Thames Path Walking Holiday in England
from The Cotswolds to London in 15 days
14 nights and 13 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

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This 180 mile walking holiday along the River Thames is between the source at ThamesHead and the Thames Barrier in Greenwich. You walk via Oxford, Henley, Marlow, Hampton Court, Kew and London.

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Lets Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let’s Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Lets Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Lets Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Lets Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Lets Go Walking

Thames Path Walking Holiday
in England
from The Source of the River Thames in the Cotswolds  to London
via Cricklade, Oxford, Goring, Henley on Thames, Marlow, Windsor, Richmond, Kew Gardens, Westminster, and the heart of London

The Thames Path walking holiday is 180 miles long and is on one of UK’s National Walking Trails. The walking holiday follows the whole meandering course of the River Thames from its source in the Cotswolds at Thames Head to the Thames Barrier.

The Thames Path walking holiday hiking route is a great first walking holiday experience as it is easy walking and offers a wealth of interesting places to visit en-route. The Thames Path walking holiday is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your walking holiday in Southern England.

The Thames Path walking holiday route passes through the cities of London and Oxford which are great places to visit, with good shopping, restaurants and pubs.
This Thames Path walking holiday is great hiking for visitors to the UK as it offers a taste of England’s history mixed with the modern UK of today. This is a gentle walk, full of contrasts, with bustling cities and quiet river banks.

On this English self guided Thames Path walking holiday you hike past some of the highlights of London’s great attractions, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court to name but a few. London’s great river is full of surprises as its path flows gently from its source and the stunning Cotswolds. On the Thames Path tour you walk through some of Southern England’s most historic landscapes, full of wildlife and heritage. The highlights of Windsor and Oxford are en-route so why not take rest days to explore the many galleries and museums, and take advantage of the fine selection of shops, restaurants and pubs.

You can walk this Thames Path walking holiday hiking tour over 13 days at about 14 miles per day.
If you do not have a fortnight available, you can walk it in 2 separate weeks:
Source to Reading, and Reading to London.
This Thames Path walking holiday in the UK can also be walked upstream.

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.

The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.

We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.

Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

The Thames Path walking holiday connects with:

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Thames Path Walking Holiday
Source to London
Suggested Tour Duration
:
14 nights, 13 days walking
Total Distance:
180 miles/288 kms
Min/max daily distance:
11/17 miles
Average Daily distance:
14 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
Cotswold Villages and Inns
The River Thames
Oxford
The Oxford Canal
The Kennet and Avon Canal
Henley
Marlow
Windsor and Windsor Castle
Hampton Court
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
Lambeth Palace, London
The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben,
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
The London Eye
Westminster Abbey, London
The London Eye,
Royal Festival Hall, London
St Paul’s Cathedral, London
The Globe Theatre, London
Thames Barrier at Greenwich
Cutty Sark at Greenwich
This route connects with:
Oxford Canal Towpath
Shakespeares Way
The Ridgeway
Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
Grand Union Canal Towpath

  Thames Path Walking Holiday
in Southern England
from The Source of The Thames in The Cotswolds to London
14 nights and 13 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kemble/Thames Head
To start your walking holiday on The Thames Path walking trail you make your own way to Kemble. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday. At Kemble there is an outstanding Brunel railway station. 

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Optional Day 1: Exploring Kemble
Take an extra day to explore The Cotswolds

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Day 2: Kemble/Source to Cricklade    12 miles   19km

The first day’s hiking on The Thames Path follows the River Thames from its source, which is marked with a stone placed there in the 1970s although the spot usually appears dry as the water course is below of surface. Hiking to Lechlade the walking trail passes some fine Cotswold villages. At the village of Ashton Keynes the soon to be mighty Thames appears little more than a large stream in the High Street.

Day 3: Cricklade to Lechlade          11 miles   18km
On leaving Cricklade you can see the large airfield at Fairford used by the USAF and was a testing site for Concord. Lechlade is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and marks the highest place on the River Thames navigable by boat. This town was once a very busy river port. The bridge at Lechlade still has its old toll house although now a toll free bridge.

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Day 4: Lechlade to Newbridge       16 miles    26km
This section of the walking trail is very quiet and a haven for wildlife. As late as the 1980s, parts of the path were so overgrown they were impassable. Chimney-on-Thames has one of the largest areas of unimproved meadows in England and is rich in wildlife. There are many locks and little footbridges along the trail. Newbridge boasts the second oldest bridge on the Thames dating back to the 13th century.

Day 5: Newbridge to Oxford        13 miles   22km

The Trout Inn at Godstow, which means Gods Place, has been used in the Inspector Morse ITV series and even President Clinton has visited. Just past Godstow is Port Meadow, a large grassland full of cattle and wildlife, which is claimed to have been ploughed since the 11th century. The Thames Path intersects with Shakespeare’s Way and the Oxford Canal in Oxford.

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Optional Day(s) 2: exploring Oxford
Oxford is a must for any visitor to the UK, with so much history and culture.

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Day 6: Oxford to Clifton Hampden        15 miles   24km
On the walk today is Abingdon, one of Britain’s oldest towns dating back to 695. It is famous as the former home of MG cars and has many fine buildings and well worth spending some time to explore. Sutton Courtenay dates back to Norman times and has a fine Manor House and the grave of George Orwell in its churchyard.

Day 7: Clifton Hampden to Goring           15 miles   24km
Today you walk to Wallingford which has a 17th century town hall and fine old English inns. The famous Thames side town of Dorchester-on-Thames dates back to Roman times. The thatched village of Clifton Hampden is picture postcard pretty and boasts The Barley Mow Inn mentioned in Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat. The Thames Path connects with the Ridgeway at Goring.

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Day 8: Goring to Reading           11 miles   18km
The Thames Path provides a pleasant route through to Reading. At Whitchurch, the walking route takes a short diversion up the only steep climb of the whole Thames Path. Walking on through the towns of Caversham and Purley, the town of Pangbourne is reached by walking through relaxing water meadows. The Thames Path connect with the Kennet and Avon Canal at Reading.

Day 9: Reading to Marlow            17 miles   28km

Walking on from Reading you pass Thames-Side Court which has a narrow gauge railway running alongside the river. Henley-on-Thames is famous for its rowing club and fine shops and pubs. Temple Island provides a fine vista. Medmenham Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey dates back to the 13th century and Bisham Abbey is headquarters of the English Football team. Marlow is a riverside gem with a fine bridge, pleasant park and is a great place to explore. The Thames Path intersects with Shakespeare’s Way in Marlow.

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Thames Path walking holiday in England with Let's Go Walking

Day 10: Marlow to Windsor          15 miles   24km

Walking out of Marlow you walk past Cliveden, the former home of the Astor family. The fine riverside house at Oakley Court has been the location for many a film. Just before you reach Windsor is Eton, home of one of the world’s most famous schools.

Optional Day(s) 3:  Exploring Windsor

There is so much to see in Windsor that it is worth spending an extra day/s to take in the architecture and atmostphere. Windsor is a highlight of this section of the Thames Path. A visit to the castle is a must! Why not take “The Long Walk” in Windsor Great Park!

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Day 11: Windsor to Shepperton        12 miles   19km

Walking on from Windsor you reach historic Runnymede, location of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. At Chertsey you see the bridge which was built in 1785 and is mentioned in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist before arriving at Shepperton for the night.

Day 12: Shepperton to Richmond        14 miles   22km
Leaving Shepperton you soon reach Hampton Court, a fine Tudor palace with superb gardens. Below Teddington Lock the River Thames is tidal, this being the last lock on the River Thames. The Thames Path soon passes Eel Pie Island, named after the food served on the island from 16th century. Today the island is famous for its community of artists. Close the Eel Pie Island is the 17th century Ham House with its sumptuous interiors and restored formal garden. Today’s walk ends at Richmond, full of old riverside pubs, great places to eat, and also the famous Deer Park.

Optional Day(s) 4:  Exploring Richmond/Kew

There is so much to see in Richmond that it is worth spending an extra day/s to take in the architecture and atmostphere. Kew Gardens is a highlight of this section of the Thames Path. A visit to the Richmond Deer Park is a must! Why not take a boat trip on Thames.

Day 13: Richmond to London Pimlico      14 miles   22 km

On the first part of today’s walk you pass Kew Gardens, one of the World’s most famous gardens and well worth a visit. Walking along the river bank you reach Barnes and the London Wetlands Centre, a wildlife haven in the middle of London. On the South Bank of the Thames you pass the famous Old Battersea Power Station before arriving at London Pimlico for the night.  At Kew the Thames Path connects with the Grand Union Canal.

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Day 14: London Pimlico to Thames Barrier     14 miles   22 km
On your last day the walking trail takes you to some of London’s hidden places as well as some of London’s most famous landmarks, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. You follow the South Bank of the Thames most of the way, and have great views over the river to The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City, giving insight into London and the River Thames’ industrial past and rebirth as a modern exciting capital city. On reaching the Thames Barrier, the official ending (or starting) point of The Thames Path walking trail, you take a short ride on London’s Underground Train Service back to your accommodation in Pimlico, or if you prefer, you stay in Greenwich.

Optional Day(s) 5: exploring London or Greenwich

There is so much to see in London that it is worth spending an extra day/s to take in the architecture and atmostphere.  A walk across Tower Bridge and perhaps a trip on the London Eye. Why not take a boat trip on Thames.

Day 15: Depart after breakfast
Depart after Breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring  London
We can transfer you to your car or station.
We also offer this walking route in an upstream direction.

Thames Path Walking Holiday
from Source to London (downstream)
via Oxford and Windsor
15 day itinerary
13 days walking and 14 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive at Kemble/Thameshead
Optional Day 1:  extra day in Kemble
Day 2: Thameshead to Cricklade            12 miles
Day 3: Cricklade to Lechlade                  11 miles
Day 4: Lechlade to Newbridge                16 miles
Day 5: Newbridge to Oxford                   13 miles
Optional Day 2:   extra day in Oxford
Day 6: Oxford to Clifton Hampden          15 miles
Day 7: Clifton Hampden to Goring           15 miles
Day 8: Goring to Reading                          11 miles
Day 9: Reading to Marlow                         17 miles
Day 10: Marlow to Windsor                       15 miles
Optional Day 3: extra day in Windsor
Day 11: Windsor to Shepperton                  12 miles
Day 12: Shepperton to Richmond/Kew      14 miles
Optional Day 4:   extra day in Richmond/Kew
Day 13: Richmond to London Pimlico        14 miles
Day 14: London Pimlico to Thames Barrier 14 miles
Optional Day 5: extra day in London or Greenwich
Day 15: Depart after breakfast

£1,666pp
dbl/twin

£2,282pp
single occ

£2,492pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Thames Path
Walking Holiday 15 days
Source to London

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Cricklade
Red Lion Inn

double/twin
 £8.50

Single
£35.00

Oxford

double/twin

Single

Head of the River

 £79.50

£188.00

Manor House Guest House

£32.50

 £50.00

Randolph Hotel

£180.00

£320.00

Royal Oxford Hotel

 £67.50

£130.00

Marlow
The Complete Angler

double/twin
 £125.00

Single
£220.00

Windsor
Macdonald Windsor Hotel

double/twin
 £102.00

Single
£160.00

Harte & Garter Hotel

  £85.00

£130.00

Shepperton
Warren Lodge Hotel

double/twin
 £18.00

Single
£31.00

Richmond on Thames
Richmond Gate Hotel

double/twin
£78.00

Single
£160.00

Orange Tree

£38.00

 £82.00

Richmond Hill Hotel

£82.00

£110.00

London Greenwich
Innkeepers Lodge

double/twin
£24.00

Single
 £55.00

De Vere Devonport Hotel

£68.00

£140.00

What’s included
in your Thames Path Walking Holiday
in England

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • OS 1:25,000 map
  • guide book to Thames Path

Optional Extras
for your Thames Path Walking Holiday in England

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your Thames Path Walking Holiday in England

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Thames Path Walking Holiday: How to get there:

  • By Plane  to Bristol, Birmingham or London where we can arrange transfer to London or Kemble etc
  • By Car to London or Kemble etc where parking is available
  • By Train/Bus to London or Kemble etc

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