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Thames Path Short Break: Henley to Windsor

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  • Follow the Thames Path, a National Trail, from Henley-on-Thames to Windsor
  • Begin in Henley-on-Thames, famous for its world-renowned regatta
  • Reach Marlow, the town where Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein
  • The royal palace of Windsor, where the Queen spends her private weekends
  • The Thames River, a constant source of inspiration for writers and artists
Take a short walking break on England’s Thames Path, a National Trail, from the world-renowned regatta town of Henley-on-Thames to Windsor, home to the royal palace. As John Elliott Burns (1858-1943) said, “The Thames is liquid history”. It has inspired authors, poets and painters alike and you can contemplate life and relax whilst walking through serene countryside and to areas of great historic significance. Wander through idyllic English villages, such as Bourne End and Cookham and pause in the local pub for a brew and perhaps a Ploughman’s Lunch with hearty bread, cheeses, pickled onions and cold meats.

What To Expect

This short break tour on the Thames Path, from Henley to Windsor offers easy to moderate, walking. Stroll by the Thames, England’s iconic river, contemplating life and viewing some of this country’s rich historic treasures, such as Windsor Castle. .

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

Generally this is easy walking as you are, for the most part, walking alongside the Thames and therefore the elevation gains and losses are minimal. However walking the complete Thames Path in one stretch is not easy, as you will be walking fairly long distances everyday, especially on the 17 day tour. Therefore the 17 day complete trip is rated moderate, simply due to the daily walking distances. The 21-day itinerary has at times been split into shorter sections and is therefore graded easy to moderate. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and an excellent level of physical fitness.

The Thames Path is a walk of contrasting terrain, from countryside trails and small country roads, to towpaths, riverside  paths, plus some city streets, the further into London you get.

Please note that depending on where you spend the night, the distances may be at times more or less that listed every day. So please be prepared for longer or shorter walks than listed when necessary.  Also the distances listed may not be exactly the same as in the guidebook as different gps units do not measure the distances the same (its not an exact science).

Navigation

The Thames Path is relatively well waymarked. We provide a Thames Path guidebook to assist you in finding your way and GPX tracks are accessible on the Macs Smartphone App, so you can simply follow the route on your phone. We also provide detailed maps.

Accommodations

You will experience a variety of accommodations on this tour from small B&B's and guesthouses, to inns, hotels and comfortable pubs with rooms. Some will be quite simple depending on where they are located and what is available. However, they all offer warm welcomes and traditional hospitality.  In the heart of London, we will be using chain-style hotels. If you request a booking when there is an event on in London, or it is particularly busy, you may be asked to pay a supplement.

On the Thames Path, accommodation choices can be limited along the trail, so if we cannot secure a reservation for you in a particular place you may have to spend 2 nights in one place and we will include a transfer to or from the beginning/end of the walk, whatever is appropriate.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo walkers on the Thames Path, although you should, of course, take extra care in the outdoors when walking alone.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.

Additional Nights

If you wish to add additional nights along the trail or at the beginning and end of your itinerary please contact us. You may choose to add some rest days, or extra days where there is plenty of opportunity for sightseeing.

Included
  • Overnights in B&B’s, guesthouses, inns, hotels & pubs with rooms
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed Information Pack, Guidebook and maps
  • Access to the GPX tracks via the Macs Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel to Henley-on-Thames
  • Travel from Windsor
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you wish to skip a stage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
Extras
  • Extra nights

When To Go

You can start your Thames Path Complete walk anytime between the end of April and beginning of October. It is advised not to walk the beginning sections of the Thames Path too early in the year as there is a risk of flooding on some of the paths as they are next to the river. 

Please note that if you are doing the complete Thames Path walk it is best to book a long way in advance due to potential availability issues in central London.

Getting to the Start

The closest airport to the start of the walk is any of the London Airports.  You can easily make your way from any of the London Airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted) into the centre of London. From London Paddington Station there is a train to Henley-on-Thames (with a change in Twyford or Reading) which takes approximately 1H15. For further information on train travel please visit either the Trainline or National Rail websites.

Getting from the End

From Windsor you can take a train (1H) into London’s centre and specifically London Waterloo Station. From here you can make your onward journeys to any of the London Airports. See the weblinks above to look up schedules and prices.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.  

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Henley-on-Thames & overnight Day 2 Henley-on-Thames to Marlow 9 miles / 14 km Day 3 Marlow to Windsor 14 miles / 23 km Day 4 Onward Travel

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