The River Thames, England's finest river, flows from its source in the heart of the Cotswolds through a rural idyll above Oxford, characterised by water meadows and cattle grazing, down to meet the canal at the 'City of Dreaming Spires' with fabulous views as one approaches. Beyond Oxford the Royal River links many beautiful and some famous waterside towns and villages - an unforgettable boating experience as you mingle with traditional Thames craft such as skiffs, passenger steamers, and rowing eights. The choice of an entirely rural or cosmopolitan weekend is in your hands!
On the beautifully peaceful Upper Thames all the locks are worked for you by smart and friendly lock-keepers, giving you the ultimate relaxing boating holiday, interspersed with historic waterside inns and settlements, all linked not only by water but the easy-to-walk Thames Long Distance Path.
Our Lower Heyford base offers 'Kizzies' waterside bistro, for your pre-holiday lunch or post-cruise breakfast - Fridays to Mondays. To see opening times for Kizzies, please CLICK HERE.
Easy cruising through the outstanding rural scenery of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Oxford offers excellent shopping and a wide range of pubs, cinemas, restaurants and clubs.
With the extended time a midweek break offers, you could cruise further downstream beyond Oxford to pretty Abingdon, or simply use the time to spend more time discovering the City of Dreaming Spires. Alternatively turn into the secretive Dukes Cut and head upstream on the Thames towards Lechlade in utterly remote rural tranquillity with only the occasional waterside pub interupting the solitude and beauty of the Upper Thames.
ONE WEEK - THE THAMES
You would comfortably reach Goring or Whitchurch before returning, having taken in many of the best sights along the Thames including Oxford, Abingdon, the miniature thatched village of Clifton Hampden, Wallingford, and Goring. Don't forget that the upstream journey may take longer owing to cruising against the current!
NB: An extra visitors' licence fee for the River Thames is payable on arrival at the first lock.