Hiring a traditional Thames camping skiff for a weekend, week, or longer, is a wonderful way to explore the River Thames. Camping afloat or on the river bank offers a unique experience of a slower life where the pace and stresses of the modern world can be left behind.
We offer one-way or round-trip skiff hire in traditional Thames camping skiffs. Popular routes are Lechlade to Oxford (approx. 3 days) Oxford to London (approx. 6 days) – or anything in between! In total the Thames offers 130 miles of navigable river upstream of London. Camp sites, riverside pubs and beautiful scenery are plentiful and for the most part the rowing is easy.
We provide the boat, boat tent if you hire a camping skiff, mooring pins, ropes, buoyancy aids, a guide to the river (including distance charts and navigation advice) the relevant licence and insurance. You will need to bring your own camping equipment.
Our classic wooden 24′ camping skiffs carry 3 people and cost £125 per day to hire. Our 16′ GRP rowing skiffs cost £95 per day to hire and can carry 3 people, or 4 with reduced luggage. One way hires incur a collection / drop off fee which is usually between £120 to £180. Example pricing:
Lechlade to Oxford (one-way) 3 days by Traditional Thames Camping Skiff
- 3 days hire at £125 per day
- Boat delivery to Lechlade, return to our moorings in Oxford – £120
- Total cost: £495*
Oxford to London (one way) 6 days by 16′ GRP Skiff
- 6 day hire at £95 per day
- Start at our moorings in Oxford with boat collection from Teddington lock
- Total cost: £750*
Ready to Book?
Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Once we’ve agreed the details of your trip and skiff availability we’ll ask you to fill out the on-line Skiff Hire Booking Form, where you’ll find more information about our terms and conditions including cancellation.
*Please contact us for confirmation of prices and availability