Great pubs to stay at whilst exploring the Thames Path
12 April 2019
Whether you are considering a two-week walking holiday or just a weekend out on the footpaths, have you thought about walking some or all of the Thames Path? The Thames Path follows England’s best known river for 184 miles from its source in a meadow in the Cotswolds hills (aptly known as Thames Head), all the way to the Thames Barrier in Woolwich just a few miles from the sea.
The journey takes you through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historical towns such as Marlow and Henley-on-Thames and the cities of Oxford and London. Whether you choose to walk from West to East or East to West, there are a myriad of famous sites along the way – the walks are well documented and can be walked in easy sections, so take time to explore the wonderful surroundings and then rest and refuel at one of the excellent pubs with rooms along the route. For details on the exact walking routes, visit the National Trail website.
Where to stay along the Thames Path, West to East
Just a few miles from the source of the River Thames situated by the green in pretty Meysey Hampton, you will find the thriving community hub of the Masons Arms. Expect a simple, stylish interior, cool contemporary rooms, good modern pub food, and a big genuine welcome – an ideal base for walking the upper reaches of the Thames Path.
There can be no better way to enter the City of Dreaming Spires than on the Thames Path and although there are a myriad of choices as to where to stay, The Head of the River must surely boast the best location in Oxford with its stunning Thames-side frontage, the views of Folly Bridge, the fabulous alfresco dining area, and its beautifully refurbished rooms.
The Miller of Mansfield – Goring on Thames, Oxfordshire
In the pretty riverside village of Goring-on-Thames, just an amble from the Thames Path, you will find the Miller of Mansfield – expect sublime cooking and funky rooms with a wow factor at Nick and Mary Galer’s (former team members of Heston Blumenthal’s exceptional Fat Duck Group) informal modern-day inn. Also a great base to explore The Ridgeway.
Close to the end of the Thames Path, this historic gem in the shadow of the O2 is a true reminder of Greenwich’s amazing seafaring history. Offering great beers, delicious pub food, a super summer terrace and fabulous rooms that promise dreams of the high seas, you’ll be glad you washed up here!
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