Trip Notes PDF
New for 2013, we are excited to offer 2 different day trips on the Thames.
Swim down the upper part of the river, currently the cleanest in living memory, with salmon, otters and kingfishers common on many stretches.
We are offering the opportunity for people to join us just for one day on the Thames or if you fancy seeing more of the river, why not join us for the 2 days.
Justifying its original Celtic name (Tamese) meaning "Tranquil River," the Thames has witnessed many important events through English history. In fact there are some 140 sites of special interest within reach of its banks. It has also been a source of inspiration for writers and poets throughout the ages.
From its source in the Cotswolds this famous river winds its way through some of the most picturesque countryside in England, before ending its journey in the nation's capital and out into the North Sea.
On this trip, we let the water take the strain, as we swim downriver, allowing us to cover greater distances than could be achieved in the sea.
It is a fabulous way to explore this historical river. Our rate of progress is determined by the current on each of the days. Our support boat allows us to moor up and spend time enjoying the essence of the river and of life alongside the riverbanks.
- Whether booking Day 1, Day 2 or both days, the trip includes a full safety escort and swim guiding
- If you are booking Day 2 - lunch is also included
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the tour
- For those booking Day 1, lunch is not included
- For those booking both days, evening meals and accommodation are not included
Day 1: Buscot to Radcot Bridge
Day 2: Radcot to Tadpole Bridge
Swimming Distances Day 1
Swimming Distances Day 2
Temperatures indicative only and can change daily
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*Try to bring 1 clear lens and 1 tinted lens for different light conditions
Swim Hats, Flippers and Wetsuits
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of wetsuits and flippers available on the trip, but we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own wetsuit and flippers we would recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
Up to a maximum of 12 people, with 2 swimming guides and escort boats.
Getting There day 1
Catch a train to Swindon, then take the connecting Stagecoach bus (No: 64 www.stagecoachbus.com) to Lechlade Markets. Please note that there is no bus service on a Sunday. From Lechlade you can either walk along the Thames Path (approx 1 hour) or catch a taxi (Lechlade Taxis 01367 252575) which takes approx 15 minutes. You may need to book the taxi in advance as it is a solo operation.
At Lechlade take the A417 to Buscot. Follow signs for Buscot Lock. There is a national trust car park 200m before the lock, where you can leave your car for the duration of the trip.
At the end of the trip: On finishing the trip at Radcot Bridge, you will be able to share a taxi with other guests back to Buscot Lock and other destinations. It costs roughly £20 from Radcot Bridge to Buscot Lock.
Getting There day 2
Catch a train to Swindon or Oxford, then take the connecting Stagecoach bus (No 66 www.stagecoachbus.com) to Faringdon. Please note that there is no bus service on a Sunday. From Faringdon, catch a taxi (Webb Cars 07970 395697) which takes approx 15 minutes. We suggest booking the taxi in advance.
At Faringdon follow signs onto the A4095 towards Witney (there is a sharp left turn off Church Street onto Radcot Road). Continue on this road for approx 3 miles, and as you pass over a small bridge after a traffic light, there is a field to the right which is where you can leave your car for the duration of the trip. You will see the Swan Hotel opposite.
At the end of the trip: On finishing the trip at Tadpole Bridge, you will be able to share a taxi with other guests back to Radcot Bridge and other destinations. It costs roughly £20 from Tadpole Bridge to Radcot Bridge.
If you would like to book accommodation pre- or post-trip, or if you are swimming both days, there are some B&B’s available only a short taxi ride away.
Meals Day 1
Meals are not included - we stop at the Plough Inn at Kelmscott for lunch, and this is at your own cost. We finish the day at the Swan Inn at Radcot.
Meals Day 2
We will stop for lunch on the banks of the river, and will provide a wholesome picnic lunch.
You should bring extra money with you to cover items such as entertainment, meals where applicable, snacks, souvenirs, etc