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Walk the Thames Path
From the source to the Thames Barrier
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About the Trail:

Facts: The Thames Path National Trail opened in 1996 is the only National Trail that mainly follows Britain's best known river. The Trail starts in Gloucestershire and meanders through some of England’s most beautiful countryside, embellished with lovely towns and villages. The river flows past locks and under magnificent bridges to the grand city of Oxford, onwards through beautiful Henley-On-Thames, gaining momentum to majestic conclusion in the great city of London and the Thames Barrier.

Highlights: The Thames Path offers a gentle but fascinating introduction to walking with an abundance of English historical sites right along the route with the walks climatic finale in London with its palaces, Parliament buildings and thriving metropolis. Be sure to see rare water-based activities along the way - sea ships entering their moorings, tourist boats and tugs jostling among floating bars and restaurants, marinas, buzzing boatyards and the working quays downstream at Greenwich. Take a look at the route options for walking the path for a holiday with a duration and daily walking distance to suit you.

The nature of the Trail:

The Thames Path is a well marked route. It offers easy and level walking sometimes on both banks of the river. It goes across bridges and along paths which are mainly concrete or grassy. The maximum ascent does not exceed 112 meters (367ft).

Kemble to Oxford - 4 Days

4 days walking
5 nights accommodation
54 miles /87km
From:
£415  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Kemble area
Day 1 - Kemble to Cricklade (12½ miles / 20 km)
Day 2 - Cricklade to Lechlade (11 miles / 17½ km)
Day 3 - Lechlade to Newbridge (16½ miles / 26½ km)
Day 4 - Newbridge to Oxford (14 miles / 22½ km)
Departure - Departure from Oxford after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Henley-on-Thames to Thames Barrier - 6 Days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
79 miles /127km
From:
£580  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Henley on Thames area
Day 1 - Henleyon Thames to Marlow (8½ miles / 13½ km)
Day 2 - Marlow to Windsor (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 3 - Windsor to Shepperton (13½ miles / 21½ km)
Day 4 - Shepperton to Kingston Upon Thames (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Day 5 - Kingston Upon Thames to Battersea (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 6 - Battersea to the Thames Barrier (16 miles / 25½ km)
Departure - Departure from Thames Barrier after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Kemble to Pangbourne - 7 Days

7 days walking
8 nights accommodation
88 miles /119.5km
From:
£620  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Kemble area
Day 1 - Kemble to Cricklade (12½ miles / 20 km)
Day 2 - Cricklade to Lechlade (11 miles / 17½ km)
Day 3 - Lechlade to Newbridge (16½ miles / 26½ km)
Day 4 - Newbridge to Oxford (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 5 - Oxford to Abingdon (10 miles / 16 km)
Day 6 - Abingdon to Wallingford (13 miles / 21 km)
Day 7 - Wallingford to Pangbourne (11 miles / 17½ km)
Departure - Departure from Pangbourne after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Pangbourne to Thames Barrier - 7 Days

7 days walking
8 nights accommodation
94 miles /151km
From:
£670  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Pangbourne area
Day 1 - Pangbourne to Henley on Thames (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 2 - Henley on Thames to Marlow (8½ miles / 13½ km)
Day 3 - Marlow to Windsor (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 4 - Windsor to Shepperton (13½ miles / 21½ km)
Day 5 - Shepperton to Kingston Upon Thames (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Day 6 - Kingston Upon Thames to Battersea (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 7 - Battersea to the Thames Barrier (16 miles / 25½ km)
Departure - Departure from the Thames Barrier after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Kemble to Thames Barrier - 13 Days

13 days walking
14 nights accommodation
182 miles /293km
From:
£1050  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in the Kemble area
Day 1 - Kemble to Cricklade (12½ miles / 20 km)
Day 2 - Cricklade to Lechlade (11 miles / 17½ km)
Day 3 - Lechlade to Newbridge (16½ miles / 26½ km)
Day 4 - Newbridge to Oxford (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 5 - Oxford to Dorchester (18 miles / 29 km)
Day 6 - Dorchester to Pangbourne (16 miles / 25½ km)
Day 7 - Pangbourne to Henley on Thames (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 8 - Henley on Thames to Marlow (8½ miles / 13½ km)
Day 9 - Marlow to Windsor (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 10 - Windsor to Shepperton (13½ miles / 21½ km)
Day 11 - Shepperton to Kingston Upon Thames (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Day 12 - Kingston Upon Thames to Battersea (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 13 - Battersea to the Thames Barrier (16 miles / 25½ km)
Departure - Departure from the Thames Barrier area after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

Accommodation:

Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The Thames Path. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

How it Works


Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small hotels on, or close by, the route
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily baggage transfer - one bag per person up to 20kg (44lbs)
  • If you are booked off route for the evening, we will provide any necessary transportation between the route and your accommodation and back to the path again the next morning
  • A detailed map and/or guidebook of the long distance path chosen per room
  • Support and planning in implementing your trip
  • Information pack with full contact and location details on your overnight accommodation and baggage transfer company
  • Assistance of a 24/7 Duty Officer who will do everything to help you in case of an emergency.

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Transportation to the start of your holiday or from the final night’s accommodation
  • Any parking costs for the duration of your holiday
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners (or any travel costs in getting to nearby pubs or restaurants)

  • Arrival and Departure:

    Return transport back to your car at the end of the holiday is not included, however is often available by public transport or taxi.

    Rail timetables, fare and route information can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950.

    Coach travel information is available at www.nationalexpress.com or by calling National Express on 0871 781 8181

    Route Planning: The Traveline and Rome2Rio both offer free and detailed online route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find your way to and from your holiday location. Details can be found at: www.traveline.info and www.rome2rio.com


    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights, please contact us.


    'Accommodation Only' package:

    Some walkers travel very light or want to carry all their belongings with them. We understand that, so why not choose our 'accommodation only' package. We will book your overnight stays in an eclectic mix of accommodations along the route and provide you with location maps for each property, so you won't struggle to find it at the end of a walking day. Please contact us for details.


    'Luggage Transfers Only' package:

    If you have planned all your travel arrangements yourself, but still need someone to arrange your luggage transfers along the route then please let us take care of it. You will still receive the same great service from us, so please contact us directly for more details.

    "I thought I would just let you know that the holiday you arranged for us went very well and we had a good time. Although we had some heavy rain on our day off it was almost rain-free while walking." Val F.

    "We had a very enjoyable week with near perfect weather. We greatly enjoyed our holiday. The luggage transfers worked well and the walk book was very good." Michael L.

    "The path itself was well signposted somewhat muddy in the early stages making progress slow but the isolation and the scenery was wonderful.  I am not a seasoned long distance walker as I did this walk for charity but I completed it and looking back on it I enjoyed it though I did not always think that at the time. Thank you for your assistance I would certainly recommend your company." Diana B.

    "I had an outstanding experience. Everything worked as promised. I was pleasantly surprised by the warm hospitality at many of the beds and breakfasts, with the ones in Witney and Wallingford standing out as exceptional. Even as a vegetarian, I did not have any problems.(...) I am a very happy customer and plan to booking another walking tour with Load Off Your Back." Mahesh K.

    "We enjoyed the holiday very much. The accommodation was well chosen and very suitable, especially the ensuites with bath (much in demand to soak away the aches and pains after a long walk!). The planning and organisation was excellent. It was great to just turn up and find our luggage at each stop to welcome us." Bob and Kitty G.

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