2015 KAILANI CRUISES IN BRIEF
These descriptions refer to cruises in either direction
A short burst down the Thames to Brentford, then join the Grand Union Canal. Proceed to Little Venice. See Regents Park Zoo Aviary, London Canal Museum, Primrose Hill, Camden and Kentish Town, Maida Vale, Islington and Kings Cross. We rejoin the River Thames at Limehouse. See London Bridge, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Millennium Bridge, Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Bridge, County Hall, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and more. Have your camera ready!
Kingston / Rickmansworth via Little Venice, Thames & Grand Union Canal.
5 nights, 50 miles, 21 locks
A mix of river and canal cruising through industrial, residential and open scenes, with a diversion into London to see the famous Little Venice area. A trip that is uphill all the way!
Kingston / Caversham, River Thames. 6 nights, 50 miles, 20 locks
The popular Thames at its best – relaxing and scenic. Views and more. The magnificent Hampton Court Palace; historic Runnymede, site of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215; Windsor & Eton; Maidenhead with Brunel’s magnificent arched railway bridge; Cliveden, once home of Lady Astor; Marlow, Hurley, then Henley, home of the famous annual Royal Regatta; Sonning Lock and Mill; then at last, Caversham, near Reading. Phew!
Caversham / Abingdon, River Thames. 3 nights, 28 miles, 8 locks
The more peaceful section of the Thames, – lovely scenery and countryside. See Mapledurham, Pangbourne and Whitchurch in beautiful settings. Goring Reach is in a wooded valley formed in the Ice Age. Wallingford town precedes Abingdon, original home of MG sports cars, the Abbey dated AD695, town gaol, enthralling museum, Farmers Market and sometimes morris dancers.
Abingdon & return via Oxford and Lechlade, River Thames.
6 nights, 71 miles, 30 locks
This route takes us on the very rural Thames to the navigable limit of the river in Lechlade, returning to Abingdon. Visit the sights of Oxford. Beyond, we quickly return to open views. We pass Pinkney, Bablock Hythe, Chimneys and Tadpole Bridge – all real names! At St John’s Lock there is the statue of Old Father Thames.
Caversham / Oxford, River Thames. 3 nights, 37miles, 12 locks
The more peaceful section of the Thames, – lovely scenery and countryside. See Mapledurham, Pangbourne and Whitchurch in beautiful settings. Goring Reach is in a wooded valley formed in the Ice Age. Wallingford town precedes Abingdon, then the University city of Oxford. Allowing time to visit is a “must”.