Thames source to sea (Organised holiday) Cycling Route

Route Name:Thames source to sea (Organised holiday)
Distance: miles (km)114.74 (184.65)
Duration: (hh:mm)
County/Region:Gloucestershire
Start Location:Ewan
End Location:London
Description
This route is taken from one of our organised holidays - click here to see the tour
 
1. DAY ONE
 
EWEN
Arrive in the village of Ewen close to Cirencester A warm welcome awaits you at the cosy inn where your host will meet you in the afternoon with your cycling equipment. Take a short ride if you wish to the source of the Thames River and its headstone for a photo call to mark the start of your adventure. You may like to see nearby Cirencester too, capital of the Cotswolds before returning to your hotel.
 
Optional 6 miles (10 km) or 10 miles (16 km)
 
2. DAY TWO
 
EWEN TO AN OXFORDSHIRE VILLAGE
Today's route is through the rural meadows of the Upper Thames area where the river begins as barely a trickle. Following country lanes and sections of the river path reach Cricklade, a well preserved Saxon town and Lechlade with its moored boats and antique shops. Your overnight stop is not far away in a small village inn.
 
36.5 miles (58 km)
 
3. DAY THREE
 
CLANFIELD TO OXFORD
Before reaching Oxford the Thames flows through a remote and agricultural area with pretty hamlets and ancient inns. Weather permitting, you may be able to cross the river at the only ford on the Thames. Then cycle at the waters edge all the way into the heart of historic Oxford where you will stay for the next 2 nights.
 
28 miles (45 km)
 
4. DAY FOUR
 
OXFORD
The famous university town is packed with history from its 13th Century colleges to the wharfes and pubs associated with countless writers and films. Take in fine museums and unique shops or try your hand at punting!
 
5. DAY FIVE
 
OXFORD TO AN OXFORDSHIRE VILLAGE
Criss cross the Thames today and discover forgotten rural scenes and a string of ancient market towns. Discover the ancient abbey in Abingdon or take tea in lovely Dorchester. Your overnight stop is in a rustic inn at the heart of a riverside hamlet
 
28 miles (45 km)
 
6. DAY SIX
 
AN OXFORDSHIRE VILLAGE TO MARLOW
Follow the river today through the picturesque Chiltern Hills. There are some slopes on the quiet lanes but there are also wonderful views and woods as well as flat Thames towpath and pretty bridleways. Cycle through the delightful riverside town of Henley with its weirs and old mill before reaching Thameside Marlow.
 
30 miles (48 km)
 
7. DAY SEVEN
 
MARLOW TO WINDSOR
Leave the riverside scene for a short while and enjoy quaint villages and country lanes before meeting the Thames again near Windsor. Cycle through the heart of Eton and across the river into Windsor where you will stay the night, almost adjacent to the castle. Now is a wonderful opportunity to explore this historic castle and royal home with its dramatic riverside setting.
 
20 miles (32 km)
 
8. DAY EIGHT
 
WINDSOR TO OLD SHEPPERTON
There is a wonderful ride into Windsor Great Park if you want a little extra cycling; you will be rewarded with expansive views of London and a different glimpse of royal life. Then head off along the river towards Hampton Court passing houseboats and villas, famous islands and pretty lock cottages, Your riverside hotel is in an old village square.
 
14 or 31 miles (22 or 50 km)
 
9. DAY NINE
 
OLD SHEPPERTON TO LONDON
Cycle beside the Thames almost all day and enjoy the royal history so prevalent along the banks of the river. Take in the palaces at Hampton Court, Richmond and Kew, the famous Botanical Gardens and the fine houses on the waterfront at Richmond. The route leads you almost traffic free past the Houses of Parliament to your hotel in the heart of London.
 
32 miles (51 km)
 
10. DAY TEN
 
LONDON TO GREENWICH
Ride east towards the sea and unravel the layers of history that have built up over two centuries beside the River Thames. Take in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind, the Tower of London and the atmosphere of the old wharfs of London's docks. Enjoy a traffic - free route to the historic maritime centre of Greenwich and to the Thames Barrier where your adventure finally ends. Reward yourself with a lazy boat trip back upstream to your hotel for a second night.
 
15 miles (24km)
 
11. DAY ELEVEN
DEPART LONDON
Enjoy London and depart at your leisure. Your cycling equipment will be collected from your hotel.
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Please note: All routes are intended as a guide only, please consult relevant website or official route map for precise details.
Nearby Accommodation
Self Catering
Whitminster House CottagesWhitminster House Wheatenhurst / Whitminster Gloucestershire , GL2 7PN
Hostel
YHA St Briavels CastleSt Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6RG, GL15 6RG
Self Catering
Deanwood HolidaysDeanwood House, Yorkley Wood Road, Yorkley, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4TY
Hostel
YHA Stow On The WoldThe Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1AF, GL54 1AF