Rowing at Cliveden Reach on the River Thames.

Cliveden Reach is renowned as one of the prettiest spots on the Thames. Here, there's a selection of boating options that are the perfect way to spend a few hours down by the river.

Skippered river cruises

Join a knowledgeable skipper for a circular cruise between Boulters and Cookham locks. 
Smooth Waters 
Smooth Waters is an Edwardian style launch, which cruises in a circular route between Boulters lock and Cookham lock. A perfect way to get a taste of life on the Thames. Tickets are £11.50 per person. Booking for this cruise is essential. 
Still Waters
Still Waters, an electrically powered boat, takes an extended circular trip along the Thames allowing our experienced skippers to show you more of this great river. Tickets are £11.50 per person and a special discounted rate of £6 per child. Booking for this cruise is essential. 
Read more about our skippered cruises here

Row your own boat or steer your own motor boat

Explore the River Thames at your own pace on a rowing or self-drive motor boats. Boats are available to hire at weekends and bank holidays from April to October. This extends to seven days a week in July and August. No booking is required, just visit the boat station. Please be aware that our self-drive boats are cash only and must be paid for directly with the skipper, down by the river. Boat hire is from 11.30am to 4pm.

Read more about our rowing boats here

Getting to the river

By walking

All boats leave from the riverside which is approximately a 20-30 minute walk from the Info Centre. The quickest route includes 172 steps.

By boat shuttle

Volunteers run a free electric boat bus from the car park to the riverside boat station and back. This service is on a first-come first-served basis and only when requested. Priority is given to those less able to follow the walking route. Please ask in the Info Centre or ask the Skipper for details. The bus will only run if the boats are running.

By boat

Mooring spaces are available downstream from Spring Cottage and also on two of our four islands. 

To help us look after Cliveden and its riverfront, mooring fees do apply. Our River Custodians will be on hand to welcome you, collect the fee and answer any questions.

A river custodian will collect your mooring fee and give you some helpful local knowledge about Cliveden's river
Cliveden boating
A river custodian will collect your mooring fee and give you some helpful local knowledge about Cliveden's river

Fees are for 24 hour mooring and we’re happy to adjust them if you would like to stay for a shorter amount of time. 

£5 for National Trust members
£10 for non-members

For the moment we take payment by cash only. This can be paid on the day of arrival to one of our River Custodians or at our properties Information Kiosk. 

Please note our River by-laws:
-    No fires at any time, or in any place.
-    No bikes are permitted
-    Music is to be kept low and with the consideration of others.
-    No collection of wood.
-    No visitors allowed in Cliveden’s grounds after estate closing time.


All information correct as of 1 March 2018. On rare occasions, including in the event of inclement weather, there may be a change to the boating schedule at short notice. 

If you are making a special trip please telephone Cliveden in advance on 01628 605 069 for the latest details.


Boating leaflet

Delight in a boat trip along one of the prettiest stretches of the the Thames. Choose from our range of options below for an idyllic few hours on the river.