River Thames Guide Books & Leaflets
Here is a selection of useful publications that will help you make the most of the River Thames. You'll need Adobe Acrobat to view the publications you download. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it here.
Revealing the River Thames
This is a handy leaflet which opens out as a map, providing useful information of how to spend your time on the river with ideas such as walking the Thames Path National Trail, hiring a boat, which tourist attractions to visit and where to spend the night. Interactive version now available! *Updated in 2010*
Download - Revealing the River Thames
Get afloat on the River Thames
This guide gives you all the information you need to get out on the water. The Environment Agency have provided a comprehensive list of all the boat operators on the non-tidal Thames including contact details and services.
*Updated in 2009*
Download - Get afloat on the River Thames
Go camping on the River Thames
This guide to camping is perfect for organising a camping trip or when planning to walk the Thames Path. It lists campsites on or near the non-tidal Thames and includes contact numbers, location, number of pitches and facilities provided at each site.
*Updated in 2010*
Download - Go Camping on the River Thames
Cruising Guide to The River Thames and Connecting Waterways 2012/13 published by British Marine Federation - Thames Valley.
Henley on Thames - A choice of walks from Henley along the River Thames into the Chilterns Conservation Hills produced by Chilterns Conservation Board
Goring & Streatley - Circular walks along the River Thames around Goring & Streatley produced by Chilterns Conservation Board
Easy access Cookham walk produced by The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
River Thames - Walks around Buscot
The Environment Agency have got three walks available for you to choose from in the historic Buscot area, all ideal for those who like a gentle stoll in the countryside. The separate map features all three walks. *Updated in June 2008*
Download - A historic walk around Buscot - Walk One
Download - Buscot and St Johns walk - Walk Two
Download - Buscot and Eaton Hastings walk - Walk Three
Download map showing all three walks
Walks for all by the River Thames - a selection of easy walks produced by the Thames Path National Trail in partnership with the Environment Agency.
Location map - A map showing locations of all 12 accessible walks.
Neigh Bridge walk - Walk alongside a man-made lake in the Cotswold Water Park.
Lechlade-on-Thames walk - Walk along the River Thames with fine views and the opportunity to visit the first lock on the river, St Johns.
Abingdon walk - Walk along a wonderful stretch of the river including pleasant parkland with views of historic Abingdon.
Goring-on-Thames walk - Walk along a short stretch of riverside with views of lovely gardens and hills rising beyond the river and the historic settlement of Goring-on-Thames.
Pangbourne walk - Walk in meadows next to the river with glorious views of the wooded Chiltern Hills.
Reading walk - Walk along a lovely riverside path with a choice of open parkland upstream or urban promenade downstream.
Henley-on-Thames walk - A popular riverside path along one of the most famous stretches of the river.
Marlow walk - Paths alongside the river, busy with a range of boats in the sumer, and within a popular park in the heart of the lovely town of Marlow.
Maidenhead walk - A range of paths around this delightful, peaceful, wooded island in middle of the River Thames.
Runnymede walk - A popular well-maintained park by the River Thames with plenty of short grass and play areas. Look out for the parakeets!
Penton Hook walk - A lovely, quiet secluded wooded island hidden away on the river with a number of routes to explore and the opportunity to fish.
Molesey walk - Pleasant paths along the banks of the River Thames through parkland with views of Garrick's Temple and islands.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to have a cheap day out with the kids on the River Thames. Take a stroll, get on your bike, catch a fish or play Pooh Sticks...
Don’t forget there are endless ideas for adventure on the river. Check out our ideas for Great Family Days Out. The simplest way to explore the river is a rowing boat For a rainy day visit one of the Thames Valley Museums.
There really is so much to do on the river and nearby, that a day is not long enough. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby or on the river. Make your base at one of our family friendly hotels and you can discover history or enjoy a spot of camping...