Thames Path

Description

  1. Name Thames Path
  2. Length of trail 290 km, 180 miles
  3. Length in days 15 days
  4. Traildino grading LW, Light walk, countryside walk

Thames Path180 miles, 288 km, 15 days

National Trail

Imagine you start your walk early in the morning, inhalating the sparkling smell of damp leaves, listening to the rooster's crow, and gradually you enter a totally different world, the bustle of a big city, the dirt and noise of an urban landscape. A wonderful transition.

Such a path is the Thames Path, a National Trail of 180 miles, 288 km long. The path starts at the Thames Barrier, which will hopefully protect London against the rising seas. The first day's walk to the west, along the meandering River Thames, will bring you into the very heart of London. And eleven days later, at least if you go move on, your walk will end at the source of the Thames, in the pretty Cotswolds, near Thames Head.

In the 19th century there was a towpath all along the River. These paths, on which the horses walked pulling boats, had fallen into disuse in the course of time. To create our Thames Path, the towpaths were restored, a costly operation. Where ferries are absence in these days, new foot bridges have been constructed.

Besides London, you will pass through many other cities. Oxford is one of them. If you are the guy or girl who loves exploring cities and historic buildings, eleven days will not be enough to finish this hike.

During your walk you will see a variety of boats and vessels on England's Royal River. Not for commercial use or even raids, as it was long ago, but for enjoyment only.

Select some tracks
Thames Valley Trail, 84km
Thames Valley Parkway, 40km

Opinions

Rate 7.0 | 2 votes | No 25. in United Kingdom
  • John P October 2012
  • Rate 8
  • Positive A very varied walk going through the centre of London, past Windsor Castle, and long scenic sections in the upper reaches of the river. Not too strenuous.
  • Negative A few not so good bits (e.g. passed Reading)
  • Muresco June 2013
  • Rate 6
  • Positive This is a good trail for day walkers . The trail does not vary a lot and is mainly suited to cycling due to hard surfaces and the flat nature of the trail. Easy access to transport makes walking sections and returning to home base very easy.
  • Negative Disliked the hard surfaces which if you walk 20 KM or more per day are very hard on the feet
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Thames Path

Hike Reports

  • Walking the Thames

  • Muresco June 2013
  • A simple trail on flat paths through semi urban and rural countryside with many transport and accommodation options
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Thames Path
  • A guidebook to walking the Thames Path, a National Trail covering 180 miles between London's Thames Barrier and the river's source in Gloucestershire, passing through Windsor, Oxford and rural countryside. Provides full information for this easy riverside route that takes around two weeks to complete. Includes a 1:25K OS map booklet. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Thames Path
  • A guidebook to walking the Thames Path, a National Trail covering 180 miles between London's Thames Barrier and the river's source in Gloucestershire, passing through Windsor, Oxford and rural countryside. Provides full information for this easy riverside route that takes around two weeks to complete. Includes a 1:25K OS map booklet. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Walking The Thames Path: From the Sea to the Source | Cicerone
  • Engelstalige beschrijving van een van de mooiste wandeltochten in Engeland: een stuk boordevol cultuur en geschiedenis!. De gids voldoet aan alle verwachtingen die je kunt hebben. Met apart gidjes met prima wandelkaarten. A guidebook to walking the Thames Path, a 180-mile National Trail from the Thames Barrier to the river's source in near... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Thames Path Map Booklet
  • Map of the 180 mile (288km) Thames Path National Trail, from London's Thames Barrier to the river's source near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. This booklet is included with the Cicerone guidebook to the trail, and shows the full route on OS 1:25,000 maps. The easy riverside route takes around two weeks to walk. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Thames Path Map Booklet
  • The Thames Path from the the river`s source to Erith in south-east London on mapping at 1:25,000 from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series in a pocket-size booklet from Cicerone Press. The 288km / 180-mile trail is presented with a route profile, plus summaries for each section showing GPS coordinates for the start and finish, distance and... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2008
  • Walking in the Thames Valley
  • Walking in the Thames Valley describes 25 adventurous day walks in the area covering the North Hampshire Downs, Berkshire and the Southern Chilterns with easy access to London and Reading. The circular walks vary from 10 to 18 miles, including one 2-day walk, as well as shorter route options for those who want a less strenuous day out. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2008
  • Thames Valley Walking (25 circular walks)
  • Steve Davison Cicerone guide to Walking in the Thames Valley is a comprehensive exploration of walking opportunities in the countryside of the Upper Thames. The countryside that the Thames flows through includes the Southern Chilterns, Berkshire, Lambourn and North Hampshire Downs and Southern Oxfordshire, all within easy reach of Reading,... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2008
  • Walking in the Thames Valley
  • Walking in the Thames Valley describes 25 adventurous day walks in the area covering the North Hampshire Downs, Berkshire and the Southern Chilterns with easy access to London and Reading. The circular walks vary from 10 to 18 miles, including one two-day walk, as well as shorter route options for those who want a less strenuous day out. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Thames Valley | Cicerone
  • Walking in the Thames Valley offers 25 challenging circular walks around the River Thames and River Kennet in the south of England, taking in the Southern Chilterns, the Berkshire and North Hampshire Downs, Southern Oxfordshire and the eastern edge of Wiltshire. All routes are within easy reach of Reading, Newbury, Abingdon and London. While... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Thames Valley - Pocket Pub Walks
  • This work is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes at Dorchester, Goring, Reading, Wargrave, Cookham, Little Marlow and Eton. It includes maps and photographs. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Pocket Pub Walks Thames Valley
  • This work is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes at Dorchester, Goring, Reading, Wargrave, Cookham, Little Marlow and Eton. It includes maps and photographs. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Thames Valley & Chilterns
  • The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
  • Thames Valley & Chilterns 2016
  • The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walks along the Thames Path
  • Featuring 25 circular walks, Walks along the Thames Path, takes in beautiful countryside, busy towns, historic palaces and cost pubs, with nearby places of interested included as optional extras. The fascinating text reveals the architecture, flora and fauna, cultural points of interest and historical connections to be found en route. As the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire
  • Both counties tend to be underrated by walkers, often overlooked in favour of the delights of the Thames Valley or the hillier Chiltern country of Buckinghamshire. But they do possess much fine walking country, with a diversity of terrain, gentle hilly regions, lots of pleasant woodland, attractive riverside landscapes and an impressive... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
  • Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire 2016
  • Both counties tend to be underrated by walkers, often overlooked in favour of the delights of the Thames Valley or the hillier Chiltern country of Buckinghamshire. But they do possess much fine walking country, with a diversity of terrain, gentle hilly regions, lots of pleasant woodland, attractive riverside landscapes and an impressive... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Thames Path: from Thames Head to the Thames Barrier
  • Practical Trailblazer British Walking Guide to the Thames Path National Trail running for 184 miles from the river`s source at Thames Head near Kemble, Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier in London. The path leads from the start of the river in a meadow in the Cotswolds through Oxford, and further historic towns, churches, abbeys and castles... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Big Walks of London
  • The Big Walks of London by John Merrill is a guidebook to the capitals major walking routes. London has an incredible variety of walks and trails, and this guidebook presents more than twenty long walks through the city, ranging from 7 to 150 miles, and includes the Thames Path, the London Loop and the Capital Ring. Each walk section is... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
  • The Ridgeway
  • 53 Large-Scale Walking Maps & Guides to 24 Towns and Villages - Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat - Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids The Ridgeway | Trailblazer
  • Goede wandelgids waarin met veel details alle etappes zijn beschreven. Tevens informatie over overnachtingen en openbaar vervoer. This is an all-in-one hiking guide to The Ridgeway, an 87-mile trail that partly follows England's oldest road which dates from prehistoric times. Easily accessible from London, this is not a difficult walk and the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Thames Valley - 20 Country Walks For All The Family
  • An exciting new gift series of walking guides, aimed at the weekend, family walker. These small-format, portable hardback books have an attractive retro feel, with nostalgic line drawings and hand-drawn maps. Each of the 20 walks have been carefully selected to appeal to family walkers, most are circular and none are too strenuous. Each walk... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Batsford's Walking Guides: Thames Valley
  • An exciting new gift series of walking guides, aimed at the weekend, family walker. These small-format, portable hardback books have an attractive retro feel, with nostalgic line drawings and hand-drawn maps. Each of the 20 walks have been carefully selected to appeal to family walkers, most are circular and none are too strenuous. Each walk... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Thames Path in London: Hampton Court to Crayford Ness National Trail
  • Thames Path in London, an 80-km / 50 mile route from Hampton Court across London to the Thames Barrier and along the Thames Path Extension to Crayford Ness. The course of the path, along both banks of the river between Teddington and Greenwich, is highlighted on street plan extracts which also show locations of riverside pubs and nearby tube or... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Thames Path in London
  • Thames Path in London, an 80-km / 50 mile route from Hampton Court across London to the Thames Barrier and along the Thames Path Extension to Crayford Ness. The course of the path, along both banks of the river between Teddington and Greenwich, is highlighted on street plan extracts which also show locations of riverside pubs and nearby tube or... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • River Thames & Thames Path Heron Map
  • This tourist map of the River Thames and Thames Path covers from its source, just outside Kemble in Gloucestershire, to the Thames Barrier at 1:55,000, with detailed town plans of Lechlade, Oxford, Abingdon, Wallingford, Henley-on-Thames, central Reading, Windsor and Eton, Marlow and Kingston upon Thames at 1:12,500. The Thames and Severn Canal... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Thames Path in the Country: From the Source to Hampton Court National Trail
  • Thames Path in the Country, a 235-km / 147 mile route from the source to Hampton Court in London in a series of walking guides to the National Trails in England and Wales with colour extracts from the Ordnance Survey`s Explorer series at 1:25,000 showing points along the route cross-referenced to the text. The maps also indicate nearby places... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Thames Path Adventure Atlas
  • The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey`s Explorer mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey`s most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000 showing public rights of way, open access land, national... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelkaart Adventure Atlas Thames Path | A-Z
  • AZ heeft de meest gedetailleerde wandelkaarten van het Thames Path gebundeld in een atlasje. Daardoor is het heel handig qua formaat. De kaarten zelf zijn perfect voor het wandelen. Schaal 1:25.000 The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey's 1:25000 mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • England Coast Path - Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path, it... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • England Coast Path - Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • England Coast Path Adventure Map - Minehead to Brean Down
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Minehead to Brean Down Adventure Map covers a 58 mile (93km) section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast.... Read more
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United Kingdom
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Thames Path | Harvey Maps
  • Mooie, duidelijke kaart van het Thames Path in Engeland. Geplastificeerd met veel extra informatie en uitsnedes van de route. Thames Path National Trail The Thames Path follows the banks of the river for 184 miles (294KM) from the flood barrier at Woolwich in South East London to Kemble Gloucestershire. It is a long distance walking route, most... Read more
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