The Royal Thames Path
From Henley-on-Thames to London
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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 stretch of the River Thames from the famed regatta town of Henley-on-Thames to London’s borough of Kensington & Chelsea is a walk through Britain’s royal past. The trail snakes its way through the green and pleasant countryside passing through picturesque villages, with chocolate box style cottages, and charming market towns as it goes. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, imposing Windsor Castle with its Great Park and Hampton Court Palace and Gardens on the way.

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.

Walk the Royal Thames Path - 6 Days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
61.5 miles /99km
From:
£629  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
Famed for the annual Royal Regatta boat races, Henley on Thames is a perfect place to start a royal Thames walk to London. Visit the River and Rowing Museum or perhaps just sample one of the many waterside restaurants and cafes.
Day 1 - Henley-on-Thames to Marlow (8.5 miles /13.7km)
Walking between two beautiful examples of English market towns, with Georgian designed Marlow often considered one of the prettiest on the river, the path skirts the edge of the Chiltern Hills, the 18th century Culham Court and Deer Park and takes you across three counties today. Marlow is rich in literary history, being home to TS Elliott and Mary Shelley, who penned Frankenstein while living here.
Day 2 - Marlow to Windsor (14.5 miles /23.3km)
You may want to get an early start today as this section of the river passes through a number of riverside towns, all well worth a look. Cookham, home to the painter Stanley Spencer has a gallery dedicated to the artist, and at Eton there’s Dorney Lakes, home to Eton rowing club, Windsor racecourse and of course Eton public school, whose past students include Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, George Orwell and Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels. You will finish today’s walk approaching Windsor with spectacular views of the castle.
Day 3 - Rest day in Windsor
It is well worth dedicating a day to exploring Windsor. Visit the castle, the oldest and longest inhabited one in the world and see the colourful changing of the guard ceremony. St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of the castle, is where members of the British Royal Family have been baptised, married and buried for generations. Spend the afternoon at Windsor Great Park, a favourite with the Royal families for over 1,000 years. Walk the iconic tree-lined avenue and encounter the resident deer herd grazing in this ancient parkland. The Savill Garden showcases magnificent horticultural displays all year round.
Day 4 - Windsor to Walton-on-Thames (14.5m /23.3km)
Home Park offers a tranquil stroll to start the day, with departing views of the castle over your shoulder. Runneymeade is the site of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John in 1215 and in the meadows you can find numerous memorials and statues and is a lovely detour from the path. Penton Hook Lock is home to herons, water voles and other wildlife.
Day 5 - Walton-on-Thames to Richmond-upon-Thames (12m /19.3km)
We are on the stretch of the path that reaches the outskirts of London today. A must visit is Hampton Court Palace, once the home of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I and King George II. There are beautiful gardens to discover and a world famous maze to get lost in! Pass through Kingston on Thames, the site of the first English throne, the King’s Stone (from where the town got its name), past Twickenham, the home of English Rugby Union, on to Richmond Upon Thames. Richmond Park, with its free roaming deer herd, is close by.
Day 6 - Richmond-upon-Thames to Battersea (12m /19.3km)
The path skirts around the Royal Botanic Gardens, with views of Syon House across the river. The gardens at Kew offer a variety of trees and flowers from around the world, the famous Victorian Glass House, Kew House, once Prince Frederick’s home and Queen Charlotte’s cottage. The Green at Kew or Kew village itself offers a good choice of restaurants and cafes for lunch. You may wish to make a stop at the Roman-style Palladian villa of Chiswick House and Gardens, the London Wetland Centre or Fulham Palace en route to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Our accommodation is south of the river tonight.
Departure - Departure from Battersea after breakfast
You may wish to extend your stay in London and walk along the path to the Thames Barrier at Greenwich, perhaps see the royal residences of Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace, the former home of the late Princess of Wales, which has a wonderful exhibit of her dresses or take a boat trip to the Tower of London or spend a quiet day at a museum.

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." — Samuel Johnson

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 Royal 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.

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