A very gentle walk starting from the historic riverside town of Abingdon.
||Travel to Abingdon
||Abingdon to Wallingford
||13.5 miles / 22 km
||Wallingford to Pangbourne
||9 miles / 15 km
||Pangbourne to Sonning
||11 miles / 18 km
||Sonning to Henley
||7 miles / 12 km
||Henley to Marlow
||9 miles / 15 km
||Marlow to Windsor
||14 miles / 22.5 km
Day 1: Travel to Abingdon where your first night's accommodation has been booked
Day 2: Abingdon to Wallingford (13.5 miles)
The route is dominated by great loops in the river and fascinating small settlements along the way. Two particular highlights are the wonderful juxtaposition of Clifton Hampden Bridge with the nearby church and the varied landscapes around Little Wittenham.
Day 3: Wallingford to Pangbourne (9 miles)
The route takes you through the Goring Gap, the dramatic valley carved by the River Thames through the line of chalk hills. It is the only section of the walk with anything like a serious hill. The beech woodlands on this stretch can look stunning on a crisp, sunny autumn day.
Day 4: Pangbourne to Sonning (11 miles)
The route starts on a wonderful stretch of river that is said to be the inspiration for the novel "The Wind in the Willows". The route then has an urban, though surprisingly leafy, stretch as you pass through the outskirts of Reading. As you approach Sonning, the location of an ancient river crossing point, the path has regained it's rural nature.
Day 5: Sonning to Henley (7 miles)
The route passes through Shilplake on its way to Henley, both these places are famous for their summer rowing regattas. Henley's is in early July, but for many weeks beforehand the construction of the river barriers and hospitallity areas are visible
Day 6: Henley to Marlow (9 miles)
The route follows the Henley Regatta course for the first mile, Temple island marks the bottom end of the course. Further on you pass the lock at Hurley, this village is a few minutes detour off the path but well worth a visit. The path then continues its rural nature as it takes you to the suspension bridge at Marlow, another lovelly riverside town with lots of shops, restaurants and bars to be explored.
Day 7: Marlow to Windsor (14 miles)
This section of the route passes through some attractive countryside with views of the Clivedon Estate between Cookham and Maidenhead. Beyond the bustle of Boulter's Lock and the busy town of Maidenhead, the peaceful towpath returns. You pass close to the 2012 Olympic Rowing venue at Eton Dorney, leave the path and take a look. It is the rowing lake for Eton School (not all schools are equal!). The walk finishes with a dramatic view of Windsor Castle from across the meadows near Eton.