To explore nature and history along the River Thames basin...while having fun in the process with like minded people. Using a barge to travel upstream and as a base we will be kayaking, cycling or just walking to explore the surrounding landscapes and historical places...and pubs! Three men and a boat...sound familiar? No particular skills needed, just a passion for being on the water. Boats and water have been my passion since I was a teenager, Thames and it's history and nature have become part of my pet project that I'm slowly turning into my main business.
The plan would be a 3 to 5 days leisure trip by barge. With a final destination agreed, every morning we will set a target destination for the day such as a particular landmark or estate of historical interest. Also there will be plenty of occasions for other stops to visit villages and pubs along the route.
Starting from Walton on Thames and depending on the group preference and time available we will reach Windsor, Henley on Thames, Reading or even Oxford. Nature and scenery along the river is stunning and all along there are many historical places and small villages where we will be able to immerse ourselves in the true rural England. We will enjoy a real canal boating experience were everybody will learn a lot about the lifestyle, the boats, the handling of the locks and the River Thames itself.
The boat Agnetha The boat is a luxury wide-beam canal boat fitted to a very high standard with the most up to date systems for on-board comfort and safety. A 1200 litres water tank will make sure that showers will never be too short! The accommodation includes 4 berths. Two inflatable kayaks are stored on board and can be used free of charge. Folding bikes can also be carried on board free of charge and will be very useful when visiting places away from the boat. We can hire more kayaks and folding bike, just get in touch to check.
What I’ll provide Coffes, Cappuccinos, teas, Danish Pastries, fruit, snacks and soft drinks throughout the day. There are two kayaks and safety gear on board free to use, more can be hired. Also we can hire and transport folding bikes.
Extras At cost and depending on preferences we will stock food for the galley. Stops at pubs and restaurants are extra. With enough notice we will provide at cost tickets for venues/events you/your group intend to attend. Occasional cost of marinas for overnight stay.
What will see Just a few headlines to give you a taste of what to expect...Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII residence, where out trip will start followed almost immediately by The Astoria Houseboat, Pink Floyd's recording studio. Then at Runnimede the Magna Carta Monument, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial and 'Writ in Water' a major architectural artwork by Mark Wallinger, in collaboration with Studio Octopi, provides a new immersive space for contemplation and reflection at Runnymede. Windsor Castle, Henley's Stonor Park and the River & Rowing Museum, recognised by the Times as one of the top 50 Museums in the world, then the village of Goring and George Michael riverside residence, then Oxford.
What to bring Soft luggage bag that can easily disappear into lockers. A folding bike, if you have one, will be carried on board free of charge. Comfortable walking shoes and sandals or boat shoes when on deck . (No shoes are allowed below deck). A guitar if you can play or sing!!! Recipes book?
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ This is a multiple days Experience, the cost per day is £610 (152pp x day) This includes whole boat with 4 guests sharing, skipper, diesel, Continental Breakfast and snacks throughout the day. Pub meal/drinks are extra. At cost we will stock the galley with food. You'll be expected to join in with the day to day running of the boat and communal areas. All trips will return to the starting point. For tours ending at a location different from the boat base (Walton on Thames) a surcharge will apply to cover the cost of returning the boat to base.
Date on this page are purely indicative. Please let's discuss dates you have in mind. Please contact me before booking on 44 07871 237447 - Luigi