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The beautiful River Thames in Wallingford

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The River Thames

Wallingford is well known for being on the banks of the River Thames, taking its name from the crossing it provided to animals and people.

The stretch of the Thames at Wallingford is one of the more beautiful locations along the River Thames. It is possible to explore the River Thames by boat in the summer months by taking an organised boat trip to Reading or Abingdon from the Riverside Park, and in nearby Benson you can hire rowing boats, canoes and motorboats.

In July you can see Royal Swan Upping pass through Wallingford and they sometimes stop off if there are swans in the area. Royal Swan Upping is an annual ceremonial voyage along the River Thames in which a census of the swan population is taken. Royal Swan Uppers wear the scarlet uniform of Her Majesty The Queen and travel in traditional skiffs for the annual ceremony. Visit the Royal Swan Upping Website for more information or visit our Swan Upping page for more information and pictures of past Royal Swan Upping flotilla pass through Wallingford.

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Enjoy the River Thames

Wallingford boasts a Thames Side campsite, open-air-swimming pool and splash park which are suitable for all of the family and also a perfect location for a picnic.

Salter’s Steamers run boat trips from Wallingford to Abingdon and Reading during the summer months. To find out more and view a timetable, visit the Salter’s Steamers Website.

Find out more about Boat Hire at Benson. Hire of rowing boats, canoes and motorboats available by the hour – visit AV Boats website 

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Self Drive Boat Hire in Wallingford

During the summer months you can hire an electric boat from just in front of the Boat House, the popular riverside pub.

From here is a pleasant cruise downstream to Goring and Streatley or upstream towards Benson and Shillingford.

For more information and to book a boat visit the PureBoating website or telephone 07436 812508


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There are excellent mooring facilities available on both banks very near to the ancient Wallingford Bridge with views over the historic castle meadows and just a short walk away from the Town Centre. For more information on our Moorings, please visit our Moorings page.

The moorings can be used free of charge from 9am until 7.30pm daily.  A mooring fee of £6 (per boat per night, for boats less than 5 meters) and £12 (per boat per night for boats more than 5 meters) is charged for over night stays during the summer season.

For more information about things to do on the River Thames visit the Thames Path National Trail website.

For information regarding river conditions please visit the Environment Agency’s online service .