What better way to get to know Britain’s iconic river than to walk from its tiny trickling source in the Cotswolds to where it meets the sea?
The Thames Path follows the river for 148 miles through rural counties, historic villages, towns and cities such as Henley, Windsor and Oxford, through the heart of London, conjoining with the Regent’s Canal at Limehouse Basin before ending at the Thames Barrier.
City of spires
You can’t walk this national trail without stopping to admire Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’ and home to the world-famous university. Take a punt on the river or visit one of the city’s excellent museums. Between Oxford and Iffley, the Thames is known as the Isis, a derivative of Tamesis, which is Latin for Thames.
Explore a palace garden
Hampton Court Palace in Richmond-upon-Thames is simply breathtaking – be sure to wander its majestic gardens and grand buildings, enlarged by Henry VIII then later William III, as you pass by along the Thames Path.
Wild flowers & wading birds
Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve flanks the banks of the Thames in Oxfordshire. This former farm is now famous for its wading birds and hay meadows bursting with wild flowers.
Take a shorter walk
The 10-mile final stretch of the path from Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier packs in many historic sites, including Victorian docklands, Greenwich and Rotherhithe, which is where our Pilgrim fathers departed for America in 1620. The walk ends in Woolwich, where the mighty barrier protects our capital from flooding.
Plan your adventure
The Thames Path is close to the Regent’s Canal and Lee Navigation. Plan your journey here.