Thames Path - East Section

An exciting walk along the River Thames from Pangbourne to the mighty Thames Barrier in the city of London.

7 to 8 nights
99 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £885 per person

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About this route

The east section of the Thames Path begins in Pangbourne and winds through Windsor into the heart of London. The scenery is diverse and beautiful, passing lush meadows, quiet woodland and peaceful riverbanks interspersed with urban stretches of great architecture and history.

This section of the Thames Path is novel in that, in places, walkers may choose which bank of the river to walk along, with plenty of bridges allowing the river to be crossed as required. The trails on each side of the river boast their own unique sights and intrigue, offering a special sense of discovery to enjoy along the way.

Your overnight stops along this trail will more commonly be pubs and inns rather than B&Bs.

© Contours Walking Holidays Thames Path - East Section map
Pangbourne to the Thames Barrier, London
99 miles (158 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Encountering fascinating glimpses into British History, including the site of the signing of the Magna Carta and the capital 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
TPE1 From Pangbourne to Thames Barrier 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£885
TPE2 From Pangbourne to Thames Barrier 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1010

Thames Path - East Section 7 nights, 6 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Due to the higher cost of accommodation in London, and in order to keep the overall cost of this holiday down, for the overnight stops at Vauxhall Bridge and Thames Barrier you will be booked into 2 or 3 star accommodation. If you would prefer to stay in better quality accommodation, please advise this when booking.  There will be an upgrade supplement for an accommodation upgrade in these two locations.


Travel to Pangbourne where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Pangbourne to Shiplake. 17 miles (27km)

Day 2

Shiplake to Maidenhead. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 3

Maidenhead to Staines-Upon-Thames. 15 miles (24km)

Day 4

Staines-Upon-Thames to Richmond, Greater London. 19.5 miles (31km)

Day 5

Richmond, Greater London to Vauxhall Bridge. 15 miles (24km)

Day 6

Vauxhall Bridge to Thames Barrier. 14 miles (22.5km)


Depart from Thames Barrier after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person 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, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
(please ring for prices)
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

Due to the high costs incurred by booking a Lone Walker on this trail, we can only provide prices on application. Please contact us for further details.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Richmond, Greater London)
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Thames Barrier)
£80.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Vauxhall Bridge)
£80.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Adding an extra night into your holiday allows you a full day to explore a location of your choice at leisure; The Thames Path East boasts many wonderful rest points along the trail, each with their own array of exciting things to see and do.

Richmond takes great pride in its historical buildings and architecture, including Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace and Chiswick House. Richmond also has many wonderful museums, galleries and theatres to explore, as well as being a stone?s throw away from The Royal Botanic gardens at Kew, which contains the world?s largest collection of living plants.

London is a great location to celebrate the completion of your walk. Highlights of the city include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the Tate Modern Gallery, St Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben. You can see all of this and much more either by taking an open-top sightseeing bus tour, catching a boat down the River Thames or even getting on the London eye for a birds-eye view of this amazing city.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Richmond, Greater London)
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Thames Barrier)
£80.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Vauxhall Bridge)
£80.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 99 miles (158 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19.5 miles (31 km)
Code: TPE1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Pangbourne
End of holiday: Thames Barrier

Route Profile

Thames Path - East Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Pangbourne). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Thames Barrier) are either Woolwich Dockyard (about 1.5 miles away) or Charlton (about 1.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Pangbourne and from London (Thames Barrier).

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Pangbourne.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the underground train to London Paddington station. From there trains run to Pangbourne.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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