The Thames Path

The Thames Path National Trail follows the greatest river in England for 184 miles (294 Km) from its trickling source at a spring in the rural Cotswolds to its vast presence at the Thames Barrier, just a few miles before it meets the sea.

This route boasts tranquil water meadows, fabulous wildlife and wildflowers, quaint villages, historic market towns, gothic towers, cities and many locks.

This river, once vital to trade, helped grow England’s capital to the size it is. As railways and roads took over, this great trading route started to fall into decline. Discussions started back in the 1930s about how they could put the old Thames tow path to use but it was not until after further discussions, and with the help of many groups of people (including the Ramblers Association and the River Thames Society), that 16 miles of new tow path was built and the Thames Path became a fully opened National Trail in 1996.

Our Holidays

We have a range of walking holidays along the Thames path, from a 3 day short break to a 17 day walk and anything in between. The walk starts at the source in Kemble and ends at Richmond upon Thames, just outside central London. We have divided the route into three sections so you can complete the route over a few holidays if you don’t have the time to walk it in one go.

The Thames starts as a small trickle just outside Kemble. You will see the river grow and change as the walk progresses. Watch the herons, ducks and swans as the river flows by, and see the many rowers and pleasure boats at Windsor, Eton and Henley. You can add rest days to allow you to explore Oxford and Windsor Castle, or add a day at the end to visit Kew Botanical Gardens.

Click on the links below to have a look at the details for each Thames Path walking holiday.

The Thames Path - Kemble to Richmond upon Thames

Kemble to Richmond upon Thames 158 miles/254 km

We offer three options covering the Thames Path from source to Richmond-upon-Thames. The 10 day option has a few longer days and is great for experienced walkers with a good level of fitness. The 12 day walk is a suitable option for most regular walkers, the daily distances allow you the time to look around the towns along the way and enjoy the views. Finally the 17 day walk is for those with plenty of time who want to savour the countryside and complete the route at a gentle pace.

Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.

Code Length Average per day Price range
TP11 10 days walking (11 nights) 16 miles/26 km £1155 - £1380 Full Info Book
TP13 12 days walking (13 nights) 13 miles/21 km £1347 - £1617 Full Info Book
TP18 17 days walking (18 nights) 9 miles/14 km £1823 - £2206 Full Info Book

The Thames Path West- Kemble to Oxford

Kemble to Oxford 55 miles/89 km

We offer two options on the first part of the walk: 4 or 5 days walking. The 4 day option has one longer day of 17 miles. The 5 day walk avoids the long day by splitting the day between Tadpole Bridge and Oxford into two.

Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.

Code Length Average per day Price range
TPW5 4 days walking (5 nights) 14 miles/23 km £475 - £565 Full Info Book
TPW6 5 days walking (6 nights) 11 miles/18 km £537 - £649 Full Info Book

The Central Thames Path- Oxford to Marlow

Oxford to Marlow 59 miles/95 km

We offer a 4 and a 6 day walk on the central section of the Thames Path starting in Oxford and finishing in Marlow. The 4 day option has an 18 mile day so you need to have a good level of fitness to complete this walk. The 6 day option takes it easier to allow you the time to enjoy the river and the historic towns along the way.

Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.

Code Length Average per day Price range
TPC5 4 days walking (5 nights) 15 miles/24 km £506 - £596 Full Info Book
TPC7 6 days walking (7 nights) 10 miles/16 km £683 - £818 Full Info Book

The Thames Path East- Marlow to Richmond upon Thames

Marlow to Richmond upon Thames 44 miles/71 km

There are two options on the eastern part of the Thames Path. Choose between 3 days walking and 5 days walking. Starting in Marlow and finishing in Richmond upon Thames, with Eton and Windsor in the middle, there is plenty to see and do on this part of the walk. You might consider adding a rest day in Windsor to look around Windsor Castle, or one at the end in Richmond to allow you the time to visit the nearby Kew Botanical Gardens.

Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.

Code Length Average per day Price range
TPE4 3 days walking (4 nights) 14 miles/23 km £401 - £468 Full Info Book
TPE6 5 days walking (6 nights) 9 miles/14 km £599 - £711 Full Info Book

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Speyside Way, July 2018
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