A gem of a walk — The Thames Path Walk needs no introduction as the main artery that runs through the beating heart of London. While the National Trail stretches westwards to the source of the River Thames in the Cotswolds, the London section covers a magical 40 miles (64 km) of easy, level walking on both sides of the river from Hampton Court Palace, through the heart of London to the East India Dock on the north bank and the River Darent on the south bank.
Drink in the sights and sounds from the Arcadian landscape of the lost floodplain in Richmond via the vibrant city to the Dickensian expanse of the marshes to the East. You’ll see every imaginable waterborne activity along the way — seagoing ships manoeuvering into their moorings, trip boats and tugs jostling with floating gin-palaces, bustling boatyards, marinas and the working wharves downstream at Greenwich.
You’ll discover there’s always something happening on Europe’s cleanest major river — and also why such an amazing diversity of people and wildlife have made it their home.
This website shows the official line of the trail. Occasionally it is necessary to divert sections of the route, contact the local London Borough for information about diversions.
The route is well marked by the National Trail symbol from west of London to the end of the National Trail at the Thames Barrier in the London Borough of Greenwich (on the south side) and at Island Gardens (on the north side).
It is possible to continue walking eastwards - on the south side the path continues through Charlton, Woolwich, Thamesmead and on past Erith and the GLA boundary with Kent and on the north side the walk carries on as far as East India Dock. Beyond the Thames Barrier, however, the route is way-marked with the Thames Barge symbol rather than the National Trail acorn.
There is a wealth of information available on the Thames Path and other national trails and a useful first point of reference is the National Trail's website at www.nationaltrail.co.uk.
The official National Trail Guide "Thames Path in London" by Phoebe Clapham is published by Aurum Press. (ISBN: 9781845137069 RRP: £12.99) http://www.aurumpress.co.uk/thames-path-in-london
For free audio guides that cover sections of the Thames Path or some of the attractions along the route have a look at the following websites:
iaudioguide.com - from this website you can download a free 6 track audio guide that covers Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
London Walks – from this website you can download free audio guides of walks around London. The Riverside Walk, Greenwich Walk and the Tower of London to St Paul’s Walk all follow part of the Thames Path.
Visit the Dorling Kindersley website for a free audio guide of a walk which starts at Westminster station and follows the south bank for about 1¾ miles to London Bridge. Read by Radio 2's Richard Allinson it tells you where to look, where to stop and where to eat and drink along the way.
'Accessible Thames', 10 easy access walks published by the Thames Landscape Strategy, T0208 940 0654 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Green routes in Hounslow' 9 self-guided walks booklet available from libraries or Anna.Humphries@hounslow.gov.uk .
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