#15. Abingdon to Henley, 4 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

A relatively short cruise down the River Thames, showing off the lovely scenery and countryside.

We have set aside time to visit the lovely town of Abingdon before setting off. Visit the Gaol, ancient Town Hall with its interesting museum and the Abbey  Gardens. Our first night is spent in Abingdon.

Wallingford Bridge

Bridge at Wallingford

Departing Abingdon Lock, we are soon in open countryside. Passing Clifton Hampden, the village pub here noted in Jerome K Jerome’s “Three Men In A Boat”. In years past, an annual Pooh Sticks tournament was held at Days Lock – sadly now no more.

Passing 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.

Bridge before Goring Lock

Goring Lock on the River Thames

The bridge from Pangbourne to 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.

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, home of celebrities, politicians et al. Through the lovely Sonning Bridge, we 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 the time to wander round.

The journey has covered 38 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 at Henley.

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani