#11. Henley to Oxford, 4 nights

Twin Cabin only available. To book this route, please fill out the booking form.

A trip along the more peaceful section of the Thames, showing off the lovely scenery and countryside en route.

We leave Henley and pass along the pretty Reach at Wargrave, then Shiplake, before Sonning and the odd “celebrity home”. Along to Caversham and beyond, we cruise past the mill, church and house at Mapledurham, seen in a beautiful setting. The restored working water mill is one of the oldest corn and grist mills on the river.

Bridge before Goring Lock

Goring Lock on the River Thames

Open farmland flanks the river around here. The bridge over the river between Pangbourne and Whitchurch is a toll for motorists, but not boats. Look out for the many the sailing and rowing boats in this area.

As we approach Goring, we enter a deep wooded valley formed in the Ice Age. The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is officially between Henley and Goring. This is one of the best reaches on the river.

We hope to make a visit to Wallingford, Shillingford or Dorchester, depending on time available and local conditions.

At Wallingford the river passes through a few of the 17 arches of the Wallingford Bridge, quite amazing to see.

Abingdon Lock

View of Abingdon Lock

Onto Day’s Lock which is famous for the World Poohsticks Championships, held each March. We can have our own Kailani Poohsticks Competition!

Then we are into open countryside before reaching the market town of Abingdon, with the Abbey dated AD695, town gaol, enthralling museum, Farmers Market and sometimes morris dancers.

Our approach to Oxford leads us past Sandford, Ifley and Christchurch Meadows, then through Folly Bridge to journey’s end closed to Osney Bridge.

Join us on Kailani at 1.30pm and we set off cruising at 2.30pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am. 

The journey is 46 miles with 16 locks, and not a windlass in sight!


Twin Cabin only available. To book this route, please fill out the booking form.

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