#18. Henley to Kingston, 5 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

The popular Thames at its best – relaxing and scenic. Views and more. We will be amongst fine scenery and wildlife with magnificent views of homes, towns and villages on one of the most famous rivers in the world. The Majestic Thames.

Henley is popular at any time for boaters, shops, the Rowing Museum and the waterfront. It was described by Dickens as “the Mecca of the rowing man” and is well worth a visit. Soon after setting off, we are on the world famous Regatta Course, but not racing along!

View of the River Thames at Henley

River Thames at Henley

Hambleden village is most attractive, with mellow flint & brick homes. The Lock is beautifully situated near the fine weatherboard Mill, now apartments.

At Marlow, we are greeted by the elegant suspension bridge across the river. This is a very lively and handsome Georgian town with literary connections to Shelley, Mary Godwin and T.S. Eliot. We see the beautiful reaches at Bourne End, Cookham and Cliveden. Boulters Lock is the busiest on the Thames, according to old paintings and prints. Hopefully, not when we arrive!

Maidenhead is a busy town with elegant homes fronting the river. The railway bridge and its beautiful arches are the largest brickwork spans in the world. It was built in 1839 by Brunel. Passing Monkey Island, we note the fishing lodge and pavilion were built in 1744 on rubble salvaged from the Great Fire of London in 1666.


Magna Carta at Runnymede

Then to Windsor. The Castle, Eton College, Windsor Great Park and majestic feelings abound. There are views of the castle from all directions. Later, we pass Old Windsor and the Albert and Victoria bridges. There are fine views of the castle. We also pass close to Queen Victoria´s former boathouse, seen only from the river.

At Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, there are Memorials of Magna Carta, Commonwealth Air Forces and John F. Kennedy. On the north bank are the remains of Ankerwycke Benedictine Priory.

It is impossible to pass Hampton Court Palace & grounds without being amazed. We will find time to make a visit, but do not get lost in The Maze!!

Journey’s end is the modern town of Kingston Upon Thames with its appealing and popular waterfront.

The journey is 42 miles with 15 locks, and not a windlass in sight!

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

There are convenient railway stations at Henley and Kingston upon Thames.


Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani