Thames Path - East Section

Thames Path - East Section

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

6 to 13 nights
103 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £635 per person

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About this route

The east section of the Thames Path begins in Goring 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
Goring to the Thames Barrier, London
103 miles (165 km)
1st February to 30th November

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
TPE0 From Goring to Thames Barrier(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Strenuous£635
TPE1 From Goring to Thames Barrier(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£1005
TPE2 From Goring to Thames Barrier(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1145
TPE3 From Goring to Thames Barrier(L) 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1285
TPE4 From Goring to Thames Barrier(L) 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate£1575
TPE5 From Goring to Thames Barrier(L) 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate£1715
TPE6 From Goring to Thames Barrier(L) 13 nights, 12 days walking Easy / Moderate£1860

Thames Path - East Section 6 nights, 5 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 Goring where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Goring to Henley-on-Thames(T). 21.5 miles (34.5km)

Day 2

Henley-on-Thames(T) to Windsor. 23.5 miles (37.5km)

Day 3

Windsor to Hampton Court(T). 21 miles (33.5km)

Day 4

Hampton Court(T) to Putney. 17 miles (27.5km)

Day 5

Putney to Thames Barrier(L). 20 miles (32km)


Depart from Thames Barrier(L) 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.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

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 travel 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 on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£70.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Putney)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Thames Barrier(L))
£80.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 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)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Putney)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Thames Barrier(L))
£80.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 103 miles (165 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 17 miles (27.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 23.5 miles (37.5 km)
Code: TPE0 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 1st February - 30th November
Start of holiday: Goring
End of holiday: Thames Barrier(L)

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 (Goring & Streatley). 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 Goring and from London (Thames Barrier), as well as the London Underground, which is more widely used (which is best will depend on the exact location of your accommodation).

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

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 Goring & Streatley station.

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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