The special features of this itinerary are:
0.0 miles - Cricklade High Bridge
The Thames is a navigation from Cricklade but fortunately powered boats cannot easily get this far. Launch about ¼ mile below (GR 103939). From here to Inglesham Round House is shallow and weedy. Best in spring before the weeds grow too thick.
0.5 miles - A419 Bridge
0.9 miles - Eysey footbridge
1.8 miles - River Ray enters right
2 miles - Water Eaton footbridge
3.8 miles - Camping left bank. Access for canoes. Second Chance Caravan Park, Marston Meysey. Wiltshire. SN6 6SN. Tel. Edward Stroud 01285 810675
4.1 miles - Castle Eaton Bridge.
Red Lion pub in village R.
6.8 miles - Hannington Bridge
10 miles - junction of the derelict Thames and Severn canal and mouth of the river Colne Left.
10.1 miles - Inglesham Round House and footbridge. The normal limit of navigation for powered boats. Smaller ones can get about two miles higher.
10.5 miles - Ha’penny Bridge Lechlade built in 1792 by James Hollingworth
Old tollhouse on the right. Painting by Doug Myers. Click here for more
Land right below the bridge for camping. Bridge House campsite. GL7 3AG. Tel Mr. R Cooper 01367 252348. Click here. The campsite is set one field back from the river but it’s an easy carry.
11.5 miles - St John’s Lock built 1790
If you’ve forgotten to get a permit buy one here. The lock keepers are perfectly happy for you to do this.
St John’s bridge 1886
The first of many Trout Inns left. Friday night jazz.
Easiest landing is 50 yards back up the weir stream. Slipway just within side channel leads into field downstream from the pub. Camping here. Ask at the Trout Inn.
Note - St John’s Priory Parks, Caravan Park across the road no longer takes campers.
Bloomers Hole footbridge 2000.
Defensive Pill box left bank. Many more to come.
12.5 miles - Buscot lock
13.75 miles - Eaton footbridge.
14.25 miles - Kelmscot village and Plough Inn left.
Camping and Caravanning Club certificated site. Field and tap for club members only. If you use it join the C & C club.
16 miles - Grafton lock
17 miles Radcot Bridge, 1787.
Camping on the island. Ask at The Swan Hotel, Radcot Bridge, Faringdon, Oxon OX18 2SX Tel: 01367 810220.
17.5 miles - Radcot lock
17.75 miles – Old Man’s Bridge (foot) 1868
20.5 miles - Rushey Lock
Camping here. Toilet
and basin with hot water, well maintained. Tel: 01367 870218
21 miles - Tadpole bridge. c1789.
Canoe centre right bank just above the bridge. Trout Inn right bank below bridge. Land on R. bank below the bridge. Buckland Marsh, Nr Faringdon, Oxon SN7 8RF Tel: 01367 870382 Click here. Camping along the bank. For the most secluded spot paddle 100 yards downstream and land right.
22.75 – Tenfoot bridge
Constructed entirely of wood.
24 miles - Shifford lock cut left.
24.75 miles - Footbridge.
Wood encased steel on concrete piles
24.5 miles - Shifford Lock
Camping in Duxford. JW Florey. Badgers bank. Duxford. 01865 820248
27.5 miles – River Windrush joins left. Newbridge c1250.
Two famous pubs here. The Rose Revived left. Maybush Inn right.
Land 100 yards downstream on left at Cokethorpe school canoe club landing stage
28 miles - Hart's weir footbridge. Site of another of the long gone Thames flash locks.
29.5 miles - Northmoor lock
Camping in the field. Cold water tap only. c/o West Farm, Eaton, Nr Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5PR Tel: 01865 862908
31 miles - Bablock Hythe.
Camping left at Lower Farm, GA Wade, Northmoor, Whitney, OX8 1AU Tel: 01865 300237.
Also at Long Meadow c/o West Farm, Eaton, Nr Abingdon, OX13 5PR. Tel: 01865 862908,
And at Elms Farm Mrs. J Ireland, West End, Stanton Harcourt. Tel 01865 880464. Both these latter campsites are further from the river.
32 miles – The grassy bank of the enormous Farnmoor reservoir appears on the right, and the river enters a series of meanders.
33.5 miles - Pinkhill lock.
site and camping on the island. Toilets only. Eynsham, Witney, Oxon, OX8 1JH Tel: 01865 881452
34.5 miles – Swinford Toll Bridge J 1777.
Painting by Doug Myers. Click here for more
5p per car.
35 miles - Eynsham Lock
here at the Lock. Swinford Bridge, Eynsham, Oxon, OX8 1BY. Tel: 01865 881324
36 miles - River Evenlode joins left. Camping at Cassington Mill Caravan Park, Eynsham Rd Cassington. OX8 1DB. Tel: 01865 881081. About ½ mile up the river Evenlode
37 miles - The King’s lock cut R.
37.5 miles - King’s Lock
Camping on the island. Toilets and water tap only. Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, Oxon, OX2 8PY. Tel: 01865 553403
38.25 miles – A34 Oxford bypass bridge 1961
38.5 miles - Godstow Bridge 1792.
38.5 miles - Godstow Lock
39 miles- Port meadow left.
The famous Binsey poplars. Click here to read more
40 miles - Medley footbridge
40.5 miles - Junction with Oxford canal
40.75 – Osney Bridge 1888.
41 miles - Osney Lock
41.25 miles - Osney railway bridges adjacent 1850 and 1887
41.5 miles - Road bridge
41.6 miles - Footbridge 1886
42 miles - Folly Bridge 1827, carries the A4144
The mile and a half to Iffley lock, initially with Christchuch meadow on the left, is the main rowing and punting stretch. For a week in late May it is the site of the college "bumping races". Every fine day the river is full of lovers punting, and walkers and cyclists on the tow path.
43 miles – Donnington Road bridge 1962.
Campsite on left bank of river 50yds below the bridge. Tel Salter Brothers 01865 243421 office hours. Otherwise just pull up and camp. Rather a basic town site. Don’t leave valuables unattended.
Camping also at 22nd Oxford Sea Scouts Meadow Lane, Donnington Bridge Road, Oxford OX4 4BJ Tel: 01865 778459. The site is just beside the river but only available to scout and youth groups, and with pre-booking.
43.5 miles - Iffley lock
43.75 miles - Isis Bridge A423 1960
44 miles - Kennington railway bridge 1923
Camping at Oxford Camping
International. All facilities. 1/2 mile up the Hinksey stream. This
enters the river right just above the railway bridge. 426
Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4XN Tel: 01865 246551
Also Oxford Camping & Caravanning Club site. 1/4 mile above Sandford lock on left bank. Tel: 01865 244088
45 miles - Sandford Lock
47 miles - Radley College boathouse right
48.5 miles – Nuneham Railway Bridge, 1929
49.5 miles - Abingdon lock
50.5 miles – Abingdon Bridge, 1416
River Ock enters right
51 miles - Abingdon marina right
51.5 miles Culham cut
52 miles - Culham cut footbridge
52.5 miles - Culham lock
52.5 miles - Sutton bridge 1811
Sutton Courtney is half a mile down the road right.
53.6 miles - Appleford railway bridge 1929
54.75 miles - Clifton cut footbridge
55 miles - Clifton Lock
Paddle back up the weir stream about half a mile to the Plough Inn at Long Wittenham.
55.5 miles - Clifton Hampden Bridge, 1867.
Land just below the bridge on the right.
Camping at Bridge House Caravan Site, Bridge House, Clifton Hampden, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3EH Tel: 01865 407725. The famous Barley Mow pub, mentioned by Jerome K Jerome, is just down the road.
58 miles - Day’s Lock
Camping here on the island. Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RD Tel: 01865 407768
58.1 miles - Little Wittenham (Day’s) footbridge 1870
58.9 miles - The river Thame joins left.
60.5 miles - Shillingford Bridge, 1827
61.75 miles - Benson Waterfront Camping left bank. Benson, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 6SJ Tel 01491 838304. Friendly, clean, cheap site. Perfect.
62 miles - Benson Lock
63.25 miles - Riverside Caravan and camping 1/4 mile above Wallingford Bridge on R bank. Tel 01491 838304
Howberry Park left. Home of Jethro Tull (1674-1741), inventor of the seed drill and author of The New Horse-Hoeing Husbandry (1731). Now home to the Institute of Hydrology.
Camping Riverside Park, The Street. Wallingford Tel 01491 835232
63.5 miles - Wallingford Bridge c1750
Bridge Villa Caravan and Camping International. The Street, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8HB. Tel: 01491 836860
64 miles - Winterbrook bridge 1993
64.5 miles - Carmel College left.
66 miles – The Ridgeway path joins the left bank here and with minor detours follows the tow path until it crosses and leaves the river at Goring.
66.5 miles – Moulsford Railway Bridge. Brunel 1839.
67 miles – Beetle and Wedge pub right.
68 miles - Leather Bottle pub left.
68.5 miles - Cleeve Lock
69 miles - Goring Lock and Goring and Streatley bridge (1923) just downstream.
70.25 miles – Gatehampton Railway Bridge Brunel 1839
71.5 Child Beale Wildlife Park right.
72 miles - Coombe Park left.
73 miles - Whitchurch Lock
73.25 miles – Whitchurch Toll Bridge J 1902. Cars 10p
Painting by Doug Myers. Click here for more.
Land right in the meadow after the bridge. Public car park.
75.5 miles - Mapledurham Lock
77 miles - Poplar island followed by Appletree Eyot.
77.9 miles - St Mary's Island. River usually busy with rowing boats from here to Caversham bridge.
Reading rowing club is 150 yards above Caversham bridge on the right. Landing and public car park.
79 miles Caversham Bridge 1926
79.25 miles - Fry’s island.
79.5 miles Reading bridge 1923
80 miles - Caversham Lock
80.5 miles - Junction with Kennet river right. Access to Kennet and Avon canal.
82.25 miles - Sonning Lock
82.5 miles – Sonning Bridge c1775
The Great House hotel is on the right bank.
84 miles - St Patrick's stream leaves the river right, initially cutting sharply backwards.
85.5 miles - Shiplake Lock
85.75 miles - Shiplake Railway Bridge 1897
86 miles - River bends left followed by island. Main channel left.
88 miles - Marsh Lock
89 miles - Henley Bridge 1786
Farm International Camping. 400 yards from river on left bank. All
facilities. Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 2HY
Tel: 01491 573419
91 miles - Hambledon Lock
91.5 miles – Site of disused ferry.
92 miles - Culham Court right.
92.5 miles. Islands. Main channel left but better canoeing right.
93.25 miles - Land left for Medmenham village, just before Medmenham Abbey. Site of disused ferry. 0.5 mile to Dog and Badger.
93.5 miles - Islands. Main channel left but better canoeing right.
94 miles - Land at slipway right for Hurley Caravan and Camping Park Estate Office, Hurley Farm, Hurley, Berks SL6 5NE. Tel: 01628 823501 A big site. Rather over regulated for most canoeists tastes but good facilities. They like you to book.
94.8 Hurley weir left.
The experts say this is the best. Click here for The Thames Weir Project. Info on all canoeable Thames weirs.
94.9 miles - Hurley upper lock cut footbridge
95 miles - Hurley Lock
Camping on the island. Mill Lane, Hurley, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 5ND Tel: 01628 824334.
Hurley lower lock cut footbridge
95.4 miles – Temple Footbridge 1989
95.5 miles - Temple Lock
97.25 miles - - Marlow Bridge 1832
97.5 miles - Marlow Lock
97.75 miles – Marlow by pass bridge A404 1972
98 miles - Camping at Longridge Scout Boating Centre, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1RE Tel: 01628 483252. Scout and youth groups only and booking essential.
100 miles - Bourne End Railway (1895) and Footbridge (1998). Adjacent.
101.25 miles – Cookham Bridge 1867
101.4 miles - Cookham lock cut footbridge
101.5 miles - Cookham Lock
Cliveden House (1862) and Park left bank.
103.5 miles - Boulter’s Lock
Access - Land right 50 yards above the lock. Car park across the road.
104.5 miles - Maidenhead Bridge 1777
104.6 miles – Maidenhead Railway Bridge 1839, Brunel.
Waterside Inn right. Three star Michelin restaurant run by celebrity chef Michel Roux.
105.5 miles - Bray Lock
106 miles - M4 Bridge 1961
Amerden Caravan and Camping Site. Old Marsh Lane, Dorney Reach, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 0EE Tel: 01628 627461. Left bank
106.25 miles - Monkey island and Monkey Island hotel.
106.5 miles - Island.
Summerleaze footbridge 1992.
108.1 miles - Sharp left bend followed by entrance to the Race Course yacht basin on right.
109 miles - Boveney Lock
Windsor race course right.
110 miles- Windsor bypass A332 1966
110.25 miles – Windsor Railway Bridge 1849
The castle comes in view on the right bank. Land right above Windsor bridge.
110.5 miles - Windsor Bridge 1824
Closed to cars J.
111 miles - Romney Lock.
Eton college left.
111.25 miles - Black Pott's Railway Bridge 1892
112 miles - Victoria Bridge 1928
Windsor Home Park right. No landing between Victoria and Albert bridges.
113.5 miles- Albert Bridge 1967
113.75 miles - Old Windsor Lock Cut (Ham) Bridge
114 miles - Old Windsor lock
115 miles - Bells of Ousely pub right.
115.5 miles - Magna Carta island. Runnymede right.
117 miles - Bell Weir (Egham) Lock
117.5 miles – Runnymede (A30 & M25) Bridges (side by side) 1961 & 1983
118 miles - Staines Bridge 1832
120 miles - Penton Hook Lock
120.5 miles - Laleham village left. Mathew Arnold is buried in the 18th century church.
121 miles - Laleham Camping Club Left bank. Laleham Park, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 1SS. Tel: 01932 564149
121.75 miles – M3 bridge 1971
122 miles - Chertsey Lock
122.25 miles - Chertsey bridge 1785
Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Right bank. Bridge Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8JX Tel: 01932 562405.
124 miles - Shepperton Lock
Confluence with river Wey right. Weybridge right with Brooklands car racing museum and race track behind.
124.25 miles - Desborough cut right. Better and longer canoeing down the old river course left.
126 miles – Walton “Temporary” bridge 1954 and Walton Bridge 19th century adjacent
127.25 miles - Sunbury lock cut bridge.
127.5 miles - Sunbury Lock
129 miles - Platt's Eyot
129.2 miles - Westel-Thames canoe club and Bell Inn left. George Kenton's ferry.
130.5 miles - Molesey Lock
130.75 miles Hampton Court Bridge 1933
131 miles- Hampton Court Palace left, and the maze where Harris, one of the Three Men in a Boat, got hopelessly lost along with 20 followers and a keeper. River Mole enters right.
131.5 miles Thames Ditton island. Old Swan Hotel right.
133.5 miles - Kingston Bridge 1828. Widened 1914 & 2001
133.75 miles – Kingston Railway Bridge 1863
135.4 miles - Teddington lock cut bridge
135.5 miles - Teddington Lock
Tidal limit. Griff Rhys-Jones bumped into some social workers. Click here.
Thanks to Tim O'Connor and Paul Jordan for updating information.
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