Section 1: Introduction


Meet at Barnsley railway station in the Cotswolds, and transfer to the beautiful Barnsley House Hotel. Well gather for our Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner, with time to explore the famous gardens, designed by Rosemary Verey.


Leaving the sanctuary of our rural retreat, walk through meadows and woodlands to arrive in idyllic Bibury just in time for a pub lunch. Afterward, we head to Cirencester, the largest town in Britain during Roman times. There are options to explore the towns Roman past or wander into a remote Gloucestershire meadow in search of the source of the Thames. Well return to the hotel with time to enjoy the wonderful facilities before dinner.


Heres a fun day for any fan of British writers and TV, starting with a downriver walk to Downton Abbeys Bampton, a charming (and not at all fictional) market village comprising 16th and 17th-century houses and cottages. The village lies close to the Thames, which well follow out of town toward Oxford for lunch at The Trout, a pub known to be a favorite of the writers Colin Dexter (˜Inspector Morse) and Lewis Carroll (˜Alice in Wonderland). See Oxfords famous spires as we approach from historic Port Meadow. Watch out for the grazing horses!


Oxford, so steeped in history. Walking from the hotel, we stop to visit the medieval church of St Mary The Virgin, its provenance dating from the 11th century, then tour magnificent Christchurch College, famous for educating 13 British prime ministers, 6 Olympic medalists, and William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. Lunch is in the serene setting of Cherwell boathouse, where we board punts, those famous flat-bottomed boats, and glide peacefully through the countryside.


Todays walk begins in Sonning, described as the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river. Well follow a route well-loved by locals to Henley-on-Thames, stopping along the way to learn about the river and Henleys rowing traditions at the rowing museum. This is the spot that inspired ˜Wind in the Willows, one of Englands best-loved childrens stories. Walk on into Henley and explore the town before arriving at our next hotel.


The Thames footpath leads to Hambleden Lock, a picturesque and popular filming location for movies and TV. From here well float upon the Thames most of the way to Cliveden, where well spend the day exploring the estates glorious gardens. Farewell Dinner at our hotel.


After breakfast, The Wayfarers can transfer you to either Reading Rail station or Heathrow Airport.
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(Single Supplement $765.00)
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From Jul 15 to Jul 21 (more dates)
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Walk Culture
Thames River July 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Barnsley House Hotel

Barnsley House Hotel

Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

Hotel du Vin

Hotel du Vin

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