Thames Path

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
88-192 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £730 per person

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About the trail

The Thames Path National Trail follows the second longest river in Great Britain from its source in the Cotswolds to Woolwich and 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 a unique mix of rural landscapes and urban stretches, complimented by a wide range of amazing scenery, fascinating history and intriguing architecture, a walking holiday along the Thames Path 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.

Choose your route

  • Thames Path
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Thames Path - East Section
  • Thames Path - West Section

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

5 to 9 nights
88 miles
Moderate to Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £730 per person

Thames Path - West Section

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.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
TPW0 From Kemble to Goring 5 nights, 4 days walking Strenuous £730
TPW1 From Kemble to Goring 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £865
TPW2 From Kemble to Goring 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding £1010
TPW3 From Kemble to Goring 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1150
TPW4 From Kemble to Goring 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate £1285

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
  • Holiday Highlights
Start

Travel to Kemble where your first night's accommodation will be 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)

Finish

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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
(please ring for prices)
Single Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night

Due to the high costs incurred by booking a Solo Traveller 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)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Abingdon)
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bablock Hythe(T))
£80.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Thames Path - West Section map
Kemble to Goring
88 miles (141 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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.

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
Extra night (Bablock Hythe(T))
£80.00 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: 2nd January - 24th December
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 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.

Customer reviews from the Thames Path - West Section

“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
“All the accommodation was clean and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, thank you... Great holiday.”
Mrs Black, UK
“All arrangements made by Contours worked perfectly.”
Mr McNeill, 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
“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
“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
“We did have a very enjoyable holiday.”
Mrs Mann, UK
“Arrangements, communication and accommodations were all great. Really lovely trail although parts of it, particularly at the beginning were really water logged and flooded. Can’t control the British weather though!”
Mrs Sheetz, USA
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