Cholsey to Henley

Cholsey to Henley Canoe and Kayak hire

Cholsey to Henley canoe or kayak trip along the Thames. This route is 23 miles and includes 8 locks taking 2 days in a canoe or kayak. Cholsey is an easily accessible town with a railway station very close by making it a great place to start this trip. This route is popular with all groups, no matter what ability level they are at!

Cholsey to Henley route description

Day 1: You will launch at Cholsey (near Cholsey railway Station) or Moulsford if coming by car.

You will then paddle 10 miles along a lovely stretch of the river Thames to Mapledurham and stay at campsite there. Please note that booking is required! Alternatively you could continue to Caversham and make a booking at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Day 2: Continue through to Henley 12.5 miles where you will be collected by the River and Rowing Museum – walking distance to Henley railway station

If you get there slightly early we recommend grabbing a drink and a bite to eat at the Longridge cafe.

Further options

If you would like a shorter paddle, then why not try Henley to Marlow or Sonning to Henley – both single day trips.

Canoe Hire from Cholsey to Henley

Distance: 23 miles
Time: 2 days in a canoe or kayak

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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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.