#11. Kingston to Oxford, 9 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

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.

We depart our mooring and cruise to the magnificent Hampton Court Palace to make our visit to the Palace and/or Gardens. Later, we reach Sunbury Court Island and see immaculate chalets and waterside bungalows. At Shepperton Lock we may see Nauticalia, the National Trust ferry operated for walkers – note “Droves of sheep are carried at one shilling per score, but the shepherd must clean up afterwards”. That’s good value – 5p for 20 sheep!!

Shepperton Lock View

View from Shepperton Lock

After Weybridge the river twists and turns to Chertsey. Look out for more colourful and sometimes eccentric holiday chalets, bungalows and houseboats. Near Holm Island we pass the London Stone, which marked the jurisdiction of the City of London over the river. In medieval times, this was the highest point of the tidal Thames. It was also the next bridge upstream after London Bridge, some 20 miles away.

Soon we reach Runnymede and can visit the Memorials to the RAF, Kennedy and Runnymede, marking the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. Take a few minutes to visit the new Reflection Pool also. As we pass Old Windsor and the Albert and Victoria bridges, there are fine views of Windsor. We also pass close to Queen Victoria´s former boathouse, seen only from the river.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle from the River Thames

Our schedule allows a lengthy stop at Windsor. Notable places of interest are the famous royal Castle, Victorian Railway Station, Savill Gardens, The Great Park, Eton and its famous College or even a horse-drawn carriage ride.

At Maidenhead the river is attractive and busy and we see Brunel’s magnificent arched railway bridge. Boulter’s Lock is reputedly the busiest on the river, as depicted in old paintings and photographs, so let’s hope for somewhat less river traffic when we arrive! As we pass through the wooded hillsides of Cliveden, the river narrows and becomes particularly attractive. Cookham is the home of Stanley Spencer Gallery: an interesting visit if time permits.

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 will also see Hambleden with the attractive weir and old Mill building, now apartments. Beyond Hurley and Henley Reach, we cruise along the famous Henley Regatta course, then call at the town for our visit.

View of the River Thames at Henley

River Thames at Henley

The reach beyond Henley takes us through lovely countryside at Shiplake and Sonning. After Caversham, we cruise past Mapledurham, seen in a beautiful setting. The restored working water mill is one of the oldest corn and grist mills on the river. 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.

At Wallingford the river passes through a few of the 17 arches of the Wallingford Bridge, quite amazing to see. Then we are into open countryside before reaching the market town of Abingdon, with the Abbey dated AD695, town gaol and enthralling museum. Hopefully our progress upstream will give us time to visit the town.

Our final day takes us through countryside and the sights of Christs College, Oxford to our destination close to the city.

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

The journey is 87 miles with 32 locks, and not a windlass in sight!

The closest railway stations are at Kingston upon Thames and Oxford.

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Hotel Boat Kailani