Thames Path - West Section

Thames Path - West Section

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

5 to 9 nights
88 miles
Moderate to 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 Goring, 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 Goring
88 miles (141 km)
1st February to 30th November

Holiday highlights

Admiring the riverside wildflowers during the tranquil walk from Kemble to Goring.

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
TPW0 From Kemble to Goring 5 nights, 4 days walking Strenuous£635
TPW1 From Kemble to Goring 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£760
TPW2 From Kemble to Goring 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£885
TPW3 From Kemble to Goring 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1015
TPW4 From Kemble to Goring 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£1140

Thames Path - West Section 5 nights, 4 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 Lechlade. 25.5 miles (40.5km)

Day 2

Lechlade to Bablock Hythe(T). 20 miles (32km)

Day 3

Bablock Hythe(T) to Abingdon. 20 miles (32km)

Day 4

Abingdon to Goring. 22.5 miles (36km)


Depart from Goring 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 (Abingdon)
£70.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 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 bustling market town of Abingdon is a good choice for a rest day, with a range of heritage walks, a museum and ancient buildings, the town is steeped in history. The remains of a motte and bailey castle can be found near to the town centre and traces of the Benedictine, Abingdon Abbey are visible in the town, including St Nicholas' Church.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Abingdon)
£70.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 88 miles (140.5 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Maximum daily distance: 25.5 miles (40.5 km)
Code: TPW0 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 1st February - 30th November
Start of holiday: Kemble
End of holiday: Goring

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 (Goring & Streatley).

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

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 Goring & Streatley station 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.

Routes on this trail

Thames Path
10 to 23 nights
191 miles
Easy / Moderate+
From £1,420 per person
A scenic walk following the development of the River Thames from a stream in Kemble all the way to the sea.Find Out More
Thames Path - East Section
6 to 13 nights
103 miles
Easy / Moderate+
From £635 per person
An exciting walk along the River Thames from Goring to the mighty Thames Barrier in the city of London.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Thames Path - West Section

“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
“All the accommodation was clean and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, thank you... Great holiday.”
Mrs Black, 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
“All arrangements made by Contours worked perfectly.”
Mr McNeill, UK
“B&Bs were all good, some easier to find than others. Very scenic walk.”
Mrs Price, USA
“Overall holiday was excellent, will highly recommend Contours.”
Mr Whittle, UK
“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
“Thank you Contours for arranging this holiday for us and for accommodating our enforced change of plan due to health problems.”
Mrs Donley, UK
“Really well organised - everything went like clockwork. Thanks. Really enjoyable and easy walking. Generally excellent accommodation. Information package helpful. Very well organised. Have already recommended the holiday to others.”
Mr Ramplin, UK