Thames Path Walking Holiday
in England from The Cotswolds to Reading in 9 days
8 nights and 7 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

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

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

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

Thames Path Walking Holiday
in England
from The Source of the River Thames in the Cotswolds to Reading via Cricklade, Oxford, and Goring

On this Thames Path walking holiday you walk 95 miles of the 180 miles of the Thames Path, which is one of UK’s National Walking Trails. The walking holiday follows the meandering course of the River Thames from its source in the Cotswolds at Thames Head to Reading.

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

 The hiking route on the Thames Path Walking Holiday 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 trail is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your walking holiday in Southern England.

The Thames Path walking holiday connects with:

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.

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 Reading
Suggested Tour Duration
:
8 nights, 7 days walking
Total Distance:
95 miles/152 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
This route connects with:
Oxford Canal Towpath
Shakespeares Way
Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
The Ridgeway

Thames Path Walking Holiday
in Southern England
from The Source of The Thames in The Cotswolds to Reading
8 nights and 7 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 Shakespeares 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.

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

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 15: Depart after breakfast
Depart after Breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring  the Thames Valley area
We can transfer you to your car or station.
We also offer this walking holiday in the upstream direction.

Thames Path Walking Holiday
from Source to Reading (downstream)
via Oxford
9 day itinerary
8 days walking and 7 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                    14 miles
Optional Day 2:   extra day in Oxford
Day 6: Oxford to Clifton Hampden           16 miles
Day 7: Clifton Hampden to Goring           15 miles
Day 8: Goring to Reading                           11 miles
Day 9: Depart after breakfast

£952pp
dbl/twin

£1,304pp
single occ

£1,424pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £59 per person depending on location

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Thames Path
Walking Holiday 9 days
Source to Reading

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

Reading
Crown Plaza Hotel
Malmaison Hotel

double/twin
£48.00
£44.80

Single
 POA
£109.00

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

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