River Thames

The Thames is a river of great variety, particularly in its middle section between Oxford and Reading where the river is navigable but still quite narrow and every bend in the river brings a new view. Birdlife and bank-side flora abound and the passing narrow boats add interest and a sense of tradition and fun without detracting from the peace and beauty of the river - they are all an intrinsic part of the waterside scene. Small riverside hamlets, locks with their attractive keeper's cottages, waterside inns and the occasional ornate bridge all add to the unique atmosphere which can only be experienced whilst walking the banks of England's most famous river.


Rowing boat pulled up on the river bank


The River Thames supports a wide variety of wildlife, with birds and insects particularly numerous. Ducks, coots, kingfishers, herons, swifts, warblers and majestic mute swans share the river with damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies. Sharp eyes may also spot the endangered water vole. The margins of the river are home to colourful yellow flag irises, marsh marigolds, foxgloves and purple loosestrife.


Weeping willows reflected in the calm water of the River Thames


Wallingford is close to the Ridgeway, an ancient trade route which dates back some 5,000 years and crosses the River Thames at Goring. History has left its mark on the landscape, with Iron Age hillforts, medieval field systems, priories, manor houses, watermills, churches and river crossings.

The itinerary will vary slightly depending upon the length of the holiday, however, highlights which will be enjoyed by everyone will include the Sandford 'Lasher' where the river roars through the weir beside Sandford Lock; the picturesque villages of Culham, Clifton Hampden, Dorchester-on-Thames, Shillingford, Streatley, Goring and Pagbourne; the view from Wittenham Clumps; the approach to Goring Lock; and the historic market squares in Abingdon and Wallingford.

Your holiday on the River Thames will be based at a family-run B&B on the outskirts of the charming village of Goring-on-Thames. Your room will have ensuite bathroom facilities and you will have a choice of continental or full English breakfast. Goring-on-Thames and the neighbouring village of Streatley-on-Thames (immediately across the river) have a number of inns and restaurants serving meals in the evening.


What's included in the price of this holiday? 

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Travel information
Rail: Goring & Streatley
Onward travel: Public bus or taxi

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