Thames Path (from source to sea)

A walk following the development of the River Thames from a stream in Kemble to an established river in Pangbourne.
Thames Path

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The River Thames is the second longest river in Great Britain, flowing for 215 miles (346km) from Thames Head near Cirencester to the Thames Estuary in London. The Thames Path National Trail follows the river from its source in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier where it meets the sea, taking in a wealth of beautiful and varied sights along the way.

Beginning at the Thames Head, the trail follows the infant river as it flows near Kemble, gradually gaining momentum as it makes its way through the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). As the Thames evolves from a small stream to a more navigable river, the route passes through tranquil landscapes of river banks, fields and woodlands while visiting attractive villages and market towns, including Abingdon with its magnificent County Hall and Dorchester with its great Abbey Church. The path also meanders by Oxford, offering architectural sites of gothic towers, wide streets and beautiful buildings made from distinctive honey-coloured stone.

From here the path heads towards Pangbourne and continues on through lush grassland, where the Chiltern Hills offer a unique backdrop as the river streams onwards through Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, all hosting plenty of beautiful scenery. At this point the landscape begins to transform into a more urban setting as the river courses towards Windsor and Teddington, before splitting into a choice of two walks along either the north bank or the south bank, each with their own unique appeals and the ability to switch between them along the way. The north bank walk winds its way through Hurlington Park, Chelsea and Westminster before heading into the city of London itself, while the south bank walk boasts wide modern promenades before passing Battersea Park on its way into the heart of London. From here, the two paths encounter a wealth of industrial docks, local pubs and both modern and historical buildings before taking a foot tunnel to the Cutty Sark, concluding the journey at the magnificent Thames Barrier.

With its unique mix of rural landscapes and urban stretches, complimented by a wide range of amazing scenery, fascinating history and intriguing architecture, the Thames Path offers a truly comprehensive view of the best Great Britain has to offer.

Holiday Highlights

  • Witnessing the remarkable development of the River Thames in its entirety from source to sea.
  • Enjoying a wide range of landscapes, from the tranquil countryside of the Cotswolds to the lively urban scenes of London.
  • Reaching the Thames Barrier at the end of the walk and celebrating your achievement in the bustling City of London.

Testimonials

"The Thames Path provided us with enjoyable walking, not too physically challenging, pretty rural landscapes. Lots of birdlife, interesting villages, no crowds - in fact very few other walkers at times. Great immersion into the English countryside. We are from Australia, quite different from home."
- Mr Lambert. Australia


Thames Path - Source to Sea

Total Distance 186 miles (298 km)
Start and Finish Kemble/Thames Barrier
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
TP1 12 nights, 11 days walking £1345 per person More Information Book Online
TP2 13 nights, 12 days walking £1445 per person More Information Book Online
TP3 15 nights, 14 days walking £1660 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£50 per person / per night
£40 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
Extra night (Abingdon)
£65 per person / per night
Extra night (Oxford)
£70 per person / per night
Extra night (Thames Barrier)
£80 per person / per night
Extra night (Vauxhall Bridge)
£80 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

We also offer the Thames Path in two sections, each of which is a beautiful walk in its own right, giving those with less time the opportunity to complete the trail in stages.


Thames Path - West

A walk following the development of the River Thames from a stream in Kemble to an established river in Pangbourne.
Thames Path - West

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Total Distance 87.5 miles (140 km)
Start and Finish Kemble to Pangbourne
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Thames Path National Trail follows England's most famous river from its source in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier where the River Thames meets the sea. The western section of the trail offered here follows the river from its source near Cirencester to Pangbourne near Reading, where the Thames changes from a rural river to a major urban waterway. As it traces the development of the Thames from a tree-shaded hollow in a remote Cotswold meadow to a stream and then a navigable river, the route passes through a tranquil landscape of river banks bordered by willow and alder, water meadows grazed by cattle and sheep, fields planted with crops, hedgerows, woodland, and attractive unspoilt villages. The trail also passes through several historic market towns and cities including Lechlade, a beautiful Cotswold town whose wealth, derived from trade on the Thames, is reflected in its magnificent 'wool church'; Abingdon, one of England's most beautiful towns with its magnificent County Hall; Dorchester dominated by its great abbey church; and Oxford, all gothic towers, echoing quadrangles, wide streets and beautiful buildings of honey-coloured stone.

Ancient riverside inns, imposing country houses, a wealth of churches and the amazing variety of bridges dating from the 14th century to the present day add to the charm of this wonderful walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admiring the riverside wildflowers through the tranquil walk from Kemble to Pangbourne.
  • Following the iconic River Thames through the quintessentially English countryside of the Cotswolds.
  • Visiting the beautiful historic towns and cities along the route, including Lechlade and the University City of Oxford.
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Boats on the Thames
Halfpenny Bridge Lechlade
River Thames at Abingdon Thames Path
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
TPW1 6 nights, 5 days walking £605 per person More Information Book Online
TPW2 7 nights, 6 days walking £700 per person More Information Book Online
TPW3 8 nights, 7 days walking £800 per person More Information Book Online
TPW4 9 nights, 8 days walking £900 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£45 per person / per night
£35 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
Extra night (Abingdon)
£65 per person / per night
Extra night (Oxford)
£70 per person / per night
Extra night (Tadpole Bridge)
£70 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Thames Path - East

Walk through the heart of London along the banks of the historic River Thames, from Pangbourne to the Thames Barrier.
Thames Path - East

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Total Distance 99 miles (158 km)
Start and Finish Pangbourne/Thames Barrier
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Thames Path National Trail follows the famous river from its source in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier in London. The east section takes up the route where Thames Path - West leaves off, in Pangbourne, and winds through Windsor into the heart of London itself. Here, England's most varied industrial landscapes form iconic views over the broad expanse of the river.

From Pangbourne, the Thames Path travels through grassland with the Chiltern Hills as its backdrop. Along woodland pathways and past Gabled Hardwick House, it comes to an urban but leafy stretch through Reading. Picturesque Henley-on-Thames lies ahead, home to Henley Regatta course, and meadowland, fields, and riverbanks draw the route into sight of Marlow, with its intricate church spire and suspension bridge.

Urban spaces begin to show as the route slips toward Windsor, with fantastic views of the castle across the river. A ferry ride from Shepperton introduces the last non-tidal section of the Thames, which leads the way past vast reservoirs, a Temple to Shakespeare, and impressive views of Hampton Court Palace.

Beyond Teddington lies a choice of walks: one along the north bank, one along the south, with the ability to switch between them over London's many bridges. The south bank offers the most rural option departing Teddington, enjoying Hamland Nature Reserve and Richmond Deer Park, full of parakeets. The north section boasts lush views across the river as a result, and blends its own leafy sections with the historic waterfront at Old Isleworth and at the Grand Union Canal.

Pushing on through Putney, the north bank walk meanders through Hurlington Park, Chelsea and Westminster, skirting the Houses of Parliament before heading on through the City of London and out to dramatic views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Wide, modern promenades characterize the south bank, meanwhile, which passes Battersea Peak and the old Power Station to reach the real heart of London, full of theatres and galleries, along with the London Eye and views of the Houses of Parliament across the water.

Narrow cobbled lanes lead onward from Tower Bridge, with a glimpse of the old, Victorian dockland at an inlet just past the Design Museum. The southern bank departs central London along riverside walkways, visiting Rotherhirthe and Greenland Docks. An industrial feel springs from the working wharves en route to the O2 Centre, which is circled by a wide walkway to the route's end at the Thames Barrier.

The north section enjoys similarly broad promenades past the tall ships frequently moored in St Katharine Docks, and then meets cobbled streets and local pubs in Wapping. Inland water basins at Shadwell and Limehouse are accompanied by a green section through King Edward Gardens before the modern buildings of Canary Wharf take over. More stylish apartments and the Old Naval College lie on the walk into Island Gardens, the final stop before the descent under the Thames along a foot tunnel that emerges beside the Cutty Sark. Here on the South Bank, the walk ends at the Thames Barrier: huge, hooded silver sentinels standing from the water.

  • Encountering fascinating glimpses into British History, including the site of the signing of the Magna Carta and the Ancient City of London.
  • Being free to choose your own route by using the historical Thames bridges to cross between the North and South banks.
  • Passing through Lambeth and visiting its many iconic landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
TPE1 7 nights, 6 days walking £815 per person More Information Book Online
TPE2 8 nights, 7 days walking £935 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£50 per person / per night
£40 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
Extra night (Thames Barrier)
£80 per person / per night
Extra night (Vauxhall Bridge)
£80 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Mr Deiter. USA.

Overall, I would have to rank this trip as one of my all-time best holidays. Extremely memorable. I can think of nothing you could have done that would have made this a better experience.