Swan Upping Bike Ride

Historic Swan Upping Bike Ride

See this annual event of swan marking on the River Thames using our bikes.

Swan Upping Bike Ride

The mute swan was given royal status in the 12th Century and Swan upping is the marking of the new cygnets to prove ownership to either 2 livery companies, the Vintners, the Dyers or the Queen.

We enjoy the first day of this annual week long event, starting from Shepperton Train Station and cycling to Staines Upon Thames. We will see the 2 livery companies and the royal swan markers in full regalia marking swans on the River Thames.

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“Swan Upping bike ride – not to be missed”

We had a simply marvellous morning cycling along the Thames from Shepperton to Staines watching the first day of the stately procession of the Swan Uppers, dressed in formal attire, in their six skiffs… More

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See more photos from our 2013 Swan Upping Bike Tour

Swan Upping 2019 itinerary:

Monday 15th July 2019
Sunbury Lock* (Hampton Court)-Staines-Romney Lock Windsor *our ride starts from Shepperton Train Station 10.30am (50mins from London). Finish Staines Town (trains to London or Windsor) before or after lunch, if preferred enjoy a return cycle to Shepperton.

Reserve your bike for Mon 15th July 2019

£40 inc half day bike hire


Heights + gender for bikes
Helmet required?



Tuesday-Romney Lock Windsor,Boveney Lock, Boulters Lock Maidenhead finishing Marlow Lock

Wednesday-Marlow, Hurley Lock, Hambledon, Henley, Marsh Lock,Shiplake finishing at Sonning

Thursday – Sonning, Caversham, Mapleduram,Goring finishing Moulsford

Friday-Moulsford, Benson,Clifton Hampden, Culham finishing at Abingdon

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