THAMES CRUISE TO MARLOW VIA HENLEY ON THAMES

 

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You can do this route from :
Caversham.

Caversham

Berkshire

 

Take a cruise on the Thames and visit lovely villages like Sonning and the re-nowned towns of Henley on Thames and Marlow.

Henley is a fine market town and the main street runs down to the River Thames. The famous Henley Regetta is held in the 1st week of July. There is a River and rowing museum just outside Henley. Exhibits include the worlds oldest rowing boat.
Also in Henley is Fawley Court which was designed by Wren & built in 1684, with grounds by Capability brown. It has a library with various documents of the Polish monarchy and Polish militaria.

Marlows residents have included Thomas Love Peacock, Jerome K. Jerome, T.S. Eliot and Mary Shelley who finished her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while living in the town.

The vibrant Georgian market town is made up of historic streets and an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bistros all adding to the town’s unique charm.

The towns most famous landmark is the suspension bridge which spans the River Thames and joins the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 12.00 hours

Total Distance : 34.00 miles

Number of Locks : 7

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Passing the large water filled gravel pits on your left, you will soon reach Sonning Lock.

Lock keepers on the Thames are generally available between 9am and 6pm during the summer season and take their lunch 1-2pm. The lock keepers are there to help you through the locks and also to maintain the lock site and facilities and operating the weir. If they are not available they will display a blue ‘self-service’ sign. When this is displayed there will be operating instructions provided.

At Sonning Bridge use the central arch and go slowly.

The Village, which lies back from the River, is a pretty meticulously preserved village & has a PO, stores, pubs and cafe. There is mooring beyond Sonning Bridge see link below for details.

The Great house Hotel lies beside the Thames , with fine gardens and lawns, one dining room is 700 years old, and the main bar is a beamed room with stone fireplace, the Ferryman's Bar has a choice of real ales and meals, there are also moorings here.

The river continues weaving its way through a series of islands to Shiplake lock.

Beyond Marsh Lock the famous rowing town of Henley on Thames is reached. There is mooring before and after Henley bridge see link below for details .

This is a good place to moor up for the night, it is nearly 3 hours cruising to here.

Henley has an attractive waterfront, many moored boats and resident swans.

Henley is a fine market town and the main street runs down to the River Thames. The famous Henley Regetta is held in the 1st week of July. There is a River and rowing museum just outside Henley. Exhibits include the worlds oldest rowing boat see website.

Also in Henley is Fawley Court which was designed by Wren & built in 1684, with grounds by Capability brown. It has a library with various documents of the Polish monarchy and Polish militaria.


Alternatively if you did not leave the marina until later and want a closer mooring, after a couple of hours from leaving Caversham you will reach the Wargrave moorings at Lower Shiplake:


Wargrave overlooks the Thames, and the striking Woodclyffe Hall in the High Street was often visited by the novelist Henry Kingsley. The Church here was burnt down in 1914 by the suffragettes. There are 3 pubs in this small town.


Day 2

Leaving Henley the River passes Hambleden (moorings) and Hurley, a small village that has a couple of pubs.

At Marlow you will see the elegant white Marlow suspension bridge with the lock just beyond. There are moorings before the bridge,see the link below.

This part of the Thames is very popular for sailing so watch out for all the pleasure craft.

Marlow is without a doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames, set amongst the rich meadows of the river valley and alongside the woodlands of the Chiltern Hills.

The vibrant Georgian market town is made up of historic streets and an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bistros all adding to the town’s unique charm.

The towns most famous landmark is the suspension bridge which spans the River Thames and joins the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

The bridge was designed by William Tierney Clark and first opened in 1832. Marlow has always been known as a fashionable riverside resort and attracted many famous people to the area.

Residents of the town have included Thomas Love Peacock, Jerome K. Jerome, T.S. Eliot and Mary Shelley who finished her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while living in the town.

Marlow is also home to one of Britain’s most premier rowing clubs which has produced many Olympic oarsmen including Sir Steve Redgrave whose statue stands in Higginson Park.

Dine at The Hand & Flowers, the first gastropub to hold two Michelin stars, located on West Street. Choose one of the award-winning beers brewed locally in Marlow Bottom by the Rebellion Beer Company

Enjoy a tour of the Rebellion Brewery on the first Tuesday night of the month

Take a walk in the award winning Higginson Park. Set in 23 acres of lawn beside the River Thames and Thames Path the park has a great facilities for all the family to enjoy including a large playground, cafes, skate park, a brick in grass maze, mini golf (summer holidays only) and boat hire.

Walk the Thames Path from Higginson Park upstream to Temple or Hurley lock or downstream to Cookham or Bourne End.

Explore the wildlife and World War One training trenches at Marlow Common.

Marlow Town Regatta and Festival takes place every June featuring a traditional rowing regatta on the Saturday with a family fun, canoe regatta and dragon boat race competition on the Sunday.

It is 3 hours from Henley to here, so plenty of time to have a look around and moor for the night.

Day 3

Today and tomorrow cruise back to Caversham enjoying the wildlife and solitude.

 

NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.

Boats

The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Geanna (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Gema (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Georgia (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Gina (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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