- Starts: Mondays, from Ewen near Cirencester
- Finishes: London
- Ewen is a short taxi ride from the mainline station of Kemble which is 1.25 hours from Paddington, London.
Day 1: Ewen. Arrive in the village of Ewen in the Cotswolds. Take a short ride if you wish to the source of the Thames River and its headstone. Spend the night in an ancient inn.
Day 2: Ewen/Clanfield, 38 miles (61 km). Cycle through the rural meadows of the Upper Thames area Following country lanes and sections of the river path to reach Cricklade, a well preserved Saxon town and Lechlade. Your overnight stop is in a 16th Century village inn.
Day 3: Clanfield/Oxford, 28 miles (45 km). Follow the river to Oxford 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.
Day 4: Oxford. A day out of the saddle to explore Oxford.
Day 5: Oxford/Oxfordshire village, 28 miles (45 km). Cross the Thames to discover forgotten rural scenes, ancient Abingdon and lovely Dorchester. Your overnight stop is in a rustic inn at the heart of a riverside hamlet.
Day 6: An Oxfordshire village/Marlow, 30 miles (48 km). Follow the river today through the picturesque Chiltern Hills to Henley with its weirs and old mill before reaching Thameside Marlow.
Day 7: Marlow/Windsor, 20 miles (32 km). Enjoy old villages before cycling through the heart of Eton and exploring Windsor castle. Backwaters, locks and wildlife still abound.
Day 8: Windsor/Old Shepperton, 32 miles (51 km). Enjoy the royal history and palaces at Hampton Court, Richmond, Kew and Westminster. The route leads you almost traffic free past the Houses of Parliament to your riverside hotel beside the London Eye and Westminster Bridge.
Day 9: Old Shepperton/London, 32 miles (51 km). 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 riverside hotel beside the London Eye and Westminster Bridge.
Day 10: London/Greenwich, 15 miles (24 km). 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 Theater, 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 center 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.
Day 11: Departure.
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