#19. Abingdon to Henley, 4 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

The River Thames, showing off the lovely scenery and countryside.

The lovely ancient market town of Abingdon is well worth a visit. We hope you make time before we set off.

Wallingford Bridge

Bridge at Wallingford

Passing Clifton Hampden, Dorchester, Shillingford and Wallingford, we creep up on Goring village, set in a deep wooded valley by one of the most spectacular reaches on the river. The valley was formed by the Ice Age. The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is officially between Goring and Henley.

The bridge between Pangbourne and Whitchurch has a toll for motorists, but not for boats. Mapledurham, with the mill, church and house are in a beautiful setting. The restored working water mill is one of the oldest corn and grist mills on the river.

Sonning

View at Sonning

As we enter Reading the river becomes wider and is often busy with rowers. Here, the views from the river are quite unexpected. We continue to Sonning Bridge, then continue into open countryside again.

The approach to Henley is on a wide reach with interesting views. Once through Marsh Lock, the town is seen ahead. Normally busy on and off the water, do find time to visit the interesting Rowing Museum. Henley was described by Dickens as “the Mecca of the rowing man” and is well worth a visit.

The journey is 37 miles with 12 locks, and not a windlass in sight!

Join us on Kailani at 2pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am.

The closest railway stations are at Didcot (for Abingdon) and Henley.  A taxi will be needed from Didcot Station to Abingdon. We suggest Abingdon Taxis tel 01235 524780, fare approx. £20.

 

 

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani