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Facts about the River Thames & useful information

It’s part of the longest river in England, it has 45 locks, is home to over 25 species of fish, boasts three areas of outstanding natural beauty and it’s the only river in Europe to have a national trail follow its entire length.

Starting as a small trickle in the Cotswolds the River Thames travels over 210 miles through the heart of some of England’s most picturesque towns, right into the centre of London and eventually, out into the North Sea.

Whether you’re a holiday-maker, a fisherman, boater or just in search of something to do at the weekend, you will find everything you need on the banks of the River Thames. Latest news and a list of useful contact is available at

Thames MotorBoaters Association - The Thames MotorBoaters Association (TMBA) is an association of owners of powered vessels registered with the Environment Agency for use on the River Thames between Lechlade and Teddington

Interesting facts about the River Thames:

  1. The River Thames may take its name from the Sanskrit Tamas meaning “dark” as its waters are often dark and cloudy; another school of thought is that it is named after the Roman Tam meaning “wide” and Isis meaning water.
  2. Henley-on-Thames is famous for its regatta which started in 1839 and gained royal patronage in 1851. The first Oxford and Cambridge boat races were held here and finished at Henley bridge.
  3. There are 45 locks on the non-tidal River Thames.
  4. Buscot Lock, just east of Lechlade, is the smallest lock on the river.
  5. The River ThamesPangbourne, where the river Pang flows into the River Thames, is famous as the home of Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows and also as the place where Jerome K. Jerome’s three men in a boat finish their journey at the Swan Inn.
  6. Just downriver from Pangbourne is Mapledurham House, dating from 1588, and thought to be the model for Toad Hall.
  7. The non-tidal River Thames is home to over 25 species of coarse fish.
  8. The Thames Path follows the river for 296km (184 miles) from its source, making it the longest riverside walk in Europe.

Information about the River Thames

  1. Find which popular events take place along the river each year including numerous regattas, festivals and other water-nased fun.
  2. Learn what there is to do by the River Thames with everything from boating and fishing to walking and dining.
  3. There are plenty of places to stay on the river, but to really experience the Thames at its finest, there are plenty of options for boating holidays.


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