#16. Windsor to Abingdon, 5 nights

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We hope you take time to visit Windsor & Eton before joining Kailani.  Notable places of interest are the famous royal Castle, Victorian Railway Station, Legoland, Savill Gardens, The Great Park, Eton and its famous College.

Marlow Church

View at Marlow

Departing Windsor and heading upstream we pass Bray, the home to various celebrities. 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 magnificent wooded hillsides of Cliveden Reach, the river is wide and popular with sailors from the Marlow-based Scouts Boating Centre and Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

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, one of the most attractive villages on this stretch.The old mill near the Lock is now converted to apartments.

Beyond Hurley, we encounter Henley Reach, home of the famous annual Regatta and where the Brent geese have “made their mark”. We make time to visit the town. After Henley we pass by Wargrave and Shiplake then Sonning with it’s attractive road bridge.

We leave Caversham and cruise past the mill, church and house at 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 sailing and rowing boats in this area.

Bridge before Goring Lock

Goring Lock on the River Thames

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 just a few of the 17 arches of the Wallingford Bridge, quite amazing to see.

Onto Day’s Lock which is famous for the World Poohsticks Championships, held each March.

Then we are into open countryside before reaching the market town of Abingdon, with the Abbey dated AD695, town gaol, enthralling museum, Farmers Market and sometimes morris dancers.

Join us on Kailani at 1.30pm and we set off cruising at 2.30pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am.

The journey is 57 miles with 20 locks, and not a windlass in sight!

The nearest railway stations are Windsor Central and Didcot (for Abingdon).  A taxi will be needed from Abingdon to Didcot Station. We suggest Abingdon Taxis tel 01235 524780, fare approx. £25.

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