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.

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  • 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

10 to 23 nights
192 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £1590 per person

Thames Path

The full Thames Path walking holiday accompanies the iconic River Thames from source to sea across 186 miles of southern England. This is a truly magical walk, filled with wonderful scenery, that watches as Britain’s famous waterway develops from a trickling stream to a mighty river. The trail follows the Thames all the way to the magnificent capital city of London and the impressive Thames Barrier to conclude in Woolwich.

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
TP0 From Kemble to Woolwich 10 nights, 9 days walking Strenuous £1590
TP1 From Kemble to Woolwich 12 nights, 11 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £1895
TP2 From Kemble to Woolwich 13 nights, 12 days walking Demanding £2055
TP3 From Kemble to Woolwich 15 nights, 14 days walking Moderate / Demanding £2370
TP4 From Kemble to Woolwich 16 nights, 15 days walking Moderate / Demanding £2505
TP5 From Kemble to Woolwich 20 nights, 19 days walking Moderate £3125
TP6 From Kemble to Woolwich 23 nights, 22 days walking Easy / Moderate £3595

Thames Path 10 nights, 9 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Due to the higher cost of accommodation in London and in order to keep the overall cost of this holiday down, for the overnight stops at Vauxhall Bridge and Woolwich you will be booked into 2 or 3 star standard chain accommodation. If you would prefer to stay in better quality accommodation, please advise this when booking. There will be an upgrade supplement for an accommodation upgrade in these two locations. 

Instructions are provided to travel via the London Underground from the end of the trail at Woolwich to your accommodation. The cost of this is not included in the cost of your tour.

Start

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

Day 1

Kemble to Lechlade. 25 miles (40km)

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)

Day 5

Goring to Henley-on-Thames(L). 21.5 miles (34.5km)

Day 6

Henley-on-Thames(L) to Windsor. 23.5 miles (37.5km)

Day 7

Windsor to Hampton Court(L). 21 miles (33.5km)

Day 8

Hampton Court(L) to Putney. 17 miles (27.5km)

Day 9

Putney to Woolwich. 21 miles (34km)

Finish

Depart from Woolwich 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
Extra night (Henley-on-Thames(L))
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Putney)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Woolwich)
£75.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Thames Path map
Kemble to the Woolwich, London
192 miles (307 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Witnessing the remarkable development of the River Thames in its entirety from source to sea.

Enjoying a wide range of landscapes, from the tranquil countryside of the Cotswolds to the lively urban scenes of London.

Reaching the Thames Barrier near the end of the walk and celebrating your achievement in the bustling City of London.

What's included?

  • 10 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

Adding an extra night into your holiday allows you a full day to explore a location of your choice at leisure; The Thames Path boasts many wonderful rest points along the trail, each with their own array of exciting things to see and do.

A great location for a rest day is Windsor, packed with sights and attractions to suit everyone, including Windsor Castle, the Windsor and the Royal Borough Museum and the Theatre Royal Windsor if you fancy catching a show. If however you are looking for exciting thrills for the whole family, Windsor also offers attractions such as LegoLand, Go Ape and Ascot Racecourse!

London is a great location to celebrate the completion of your walk. Highlights of the city include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the Tate Modern Gallery, St Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben. You can see all of this and much more either by taking an open-top sightseeing bus tour, catching a boat down the River Thames or even getting on the London Eye for a birds-eye view of this amazing city.

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
Extra night (Henley-on-Thames(L))
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Putney)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Woolwich)
£75.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 192 miles (307 km)
Duration: 10 nights, 9 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 17 miles (27.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Code: TP0 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Kemble
End of holiday: Woolwich

Route Profile

Thames Path 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 Gatwick and London Heathrow.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Kemble). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Thames Barrier) are either Woolwich Dockyard (about 1.5 miles away) or Charlton (about 1.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Kemble and from London (Thames Barrier), as well as the London Underground, which is more widely used (which is best will depend on the exact location of your accommodation).

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 (Kemble), is to take the underground train to London Paddington station. From there trains run 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.
"The Thames" by Craig Weeks (2023) "The Thames" by Craig Weeks (2023)
"The Source" by Craig Weeks (2023) "The Source" by Craig Weeks (2023)
"Bridge over the Thames in Oxford" by Gesche Henningsen (2023) "Bridge over the Thames in Oxford" by Gesche Henningsen (2023)
"Pinkhill Lock" by Gesche Henningsen (2023) "Pinkhill Lock" by Gesche Henningsen (2023)
"Sheep on the Thames Path" by Gesche Henningsen (2023) "Sheep on the Thames Path" by Gesche Henningsen (2023)
"Iffley Lock" by Gesche Henningsen (2023) "Iffley Lock" by Gesche Henningsen (2023)
"From the Bridge in Abingdon-on-Thames" by Gesche Henningsen (2023) "From the Bridge in Abingdon-on-Thames" by Gesche Henningsen (2023)
"Bridge over the River Thames" by Kate Cutler (2017) "Bridge over the River Thames" by Kate Cutler (2017)
"On the Thames Path from Swindon to Highworth" by Kate Cutler (2017) "On the Thames Path from Swindon to Highworth" by Kate Cutler (2017)

Customer reviews from the Thames Path

“It was great having interesting hotels/accommodation arranged and having our bag transport sorted.”
Mrs Denney, Australia
“Loved the surroundings, history, the solitude.”
Ms Krupa, USA
“We had a great time, and VERY appreciative of the timely support and help after starting our holiday.”
Mrs Melby, USA
“As usual your administration was excellent and almost all of the accommodations were OK. I enjoyed every day as each had some variety which helps the enjoyment. I am already researching for 2022.”
Mr Richardson, UK
“It was fabulous!”
Ms Nixon, 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
“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
“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 was very enjoyable. Contours organisation, as usual, was excellent.”
Mr Bird, UK
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