Planning your Thames Path walk

Last updated 20 October 2018

Statue of Father Thames at St John’s Lock, Lechlade

Father Thames, standing guard over St John's Lock, Lechlade

The River Thames isn’t the longest river in the UK – that honour goes to the Severn instead – however the Thames is certainly the best known, and arguably the mightiest of the UK’s rivers. Over the years it’s been a key trading route, both for the import and export of goods to the country, or for transporting items internally as well. Without the Thames, London simply wouldn’t be the city it is today.

Given the river’s importance, it’s only natural that someone would want to make a walking trail that follows it. That’s the Thames Path National Trail, and it’s a National Trail like no others.

It doesn’t follow the whole of the river’s journey – it stops some miles off the coast at the Thames Barrier – but the trail follows a good chunk of it. And as it goes along, you see the river change. At one end it’s a narrow rural waterway, and at the other, a massive expanse of industry and commerce.

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Inside This Guide

  1. What is the walk like?
  2. The route
  3. Planning an itinerary
  4. Finding and booking accommodation
  5. Getting to/from the Thames Path
  6. Guide Books and Maps
  7. And finally, and any questions

What is the walk like?

Geese and a barge, on the River Thames near Mapledurham

Walking on the Thames Path will take you on a journey. Whichever end of the trail you start from, you’ll walk and watch the river change.

The Thames goes through many changes. There’s the quiet, rural Thames near the source; barely bothered by visitors. Then there’s the Thames at leisure, passing through riverside towns and villages, where the water is visited by powerboats and barges. As you get closer to London, the towns get bigger, and the earthen paths begin to give way to tarmac and paving flags. There’s royal Thames with castles and palaces, historic Thames as you visit the site where the Magna Carta was signed. And then there’s suburban Thames, before arriving near Westminster for full on tourist Thames. Finally you leave the centre of London and head to industrial Thames where business and commerce rules.

This makes the Thames Path one of the most distinctive and varied walking trails in the country.

By the nature of the fact that it follows a river, the Thames Path is a pretty flat walk with no real hills to speak of. At many points, it is paved, making walking easy, and for most of the trail there are lots of facilities available.

Thanks to good paths, the vast majority of the Thames Path can be walked all year round. There may be times where there may when flooding may cause problems, however should this occur, generally there are plenty of options for bypassing any problematic areas that arise.

However this is not true of the section between the source and Oxford. This section is especially prone to flooding in winter months, and there are often few alternative routes. If it is under flood, you can end up having to do substantial detours, as the river spills over into many fields. Even paths some distance from the river, that you may think will be ideal alternatives, can be under water and un-usuable. As such, we recommend that the section between the source and Oxford is best attempted between May and October.

The route

From the source to the Thames Barrier, you can see the route of the Thames Path in the map above. Note that this is a guide to the route only, and whilst pretty accurate, is not guaranteed to be 100% correct.

The main Thames Path is shown in red, with the Thames Path Extension (from the Thames Barrier to Crayford Ness) shown in green.

Planning an itinerary

Sign above a tunnel denoting the eastern end of the Thames Path

180 miles from here to the source of the Thames

For centuries the Thames was a hugely important trading route, allowing goods to be shipped to and from the capital, and exported across the world.

The result of this is that numerous towns and villages grew up along side the river, a fact that is a huge boon to the Thames Path walker. It means that, for the majority of its length at least, the Thames Path has plenty of facilities along its route. And that means plenty of options for splitting up your walk.

Because there are so many options, we’ve not produced a series of specific itineraries, but instead split the trail up into a number of “sections”. Some of these sections are longer than others, and in most cases you will probably want to combine multiple “sections” into a single days walk.

Once you hit the Greater London boundary, the ability to chunk up the Thames Path in different ways increases enormously, thanks to an increase in river crossings and the presence of a highly frequent efficient public transport network (any Londoners who are tempted to laugh at this comment would be well advised to spend a week outside the capital relying on public transport, especially late at night.) As such, this section has been split into two sections: one for the Thames Path ‘in the country’ and another for the Thames Path ‘in Greater London.’ Like the official guide book, our definition of ‘country’ is from the source to Hampton Court. And for ‘Greater London’ it’s Hampton Court to the Thames Barrier.

The ‘country’ section

Each of the locations listed below has accommodation, shops and at least one pub, unless otherwise noted. Generally they are major towns or large villages. Any places with limited accommodation are noted. Where there is a railway station available on or near the route, this is marked with a *.

Stage From To Distance Notes
Miles Km
1 Source of the Thames Kemble *
2 Kemble * Ashford Keynes
3 Ashford Keynes Cricklade 7 11¼
4 Cricklade Lechlade 11 17¾
5 Lechlade Kelmscott [1]
6 Kelmscott Newbridge 14 22½ [2]
7 Newbridge Oxford * 14 22½
8 Oxford * Radley * 6
9 Radley * Abingdon 6
10 Abingdon Culham * 6 [3]
11 Culham * Wallingford 11¼ 18
12 Wallingford Cholsey *
13 Cholsey * Goring and Streatley * 4
14 Goring and Streatley * Pangbourne * 7
15 Pangbourne * Tilehurst * 5¼km
16 Tilehurst * Reading *
17 Reading * Henley-on-Thames * 14
18 Henley-on-Thames * Marlow * 13¾
19 Marlow * Bourne End *
20 Bourne End * Cookham * 2
21 Cookham * Maidenhead *
22 Maidenhead * Windsor * 10½
23 Windsor * Staines * 13¼
24 Staines * Shepperton * 9
25 Shepperton * Hampton Court * 10


  1. Limited accommodation in Kelmscott at the village pub only. Alternative accommodation is at Lechlade. No shop.
  2. Limited accommodation at Newbridge at the Rose Revived pub. Alternative accommodation can be found a few miles off route at Brighthamton, or Northmoor. Alternatively, a bus or taxi ride will take you to the towns of Abindgon or Witney.
  3. Culham station is a mile away from the village. Culham has no shop.

The ‘Greater London’ section

Once you hit Greater London, the ways of breaking up the Thames Path increase enormously. There are also plenty of tourist-related diversions that you may want to enjoy whilst breaking your walk. Because of this, we have provided distances between locations where there is a nearby railway or London Underground stations, although the whole London section is rarely far from a bus service as well. For added complexity, for most of the London section there are two alternatives – you can walk on the North Bank or the South Bank. In our experience, you’ll have a better time on the South Bank. It stays closer to the river, and has better views. However where the section can be walked on the North Bank, we have included that distance too.

Stage From To Distance (North Bank) Distance (South Bank) Notes
Miles Km Miles Km
1 Hampton Court * Kingston-upon-Thames * 3 5
2 Kingston-upon-Thames * Teddington * 2
3 Teddington * Richmond *
4 Richmond * Kew Bridge * 4 3 5
5 Kew Bridge * Hammersmith/Barnes * 4 4 [1]
6 Hammersmith/Barnes * Putney Bridge * [1]
7 Putney Bridge * Vauxhall Bridge * 6 6
8 Vauxhall Bridge * Westminster Bridge * 1 1
9 Westminster Bridge * Waterloo Bridge * ¾ ½ 1
10 Waterloo Bridge * Blackfriars Bridge * ½ 1 ½ 1
11 Blackfriars Bridge * London Bridge * 2
12 London Bridge * Tower Bridge * ½ 1 ½ 1
13 Tower Bridge * Wapping/Rotherhithe * 1 [2]
14 Wapping/Rotherhithe * Greenwich Foot Tunnel * 6 [2]
15 Greenwich Foot Tunnel * Thames Barrier * 4 6 [3]


  1. Distance to Hammersmith for north bank, and Barnes for South Bank
  2. Distance to Wapping for north bank, and Rotherhithe for South Bank
  3. Nearest railway station is Woolwich Dockyard. Alternatively, follow the Thames Path Extension to Woolwich
    1. The Thames Path Extension

      Although the eastern end of the Thames Path National Trail is at the Thames Barrier, you don’t need to end there as the Thames Path Extension carries on another ten miles to Crayford Ness. This is fully waymarked and generally referred to as the Thames Path on signposts, but uses a picture of a Thames Sailing Barge as a logo instead of the National Trail acorn. It is shown on the map above in green.

      Whether it is worth it depends though if you’d rather end your walk at the sleek metallic majesty of the Thames Barrier, or at a quiet patch of land near a scrap metal yard.

      Still interested? These are the distances:

      Stage From To Distance
      Miles Km
      1 Thames Barrier * Woolwich (Foot Tunnel) * 2
      2 Woolwich (Royal Arsenal) * Erith * 7 11¼
      3 Erith * Crayford Ness 2

      Note that there is no public transport Crayford Ness. There are two options: walk back to Erith, or carry on follow initially following the London LOOP before following the LOOP link signs to Slade Green railway station.

      Breaking the walk up for several trips

      The Thames Path passes many railway stations along its route, meaning its extremely easy to split the route up into several trips. Indeed, if you live in London, or near the Thames, it’s an absolute doddle to walk most of the Thames Path in day hikes. The options are endless.

      The one section that is an exception to this is the section from the source to Oxford. Unless you live locally, this is likely to require a four day trip to complete this section as there are no railway stations on the route, and whilst there are some buses – like the Stagecoach 66 bus that runs from Swindon to Oxford that mostly follows the A420 – you’ll need to be prepared to make detours of a couple of miles from the trail.

      Extending your walk

      As well as the Thames Path Extension, the Thames Path intersects with a large number of walking trails on its journey. There are too many to list here, but notable trails include the Ridgeway and the London LOOP. At the western end, near the source, the Wysis Way runs for 55 miles/88km and connects with the Offa’s Dyke National Trail at Monmouth, and the Cotswold Way National Trail.

      Rest days

      The country section doesn’t have that many sections well worth spending a whole day in, although there are several towns like Abingdon and Henley where an hour or two spent exploring, would be a hugely re-warding experience.

      The most obvious place to stop is the university city of Oxford, where you can easily spend a day wandering down its narrow streets and checking out its sights.

      Once you hit Greater London, the Thames Path takes you past numerous tourist attractions. Indeed it’s well worth, if you have the time, to walk shorter days in Greater London and take in some of the fantastic sights on the route. Obvious contenders include Hampton Court Palace, Tate Britain, the Houses of Parliament, the South Bank (including the London Eye, Borough Market, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and maritime Greenwich. And that’s just the options that don’t involve leaping on a bus or a tube train. Even if you live in London, there’s plenty to see and explore.

      Finding and booking accommodation

      The Magna Carta Memorial, Runnymede

      The Magna Carta Memorial. Celebrating a legendary document, just a short way from the Thames Path.

      As it travels through many larger towns and villages, you’ll have no problems with finding accommodation. The Thames Path National Trail website includes a detailed accommodation guide, although inevitably its not comprehensive, especially in London (far from it.) That means alternative accommodation can be found using your favourite search engine.

      If staying in London, you may find it easier to stay in the same place for a couple of nights, and use the capital’s excellent public transport to get to and from your accommodation.

      Accommodation Booking Services and Baggage Transfer

      A number of companies will arrange your walk for you. Generally this includes baggage transfer as well. You can find a list of companies who will book accommodation on the official Thames Path website.

      The official website also has a list of companies who provide baggage transfer if you just want that service.

      Hostels and bunkbarns

      The Thames Path is served by a number of hostels, although most are in London. Those near to the trail are:

      The YHA also has several other London hostels, and a full listing can be found in the London section of their website. There are also independent hostels, although often targeted at a younger clientèle.


      Most of the camping opportunities on the Thames Path are in the western end, in the more rural sections. This includes the option to stay the night on some lock islands. The Thames Path accommodation guide includes known places to camp.

      Due to the nature of the trail, wild camping is not generally advised or possible. Under English law you are not legally allowed to wild camp without permission of the landowner.

      Getting to/from the Thames Path

      First Great Western train at Tilehurst station

      A train sits at Tilehurst station, just metres away from the Thames Path.

      As has been noted above, the Thames Path is extremely well served by the National Rail network in the country section, with most stations having regular services to London – either direct or by changing once. Train times and connections can be found on the National Rail website.

      In the Greater London section of the trail, the Thames Path is extremely well served by public transport in the form of National Rail, London Underground or London’s extensive bus network. To plan journeys in London, visit the Transport for London website.

      Guide Books and Maps

      Me, standing next to a giant map of the Thames, in a subway

      Sometimes you just need to stand next to a giant map on a wall

      First up, guide books, and you simply can’t go wrong with the two official guide books, published by Aurum Press.

      The Thames Path in the Country by David Sharp and Tony Gowers, covers the trail between the source and Hampton Court. It includes plenty of information about the trail, as well as Ordnance Survey Explorer scale (1:25,000) maps for the whole route, and show plenty of the area around the route as well. The book also includes information about public transport options. The last update was 2016.

      The Thames Path in London by Phobe Clapham, is the book for the London section between Hampton Court and the Thames Barrier, with detailed coverage for both the North Bank and South Bank options. It also includes the Thames Path Extension, enabling you to extend your walk to Crayford Ness if you wish. It was last updated in 2018.

      As well as masses of detail, and local information, the book has one glorious feature: it’s maps. It uses the Ordnance Survey’s 1:10,000 scale. This is an easy to use street map, with road names and everything. This is incredibly useful when you’re trying to navigate your way through the Greater London area. As far as we know, this is the only Thames Path guidebook to use these maps, and the benefits of navigating the Thames Path this way should not be underestimated!

      For planning a multi-day walk, you may well find the Trailblazer Thames Path guide book to be of great benefit. These incredibly detailed books list a multitude of accommodation providers, pubs, and other services on the trail. They also include maps and walk instructions, although the maps are hand drawn, and we prefer the detail provided by a proper map.

      When it comes to maps, an excellent choice is the A-Z Thames Path Adventure Atlas. This range of maps are an excellent alternative to carrying individual Ordnance Survey maps, and gives you the whole of the trail – and a good area around it – in a single, slim volume. The maps are at the Ordnance Survey Explorer scale of 1:25,000. This is not ideal in London, and the Thames Path in London’s maps are better, but for the rest of the route, this is a great book to have.

      As ever, there is a Harveys Thames Path map, at Harvey’s scale of 1:40,000. The scale is too small to be truly useful in London, however may be useful in other areas. However generally for the Thames Path, we recommend the higher scale of the Explorer maps as you will benefit from the extra detail.

      Finally, if you fancy filling your rucksacks with paper maps containing the fine work of the Ordnance Survey, then these are the ones you need:

      We thoroughly recommend the Explorer scale, and the Landrangers really won’t help you once you hit London.

      And finally, and any questions

      Topiary sculpture of a child riding on a bird

      The Thames Path, for all your topiary needs.

      If you’ve got this far, then hopefully you’re preparing to put your walking boots on very soon. I hope you have an excellent walk.

      And if you’ve any questions about the Thames Path, feel free to ask them below and we’ll do the best to answer those we can.

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      Your Comments

      Dave Lee

      11 September 2017 at 4:48 pm

      I have a comment on your section regarding breaking the Thames Path up into several trips, where you note that the lack of public transport on the section to Oxford makes it difficult.
      In fact, it is doable with a bit of planning. There is a good bus service from Cricklade to Swindon (Stagecoach bus 51/51A). And the real helper is the Stagecoach 66 from Swindon to Oxford, which runs mostly along the A420 parallel to the Thames. That means there’s a bus stop a few miles off the main path all the way from Faringdon to Farmoor, at which point you’re almost in Oxford anyway!
      Hope that helps…


      22 September 2017 at 11:35 am

      I agree with the usefulness of the 66 bus. It even has a regular service on Sundays! I used it to/from an obscure road junction called Buckland Turn, about 2.5 miles of road-walking south of Tadpole Bridge. This, together with staying at a place you didn’t mention, The Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe (about 10 miles from Oxford), let me do the walk from the source to Oxford in five legs over three weekends:

      Day 1 (standalone): Source to Cricklade
      Days 2/3 (full weekend): Cricklade to Tadpole Bridge/Buckland Turn, staying overnight in Lechlade
      Days 4/5 (full weekend): Buckland Turn/Tadpole Bridge to Oxford, staying overnight in Bablock Hythe

      Leslie Snyder

      11 March 2018 at 3:55 am

      Generally, how is the weather on the Thames path in late September and into the middle of October? I know you can’t give me a definite weather report but something general would be really helpful. For example, we live in Columbus, Ohio, and I can tell a visitor that we have beautiful fall days that are often warm in the daytime and cool but not freezing in the evening. when it rains, it rarely last for more than a few hours in our autumn. Can anyone give me an idea of the weather in the early fall?

      Derick Rethans

      12 March 2018 at 11:45 am


      I’m planning to do the whole of the Thames Path this year, and was wondering whether it would be too much of a stretch to do Source to Oxford in 3 days (with stops in Circklade and Newbridge). It’s going to be in June/July, and my main concern is the 44km between Circklade and Newbridge… Is it generally good walking with hiking boots?


      Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

      13 March 2018 at 9:10 am

      Hello Leslie – generally Autumn in the south of England can be a great time to walk. However you may get a day where it just rains all the time. Although in Britain that’s true most of the year!

      Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

      13 March 2018 at 9:14 am

      Hi Derick – the Thames Path’s a pretty flat route, and usually easy going. I’m not sure I’d personally want to do 44km in one day, but of all the routes I know, the Thames Path would be the easiest to do that distance. The question I’d ask is, have you experience of walking such a long distance in one day? If not, then it’s a serious challenge.

      Derick Rethans

      13 March 2018 at 10:08 am

      Thanks for your comment Andrew,

      I walk about 10-20km a day, and have done a 35km walk — all in London with lots of people “in the way”, so I’m pretty sure I can do 44km in the country side, starting early and relaxed.

      BTW, is there a reason why your site disables PgUp/PgDn for scrolling, and the cursor in this comment field and for scrolling too?

      Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

      13 March 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Yep, if you’ve done 35km in London, 44km on the Thames Path should be fine!

      As for the Page Up/Page Down – there was nothing I was doing deliberately. Turns out the code I use to embed the maps on the page was hijacking them. Rather than scrolling the page up and down, it was scrolling the map instead. There was a simple fix for that, and everything should now work as you’d expect. I presume the same thing was causing the comment problems as well.


      24 March 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Andrew,
      Do you know if anyone has attempted the entire length from the source to the sea? I’m planning to do this next year and finish at the end of Southend pier, taking about 12 days while staying along the route – maybe less. I’m currently struggling to find a good way to cross the river Darent so I can eventually reach Gravesend.

      Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

      24 March 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Hello James – whilst I know there have been suggestions of extending the route to the sea, I don’t know of anyone who has done it myself. Maybe someone does?

      Tessa Gooding

      3 April 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Hello, thanks for the advice on here. I’m looking to do a sponsored challenge for a local homeless charity in October and am thinking about walking 54 miles along the south of the river in one go from Windsor to the Thames Barrier (I’ve calculated it based on your information above). To make it a significant enough challenge I’ll probably start on a Saturday morning and finish on a Sunday morning, as I’m guessing it will take me an average of 3 miles per hour plus breaks as it’s pretty flat. Do you think planning to do it within 24 hours is feasible? I will probably bring my dog for the first half of it – he may not manage the whole thing. We will train by doing long Sunday walks over the few months beforehand.

      Tessa Gooding

      3 April 2018 at 1:51 pm

      The other option is we do Teddington Lock to River Darent, which I think is 42 miles and if we do it in one go, people will hopefully also see that as a sufficient challenge. Plus the walk is to raise awareness of homelessness in London and I think this bit is the part within the Greater London boundaries.

      Julian Lewis

      24 April 2018 at 2:24 pm

      I would like to walk from Windsor on the Thames path ending at the The Shard.Can you tell me how far it is and how easy it is as I have only just learnt to walk again.

      Derick Rethans

      24 April 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Julian, it’s about 55km from Windsor to London Bridge – quite a long walk, but possible to do in two days.

      Annabelle Cartwright

      12 May 2018 at 3:51 pm

      I’m looking for a good place to park the Cricklade. My searches haven’t come up with much.


      23 May 2018 at 2:04 pm

      We were considering doing the Thames Path from London to Reading. How long roughly do you reckon this would take to walk (not including any stops along the way)?


      13 June 2018 at 6:15 am

      Hi, i am an extreme walker and am looking at walking from the barrier to the source in three days, 62 miles a day. That should give me between three and four hours sleep a night,providing the distances work out near to either a campsite or an Inn/b&b. Do you have any recommendations for anywhere at those distances.
      Kindest regards


      19 July 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks for all your stories, tips and advice. The only shame is that you walked from East to West and we are walking from West to East …

      By-the-way, just as well that we started at the source, because the other way around we would probably never finish our walk.

      Large parts of the ‘path’ from the source to Wallingford or so are no path at all (with sometimes waist high nettles and thistles, even far into June …) and lots of times you also cannot see the river. Not much fun there. We hardly ever met other walkers and wondered if the Thames Path was being maintained at all.

      But towns like Ashton Keynes, Clifton Hampden and Wallingford are little gems, even though you sometimes need to leave the path to find them.

      Looking forward to walking another part of the Thames Path next year, but with more realistic expectations.


      29 July 2018 at 2:02 pm

      I’m walking East to West with my son doing approx 10km as and when I have the time. Yesterday we did the stretch from Marlow to Henley. I’m loving the whole thing but I can see that it’ll need more planning as I get past Pangbourne with regard to public transport. Also because I’ll be further away from home (I live near Staines). Helpful comments about the bus routes thanks!

      Mikey C

      9 August 2018 at 11:41 pm

      The only way to cross the River Darent is to follow the London Loop path which goes along the Rivers Darent and Cray to Crayford, go east along the A206 which crosses the Darent and take the similar path back up the other side, as sadly there is no public access to the Darent flood barrier which does cross the river!

      Derick Rethans

      13 August 2018 at 11:12 am

      Goring-on-Thames has a train station (and is ~10 km from Pangbourne).
      Wallingford has the X39/X40 bus from Reading (and is ~16km from Goring) See:
      Dorchester can also mostly be reached by the X39/X40 bus, with a little detour walking
      There is a train station at Culham, although not very close to the river.
      Abingdon will have bus services to Didcot Parkway, where you can pick up the train into Reading again.

      Beyond Oxford you’re going to struggle unless you’re willing to walk a little further. I did do the 90km from source to Oxford over three days.


      15 August 2018 at 4:12 pm

      I am organising a small group who live “on the continent”. I plan to split the walk into 3 separate weeks, spread over 1 or 2 years.

      2 immediate questions:

      1. are there companies which plan the walk, fix accommodation and move rucksacks from one location to another
      2. best time to walk

      Thanks for any help you can give.


      Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

      16 August 2018 at 9:56 am

      Hello Peter
      Yes, there are companies who can plan your walk and move bags. You can find details on the Thames Path National Trail website.

      As for time of year, most of it can be walked at any time. But the section between the source and Oxford is best done between May and October, due to the likelihood of the path flooding at other times.


      16 August 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Well, we walked the path in June of this year between the source and Henley. And we found that most of the time there was no actual path (but lots of stinging nettles instead, sometimes higher than my 5 ft 3) and the Thames was nowhere to be seen. We were not the only persons wondering if the path was being walked on at all at this end … Ofcourse, it can be walked. But whether it’s an overall nice experience, is quite another matter.

      Nigel Croxford

      17 August 2018 at 5:05 pm

      In May 2018 I walked the Thames Path from the source to Putney Bridge in 6 consecutive days to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, however my feet had suffered terribly and I wasn’t able to finish the final stretch to the Thames Barrier.
      Next weekend, along with family and friends, I am going to finish my challenge and would like to know which is the best side of the river to walk and are there any diversions along the route
      Thanks for your help.

      Mikey C

      20 August 2018 at 10:52 pm


      Just noticed this on the Diamond Geezer blog, where he mentions the Thames Estuary Path, which runs from Tilbury to Leigh on Sea (near Southend) which is probably as near as you’ll get to a Thames Path to Southend (albeit running inland sometimes)

      Sarah Price

      21 August 2018 at 10:11 am

      Nigel, I walked that stretch on the south side last year. Last February there was a diversion on the Greenwich Peninsula due to building work. It wasn’t well signposted but might be finished now of course!

      Off to walk the next stretch from Pangbourne to Goring today…

      David Newman

      9 September 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Sarah the building works just east of Greenwich are not finished, I walked the path there about two weeks ago. You have to go inland through housing estates and along a busy road, not pleasant but it takes only around 30 minutes to get through it to the Greenwich Peninsular.

      Arkam Uzair

      12 September 2018 at 10:36 am

      I just finished the whole Great London path. I really enjoyed it. It is so diverse. I split it into 1.5-2 hours walk every day and finished it in 4-5 days. On weekend I walked Longer.

      The more you move away from Centre, the path becomes more rural type but with less diversion.

      I mostly walked south Path but always planned in the morning on the map to check which side to walk(North or south). I walked on that side which had less diversions.

      The area from Kew Bridge till Hampton Court is so beautiful and scenic. The central area has its own charm.

      The walk between Lime house and Island gardens is the worst part of the walk as there are mostly private properties and restricted areas near river which you cant enter. You have to go on a side road and then re-join.

      O2 construction work also caused a bit of inconvenience due to some construction work but apparently they are saying that something exciting is coming.

      On one end I finish at Hampton Court and on other end I finished near River Darent.

      What I did was that I walked from Thames Barrier till River Darent. From river Darent I walked half an hour and then took a side walk to River Cray and ultimately reached Main road somewhere close to Queen Elizabeth Bridge 2. From there I had two options, either to Walk to Crayford or Slade Green. Both were approximately same distance, so I chose Slade Green.

      Beyond thames barrier, if you wish to split walks, you can do so easily as you pass near lots of rail stations like Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich Arsenal, Plumstead, Abbeywood, Belverde, Erith.

      After Erith you need to prepare yourself to do a boring main road walk if you plan to reach Slade Green or Crayford.

      The walk in Bishop’s part on the route between Putney to Hammersmith is so beautiful and scenic. Its like a forest walk as Bishop’s route is covered by tree.

      Geof Malone

      1 October 2018 at 7:07 pm

      My wife and I finally arrived at the source last week. Despite it being a few years since setting off from the Barrier, we still felt a great sense of achievement!

      Andrew has all the information you need here but, for breaking the trip down to easy day stages, we followed It was written around 2004 but what little has changed is well signed. We didn’t bother carrying any maps or guidebooks.

      We live in London so it was easy to go as far as Oxford doing day trips, mostly from 9 – 12 miles. The only exception was a night in delightful Dorchester-on-Thames when the transport back would have been too much hassle.

      We did Oxford to the source in five days, staying at Bablock Hythe, Tadpole Bridge, Lechlade and Cricklade (lovely walking and nice places to stay) and finished off with a celebratory night at the Thames Head Inn, about 20 minutes’ walk from the source.

      Jon Clifton

      16 October 2018 at 8:33 am

      We started the Thames Path last August (2017) at Greenwich and are currently at Dorchester on Thames initially doing the walks on ‘days out’ from where we live in Norfolk. Now we are staying weekends in self catering. We are loving it so much and would recommend to anyone. We use taxis or trains to get us back to the car after the days walking. Lovely villages, great pubs, loved London, the Chilterns are scenic,….. cant wait to get back.


      18 October 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Dear Geof Malone, I was just wondering if you experienced any problems walking the path in October. We walked the path in June of this year between the source and Henley. Just after a period of heavy rains. And we found that most of the time there was no actual path (but lots of stinging nettles instead, sometimes higher than my 5 ft 3) and the path had not been maintained. Reading all the Hosannah stories about the path on this website, I’m just wondering if we were just there at the wrong time …

      Geof Malone

      23 October 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Winny,
      Sorry for the belated reply. We were very lucky with the weather. Took rain gear but it was shorts and t-shirt all the way, the path was clear and don’t remember getting stung, but can certainly see the potential for it getting a bit rough in a few places in the wet weather.


      28 November 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Similar to what was mentioned in an earlier post (James, March 24 2018), I am also intending to walk the whole length from the source at Kemble to Southend Pier. I’m anticipating 12 – 15 days.

      The Thames Path itself is well-documented although does anyone have a walking route from the Thames Barrier to Southend? I’m assuming there isn’t a convenient pathway that runs alongside the river – there are some dotted lines showing on Google Maps, which I take to be footpaths, although these are interrupted by docks, sewerage works and sundry industrial sites, so I think it might be a disaster-in-waiting to set off without a planned route beforehand.

      Any help or comment gratefully received


      29 November 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Simon,
      I haven’t come across anything extensively documented online about my full route.
      I’ve planned for quite a few miles “inland” and diverting around – particularly when the river meets the River Cray, near Crayford on the south bank (see Mikey C’s route above). Once at Gravesend, I’m getting the ferry over to Tilbury (the only transport I’ll be using) and then it’s several miles round to Stanford Le Hope, past Basildon to Pitsea and then down towards Canvey Island. and following the Estuary waterline all the way through to Southend.

      I found there’s no magic route marked out – so I’ve hard to invest a lot of time to check different routes that make it up, and actually getting boots on the ground at the weekend with an OS map of the areas (don’t rely on Google).

      Hope this helps


      29 November 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Four of us will be walking on the Thames Path in mid April. We’d really appreciate your guidance about which segment to walk. We have only three days so we would like to find a segment that is quaint but with beautiful scenery. Any suggestions?

      Simon Hall

      30 November 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks James
      I’ll work on this over the next few weeks and come to a conclusion. If I think the diversions east of the Thames Barrier would take me too far from the bank of the estuary then I’ll just walk from Kemble to the Barrier, doing 15 – 18 miles a day.

      Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

      3 December 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Leslie
      It’s difficult to chose a perfect three day stretch, but perhaps the sections between Tilehurst/Reading and Oxford would meet your criteria. It’s quite varied, with lots of interesting scenery and some lovely villages and towns.

      If you had an extra day – and were going later in the year – the Source and Oxford would be a great one. But in April there’s a risk that there may be flooded sections. Probably less of a risk in April, but generally I suggest waiting until May before trying that bit.


      3 December 2018 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you so much!


      7 December 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Hi Andrew,
      We are from Australia and are planning to walk in the Cotswolds in May 2019 finishing in Oxford. We are thinking that it would be good to then tag on the Oxford to London section of the Thames Path. Question, would like to know if it is necessary to pre book nightly accommodation (pubs and B & B’s etc) or is it possible to find accom along the way? If accom is relatively easy to find it would give us more flexibility each day (weather, sightseeing etc), we have hiked extensively (several Camino walks in Spain, Portugal, France etc and have done the C2C in England twice).

      Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

      9 December 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Hello Wendy – generally I recommend booking in advance if you can but you may be alright if you’re prepared to travel a little bit away from the trail in the evening.

      Jonathan Clifton

      10 December 2018 at 11:02 am

      Hi Wendy
      We usually book accommodation (self catering usually) somewhere very close to The Thames and have three/four walking days. We then get taxis back to the car or accommodation. This has worked perfectly so far. I’d recommend searching taxis beforehand so you have several to choose from as some in the remoter areas are not always available and on other jobs. Our next trip is the Oxford section and have a lovely old cottage booked at Sutton Courteney. Have fun.


      16 December 2018 at 3:35 am

      Thank you Andrew and Jonathan.

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