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National Trail AcornThames Path National Trail

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

298 km / 185 miles  View Facebook Page  View Twitter Feed
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 and onwards to the Woolwich Foot Tunnel. 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. For some sections it is necessary to check tide times. The interactive map on the National Trails website gives details of current diversions.

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.

UPDATE 2022: In January the Thames Path was extended for just over one mile from the Thames Barrier to the Woolwich Foot Tunnel. Here it joins up with the England Coast Path which can be followed to Grain in Kent to give a complete 'source to sea' route along the River Thames.

UPDATE May 2022: A reported diversion at Marsh Lock, south of Henley-on-Thames, due to closure of a bridge ('Donkey Bridge') across the lock for safety reasons. The diversion uses a permissive path and track and may be changed, but is reported to be clearly signed. It is expected to last 'for the duration of the summer'. See
https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/short-routes/thames-path-marsh-lock-footbridge-closure-and-diversion/

UPDATE May 2022: Due to flood defences work in London, the National Trail is closed between Barnes Bridge and Jubilee Gardens from the 3rd of May to the end of August 2022. A signposted diversion (in blue on the map) is in place along Mortlake High Street.
https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/short-routes/diversion-for-barnes-and-mortlake-project-starting-4th-april/

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)
Easy
River
Urban
World Heritage Site
Heritage
Start: ST981995 - Thames Source near Kemble, Gloucestershire View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ433793 - Woolwich Foot Tunnel, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1996
Web Sites: National Trails - Thames Path TfL - Thames Path Port of London - Tide Tables Camino Adventures - Thames River Path (2021) [blog] John Tippetts - Thames Path (2020) [blog] Brian's Walks - Thames Path (2018) [blog] Rambles & Brambles - Thames Path (2015) [blog] Rambling Man -Thames Path (2013) [blog] Jason McDonald's Walking Pages - Thames Path National Trail (2011) [blog] Trailplanner - Thames Path (2011) [blog] Tim Bertuchi - Thames Path (2011) [blog] British Walks - Thames Path (2006) [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Thames Path : Thames Head to the Thames Barrier  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2018 )
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 Walking the Thames Path National Trail : from London to the river's source in Gloucestershire  (Cicerone Press  - 2021 reprint )
Guidebook London Thames Path  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2015 )
Guidebook Thames Path: Companion  (Walking Books  - 2013 )
External download Surrey County Council - Thames Down Link  (Surrey County Council ) Download
General Interest Book Grand Union, Oxford & the South East: Waterways Guide 1 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)  (HarperCollins  - 2020 )
General Interest Book From source to sea : notes from a 215-mile walk along the River Thames  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2018 )
General Interest Book Walks of a Lifetime : extraordinary hikes from around the world  (Falcon Guides (an imprint of Globe Pequot)  - 2017 )
General Interest Book National Trails : 19 long-distance routes through England, Scotland and Wales  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
General Interest Book Story of the Thames  (Amberley Publishing  - 2013 )
General Interest Book Big walks of the south  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
General Interest Book With rucksack and bus pass  (Matador (an imprint of Troubadour)  - 2010 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
Badge Badge for National Trails  (Trails Shop )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Trails Shop )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association )
Other National Trail mug  (Trails Shop )

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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 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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Satmap OS mapcard
Memory-Map
Memory-Map A-Z London street atlas (Memory-Map - 2020)

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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Great British Walks Limited)

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GPX Route File
Thames Path National Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 19/02/2022 16:18:51 - Showing route extension to Woolwich Foot Tunnel
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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:

295.4 km (183.6 miles)
1,460 m (4,790 ft) ascent
112 m (367 ft)  maximum height

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