World charter cruising guide

You like boats and you like holidays, so why not treat yourself to a charter? From hiring a Linssen in France to bareboating in Thailand, there's a world of choice


Cruising on the Thames is a quintessentially English experience, and whether you want to go back to your boating roots or simply find out what all the fuss is about, there’s nothing more romantic than a cruise on Britain’s favourite river.

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Outside the main towns the banks of the River Thames have remained relatively unchanged for years, so much so that you can almost convince yourself you are in a different era.

From the Penton Hook base you have the choice of cruising downstream past Hampton Court Palace or upstream towards Windsor. We suggest upstream – eating lunch against the backdrop of Windsor Castle is a very romantic way to spend an afternoon, plus you can overnight at Bray (or moor up riverside) and eat at the highly-acclaimed (though pricey) Riverside Brasserie.
Further upstream from Bray you will pass Cookham with its pleasant surroundings before reaching the stunning National Trust Cliveden House and gardens. Further along as you pass the hills, woods and meadows are Bourne End, Marlow, Hurley and Hambleden before finally arriving at the famous Henley-on-Thames.

Upstream from Henley is Wargrave, Sonning, Caversham, Pangbourne, Goring, Wallingford and many other little gems all dotted along the river towards Oxford. The real pleasure of the non-tidal Thames is that you can decide when to stay put and explore the pretty places that catch your eye, and when to push on

Boat hire

Rainbow Cruisers, based in Penton Hook Marina, near Chertsey, offers two Crownline 270 CRs for charter. Each boat sleeps up to four people and comes with all mod cons – and best of all, there are no obvious signs that they are charterboats.

Rainbow Cruisers
Tel: 01784 454035

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