||Travel to Kemble
||Walk Kemble to Crickdale
||12.5 miles / 20 km
||Crickdale to Lechlade
||11 miles / 17.5 km
||Lechlade to Newbridge
||16.5 miles / 26.5 km
||Newbridge to Oxford
||14 miles / 22.5 km
||Oxford to Dorchester
||18 miles / 29 km
||Dorchester to Pangbourne
||16 miles / 25.5 km
Day 1: Travel to Kemble where your first night's accommodation has been booked
Day 2: Kemble to Crickdale (12.5 miles)
The early stages of the river are often a dry river bed but waters of the infant river are soon encountered. After passing through the hamlet of Ewen and the larger village of a Ashton Keynes, surronded by the endless lakes of the Cotswold Water PArk, the walk finishes by crossing the vast openesss North Meadow to arrive at the attractive little town of Crickdale. This section is especially rewarding in spring when the wild flowers of North Meadow will be at their finest.
Day 3: Crickdale to Lechlade (11 miles)
Walking this section you will see the reed-filled river slowly growing in size, but it is only as you approach Lechdale that the first boats can be spotted. After leaving Crickdale you will pass through empty countryside and occasional remote villages, such as Castle Eaton.
Day 4: Lechlade to Newbridge (16.5 miles)
The river meanders endlessly through open and empty countryside and the first locks appear. Lonely bridges, including one of the oldest on the river at Radcot and the wonderfully named Tadpole Bridge are encountered. The meadow grasslands of Chimmey Meadows should be looking at their best in early summer.
Day 5: Newbridge to Oxford (14 miles)
The Thames continues to grow slowly and more river craft can be seen negotiating the locks. Despite this the route is still remote and barely a settlement is passed. Even the approach to Oxford itself is surprisingly rural, with lovely viewsof the famous dreaming spires across the vast expanse of Port Meadow. This section is a treat at any time of year, but in late spring the flood meadows are full of wild flowers and the autumn colours of Wytham Great Wood can be breathtaking.
Day 6: Oxford to Dorchester (18 miles)
Beyond the surprisingly rural suburbs of Oxford you will pass through quiet and empty countryside with Sandford-on-Thames as the only settlement of any size between Oxford and Abingdon. After separating into channels through Oxford the river now rejoins and has grown in size as it heads southwards on its long gentle curve towards Abingdon, an historic riverside town. Two particular highlights of the next section of the walk to Dorchester are the wonderful juxtaposition of Clifton Hampden Bridge with the nearby church and the varied landscapes around Little Wittenham.
Day 7: Dorchester to Pangbourne (16 miles)
The final days walking takes you past the old riverside town of Wallingford and 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.