The Search for the Source II, 10 miles, moderate

August 14, 2021 @ 11:45 am
Kemble Station
Tom H
07850 580103

This 10-mile circular walk from Kemble station includes a visit to the source of the Thames, a walk along a disused canal, and the Cotswold AONB.

Walk details

By overwhelming public demand (i.e. 2 people asked) we shall return to the source of the Thames.

From Kemble station, we will join the final stretch of the Thames Path across the fields to the stone marking the source at Thames Head. Picking up the towpath of the disused Thames and Severn Canal, we will next reach the eastern portal of Sapperton Tunnel – once the longest in the country. This portion of the walk lies within the Cotswolds AONB. Continuing on through the small village of Coates and across fields, we cross the Fosse Way and reach Ewen. From there, we pick up the Thames again as we head back to Kemble. The Tavern Inn at Kemble is very close to the station and we can wait there before catching the train back to Reading.

Travel details

Pay and display car parking is available at Kemble station.

Please catch the 10.53am train from Reading to Kemble, arriving at 11.39am.

Kemble lies outside the Network Railcard zone. To reduce the costs, we will aim to take advantage of the Groupsave discount. If you intend to take the train from Reading, please meet outside the Three Guineas at 10.30am, where we will split into groups of 3-9 to buy our tickets.


  • If you or someone else from your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend.
  • You must follow all safety advice given by the walk leader.
  • It is recommended that you bring hand sanitizer or gloves in case you need to touch gates/stiles/etc.
  • Please be considerate to other path users and step aside to let people past – and don’t forget to say ‘hi’ or ‘thanks’!
  • Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • If it’s a hot sunny day, please bring plenty of water and wear sun cream and a sun hat!
  • Please feel free to contact the leader with queries about the walk, or if you are delayed on the day.

Booking details

  • This walk is limited to 20 walkers including the walk leader.
  • Do not turn up for the walk without booking, else we will have to turn you away.
  • Book a place on this walk by completing this Google Form. Booking will open the Wednesday evening before the walk.
  • We will only use the contact information you provide to get in touch about the walk, or to share if requested with NHS Test and Trace.
  • If after booking, you need to cancel your place on the walk, please use the link in your walk booking confirmation email so that we can make your place available to someone else.
  • If you have any queries, please email