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National Trail AcornThames Path National Trail

296 km / 184 miles

Bucks, Glos, Gtr London, Oxon, Reading, Surrey, Swindon, W Berkshire, Wilts, Windsor M, Wokingham
This National Trail, unique insofar as it is the only one mainly following a river, was officially opened in 1996. From the source the Trail meanders through Cricklade, Lechlade, Oxford, Abingdon, Windsor, Reading, Henley, Marlow and Maidenhead, and passing Windsor Castle and the palaces of Hampton Court and Kew, and Richmond. It then traverses central London with options on either bank, to reach the Thames Barrier. Kew Gardens, sites at Westminster, the Tower, and Maritime Greenwich, all close to the route, are World Heritage Sites.

There is extensive public transport availability along the route by way of rail, bus and river boat. The websites below provide tide times and other downloads useful for walkers: a users' guide and camping leaflets. The Aurum 'official' guides were re-issued in 2012 as two new separate guides for the country and London sections. For the sections in London, leaflets can be downloaded from the Walk London link below or ordered online or by phone or post. This weblink also carries updates on diversions, often found along this route, for example at Greenwich with riverside developments ongoing.

The waymarked Thames Path Extension (10 miles), which extends the national trail east from the Thames Barrier to Crayford Ness but does not have National Trail status, follows the south bank downstream from the Thames Barrier to Crayford Ness along east London's working river to link the Thames Path National Trail to the London LOOP at Erith, after which these two routes run together, joining with the Cray Riverway, to the Ness.

The waymarked Thames Down Link (15 miles and on OS mapping) provides a link from Kingston upon Thames to Westhumble on the North Downs Way National Trail. The waymarked Beeches Way (16 miles and on OS mapping) makes a link with the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton. The Green Trail (Richmond) (15 miles) links with the Thames Path at Hammersmith Bridge and Hampton going via Barnes Common, Richmond Park, Ham Common, Bushey Park and Home Park.

The LDWA National Trails Register offers certificates for completers of several British National Trails.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Strider News - December 2017 (Publication Update)

There is a new publication by Tom Chesshyre from Summersdale Publishers, listed below.


Details:

Path Type
National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Waymark
National Trail Acorn
Attributes
National Trail (England and Wales); River; Urban; World Heritage Site; Heritage
Start
ST980995 - Thames Source near Kemble, Glos
View on StreetMap
Finish
TQ415792 - Thames Barrier, Gtr London
View on StreetMap
Open Date
1996

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback
Paperback
Thames Path Map Booklet (Cicerone Press - 2016)
Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Illustrated Map
Leaflet
Thames Path: Public Transport Leaflet (Thames Path National Trail Officer - Annual)
Paperback
Thames Path: Companion (Thames Path National Trail Officer - 2001)
Hardback
Story of the Thames (Amberley Publishing - 2013)
Leaflet
National Trails in England (Natural England - 2006)
Leaflets
Thames Path: Walks Pack 1 (Thames Path National Trail Officer)
Leaflet
Thames Down Link (Lower Mole Project - 2001)
Booklet
Rural Walks around Richmond (Richmond Ramblers - 2004)
Leaflet
Cray Riverway (Bexley Council)
Paperback
Big Walks of Great Britain (Summersdale Publishers - 2007)
Book
Big Walks of London (John Merrill Foundation - 2008)
Paperback
Thames Path (National Trail Guides) (Aurum Press - 2010)
Paperback
Big Walks of the South (Summersdale Publishers - 2010)
Hardback

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Maps:

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National Trails (England & Wales)
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
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OS Landranger Active
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OS Explorer
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OS Explorer Active
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Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Thames Path National Trail (Harvey Maps - 2012)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
Thames Path Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd - 2015 2nd edition)
Stripmap
Thames, the River and the Path (GEOprojects - 2006)
Map (Other)
London Docklands & Greenwich (GEOprojects - 2000)
Map (Other)

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Digital Maps:
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Thames Path 1:25k & 1:50k (Satmap - 2009)
Digital Street Mapping
A-Z Greater London by Memory-Map (Memory-Map Europe - 2005)

Walking Support Providers:

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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Instep Walking Holidays)
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Baggage Handling (Move My Bags)
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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Nearwater Walking Holidays)
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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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The Stables  (bookable online)
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4 Km
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Sudbury House Hotel  (bookable online)
4 Km
47 Km
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The Vines  (bookable online)
4 Km
49 Km
Self-catering
Duck End Cottage  (bookable online)
1 Km
73 Km
Other
Burleigh Farm  (bookable online)
3 Km
79 Km
B & B Accommodation
Five Mile View Guest House  (bookable online)
2 Km
82 Km
B & B Accommodation
Arden Lodge  (bookable online)
2 Km
84 Km
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Cotswold House  (bookable online)
2 Km
84 Km
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Tilbury Lodge  (bookable online)
2 Km
85 Km
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Galaxie  (bookable online)
2 Km
85 Km
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86 Km
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Park House  (bookable online)
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87 Km
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Macdonald - The Randolph Hotel  (bookable online)
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87 Km
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Gidleigh House  (bookable online)
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87 Km
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Royal Oxford Hotel  (bookable online)
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Urbane Apartments  (bookable online)
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87 Km
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The Westgate  (bookable online)
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87 Km
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Becket Guest House  (bookable online)
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87 Km
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Gables Guest House  (bookable online)
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87 Km
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Malmaison Oxford  (bookable online)
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88 Km
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2 The Tidmarsh  (bookable online)
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88 Km
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The Buttery  (bookable online)
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89 Km
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Bath Place Hotel  (bookable online)
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Whitehouse View Guest House  (bookable online)
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89 Km
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Head of the River  (bookable online)
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89 Km
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Newton House  (bookable online)
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89 Km
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Sportsview Guest House  (bookable online)
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89 Km
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The Old Black Horse  (bookable online)
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90 Km
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Red Mullions Guest House  (bookable online)
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90 Km
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Dial House  (bookable online)
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90 Km
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Victoria Hotel  (bookable online)
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All Seasons Guest House  (bookable online)
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Hawkwell House Hotel  (bookable online)
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91 Km
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The Westwood Hotel  (bookable online)
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92 Km
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Abodes B&B  (bookable online)
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92 Km
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Abbey Guest House  (bookable online)
2 Km
102 Km
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The Crown & Thistle Hotel  (bookable online)
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103 Km
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Marsh House  (bookable online)
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120 Km
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Little Gables Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
1 Km
125 Km
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Brambly Thatch Cottage  (bookable online)
1 Km
140 Km
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Holiday Inn Reading M4 Jct10  (bookable online)
4 Km
158 Km
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Herons Nest  (bookable online)
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183 Km
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Craven House Apartments  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
239 Km
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Chase Lodge Hotel  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
244 Km
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Mrs Berg  (bookable online)
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246 Km
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Middle Cottage  (bookable online)
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247 Km
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Ladywood, Teddington  (bookable online)
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247 Km
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Wright Residence  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
248 Km
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The Caspian  (bookable online)
3 Km
256 Km
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5 Km
262 Km
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2 Km
271 Km
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London Lodge Hotel  (bookable online)
2 Km
271 Km
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274 Km
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278 Km
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278 Km
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278 Km
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278 Km
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279 Km
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Cable Street Inn  (bookable online)
1 Km
283 Km
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< 1 Km
283 Km

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Connected Paths:


Downloads:

GPS Exchange Format Route File
MemoryMap Route file
Thames Path National Trail Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 13/07/2016 21:47:43
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Tracklogs Route file
Thames Path National Trail Tracklogs Route File
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Route Profile:

291.6 Km (181.2 miles)
1,438 m (4,718 ft) ascent
112 m (367 ft)  maximum height