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National Trail AcornThames Path National Trail

Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Gtr London, Oxfordshire, Reading, Surrey, Swindon, W Berkshire, Wiltshire, Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham

296 km / 184 miles
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 - August 2019 (Route Diversions)

Temple Footbridge has reopened. The Environment Agency will be programming minor bridge maintenance during this season, however they will work to minimise the impact this has on Thames Path users. The bridge near Marlow near Temple Lock was closed (May 2019) with a signed diversion. See https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path/news/temple-bridge-has-reopened and https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path/news/temple-bridge-extended-closure-between-hurley-and-marlow  with maps.


 


Details:

Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Attributes: National Trail (England and Wales)
Easy
River
Urban
World Heritage Site
Heritage
Start: ST980995 - Thames Source near Kemble, Gloucestershire View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ415792 - Thames Barrier, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1996
Web Sites: Port of London - Tide Tables TfL - Thames Path National Trails - Thames Path Jason McDonald's Walking Pages - Thames Path National Trail Thames Path - Tim Bertuchi British Walks - Thames Path Annierak - Thames Path National Trail Stephen and Lucy Dawson - Thames Path Rambling Man -Thames Path

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback Thames Path  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )
Paperback Thames Path Map Booklet  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )
Paperback Thames Path : in the Country : from the source to Hampton Court : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2016 )
Paperback Thames Path : in London : from Hampton Court to Crayford Ness : 50 miles of historic riverside walk : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2012 )
Guidebook Thames Path : Thames Head to the Thames Barrier  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2018 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association  - 2009 )
Paperback Thames Path: Companion  (Walk Unlimited  - 2013 )
General Interest Book Story of the Thames  (Amberley Publishing  - 2013 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
Paperback The London Thames Path  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2015 )
Paperback Big Walks of the South  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
General Interest Book From source to sea : notes from a 215-mile walk along the River Thames  (Summersdale Publishers  - June 2017 )
Badge Badge for National Trails  (Walk Unlimited )
Paperback Grand Union, Oxford & the South East No. 1 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)  (HarperCollins  - 2016 )
E-Book Thames Path (Cicerone)  (Amazon Media Group  - 2016 )
External PDF Surrey County Council - Thames Down Link  (Surrey County Council ) Download
Guidebook National trails : complete guide to Britain's National Trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
General Interest Book With rucksack and bus pass  (Matador (an imprint of Troubadour)  - 2010 )
Guidebook The Thames from Hampton to Richmond Bridge : the walker's guide  (The Laird Press (David McDowall)  - 2002 )
Guidebook The Thames from Richmond to Putney Bridge : the walker's guide  (The Laird Press (David McDowall)  - 2005 )

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Maps:

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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 163, 164, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177
OS Landranger Active 163, 164, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177
OS Explorer 45, 159, 160, 161, 162, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 180
OS Explorer Active 45, 159, 160, 161, 162, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 180
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Thames Path National Trail (Harvey Maps - 2017)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
Thames Path Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company - 2015 2nd edition)
Stripmap
Digital Maps:
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Digital Street Mapping
A-Z Greater London (Memory-Map) (Memory-Map Europe)
Downloadable Digital Mapping
Thames Path National Trail (Anquet Technology Ltd)

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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walking Holiday Company)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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The Vines  (bookable online)
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Duck End Cottage  (bookable online)
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Five Mile View Guest House  (bookable online)
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Arden Lodge  (bookable online)
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Cotswold House  (bookable online)
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Tilbury Lodge  (bookable online)
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Galaxie  (bookable online)
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Park House  (bookable online)
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Royal Oxford Hotel  (bookable online)
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Bath Place Hotel  (bookable online)
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Head of the River  (bookable online)
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Newton House  (bookable online)
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Sportsview Guest House  (bookable online)
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The Old Black Horse  (bookable online)
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Red Mullions Guest House  (bookable online)
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The Westwood Hotel  (bookable online)
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Abodes B&B  (bookable online)
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Abbey Guest House  (bookable online)
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Marsh House  (bookable online)
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Brambly Thatch Cottage  (bookable online)
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Holiday Inn Reading M4 Jct10  (bookable online)
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Herons Nest  (bookable online)
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Chase Lodge Hotel  (bookable online)
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Mrs Berg  (bookable online)
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The Caspian  (bookable online)
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London Lodge Hotel  (bookable online)
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Downloads:

GPX 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

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