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Two Day Canoe Trip – River Thames

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14th December 2017

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2 days 1 night
Availability : March - October
Henley-on-Thames to Windsor
Min Age : 8
Max People : 24

This self-guided canoe trip on the River Thames is a real adventure.

There is no easier, cheaper or funner way to Escape London for two days. During the canoe trip you’ll glide past woodland, pastures, pubs and villages as you will learn to navigate locks and have the chance to get back to nature whilst camping on an island in the Thames. 

If you live in or near London, you HAVE to experience this escape!

Your River Thames Canoe Trip

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Departure & Return

9:30 am – Henley Rowing Museum (Google Map)

4:00 pm – Windsor (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 2 days canoe hire (2 and 3 person open top canoes)
  • 2 days tent hire (for 1 night camping)
  • Campsite reservation (a beautiful campsite beside a lock keepers house and bridge, on an island in the Thames)
  • Adventure equipment (life jacket and one 30 litre dry bag per canoe)
  • Pre and during trip support

Price Excludes

  • Catering
  • Campsite and shower fee (£7.20 per tent and £2 per shower)
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat

This canoe trip is perfect for stags, hens, groups of friends, families and businesses.

Groups of friends

A perfect escape for birthdays, reunions, celebrations or just a chance to catch up. 


Grab the kids, cousins, uncles, aunts, parents…it’s time to spend some distraction free quality time together. 

Stag and Hens

Forget the planning and hassle. Escape on an exciting, unique and memorable weekend that everyone will enjoy. 


Escaping is great for your mind, body and business. Get in touch to discuss employee perks or team building.  


*This escape is also available for solo travellers (on scheduled escapes), school groups and dog owners. Please get in touch for more info. 

Thames Canoe Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Henley-on-Thames and paddle to Cookham Lock Campsite

Arrive at your start point (5 minutes walk from the train station) and familiarise yourself with your gear and route before getting on the river for an “all you need to know” session before heading off.

Set off downstream for a 5 hour paddle towards your evening campsite. Along the way you’ll have plenty of time to explore, have breaks, navigate 5 lock systems and stop off for a pub/packed lunch. You will most likely arrive in the late afternoon at your evening stop – a quaint, picturesque village. Your campsite is on an island in the middle of the thames, has basic facilities and is connected to the village by a bridge. The rest of the afternoon/evening can be spent exploring the local sights and eating and drinking in one of it’s many pubs or restaurants. After all that it’s time for bed.

Recommended Food Plan
Eat a big breakfast and take snacks (for both days), drinks and a packed lunch. In the evening head into Cookham for food at a local pub or restaurant – we recommend the Bel and Dragon, the White Oak or the Spice Merchant.

Day 2Paddle from Cookham Lock to Windsor

Wake up and either make yourself breakfast or trot back into the village for something from a café. Then jump back in your canoe for another 4-5 hour paddle downriver towards your final destination – Windsor. Take time along the way to soak in the sights and stop off at some historical and cultural sites of interest.

After lunch you’ll approach Windsor and will see a spectacular view of it’s castle before making your way to your endpoint. Sadly this is where your escape ends, but fear not, you now have time to spend a couple of hours exploring Windsor before heading back to London.

Recommended Food Plan
Head back into Cookham for breakfast (different options including the Bel and Dragon) then jump back into your canoe and head downstream. On the way you’ll pass a number of pubs/cafes – we recommend the Riverside Brasserie – but you could charge through to Windsor for a late Sunday lunch.

Total cost of catering for the whole trip should range between £30 – £50 (not including drinks).

River Thames Canoe Trip Map

Plan your travel to start here: Henley Rowing Museum (Google Map)


Do I need experience?

No – this canoe trip on the Thames is great for beginners all the way up to those who are experienced in canoeing. Before you set off you’ll get an short introductory session when you will learn the basics. You will be provided with a life jacket and clear instructions along with contact details that you can use if you have any questions during the trip.

What level of fitness do I need?

As long as you are in good health, can walk at least a mile and feel comfortable around water then you’re ready for this escape.

How can I get there?

From London get the 7:56am train from Paddington to Henley-on-Thames. From all other destinations arrive in Henley on Thames by 9:10am.

Drive to the end point in Windsor before being transferred back to the start point (please get in touch once booked to arrange – fees apply).

Can I book solo?

Yes! This mini-escape is perfect for those who are joining on their own. During your days out on the water and in the camp in the evening there will be plenty of time to bond and mingle with your co-adventurers. The small group size means that it shouldn’t take you long to get to know everyone in the group.

PLEASE NOTE: as this is a group trip we cannot promise that you’ll have your own tent, however we do always try and make sure that if you are sharing a tent that it is with somebody of the same gender. Once you’ve booked we will discuss this with you and make sure that you know exactly what the situation is and change it based on your preferences.

Please call to discuss further – 07802503387

Can groups book?

Yes – depending on the size of your group. We limit the size of groups booking onto the trip to 24 people. This trip is perfect for stags, hens, businesses, groups of friends and school groups. If you would like to book a private trip then please get in touch (07802 503 387 or email) and we’d be happy to book you onto any available weekend.

If you’re booking onto a scheduled date you need to be prepared to join in with the rest of those booked on and share in the collective adventure.

Can I tailor this trip?

You can upgrade to self-catered, B&B or Hotel level accommodation from £30 per person. You can also increase the length of the trip by starting higher up the river. Please get in touch to find out more.

Can families book?

As long as your children are older than 16 you can book onto this escape. We can book children as young as 8 onto the Thames Valley escape but you will need to book a private trip, interested? Please get in touch to discuss.

What shall I pack?

A sleeping bag.
A roll mat – if you want a better nights sleep.
Suitable clothing – we advise looking at the weather forecast before you go and planning accordingly. This could mean warm clothes for the evenings, waterproofs or a sunhat.
A torch – for finding your tent in the dark.
Snacks (we recommend taking a packed lunch for your first day)
Water/hydration – canoeing can be thirsty work.
Money – cash is useful on this trip (£10 should be fine).
A camera – so you can snap your amazing mini-adventure.

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Solo Traveller

Had such a great time this weekend exploring the river with great escapes and getting back to nature whilst still being so close to London. It was great to have the tent included and everything else fit nicely in the canoe: I haven\’t canoed in years and despite not being a natural, you do get the hang of it and being out on the water makes you feel so free. Thanks Paul for setting this up. Id definitely do this trip again with other friends, it was beautiful!

23rd August 2017

Jenny Hughes

Family Traveller

Had an amazing time on the Thames River escape paddling from Henley to Windsor a couple of weekends ago. Beautiful scenery, great company with a mixture of friends and others who\’d booked onto the trip, and fantastic food at a pub in Cookham where we stopped to camp. The trip was really well organised and this meant that we didn\’t need to worry about anything from start to finish-
just the paddling and having a good time! highly recommend this trip to anyone, particularly easy to get to for people in London/ the South West 😀

23rd August 2017

Charlotte Lucy Hall

Solo Traveller

Myself and 5 friends went on the canoeing escape last weekend and it was amazing from start to finish! The scenery is beautiful – it really is the perfect location for a paddle. Paul was extremely helpful and covered everything we needed to know before and during our trip. I’d definitely recommend it.

23rd August 2017

Bryn Stott

Solo Traveller

We had such a lovely weekend exploring the Upper Thames by canoe. Really well organised and great insider tips – we would have never have found the hidden island camp site! Even the restaurant recommendation was great! Mega thanks Rare Escapes!

23rd August 2017