Many people are familiar with the story of Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome, but how easy is it to recreate this classic rowing trip?
It’s very possible to recreate this fictional trip; many of the places visited still exist, as do the train connections and Thames path. Of course it’s possible to hire one of our Classic Thames Rowing Skiffs!
There are a few differences of course: These days the Thames is probably busier with recreational traffic, as are the places visited along the way, and people tend to have less time for such frivolity!
The three friends (not to mention the dog) start in Kingston on Thames and travel to Oxford (actually one of the group join in Weybridge) This is about 90 miles and could be achieved in 7 days rowing – with the very important note … Read More »
Competitive rowing is definitely hard work, but rowing touring (also recreational rowing or explore rowing) requires pretty much the same level of effort as walking at a decent pace.
That’s not to say that if you can cheerfully walk for 6 hrs a day you can row for 6 hrs a day. While experienced rowing tourists feel equally at home rowing as walking, beginners will find it harder work as it uses unfamiliar parts of the body and brain.
But why not take it easy! even if take plenty of rests you can comfortably cover surprisingly long distances. If you are moderately fit and determined; rowing from Lechlade to Oxford for example (30 Miles) can be easily achieved in 3 days.
Our skiffs allow for two people rowing (or rather sculling) and a person steering (the Cox) so if you take it in … Read More »
What are the top 5 Thames Camping Sites? well here’s our list based on our customer’s experience and feedback.
A local Oxford Lock Keeper complained to me a few years back that, since a certain national newspaper had published an article on best kept secret campsites his quiet backwater had been anything but! I understand that things have gone back to normal again – to his relief.
Whether you arrive on foot, bike, skiff, canoe or even car; camping by the water feels truly adventurous and the Thames has some beautiful and unique camping sites. Here’s my Top 5 (apologies if I’ve missed any – just haven’t got around to them yet!
Please do check these facilities before arriving – they may have changed!
Tadpole Bridge, Buckland Marsh, Nr. Faringdon, SN7 8RF
Peaceful campsite about a short day rowing from Lechlade (9 miles)
Open April to … Read More »