Walking Breaks on the River Thames
With a choice of hotels, B&Bs, campsites and youth hostels, most well served by public transport, the Thames Path is perfect for walking holidays of any distance, duration or budget.
The Thames Path National Trail Companion guide and the National Trails website, provide practical information about accommodation, facilities, distances, transport and other aspects of the route from a three week holiday to a day out with the dog.
A good idea on a walking holiday is to send your luggage on ahead. Symbols in the Companion guide show accommodation providers who will take your luggage to the next night's stop. Or you can organise a walking holiday with one of the companies listed below, which includes accommodation and luggage transfer. Holidays are available all year round. En suite accommodation is generally provided on a B&B basis in hand-picked guest houses or small hotels along the trail.
Most companies also include the following in their prices: a map of the route, guidebook, travel instructions to and from the start and finish route, and an emergency contact.
Responsible Travel - offers self-guided walking breaks of any length, from two or three days walking to hikes along the length of the Thames Path between the Thames Barrier at Greenwich and the source of the Thames in the Cotswolds. Just select the part of the path that you want to walk.
Walk the Landscape - books accommodation and organises luggage transfer for self-guided walking along all or any part of the trail. As is usual, extra non-walking days can be included in the break.
Let’s Go Walking - offers self-guided walking holidays along the entire length of the trail. The suggested tour duration is 13 nights, with 14 days walking, averaging 14 miles a day. Rest days can be added on and accommodation upgrades are available to prestigious hotels.
Explore Britain - offers self-guided walking tours along the whole length of the trail. The minimum length of holiday is five days and six nights, to include one full day in Oxford and four days walking from Oxford to Reading, a distance of 39 ½ miles. The maximum is 17 nights, to cover the whole trail.
Contours Walking Holidays - offers all year, self-guided walking holidays from Kemble in Gloucester to Pangbourne in Berkshire – a total distance of 140 kms (88 miles). You can choose to cover the distance in anything from six nights and five days walking to nine nights and eight days walking.
Footpath Holidays - offers single centre guided walking holidays, ideal for anyone who enjoys walking as part of a small and friendly multi-national group.
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