Spend the early afternoon gliding along the River Thames on a new cruise from Goring Lock, heading upstream (in the direction of Oxford) and passing through Cleeve Lock. This trip sails through really rather hidden Thames beauty, giving a unique perspective on reaches of the river that are idyllic, unspoilt and off the beaten track.
This cruise will last approximately 2 hours and recreates one of the more traditional ways to spend an afternoon on the river, harking back to Victorian and Edwardian times. Travelling through stunning Thames countryside that has changed little with the passage of time, away from the rush of daily life and an opportunity to visit a stretch of the Thames less visited.
After leaving picture-postcard Goring (opposite the equally perfect Streatley) we will cruise up-river to Cleeve lock, itself somewhat hidden and then steam on, following the sweeping turns of the Thames passing the Withymead Nature Reserve, turning before Moulsford. This round trip will then retrace its steps providing vistas back towards the riverside villages as we explore the Thames.
This cruises lasts 2hours and the distance travelled upstream will depend on how long it takes to transit each lock. Departing at 1315 and returning at 1515. There will be a full bar with hot and cold drinks onboard with reserved table and steward service.
Departing from Caversham Pier this round trip cruise, with reserved table, steward service and cream tea, soon leaves the riverside homes of Caversham behind. Entering open countryside passing islands before arriving at Mapledurham. We transit through the lock and onwards to Pangbourne entering a new reach of the Thames.
From Mapledurham we will sail the unspoilt reach to Pangbourne Meadows turning just before Whitchurch Toll Bridge (which makes a good photo opportunity as it spans the river). From your reserved table or out on the foredeck there are great river views, the excitement of passing through a lock both up and downstream and glimpses of large manor houses. We travel through two quite different and interesting reaches with ever-changing entertainment on the river.
The steward and crew will serve cream tea which includes scones, Cornish clotted cream and jam*. Don't feel compelled to stay inside take the air on the foredeck and snap away with your camera out the window. The cruise departs Caversham Pier at 1400 and returns around 1700
*Our scones are baked fresh in an artisan bakery where nuts may be present thus we can not be 100% sure that no contact with nuts has taken place. If you would like vegan tea (alternative scones and cream) please indicate when purchasing tickets.
The perfect river trip to get some air, grab a moment on the river and see a mixture of riverside homes, countryside and the Thames as it passes through Reading. Moving at a relaxed pace you have plenty of time for refreshments on board as you watch the wildlife pass as the boat glides along the Thames.
Our 45-minute trip takes you out of Reading, along The Warren and through the narrows. There’s river life in abundance and even the chance of seeing kingfishers and herons. Please note that on occasion if the river is flowing with a heavy stream we may need to alter the course of our river trips. The trip length will remain unchanged but the exact route may differ. This is a perfect cruise for those that fancy a taster, with plenty to see but leaving lots more for you to experience on one of our other trips. There’s a fully-stocked bar onboard.
Enjoy a traditional roast Sunday Lunch on the river. Join us for a relaxing cruise on the river as you are served lunch, freshly prepared, locally sourced and homemade by the passionate chefs from 3 Love Food. Traditional, great food served in a stunning setting as we meander through Wind in the Willows country
Sit back and enjoy lunch served to you, enjoy a drink from our onboard bar and carefully matched wine list and spend 3 hours on the river with a two-course homemade roast lunch. The chefs are passionate about the local ingredients they use and this is a real treat for you, family and friends. Sunday Lunch is a social occasion, you will have a table reserved for your group and are welcome to enjoy the open foredeck for a pre-lunch drink.
We will slip our mooring lines in Caversham at 1300. You are welcome to board from 12.30 and the fully stocked bar will be open for a pre-lunch drink. There are open decks on all our vessels as well as good views and seating areas. Cruises will return to the pier at approx. 1600.
When booking your tickets please alert us to any special dietary requirements please enter them in the free text field. The chef and her team will also be able to assist with specific ingredient information on the day of a cruise should you have any concerns.
Cruise from Caversham Pier through twists and turns to Mapledurham Lock and Weir. This is the river as it should be, tranquil and stunning in Wind in the Willows Country.
Our most popular trip takes you to Mapledurham Lock, which feels a world away from life in Reading. Following the Thames upstream, you will see wildlife, open countryside, islands and look out towards the Berkshire Downs.
The cruise will turn* at Mapledurham Lock taking a panoramic view of the weir, before cruising back downstream past Mapledurham House towards Reading. Plenty of time to relax, spot wildfowl and enjoy the Thames.
*Very occasionally when the river is in flood and there is an extra strong stream this cruise will cruise towards Mapledurham but may have to turn prior to the weir and lock.
Christmas on the Thames in Reading is magical. Choose from private charter for parties from 20-100 or, for smaller groups, book a table for you and your guests (minimum 6 people). Casual or formal, a boat makes an intimate and fun venue. The Thames Christmas menus are chosen to match the mood of your party. Parties can sail during the day or evening with evening cruises including dancing and DJ for those who would like to let their hair down.
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