Thames Path

A scenic walk following the development of the River Thames from a stream in Kemble all the way to the sea.

6 to 15 nights
88-183 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £635 per person

About the trail

The Thames Path National Trail follows the second longest river in Great Britain 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.

The walk features a mixture of river banks, fields, woodlands and charming settlements as it journeys through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before winding towards the iconic capital city of London. With its unique mix of rural landscapes and urban stretches, complimented by a wide range of amazing scenery, fascinating history and intriguing architecture, this walk offers interesting attractions to appeal to every walker. Your overnight stops along this trail will more commonly be pubs and inns rather than B&Bs.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Customer reviews from the Thames Path

“Just got back from our fantastic holiday walking the Thames Path. All places we stayed were easy to find and our bags were always there when we arrived. All in all we have had a brilliant holiday so thank you so much for your excellent organising and communication - we will be in contact for our next walk!”
Mrs Parker, UK
“It has been a special trip and a very good one. We travel all over the world and this trip was one of a kind, though difficult. Thank you.”
Mr Bartal, Israel
“The walk was delightful. With good weather and the ease of doing a walk as flat as this over four walking days it is to be recommended. Contours provided exactly what is says on the tin.”
Mr Chesnick, UK
“We all had a fabulous time with wonderful weather and are very grateful for all the work you put in to make the holiday possible! Every day an absolute joy on the trail with excellent hospitality at the end of each day. Ideal for the elderly-like us. Every confidence in the company.”
Mr Alderson, UK
“Overall holiday was excellent, will highly recommend Contours.”
Mr Whittle, UK
“All arrangements made by Contours worked perfectly.”
Mr McNeill, UK
“We had a great time, and VERY appreciative of the timely support and help after starting our holiday.”
Mrs Melby, USA
“All the accommodation was clean and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, thank you... Great holiday.”
Mrs Black, UK
“Sceneries not always as scenic as during mountain walks, but lots of nice villages, pretty churches, splendid houses; quiet and most enjoyable riversides with lots of birds. Already thinking of where to go next!”
Mr Lallemant, France
"Bridge over the River Thames" by Kate Cutler (2017)
"On the Thames Path from Swindon to Highworth" by Kate Cutler (2017)