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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).


Details:

Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Attributes: National Trail (England and Wales)
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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 [blog] Thames Path - Tim Bertuchi British Walks - Thames Path [blog] Annierak - Thames Path National Trail [blog] Stephen and Lucy Dawson - Thames Path [blog] Rambling Man -Thames Path [blog] Brian's Walks - Thames Path [blog] Trailplanner - Thames Path [blog] Camino Adventures - Thames Path : roaming, relics and riverbanks [blog] A walker's journal - The Thames Path [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking the Thames Path National Trail : from London to the river's source in Gloucestershire  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )
Guidebook Thames Path : in the Country : from the source to Hampton Court : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2016 )
Guidebook 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)  - 2018 )
Guidebook Thames Path : Thames Head to the Thames Barrier  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2018 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association )
Guidebook 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 )
Guidebook The London Thames Path  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2015 )
General Interest Book 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  - 2018 )
Badge Badge for National Trails  (Trails Shop )
Guidebook Grand Union, Oxford & the South East: Waterways Guide 1 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)  (HarperCollins  - 2020 )
External download Surrey County Council - Thames Down Link  (Surrey County Council ) Download
Guidebook The National Trails : 19 long-distance routes through England, Scotland and Wales  (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 )
General Interest Book Fifty years of adventure  (Cicerone Press  - 2018 )
Other National Trail mug  (Trails Shop )
Badge Thames Path 20th anniversary badge  (Trails Shop )
Badge Thames Path pin / lapel badge  (Trails Shop )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Trails Shop )
General Interest Book Walks of a Lifetime : extraordinary hikes from around the world  (Falcon Guides (an imprint of Globe Pequot)  - 2017 )

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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
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Harvey National Trail map
Thames Path National Trail (Harvey Maps - 2017)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
Thames Path Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company (an imprint of HarperCollins) - 2015 2nd edition)
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Memory-Map A-Z London street atlas (Memory-Map - 2020)
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Thames Path National Trail Memory Map Route File
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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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