Oneway: Benson to Chertsey, via Kingston-upon-Thames
Allow 7 to 14 nights
Quaint river charm, royal castles and gardens, friendly pubs and mediaeval historic sites—it’s a Thames holiday!
Reviews for the The Heart of England Cruise
Memorable is the word. It rained every day. That being said, even if the weather was fine, the experience would have been sub-par. It is just not a venue worth travelling across an ocean and spending a week on a boat. There were few areas of interest on the river, few restaurants of note and few experiences worth the bother. However, I will say that the lock masters were terrific-helpful, patient and just plain friendly.
Would not recommend this trip. We did the Midi a few years ago a trip we have recommended many times.
Wonderful weather, great boat, Benson to Chertsey. Memorable experiences include, Swan Upping at Cookham, A visit to Runnymede, Lovely meals in many hostelries along the Thames, great experience.
I would recommend to others especially The Greyhound Pub at Eton Wick who especially encourage boaters from the Thames. The walk is 1 and half miles from Boveney Lock to the pub but worth it. The meal was normal pub food but plenty of it served by a genial host and his wife, the food was very inexpensive.
We had a wonderful vacation with LeBoat. Being on board a very comfortable Vision 4 with a family, during the warmest week of the year, enjoying the views of rolling fields with animals grazing on them, and cozy pretty houses along the river, meeting the nicest people along the way, exploring the local restaurants, getting to know England from a small town perspective was amazing.
The Town of Henley during he regatta and post it was a great stop for us. Hiring a taxi cab to take us to Highclere castle (Downton Abbey tv series) from Henley.The drive of about 40 min and completely worth the visit. Get there by 2 pm and you will not have a problem getting in. Mooring in downtown Windsor and having a spectacular view of the Castle, day and night.
Great part of the country to see & experience, very nice boat, but the lack if mooring spaces was a hassle & stress we could have done without. Previous Le Boat holidays provided detailed maps on the course & on mooring spaces, sadly this was lacking from this holiday.
2 nights in moored in Windsor, great place but surprisingly rough at night time & not a lot of places to moor. Embarrassed to say that we did the open top bus tour & it was great!! Great cruise up to Marlow on a lovely section of the river but zero mooring spaces in Marlow so got 2 nights moored at the great marina in the Harleyford Estate (did I remember the name properly & why was this not on the little map you gave us?) from where we got to bus to Marlow & Henley but where we also got the best meal of the holiday on their iron boat at the marina, it was exceptional!!! Loved Henley, lots to see & do, lots to eat & drink, but spent a bloody fortune on antiques. Next night was in Pangbourne (went straight through Henley as we had seen it the day before & the regatta was on the next day which I wanted to avoid - not posh enough & no stripy blazer) & again the food & service in the greyhound inn was great. Did the last two nights at the yard in Benson (zero mooring spaces in Wallingford) as I did not want the trouble of going up to Oxford & back. Did a day in Wallingford (very nice but yet more antiques we don't need & don't have space for!!) & a day in Oxford where I got rip roaring drunk!! So, was this the sort of info you wanted then, it's all on Facebook you know.