Walking holidays on The Thames

Our walking holidays along The Thames offer a brilliant way to get to know England up close. As the river winds its way from source to sea, there is an extraordinary amount to see and absorb - a constantly evolving landscape of meadows, woodland, flat plains, hills and wetlands, history by the mile, pretty villages peppered along stunning rural sections, culturally significant landmarks and links to great British writers and painters. There’s also a chance to explore some of our finest cities and towns, including Oxford, Windsor, Eton, Marlow, Eton, Henley and Lechlade.

Whilst our routes do use parts of The Thames Path, we’ve only used the best sections. Having spent over 25 years creating itineraries in the area, our knowledge extends to some lesser-known routes, so where we’ve discovered a more interesting way to go, we divert from the path and use bridleways instead. The river offers an idyllic unhurried route and has inspired many writers and artists and we are sure you too will be touched by its charm.There are also some options to skip the walking and take a boat along the river if you fancy mixing it up a bit. There’s some highly-recommended pubs if you need to have a pit stop en route, and once you’ve arrived at your destination, you can expect to stay in the best hotels in the area. We’ve hand picked a selection of luxury and classic quality options - all chosen for their first-class service, location and character. The river offers an idyllic unhurried route. It has inspired many writers and artists and we are sure you too will be touched by its charm.

We share our insider tips and local knowledge with our customers in the Carter Company Adventure Handbook. Alongside the route directions, this handy guide will tell you everything you should see and do in the area according to the locals who know it best (rather than the guidebooks every other tourist uses!)


Our Thames highlights

Petersham Nurseries

Enjoy the vibrant Petersham nurseries in Richmond, coffee and cake with a celebration of the seasons

Included in our Meanders on the lower Thames holiday

Sonning

‘The most fairy-like little nook on the whole river’, the village history stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times

Included in our Meanders on the upper Thames holiday

Trinity College, Oxford

Founded in the sixteenth century, enjoy its quadrangles, chapel and gardens

Included in our The Thames Path from source to Henley holiday

Hampton Court Palace

Home of Henry VIII and several other monarchs. Visit the Tudor kitchens, distinguished gardens, real tennis court and a lot more.

Included in our The Thames Path from source to London holiday

Kew Gardens

Visit the glories of Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Garden

Included in our History and 'her' story holiday

Greenwich

Admire Christopher Wren’s dramatic seventeenth century architecture at Greenwich

Included in our The Thames Path from source to London holiday


Our Thames Walking holidays


  1. History and 'her' story

    This remarkable short walk along the Thames explores some of the fantastic history of England from a female perspective - from present day with…

    From £995

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Thames

  2. The Thames Path from source to London

    The full length of the Thames from its source in the Cotswolds downstream to London and Greenwich includes an amazing array of differing landscapes.…

    From £2,380

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Thames

  3. Meanders on the lower Thames

    This walk and river boat trip is a wonderfully relaxed way of experiencing the Thames. Each day you board a river boat (ticket included) and…

    From £990

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Thames

  4. The Thames Path from Henley to London

    The lower Thames from Henley to central London and Greenwich embraces many landscapes from rural meadows with kissing gates to royal palaces…

    From £1,350

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Thames

  5. The Thames Path from source to Henley

    The upper Thames from its source in the Cotswolds downstream to elegant Henley includes a great variety of landscapes. From remote and wild pasture…

    From £1,290

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Thames

  6. Meanders on the upper Thames

    This walk and river boat trip is a wonderfully relaxed way of experiencing the Thames. Each day you board a river boat (ticket included) and…

    From £1,080

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Thames


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