#14. Oxford to Abingdon via Lechlade, 6 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

This route takes us on the very rural Thames to the navigable limit of the river in Lechlade, retracing our tracks (or wake?) to Abingdon.

Lock at Kings

View of Kings Lock

Beyond Oxford, we very quickly see open views, firstly of Port Meadow and the grazing ponies. After the turn at King’s lock, the most northerly point on the river, it becomes even more peaceful and quiet as we meander along. There are fewer cruisers on this stretch of the river, owing to them being too tall to sail under Osney Bridge. Their lack is compensated by the increase in wooden skiffs and other rowing boats, replicating the journey of “3 Men In A Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome.

With some really lovely scenery around, we pass Pinkhill, Bablock Hythe, Chimney, Tadpole Bridge and Radcot.  The river continues, winding along, sometimes doing a U-turn, taking us into Lechlade. This is a small town with some interesting shops and places to wander round, before we head back on our journey to Oxford, then on to Abingdon.

River Thames - Lechlade

Turning point at Lechlade

At St John’s Lock there is the statue of Old Father Thames, resplendently reclining, holding whatever item has been placed in his grasp!

A peaceful and scenic cruise along our famous River covering 64 miles and 26 locks – and not a single windlass in sight!

Join us on Kailani at 2pm and we set off at 3pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am

The closest railway stations are Oxford and Didcot for Abingdon. A taxi will be needed from Abingdon to Didcot Station or a bus if you prefer. We suggest Abingdon Taxis tel 01235 524780, fare approx. £18.

Please refer to the Prices page for further information.

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani