THE THAMES

Challenge 

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Thames Challenge 

28th July - 3rd August 

Join us for a "paddle" down the Thames, taking in all the history of this beautiful river! Visit world famous sites including: Oxford University, Eton College, Henley-on-Thames, Hampton Court Palace, and London's iconic bridges and towers. And not forgetting the 115 Miles, 62 bridges and 36 locks the Thames has to offer!!! 

Highlights 

  • 6 days rowing 

  • Rowing through the centre of London

  • Trips around Palaces, Schools and Castles. 

  • Planned meals included 

  • Full back-up team, so no need to carry anything with you. 

  • Row Tours tour kit 

THE COURSE

Daily Details

Day 1 - Oxford  
Meeting in the historical University City of Oxford, we will have a wander around this beautiful city and tour the second oldest university in the world. You will then punt down the river and have a welcome meal at a water-side restaurant. 
 
Day 2 - Oxford to Dorchester-on-Thames (30k)
Taking to the water, we will make our way through Foley bridge and onto our challenge winding our way through the Oxfordshire countryside, passing boat houses with famous names and little towns on the river. We will stop for lunch in Abingdon and take in Clifton House before making our way to Dorchester-on-Thames; a quaint town on the river.
 
Day 3 - Dorchester on Thames - Pangbourne  (20k)
After a hearty breakfast we will hit the water and again wind our way through the bridges and many locks, stopping at Goring-on-Thames for Lunch. Once in Pangbourne we will have a relax and a fine meal at the renowned Elephant restaurant.
 
Day 4 Pangbourne - Henley on Thames  (25k)
Once up, we will take to the river again rowing through the lock and off towards Reading. Rowing on from Reading we will stop in lovely Sonning-on-Thames for lunch. After our bellies are full, we will push to the home of rowing, the famous Henley-on-Thames! After a quick spin on the course we will get out and enjoy a good meal in a local pub!
 
Day 5 Henley-on-Thames - Eton (34k)
Back on the World Famous course we will make our way down a bigger river stoping in Marlow for a coffee break and Maidenhead for lunch. We will pass by the 2012 Olympic Course at Dorney lake before coming into the beautiful town of Eton. We will have dinner in an old pub in the wall of Windsor Castle.  
Day 6 Eton - Hampton Court (33k)
Rowing out of Eton we will row past the famous school and then the castle grounds.  The locks get fewer as we make it further down the river so rowing becomes easier. We will stop by the river in Chertsey for lunch, pulling into Hampton Court in time to visit the Palace . Staying the night on the river we will get ourselves prepared for a big day. 
 
Day 7 Hampton Court - London (40k)
Leaving Hampton Court as many a Royal has done we will hit our last lock of the trip in Teddington, then on to the big Thames for real. Rowing on the quick tide we will progress quickly, rowing through Richmond-on-Thames and then onto the University boat race course. Once past the university we are on our way to the big city rowing under the famous bridges and getting a unique view of all the famous landmarks. Ending our journey at the London gateway of Tower bridge. 

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