Abingdon to Henley

Abingdon to Henley

We provide canoe hire from Abingdon to Henley (a 3 day trip in a canoe or kayak), amongst many other routes on the River Thames. This is a great option for those more adventurous paddlers looking for more of a challenge!

Abingdon to Henley route description

Starting from Abingdon (just below Abingdon Bridge) this is a beautiful stretch of the river Thames towards Shillingford where the river is still relatively small. Once you have passed Wallingford and the Goring and Streatley, the river is noticeably wider, although no more faster flowing due to the the locks. Finally coming through Henley you will get the chance to see the famous regatta course before you disembark.

You can choose where you stay and there are many options but we would recommend:

Day 1: Approximately 11 miles to Wallingford (camping available).

Day 2: Approximately 13 miles to Mapledurham (camping available).

Day 3: Approximately 12 miles to Henley-on-Thames.

Further options

Looking for something shorter? Why not try our other single day trips including Henley to Marlow or Sonning to Henley or Cholsey to Henley a weekend trip!

Canoe Hire from Abingdon to Henley

Distance: 36 miles.
Time: 3 days in a canoe or kayak.
Locks: 12.

Getting through the Locks

You can either paddle through the locks or get out and carry your boats around. We would suggest that you paddle through the locks when the lock keeper is on duty and portage if the lock is unmanned.

When you are carrying your boats be sure to lift carefully and try not to scrape the bottoms of the boats along the ground if you can help it!


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All bookings need to fill out the form in the top right corner of this page for us to get right back to you with availability and pricing. If you just have a quick question however, call us direct on 01432 264 807.

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What’s included?

  • Boat hire, either canoe or kayak depending on your preference
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Waterproof drybag
  • River map
  • Safety brief and basic instruction before setting off.

Please note: transport is not included on the upper-middle Thames so if you need to be taken back to your start location then contact us for a price.