Walk the Thames Path from Oxford to Windsor England
Double / Single
£908 / £1352
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Providing no further outbreaks of Coronavirus, I will be offering this tour to book from January 2022. Avoid starting Friday or Saturday night if you can
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A seven centre inn-to-inn, self-guided walking tour along the Thames Path from Oxford to Marlow with the final night in Windsor, England. 7 nights bed and breakfast in hotel or inn accommodation all en-suite, 6 days walking, rail ticket Marlow to Windsor, luggage transfer, guide book and maps.
This 7 night tour starts in Oxford and finishes at Marlow, with the final night in historic Windsor. We have planned the walk to see the best of the walking route and the finest villages and town. You will use public transport (local train) on the small sections from Marlow to Windsor to complete this 57 mile journey along the stately River Thames. You follow the route yourself without a guide. We arrange your hotel accommodation and transport your luggage between the hotels. We will provide the trail guide and notes on how to find the accommodation. Just let us know the date you would like to arrive (you start walking the next morning).
You stop for 7 nights in hotels or inns of 3 star and above category, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms. All rooms have en-suite facilities and there is food served in the hotel restaurant or at nearby pubs or inns.
The Thames Path, which runs for 180 miles (288 km) is the first National Trail to follow a river throughout its length. It begins at the Thames River source near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, England. Along its way it passes through water meadows, historic towns and villages and finishes at the heart of London by the Thames Barrier. The Countryside Commissions acorn signposts lead the walker through tranquil water meadows, past the dreaming spires of Oxford, quaint thatched roof villages and the pageantry of the Henley Regatta, Windsor and Hampton Court, through the heart of the capital, to London's docklands and beyond.
START: Oxford is central between London and Gloucester.
FINISH: Windsor is on the west side of London, close to Heathrow airport.
DAY ONE: Arrival at Oxford. You may arrive at the hotel anytime after 3pm. You should have time to rest and then look around Oxford this famous city of spires, home to "Inspector Morse". Dinner can be taken at one of the restaurants (you generally need to book) or pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight at Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
DAY TWO: Walk from Oxford to Abingdon 9.9 miles. Leaving the city behind you wend your way southwards to Abingdon. You pass through the water meadows of Iffley and past the Isis Tavern (Isis is the old name for Thames). Dinner can be taken at one of the restaurants (you generally need to book) or pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England.
DAY THREE: Walk from Abingdon to Shillingford 10.6 miles. This is a delightful quiet country section. You will find a lunch-time pub at Clifton Hampden. Your hotel tonight is perched on the river side. Overnight at Shillingford, Oxfordshire, England.
DAY FOUR: Walk from Shillingford to Goring-on-Thames 9.8 miles. The river turns toward eastwards towards the sea at last. There are pubs at Cholsey and Moulsford. The Thames makes for a gap in the chalk hills of the Chilterns to arrive at Goring-on-Thames. Dinner can be taken at one of the restaurants (you generally need to book) or pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight at Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.
DAY FIVE: Walk from Goring-on-Thames to Reading 11.1 miles. The lunch time stop is in Pangbourne today. You can finish the walk at Tilehurst rail station where you get a taxi to your accommodation on the banks of the River Thames. You can continue on to Reading, where your hotel overlooks the River Thames. Dinner can be taken at one of the restaurants (you generally need to book) or pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight at Reading in Berkshire, England.
DAY SIX: Walk from Reading to Henley-on-Thames 8.9 miles. You will walk from Reading to Henley-on-Thames. Towards the end of the day you could catch a train from Shiplake to Henley-on-Thames. Dinner can be taken at one of the restaurants (you generally need to book) or pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England.
DAY SEVEN: Walk from Henley on Thames to Marlow. 8.7 miles. You walk from Henley-on-Thames to Marlow. At Marlow you catch the local train to Windsor (tickets included in tour price). Trains operate once every hour and the journey takes 50 minutes. Dinner can be taken at one of the restaurants (you generally need to book) or pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight Windsor, Buckinghamshire, England.
DAY EIGHT: Departure. The tour finishes after breakfast.
RAIL TRAVEL from HEATHROW AIRPORT or LONDON to OXFORD (NOT included in tour price): Oxford is the nearest rail station. There is a regular service from Heathrow airport via London (Paddington). Presently the 09:55 arrives 11:44 (change London (Paddington).
TRAVEL from WINDSOR to HEATHROW AIRPORT or LONDON (NOT included in tour price): You may find it cheaper and will find it quicker to get a taxi from Windsor to Heathrow, enquire at the hotel. Windsor is the nearest rail station. There is a regular service from Windsor to Heathrow (change Slough). Presently the 08:55 arrives 11:00.
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GRADE D: Between 8 - 11 miles (13 - 18 kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Light Waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. No more than 1000 feet ascent and/or descent a day. Footpaths through farmland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 4pm.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.