Taking in all the history, wildlife and grandeur that the River Thames boasts,

the Thames Path National Walking Trail is one not to be missed!

As the longest river flowing exclusively through England, the Thames has long been a powerhouse and iconic Great British waterway.  Starting at the source of the Thames, close to the picturesque market town of Cirencester in the famously idyllic Cotswolds, the Thames Path route follows the riverbank right up until the Thames Barrier near the river’s outlet into the North Sea, absorbing all the history and delights along the way.

Inspiring the whimsical and magical novel, Wind in the Willows, and home to many notable people, as well as serving as a highly important trade route for many years, the River Thames is a truly wonderful place to visit. Starting out as a gentle trickle and building greatly in volume as it travels through some of the most beautiful and picturesque sites that Britain has to offer, the Thames passes through rich farming land and prosperous historic towns which have depended upon the river for hundreds of years.

If you would like to follow this mighty river, with our carefully planned tours, customised to meet your special needs, you can embark on your very own Thames adventure!

Stunning scenery, delectable food and comfortable accommodation!

On our self-guided tour you are free to explore the Thames by yourself, or in your own group, at a pace that you choose. We will book hand-picked accommodation, organise luggage transfers and provide maps and guidebook, leaving you to relax and enjoy your holiday without any of the usual stresses.

For those of you who wish to explore part of the Thames on a shorter tour, we have several part routes and can offer any length you would like.  Most popular are; the 54 miles (86 km) that follow the Thames as it winds through the picturesque Wiltshire and Oxfordshire countryside from the Source to Oxford, and the 73 miles (119 km) passing through ancient riverside towns between Oxford and Windsor.

Fancy taking a sneak peek? Check out our photos of the Thames Path on Flickr!

Route details:

Distance: 184 miles (294 km) in full between the Source near Cirencester and the Thames Barrier in East London.  It can be walked in full or in part and from either direction.

Thames Path Map

Grade: Easy. The path is flat, following the route of the river, following the riverbank for the most part.

Average duration: Cirencester to the Thames Barrier (full route): 15 to 21 days, the Source to Oxford (part route): 4 to 8 walking days, and Oxford to Windsor (part route): 6 to 10 walking days.

Time of year:  We recommend that you follow the lovely walk along the Thames Path from April to September.  It’s also a great walk in the winter but in some years the river is high after prolonged rainfall and the paths are flooded.

Standard tours: Please click here for our standard tours and to see what’s included.  If these don’t quite meet your requirements, we will be happy to provide you with a customised tour.

Wondering where to visit for a spot of lunch, a souvenir or maybe an ice cream? Here’s a list of some of the beautiful towns and villages along the route.

Location Miles Km
The Source 0 0
Lechlade 23 37
Oxford 54 86
Wallingford 77 124
Reading 95 153
Henley 105 167
Windsor 128 204
Hampton Court 146 236
Richmond 155 250
Westminster 171 276
Greenwich 180 289
Thames Barrier 184 295

With accommodation and luggage transfers taken care of, you are free to relax and enjoy the walk at your own pace, leaving you to fully immerse yourself in the true beauty of the flora, fauna and landscape that this majestic river offers.

With prices starting from as little as £85 per person per night, based on two people sharing in B&B accommodation, this is one incredible journey that certainly offers excellent value for money.

If the Thames Path sounds like the perfect holiday for you, contact us here to discuss your individual requirements.

The Thames Path at Lechlade

Here’s what some of our previous adventurers have had to say about their journey along the Thames Path… 

The trail [through London] is fascinating, with immense variety of nature, history and culture.  We felt very confident about the pre-walk information and in-walk support.’
Anne and John Collard, Scotland, 2017.

‘Our trip following the Thames Path was absolutely magical. We have traveled a lot all over the world, and stayed at some fancy places.  But I would rate this as the best trip we have ever taken.
Penny McMorris, USA, 2014.

‘Thanks for the best holiday we’ve had in a long time. Your faultless organization made it completely stress free, interesting and the right amount of walking, so that it was both relaxing and fun.
Roseanne Brinkley, New Zealand, 2014.

Thames Path: The Millennium Bridge and St Paul's in central London
Thames Path: East London