This 2 night break embraces the best of the beautiful area where the river Thames and the rolling Chiltern Hills meet. There are two flat river focused routes contrasting with a ride up into the hills on the third day. With a string of riverside villages and elegant towns to explore, the picturesque routes take you to the Oxfordshire town's of Henley on Thames and Wallingford. The hills offer a different atmosphere with wonderful views, cosy village pubs and striking beech woodlands.



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £400 per person

Luxury

from £515 per person
£25.00 per person supplement at weekends

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard

Duration

2 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily and is circular from Goring on Thames. By train, Goring is one hour from London Paddington

Hotels

Classic

Hand picked village inn

Luxury

Four star riverside hotel

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Gentle cycling (2) More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

14 to 30 miles (22 - 48 km) per day. Additional mileages available

Terrain

Flat with one half mile climb into the Chilterns

Traffic-free

More than half, very low traffic on the rest



Itinerary day-by-day


Classic & Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    Goring to Wallingford and back

    Make your way to Goring and settle into your village accommodation where your bicycle will be waiting for you. Relax in this lovely riverside setting where two villages straddle the Thames and its weir. There's a flat and gentle ride awaiting you along the river and through hamlets and villages to riverside Wallingford. Boasting a museum and open air swimming pool, there's plenty to discover in this attractive town. Retrace your route back to Goring where there's an interesting selection of eateries to tempt you.

    14 miles (22 km)

  2. 2. Day two

    Goring to Henley and back

    Today your ride explores the Thames and its immediate villages and towns via bridleways and quiet country lanes. Enjoy the weir at Whitchurch, the delights of medieval Mapledurham and its mill and the pretty villages of Sonning and Shiplake. Elegant Henley has lots to offer associated with its rowing fame and brewing history. In July and August you can hop on the late afternoon river boat for a trip part of the way back to Goring. For other times of the year, the return route from Henley is by bike through the stunning Chiltern Hills.

    30 miles (48 km) Additional mileages available

  3. 3. Day three

    Through the Chiltern Hills to Goring

    Enjoy a different but equally delightful scene today as you wind your way into the Chiltern Hills. We have chosen a kind climb with wonderful woodlands and quality pubs to reward you. The rest of your route is gentle or downhill through quiet villages and a rural scene that has changed remarkably little over the last few centuries. End the day by freewheeling down to the Thames and back to Goring before departing.

    21 miles (34 km)