace of Westminster, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Greenwich. Of all iconic walks in the United Kingdom, the Thames Path is perhaps the easiest despite its length. As there is very little ascent along the Path, it is considered to be a gentle trail, suitable for people with a wide range of abilities. We offer four itineraries based on the daily mileage of walks, ranging from easy to challenging. There is a wealth of natural beauty and history to discover along the Path, so, if you are not looking to put your fitness to the test, we would recommend taking a bit longer to relax and enjoy the walk. If you would like to walk longer or shorter stages than detailed below, we will be happy to tailor the itinerary to suit your requirements.


The Source to Oxford

The first stretch of the Thames Path is wonderfully remote and quiet right until you reach the centre of Oxford. Your journey starts near the village of Kemble, where the source of the River Thames lies in the middle of a meadow, beneath an ancient tree. You will most likely find that the spring is dry, especially in the summer, however, the river comes to life deep under ground. The first leg of the journey takes you through fields and picturesque Cotswolds villages as you follow the infant river. The highlights of this section will be the village of Kelmscott, the North Meadow near Cricklade with a dazzling display of wildflowers in spring, the Church of St John the Baptist in Inglesham, Old Father Thames at St John's Lock (the first lock on the river), and the dreaming spires of the city of Oxford.

Oxford to Windsor

This section of the Thames Path offers exhilarating walking as it follows a much more mature river, with colourful river boats, great loops, and numerous locks and weirs. The Path takes you through a mixture of landscapes. It passes through quiet countryside, beech woodlands, small hamlets full of historic interest as well as some urban centres. Highlights of the walk include the famous Christchurch Meadows, the Sandford Lasher (weir at Sandford lock), Clifton Hampden Bridge, Mapledurham Lock and corn mill, the River and Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames, the beautiful suspension bridge at Marlow, Goring Gap (dramatic valley carved by the river), the Cliveden Estate (especially colourful in autumn), and Windsor Castle.

Windsor to the Thames Barrier

The final stretch of the Thames between Windsor and the Thames Barrier is full of sites of historical and cultural interest waiting to be explored. How long you will need to walk this section will depend on how many of these you would like to visit. Once past Old Windsor and Runnymede Meadows (where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215), the Thames Path starts to showcase London at its best. Highlights of this last stretch of the Thames Path include the largest lock system on the river at Teddington, Hampton Court Palace, the majestic grandeur of Westminster, the spectacular view up to St Paul’s Cathedral from the Millennium Bridge, Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory, and, of course, reaching the Thames Barrier is a fitting climax.

Our standard itineraries finish in Kingston upon Thames, as from this point, the best thing to do is to have a central base in London and use the excellent public transport connections, rather than move on to a new accommodation each night. This option will offer you greater flexibility in choosing your daily mileage and in deciding how to combine the walking with sightseeing.

Itinerary options

Challenging – 10 nights (Price from 1125pp, based on two people sharing a double room.)

Day 1: Overnight in Kemble.
Day 2: Walk from Kemble to Lechlade – 23 ¼ miles. Overnight in Lechlade.
Day 3: Walk from Lechlade to Newbridge – 16 ¾ miles. Overnight in Newbridge.
Day 4: Walk from Newbridge to Oxford – 14 miles. Overnight in Oxford.
Day 5: Walk from Oxford to Dorchester – 18 miles. Overnight in Dorchester.
Day 6: Walk from Dorchester to Pangbourne – 16 ¼ miles. Overnight in Pangbourne.
Day 7: Walk from Pangbourne to Henley – 16 miles. Overnight in Henley.
Day 8: Walk from Henley to Maidenhead – 16 ½ miles. Overnight in Maidenhead.
Day 9: Walk from Maidenhead to Staines – 15 miles. Overnight in Staines.
Day 10: Walk from Staines to Kingston – 15 ½ miles. Overnight in Kingston.
Day 11: Depart after breakfast. / Continue walking.

Strenuous – 12 nights (Price from 1285pp, based on two people sharing a double room.)

Day 1: Overnight in Kemble.
Day 2: Walk from Kemble to Cricklade – 12 ¼ miles. Overnight in Cricklade.
Day 3: Walk from Cricklade to Lechlade – 11 miles. Overnight in Lechlade.
Day 4: Walk from Lechlade to Newbridge – 16 ¾ miles. Overnight in Newbridge.
Day 5: Walk from Newbridge to Oxford – 14 miles. Overnight in Oxford.
Day 6: Walk from Oxford to Dorchester – 18 miles. Overnight in Dorchester.
Day 7: Walk from Dorchester to Pangbourne – 16 ¼ miles. Overnight in Pangbourne.
Day 8: Walk from Pangbourne to Henley – 16 miles. Overnight in Henley.
Day 9: Walk from Henley to Marlow – 8 ½ miles. Overnight in Marlow.
Day 10: Walk from Marlow to Windsor – 14 ½ miles. Overnight in Windsor.
Day 11: Walk from Windsor to Shepperton – 14 miles. Overnight in Shepperton.
Day 12: Walk from Shepperton to Kingston – 10 miles. Overnight in Kingston.
Day 13: Depart after breakfast. / Continue walking.

Moderate – 14 nights (Price from 1510pp, based on two people sharing a double room.)

Day 1: Overnight in Kemble.
Day 2: Walk from Kemble to Cricklade – 12 ¼ miles. Overnight in Cricklade.
Day 3: Walk from Cricklade to Lechlade – 11 miles. Overnight in Lechlade.
Day 4: Walk from Lechlade to Tadpole Bridge – 9 ¾ miles. Overnight in Tadpole Bridge.
Day 5: Walk from Tadpole Bridge to Newbridge – 7 miles. Overnight in Newbridge.
Day 6: Walk from Newbridge to Oxford – 14 miles. Overnight in Oxford.
Day 7: Walk from Oxford to Abingdon – 9 ¾ miles. Overnight in Abingdon.
Day 8: Walk from Abingdon to Wallingford – 13 ½ miles. Overnight in Wallingford.
Day 9: Walk from Wallingford to Pangbourne – 11 miles. Overnight in Pangbourne.
Day 10: Walk from Pangbourne to Henley – 16 miles. Overnight in Henley.
Day 11: Walk from Henley to Marlow – 8 ½ miles. Overnight in Marlow.
Day 12: Walk from Marlow to Windsor – 14 ½ miles. Overnight in Windsor.
Day 13: Walk from Windsor to Chertsey – 12 miles. Overnight in Chertsey.
Day 14: Walk from Chertsey to Kingston – 12 miles. Overnight in Kingston.
Day 15: Depart after breakfast. / Continue walking.

Easy – 19 nights (Price from £2025pp, based on two people sharing a double room.)

Day 1: Overnight in Kemble.
Day 2: Walk from Kemble to Ashton Keynes – 7 miles. Overnight in Ashton Keynes.
Day 3: Walk from Ashton Keynes to Cricklade – 5 ¼ miles. Overnight in Cricklade.
Day 4: Walk from Cricklade to Lechlade – 11 miles. Overnight in Lechlade.
Day 5: Walk from Lechlade to Tadpole Bridge – 9 ¾ miles. Overnight in Tadpole Bridge.
Day 6: Walk from Tadpole Bridge to Newbridge – 7 miles. Overnight in Newbridge.
Day 7: Walk from Newbridge to Eynsham – 7 ½ miles. Overnight in Eynsham.
Day 8: Walk from Eynsham to Oxford – 6 ½ miles. Overnight in Oxford.
Day 9: Walk from Oxford to Abingdon – 9 ¾ miles. Overnight in Abingdon.
Day 10: Walk from Abingdon to Shillingford – 10 ¼ miles. Overnight in Shillingford.
Day 11: Walk from Shillingford to Goring and Streatley – 10 ¼ miles. Overnight in Goring or Streatley.
Day 12: Walk from Goring and Streatley to Caversham – 11 miles. Overnight in Caversham.
Day 13: Walk from Caversham to Henley – 9 miles. Overnight in Henley.
Day 14: Walk from Henley to Marlow – 8 ½ miles. Overnight in Marlow.
Day 15: Walk from Marlow to Maidenhead – 7 ¾ miles. Overnight in Maidenhead.
Day 16: Walk from Maidenhead to Windsor – 6 ½ miles. Overnight in Windsor.
Day 17: Walk from Windsor to Staines – 8 ½ miles. Overnight in Staines.
Day 18: Walk from Staines to Shepperton – 5 ½ miles. Overnight in Shepperton.
Day 19: Walk from Shepperton to Kingston – 10 miles. Overnight in Kingston.
Day 20: Depart after breakfast. / Continue walking.
Key Points

Friday and Saturday nights may incur a  supplement.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Up to date and easy to follow route notes and maps in a handy sized booklet.
Voice navigation and offline maps in a mobile app.
A helpful and comprehensive information pack, including notes on where to eat and what to visit.
Hand-picked, high quality accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Breakfast each morning.
Upgraded accommodation available on request.
Door to door luggage services.
Local knowledgeable support and assistance when you need it, not just Monday - Friday, 9-5.

WHEN TO GO
Any time of year but we suggest May to October. Departure on any day subject to accommodation availability.

REMEMBER - many of our walks can be shortened by using either public transport or taxis. We can also adapt these routes to suit the time you have available and your walking capabilities.
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