#8. Kingston to Henley, 5 nights

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

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.

We depart our mooring and cruise up stream passing the splendid Hampton Court Palace with its outstanding gardens  Later, passing Platt’s Eyot, where the Thorneycroft company built torpedo boats from 1938 to 1945, 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!!

Near Boulters lock

Lock landing at Boulters lock

After Weybridge the river twists and turns to Chertsey. Look out for the 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 RAF Memorial, Kennedy Memorial and, of course, the Runnymede Memorial marking the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215.  The latest addition is the interesting Writ In Water, a thoughtful place to sit awhile.  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.

Our schedule allows a lengthy stop at Windsor & Eton. Notable places of interest are the famous royal Castle, Victorian Railway Station, Savill Gardens, The Great Park, Eton and its famous College.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle from the River Thames

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 approach Bourne End through the wooded hillsides of Cliveden, the river is wide and popular with sailors from the nearby Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre and Marlow Scouts Boating Centre. We also pass close to Cookham, home of the Stanley Spencer Art Gallery.

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 pass through Hurley and the open reach to Hambleden, with its photogenic weir. The old mill near the Lock is now converted into apartments.

Beyond Hambleden is Henley Reach and our approach to our destination in Henley, home of the famous annual Regatta.

A peaceful and scenic cruise along Britain’s most famous River covering  41 miles and 16 locks – and not a single 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.

The closest railway stations are at Kingston and Henley.


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

Hotel Boat Kailani