Thames Path - West Section

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

6 to 9 nights
88 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £635 per person

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About this route

The Thames Path West Section follows the River Thames 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, the route passes through a tranquil landscape of river banks, water meadows, fields, woodlands and unspoilt villages.

The trail also passes through several historic market towns and cities, including Oxford, with its gothic towers and beautiful buildings of honey-coloured stone. All of this and more is what makes this stretch of the Thames Path a satisfying trail for walkers of all tastes.

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

© Contours Walking Holidays Thames Path - West Section map
Kemble to Pangbourne
88 miles (140 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the riverside wildflowers during 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
TPW1 From Kemble to Pangbourne 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£635
TPW2 From Kemble to Pangbourne 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£740
TPW3 From Kemble to Pangbourne 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£845
TPW4 From Kemble to Pangbourne 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£950

Thames Path - West Section 6 nights, 5 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Kemble to Cricklade. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 2

Cricklade to Radcot(T). 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 3

Radcot(T) to Oxford. 24 miles (38.5km)

Day 4

Oxford to Dorchester-on-Thames. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 5

Dorchester-on-Thames to Pangbourne. 16 miles (25.5km)


Depart from Pangbourne 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 (Oxford)
£70.00 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

Taking an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday and ensure that you don?t miss some of the wonderful sights and sounds along the Thames Path.

The city of Oxford is an excellent choice for an extra day. There is so much to see and do that you will be left craving more from this remarkable place. Some of the highlights include the stunning Bodleian Library, Oxford?s 38 ancient colleges, the oldest building in Oxford at Oxford Castle and countless other museums, galleries and breathtaking architecture. You may even wish to take a tour on an open top bus, take a punt along the River Cherwell or explore some of the locations made famous by film, including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

A rest day in Dorchester-on-Thames gives you the run of this historic market town, with its thatched roofs, interesting shops and its enormous parish church, the converted Dorchester Abbey.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Oxford)
£70.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 87.5 miles (140 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24 miles (38.5 km)
Code: TPW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Kemble
End of holiday: Pangbourne

Route Profile

Thames Path - West 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 Bristol, Birmingham, London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Kemble) and also at the end of the trail (Pangbourne).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Kemble and from Pangbourne.

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

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a train from Pangbourne to Kemble.

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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