Thames Path Walking Holidays

The Thames Path is a wonderfully varied walking holiday in England, following the banks of one of the world’s most famous rivers, from it’s source to the sea.

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the royal history of the castles and palaces along the Thames
  • Visit Runnymede, the historic location of the signing of the Magna Carta
  • Traditional riverside towns and villages, with boats and barges passing downstream
  • Explore the extensive grounds and world-renowned hedge mazes at Hampton Court
  • Stay at the beautiful and historic university town of Oxford
  • Windsor Castle, Europe's oldest royal residence
  • Follow the Thames as it widens from stream to river
  • 5 to 13 nights
  • 54 to 148 mls (view km)
  • Source (Kemble), Southern England
  • Easy
  • Jan to Dec
  • £520

A Riverside Journey Through England

The river begins its journey as a trickling spring in a peaceful Cotswold meadow in Gloucestershire and through riverside meadows and ancient woodlands it begins to take form, leading us through charming towns such as Henley, Wallingford and Marlow.

Walking the path each day you pass ancient bridges, locks, riverside pubs, oarsmen pulling upstream, ‘Royal’ swans, solitary herons, kingfisher, wild flowers, water creatures and bucolic Wind-in-the Willows scenery. Ever widening, the now ‘Mighty Thames’ eventually flows majestically through the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Its journey to the sea passes an endless variety of sites and locations of fascinating historical interest; Oxford, Royal Windsor, Runnymede, Hampton Court, Kew Gardens where it takes you past the Tower of London onto the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge.

Walking Holidays on the Thames Path

The Thames Path is easy walking holiday suitable for all abilities. Our itineraries follow the Thames’s peaceful progress through country side as far as Hampton Court.

The final section is a 37 mile itinerary tailored to individual requirements, following the Thames' journey through Britain’s capital, the docklands and the Thames Barrier out to sea. The terrain along the Thames Path isn't uniform, but the majority of it is flat and even - so the journey should be suitable for most capabilities.

Path Walkthrough

Thames path walking map
Our Thames Path walking holidays take you from the Thames' source at Kemble to Hampton Court

From the source of the river in Kemble to Cricklade, Lechdale and Newbridge into Oxford - it's a peaceful, rural walk with barely any ascents or descents across farmland, riverside and meadow. It starts to feel busier entering and leaving Oxford, becoming quieter on your route out to Abington. The scenery of The Thames Path begins to feel markedly different as you approach Dorchester, with more picturesque towns and the river gradually filling with barges, boats and other leisure craft. There is one steep climb on approaching Wallingford (which is optional), where you have a fantastic vantage point out over the area.

The path into Reading is quieter than expected as the route keeps to the North (the least urbanised) section of the town, whereupon the river meets Henley. Your journey crosses the wooded slopes of The Thames Valley as you pass into Windsor, with grand estates dotted along the riverside. As you near London the path becomes busier, however, there is still a lot of green space on the final section as you take an old towpath, past an old racecourse into Hampton Court.

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Thames Path Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Kemble to Hampton Court

Length: 147.5 miles/ 237 km | Difficulty: Easy

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Duration
From
TP1
13 Nights / 12 Days
£1375 pp

Kemble to Hampton Court

13 Nights / 12 Days
Holiday Code: TP1
From: £1375 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £45 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrival day
Day 2:Kemble to Cricklade12.5 miles/20km
Day 3:Cricklade to Lechlade11 miles/17km
Day 4:Lechlade to Newbridge16.5 miles/26.5km
Day 5:Newbridge to Oxford14 miles/22.5km
Day 6:Oxford to Culham12 miles/20km
Day 7:Culham to Wallingford11 miles/17km
Day 8:Wallingford to Pangbourne11.5 miles/18.5km
Day 9:Pangbourne to Shiplake13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 10:Shiplake to Marlow11 miles/17km
Day 11:Marlow to Windsor14.5 miles/23.5km
Day 12:Windsor to Shepperton13.5 miles/21km
Day 13:Shepperton to Hampton Court6.5 miles/10.4km
Day 14:Departure day

Itinerary Information: 13 nights accommodation with 12 walking days. Arrive in Kemble on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Hampton Court on morning of day 14.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Jan to Dec. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Kemble to Oxford

Length: 54 miles/ 86.5 km | Difficulty: Easy

Code
Duration
From
TP2
5 Nights / 4 Days
£520 pp

Kemble to Oxford

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: TP2
From: £520 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £45 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrival day
Day 2:Kemble to Cricklade12.5 miles/20km
Day 3:Cricklade to Lechlade11 miles/17km
Day 4:Lechlade to Newbridge16.5 miles/26.5km
Day 5:Newbridge to Oxford14 miles/22.5km
Day 6:Departure day

Itinerary Information: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Kemble on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Oxford on morning of day 6.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Jan to Dec. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 20 kg per bag)
    • Personal transfers between the accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide and OS mapping, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £45 per night

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £45 per night. Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £60 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Recommended Rest Days: Oxford and Windsor

  • Getting There

    Rail

    Railway stations are located in Kemble, Oxford, Windsor and Hampton Court.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Approximate length of train journeys:

    London Paddington to Kemble               ~ 1.5 hours

    London Paddington to Oxford                ~ 1 hour

    London Paddington to Windsor              ~ 30 minutes

    London Waterloo to Hampton Court        ~ 35 minutes

  • Best Time to Travel

    Mild weather in this region means that the path can be explored at almost any point in the calendar. There are areas prone to flooding around Oxford during Winter, but these can be avoided by taking a detour. However, we would suggest that the journey is best taken from May - October.

    Walkers interested in birdlife, flora and nature should visit at the tail-end of Spring to catch wildlife along the river at its most active.

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Client reviews of our Thames Path Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.9 out of 5; read a selection of 5 reviews below.

This was our first self-guided tour so I wanted a fairy easy trip in an English speaking country. We have, up 'til now, gone with groups and I was a little nervous of going on our own, but it was such an easy to follow path! We had a great time and I got my confidence up to do more self-guided trips.

5 out of 5

May 2019

Well taken care of; no hiccups; everything went very smoothly; accommodations well selected.

5 out of 5

April 2019

The only issue with this walk, was us not reading the signs.

5 out of 5

April 2018

"I really enjoyed the variety of scenery and sense of history along the way."

4.8 out of 5

October 2015

"A fantastic holiday!"

4.8 out of 5

July 2015

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We will check your details and come back to you within two working days with a personalised estimate based on your requirements. We will then formally request a deposit of £100 per person (£150 for solo walkers) and book all your arrangements - find out about our full booking porcess here.

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