River Cruise Charters from Lechlade on Thames

Private Group Charters
On the classic River Thames Launch Inglesham
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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.Inglesham Riverside bordered The boat & crew can be chartered throughout the season for cruises of one, two, three, four or more hours duration.
Reunions, birthday parties & picnics 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

St Johns Lock — Inglesham Roundhouse —  St John the Baptist Church and returnInglesham Church

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 — 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 around 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

Aerial view of St Johns Lock Icon

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 a 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

Click here to email our Charters Administrator 

And finally…
Click here to find out more about the Cotswold Canals Trust’s other Trip Boat Operations