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Thames Path National Trail

Thames Path National Trail

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Type: Walking Tour

The Thames Path National Trail is a wonderful way to explore the River Thames. 

This long distance walking route starts at the source of the river in a field in the Cotswolds and follows the banks of the Thames for 184 miles (294km) through several rural counties before entering the City of London and finishing at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich. On its way the Trail passes through peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife, historic towns and cities such as Oxford, Henley and Windsor, many lovely villages and some of the best known landmarks of London.

The Thames Path is a gentle Trail, able to be walked by people of all ages and abilities. This National Trail can be enjoyed in many ways, whether for an afternoon's stroll, a weekend's break or a full scale, but relatively gentle, trek of its whole length.  To walk the whole trail, using roughly 15 miles/24 Km a day as an average daily walking distance, the Trail can be completed in 14 days allowing for a couple of days’ rest.

Read about how the new Thames Path Partnership (PDF) will benefit the future of the Thames Path National Trail or why not take part in the Thames Path challenge; a 50k or 100k charity fundraiser taking place in September 2016.

Geocaching is a free, fun way to explore new places or to take a different look at places you already know. It’s a bit like a high-tech treasure hunt that anyone can join. There are lots of geocaches along the Thames Path and geocache trails for everyone, no matter how far you want to walk. If you have an account with (it's free to sign up) then you can find out more about the Thames Patch geocache trails.

Enjoy the Thames Path… Help us maintain it with a donation

If you love being close to the river and walking the Thames Path, you can now donate and help us maintain and enhance our National Trail.

80% of your donation will go towards maintaining the trail and running our volunteer scheme – making and installing new signs, maintaining and buying new  gates, vegetation management, and restoring the river bank. 20% will go towards providing information about the Trail.  If you would like to donate please visit here.

Read what the Evening Standard recommends for the Thames this autumn.Enjoy the Thames Path… Help us maintain it with a donation

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Contact Details

National Trails Office, Countryside Access
Signal Court
Old Station Way
OX29 4TL

Tel: +44 (0)1865 810224