Swim in one of the world's most famous rivers on this popular SwimTrek trip
Take in the beauty of the picturesque English countryside from a truly unique perspective
Combine swimming, nature and history as you make your way down this beautiful section of the Thames
Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle to experience the tranquillity and relaxed nature of life on the river
Swim the River Thames with us on this unique and peaceful tour along England’s longest river. Set amongst the beautiful English countryside, this one-day or two-day swimming tour gives you the chance to experience the River Thames from a completely new perspective. Discover a clean and healthy river, as well as some fantastic wildlife and historic sites along the picturesque stretch of water.
Stretching from the edge of the Cotswolds to the nation's capital, the River Thames passes through gorgeous countryside and charming villages. We start our trip at the upper part of the river, where the fish are jumping and birds are tweeting. We then head past some of the 140 historic sites of special interest, and occasionally take some time out on the banks of the river to really appreciate the view that inspired so many poets, artists, and authors over the centuries.
This trip is offered on a one-day or two-day basis with both weekday and weekend departures. A picnic lunch is provided on both days, however accommodation between days is not included as part of the either package.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for swimmers who enjoy river swimming and are looking for a chance to experience the beautiful English countryside from the water. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 6 km (current-assisted and split over several swims) prior to the start of the trip.
- Fully guided swimming holiday on the River Thames
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Picnic lunch on Day 1 and Day 2
- Tea, coffee and snacks between swims
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the tour
- Accommodation, breakfast, and evening meals
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swims may vary according to local weather and river conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swims each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
I could kick myself for not booking sooner. It was everything that I hoped for; great swims through a beautiful part of the country, run by people who I genuinely enjoyed spending time with. One of the best trips I've been on. I will definitely book again.Patrick E, UK - 2018
Swimming in the Thames was truly lovely - clean, silky water, beautiful countryside, peaceful atmosphere. I loved it.Jane T, UK - 2017
When I completed the 6km swim in the amazing Thames scenery, although tired, I have never felt so alive !Michael, L UK - 2017
Swimming downstream from locks to pubs with swans, cygnets and kingfishers was bliss.... For me, gliding under those beautiful blonde Cotswold bridges was exquisite and I will do it again next year. The safety escort allowed me to fully enjoy and appreciate the river from this special perspective. Marvellous and memorable, thank you!Linda S, UK - 2017
The trip totally exceeded my expectations. The locations and duration of the swims were well planned, I felt I really achieved something whilst also feeling like it was a holiday.Robin O, UK -2017
I greatly enjoyed my swims on the upper Thames. The water felt fresh and clean and the countryside we meandered through was really beautiful. We were looked after extremely well by all the company's representatives. As with previous SwimTrek trips I have been on, there was an interesting mix of guests who were of mixed ability level, but united in a passion for outdoor swimming. Everyone was helped to swim well, but it didn't end up seeming competitive. I am very much looking forward to my next trip with SwimTrek and fortunately only have a month to wait!Daniel J, UK - 2017
One of the things I love about SwimTrek is that everyone , both swimmers and guides, are so friendly.Jenny K, UK - 2017