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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

The Thames Path

Discover some of the delights of England's longest river

Become immersed in history and beauty along the Thames Path

At 215 miles, the River Thames is England’s longest river.  Over time it has been at the heart of many great events.  A hundred years ago MP John Burns called the Thames “Liquid history”.

The Thames Path National Trail follows the river and offers many opportunities for a historical walk in beautiful rural scenery.  We offer guided walks of varying lengths and along different sections of the river.

Depending on the section chosen we could see locks and weirs, boat building and boating activity, historic buildings and ancient relics.

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Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose from distance, time or types of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthAbility
A little dip into the Thames
90 minutes to two hours (2 to 3 miles, 3 to 5 kilometres)
Gentle - for all abilities and ages
The Thames, a deeper immersion
Half day, up to four hours (5 to 8 miles, 8 to 13 kilometres)
Medium - average level of fitness
Take the plunge
Full day, up to nine hours (8 to 12 miles, 13 to 19 kilometres)
Advanced - good level of fitness
A longer Thames journey
Multi day
Experienced - higher level of fitness

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Navigate the towpath past charming locks and stunning views

There are many start and end points for walks along the Thames.

You can choose from any of these places; Oxford, Abingdon, Dorchester, Wallingford, Goring, Pangbourne, Reading, Sonning, Henley, Marlow, Bourne End, Maidenhead, Windsor or Staines, and we will put together a suitable walk for us to explore together.

90 minute walks will be a return journey along part of the Thames Path.

Our half day walk will normally allow us to walk a longer section of the path, then return, or we can explore a little away from the river as well.

During a full day, we can either do a return trip along the Thames Path, or a combined journey exploring the wider countryside as well as a section of the river.  Sometimes we can do a linear walk finishing at a different place.

For the River Thames, we can also offer a guided multi-day journey.

 

Here are some of the sights you can see on the Thames Path:

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Reading UK CIC
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Visit Thames

Andrew Lannerd

Transcendent Travel

For the past few years, Graham and the team at Tours 2 order have offered my clients a friendly, behind-the-scenes look at a variety of locations. I cannot recommend them enough for their professionalism, knowledge and approach, which is always well-received by my guests.

HF Holidays guest

Graham was very well prepared and had excellent knowledge and enthusiasm which he communicated to the group very well. Each day was very well planned out with appropriate stopping points with a good variety of interest.

Michelle Patrick

Hobbs of Henley

Graham has been a Blue Badge guide on quite a few of our specialist river trips on the Thames. He is a very informative guide and professional and it is a pleasure to work with him.

British visitor

London

You cannot imagine what a wonderful time I had on Monday on the canal walk which you recommended! Thank you so much.

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