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Thames Path

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

5 to 23 nights
84-183 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £530 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 experience 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
“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
“It was great having interesting hotels/accommodation arranged and having our bag transport sorted.”
Mrs Denney, Australia
“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
“Loved the surroundings, history, the solitude.”
Ms Krupa, USA
“I want to thank you for the excellent job in arranging all 3 of my hiking trips. I had such a great time and met some wonderful hosts along the way and I look forward to future Contours trips!”
Ms Hawkins, USA
“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
“B&Bs were all good, some easier to find than others. Very scenic walk.”
Mrs Price, USA
“On reflection, a good, varied selection of accommodations. Thanks for getting most nights on or close to trail to save extra effort. I had a great walk and the weather blessed me.”
Mr Garlick, UK
"Bridge over the River Thames" by Kate Cutler (2017)
"On the Thames Path from Swindon to Highworth" by Kate Cutler (2017)