Trip Notes PDF
You don’t need to go far from town to see the best of the country with this fantastic swim in one of the world’s most famous rivers.
The Thames derives its name from the Celtic word Tamese, meaning tranquil river, and you’ll get to see this more peaceful and cleaner side of it, not to mention wildlife and historic sites along the way.
You can do just the one day option, or to make the most out of this occasion we recommend the two days – as we swim downstream assisted by the current!
If you like swimming, history, and nature, this is a perfect trip. We start our trip at the upper part of the river, where the fish are jumping and birds are tweeting, we head past some of the 140 historic sites of special interest along the way, and we take some time out on the banks of the river to really appreciate its influence on all those poets, artists, and authors over the centuries.
What's 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. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
If you think you would benefit from a wetsuit but don't want to commit to buying one outright you are now able to hire a wetsuit for £40 through the company Vigour Events. They will send the wetsuit directly to your door. For further information please click here.
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: 64www.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 66www.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