Thames Path & The Chilterns

3 Nights in UK
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Solos Board

What can you expect

Two fully exclusive guided walks

Explore the delights of the Thames & Chilterns

River Thames

The longest and most iconic waterway in England

The White Hart Hotel

Experience a traditional 16th century coaching inn

"Chocolate box" villages

Discover ancient historic towns & villages

About the trip

This wonderful fully guided Solos walking break explores the beautiful Oxfordshire Thames Path and Chiltern Way. Staying in a delightful 16th Century coaching inn, situated in the charming and historic village of Dorchester on Thames makes this a perfect way to experience some of England’s finest countryside.

 

Grade Easy to Medium

What's Included

  • Room for Sole use
  • Solos Board - Breakfast & evening meal daily with ½ bottle of wine
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 2 guided exclusive walks including transfers
  • Experienced Blue Badge walking guide
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Itinerary

  • Arrive & Check In
  • “Abbey to Abbey” Abingdon to Dorchester
  • Goring – Thames Path & the Chiltern Way
  • Departure Day

Extras

  • Insurance click here
  • Lunches

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive & Check-In

Check-in to hotel, meet our tour leader, fellow Solos guests for the welcome drink and enjoy our first evening meal.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

“Abbey to Abbey” Abingdon to Dorchester

After breakfast we make a short coach journey to the quaint historic market town of Abingdon. Nestled by the River Thames, the town dates back to the Saxon era and holds claim to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in England. We start our walk next to the former County Hall and pass the impressive gateway to its former abbey, once one of the richest in the country.  We cross the river Thames and start to follow its path, soon discovering the junction with the former Wilts and Berks Canal and the grade 2 listed Old Culham Bridge. We follow the old course of the river into Sutton Courtenay, a former royal manor where in the churchyard we will discover the burial sites of a former Prime Minister and a well-known author. We rejoin the Thames Path and follow the trail past a lock to Clifton Hampden Bridge. Here we have a late lunch in the adjacent pub interestingly mentioned in Jerome K Jerome’s novel “Three Men in a Boat”.

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DAY 3

Goring – Thames Path & the Chiltern Way

Today we take our coach for the start of today’s walk to the delightful riverside town of Goring On Thames, the former home to George Michael.  Our route initially follows the Chiltern Way ascending away from the town with fantastic views across to the Goring Gap, where the River Thames forced its way through the hills 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Our route alternates between glorious farmland and beech woodland of which the Chiltern beechwoods are famous for their former role in furniture-making. Today their broad canopies provide dappled shade if sunny and a vast umbrella if wet.  We will almost certainly hear, if not see, a variety of wildlife including those magnificent birds of prey, the red kites, which were re-introduced to the area nearby. Our route drops down to the village of Whitchurch with its wooden-framed church tower and a toll-bridge crossing the Thames.  We will stop here for lunch in one of two pubs in the village.

 

 

 

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DAY 4

Departure Day

After a leisurely breakfast, check out and perhaps have a final wander around delightful Dorchester on Thames before heading home.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

The White Hart

Originally a 16th century coaching inn, this charming hotel situated in the “chocolate box” village of Dorchester on Thames retains all the character of the old inn with modern amenities making the hotel a perfect accompaniment to our beautiful Oxfordshire walking break.

Facilities Include

Facilities include characterful restaurant, traditional bar and bar area with slate floors open fire and ancient beams, complimentary wi-fi, free car parking

Room Includes

The comfortable individually designed rooms include en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, hospitality tray, telephone, hairdryer, freeview flat screen TV and complimentary WiFi

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 6 °C 1 °C
March 9 °C 2 °C
April 11 °C 3 °C
May 15 °C 6 °C
June 18 °C 9 °C
July - August 20 °C 11 °C
September 17 °C 9 °C
October 14 °C 7 °C
November 9 °C 3 °C
December 7 °C 2 °C

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