Public trips on Thames Launch Inglesham
Public, half hour trips on Inglesham operate on Saturdays & Sundays in summer
12noon until 4pm from Riverside Park, Lechlade, GL7 3AL
Access to the large car park on Riverside Park is from the A361 Highworth Road
Click here for a Google Map of the Riverside Park
There is no need to book for Public Trips at week-ends. Just turn up and step aboard
Private Group Charters
On the classic River Thames Launch
Private charters operate from
St Johns Lock, Faringdon Road, Lechlade on Thames, GL7 3HA
Weekdays & weekends — Easter until October 1st
The Inglesham crew are qualified in all aspects of Trip Boat Operation having attained
The Royal Yachting Association Inland Waterways Helmsman’s Certificate together with
The Inland Waterways Association Certificate of Boat Management.
Inglesham is a classic River Thames Launch, purpose built for skippered charter trips
on the Upper River Thames from Lechlade.
The vessel is licensed to carry up to twelve passengers who have exclusive use of the boat.
The vessel’s spacious accommodation provides a comfortable and relaxing cruise on this historic river.
The skipper and crew-member on board are able to provide information on the history of the river
and the restoration of the Thames and Severn Canal.The boat & crew can be chartered throughout the season for cruises of
one, two, three, four or more hours duration.
Reunions, birthday parties, picnics & pirate adventures are so much better on a boat!
The list below describes the basic cruises available.
We can adjust and enhance these to suit your group’s needs.
Cruise One — One hour
This one hour charter takes us up-river.
We pass the historic Thames & Severn Canal Wharf on our right
and continue upstream along the Thames to the now redundant church.
The only access from the river is through a private garden but we recommend a visit by road.
Click here, or on the image above, to learn more about Inglesham Church
Cruise Two — One hour
St Johns Lock — Inglesham Roundhouse — St Johns Lock
This one hour charter takes us up-river to view the historic Thames & Severn Canal Wharf.
Find out about the Round House and why it has a conical roof.
The canal once joined the River Thames here.
By being aboard Inglesham you are helping us to recreate that connection.We then turn about and return to St. John’s Lock. This is an ideal trip for a birthday, an anniversary,
a marriage proposal, or just for the joy of being afloat on the wonderful River Thames.
Bring your own picnic and bottle of bubbly to enjoy on board if you wish.
Cruise Two — Two hours
St Johns Lock — Buscot Lock — Kelmscott Meadows
Return to St Johns Lock
For a longer trip down-river we pass through St. John’s Lock and Buscot Lock
and then cruise on downstream to Kelmscott Meadows.
We are unable to disembark passengers at Kelmscott Manor but recommend a visit by road.
Kelmscott Manor was the summer home of William Morris of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Again, bring your own picnic and bottle of bubbly to enjoy on board if you wish.
Click here to learn more about Kelmscott Manor
Cruise Three — Three hours
St Johns Lock, downstream — Buscot Lock — Kelmscott Meadows — turn upstream — Inglesham Wharf & Roundhouse — return to St Johns Lock
Cruise Four — Four hours
St Johns Lock, downstream — Buscot Lock — Kelmscott Meadows — Radcot Lock
turn upstream — return route to St Johns Lock
Cruise Five — Larger Groups — Flexible Cruises
‘Mix-and-match’ — A riverside walk with a boat trip
Even though the boat passenger limit is twelve persons, dividing the group means that…
While one group takes a delightful three mile downstream stroll along the Thames footpath to Kelmscott…
The other half of the group make the same journey on the river.
The groups then swap round for the return journey!
For an even larger group, such as a coach party, we can split the charter into half-hour river trips
carrying up to twelve people on each trip.
Weekday Charter Rates
1 hour charter — £60
2 hour charter — £90
3 hour charter — £120
4 hour charter — £140
All day charter — £240
Weekend Charter Rates
1 hour charter — £60
2 hour charter — £100
3 hour charter — £140
4 hour charter — £160
All day charter — £240
If you have a specific route or destination ideas in mind then we are happy to advise.
A fact that assists in planning a cruise is… on the river the boat travels at just three miles an hour…
the natural pace of life — walking pace.
How to find us
Be aware there are three ‘Trout Inns’ at various points along on the River Thames!
You need to be at
The Trout Inn, Faringdon Road, Lechlade on Thames, GL7 3HA
The Google image below shows an aerial view of St Johns Lock on the left.
The Trout Inn is on the right.
Thanks to the management of the Trout Inn, on arrival you may park in their car park.
Click here, or on the image below, for a Google map of the area
Walking to the trip boat wharf
As you leave The Trout Inn car park, turn left and walk over the bridge, crossing both streams of the river.
Next, cross the road carefully and go through the small gate on the right.
The gate leads into the site of St Johns Lock.
The boat is normally moored on the walkway above the lock.
Please refer to the map sent to you with your booking confirmation.
If you have arranged to meet the boat at a location other than St. John’s Lock then, again…
Please refer to the information sent with your booking confirmation.
Some answers to some questions
Q. Does the boat have a toilet?
A. Sorry, no, but there is a public toilet at St John’s lock
Q. Do you serve food or drink?
A. No, but you are more than welcome to bring your own and we will provide picnic tables on the boat.
Q. What happens if it rains?
A. The passenger seating area has an ‘all weather’ capability.
Roll up the sides when warm and sunny.
Zip up tight if wet and breezy.
Q. Can the trip be cancelled?
A. High winds or high & fast water levels mean that,
occasionally, we need to cancel charters for safety reasons.
If this does occur there will be no charge to you. We will give you as much notice as possible.
If you have to cancel your trip and you give us enough notice
to enable us to cancel the volunteer crews, there is no charge.
Q. Can we bring our dog?
A. Yes, and they do not count among the twelve passengers!
Q. Do you have wheelchair access?
A. There is no wheelchair ramp on to the boat.
If the passenger is able to step from their wheelchair we can bring the wheelchair alongside the boat.
There are then three steps down into the boat which we hold steady very firmly while passengers board.
If the passenger prefers to sit in their wheelchair during the cruise we can load it into the boat.
Alternatively, we can also leave it in a safe place with the lock keeper.
Booking Now — Call Inglesham Charter Bookings
01453 752 568
Please book at least seven days in advance to allow for volunteer crews to be organised