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Walking the Thames Path with a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of The Thames Path
13 Apr 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
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The Thames Path

by Leigh Hatts
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to walking the Thames Path, a National Trail covering 180 miles between London's Thames Barrier and the river's source in Gloucestershire, passing through Windsor, Oxford and rural countryside. Provides full information for this easy riverside route that takes around two weeks to complete. Includes a 1:25K OS map booklet.

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A guidebook to walking the Thames Path, a 180-mile National Trail from the Thames Barrier to the river's source in near Cirencester, passing from central London through Windsor, Henley, and Oxford, and rural countryside. Described in 20 sections, of between 4 and 16 miles (6.5–32km), it is an mainly flat route with good access by public transport and typically takes two weeks to walk. On its way it passes historic sites such as Greenwich, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court, Runnymede, Windsor Castle and Oxford.

This guidebook features complete OS 1:50,000 scale mapping of the route and comprehensive information concerning accommodation, facilities and transport links along the route. A separate pocket-sized map booklet is included showing the full route on 1:25,000 scale OS maps, providing all the mapping needed to complete the trail in a compact and convenient form. It is crammed with fascinating details about the places and features passed along the way.

The Thames Path is an easy riverside walk that discovers the constantly changing character of the River Thames.

  • Activities
  • Seasons
    The River Thames is a constantly changing green corridor. While care must be taken during occasional winter flooding this is an all season walk always offering new rewards and views.
  • Centres
    Greenwich, Southwark opposite St Paul's Cathedral in central London, Richmond-upon-Thames, Windsor, Henley, Reading, Abingdon, Oxford, Lechlade and Cricklade.
  • Difficulty
    The route is described in 20 sections between 4 and 16 miles in length. This is a mainly flat walk with only one steep hill. East of Oxford, and especially in London, the paths are good and usually near public transport. The more challenging sections needing a little planning are upstream of Oxford.
  • Must See
    takes the walker from the Thames Barrier in London to the source of the river in rural Gloucestershire; passes historic sites such as Greenwich, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court, Runnymede, Windsor Castle and Oxford.


Oct 2017


Lombard Wharf, page 45

On approaching Battersea Railway Bridge from Albion Quay go under the bridge through a newly opened arch to reach a new riverside path on Lombard Wharf. Walkers do not now have to go inland to join the main road.




July 2017

Page 25
First paragraph, second line: the Pizza Lounge has been demolished.

Page 65
Refreshments: Next to Kingston Bridge is John Lewis which has a good cafe with free phone charging lockers. Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri 9.30am-6pm; Thu 9.30am-9pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm.

Page 74
Shepperton Ferry
The new phone number is 01932 221094. The fare includes a cup of tea or coffee in the Nauticalia shop on the left bank.

Page 112
There is a tea shop at Hurley Lock open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm.

Page 127
Refreshments: There is a tea shop at Sonning Lock open Apr-Oct 11am-5pm.

Page 177
At King's Lock there is a shelter with table and chairs suitable for a picnic stop.

Page 181
Refreshments: Medley Manor Farm, where you cross the river from Oxford to Binsey, has a cafe open Tue-Sun 10.30am-6pm in high summer. Look out for signs at Rainbow Bridge.

Page 181
Accommodation: Campsite on right bank at Northmoor Lock; open Fri & Sat only; 07974 309958 barefoot

Page 193
Refreshments: The Maybush, on the other end of bridge at Newbridge, is open Tue-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-7pm and offers accommodation in shepherd’s hut; 01865 300101.

Page 212
The fifth paragraph headed 'To reach Kemble Station’ should begin ‘Go left’.

Page 213
In the third paragraph: The stile has been replaced by steps and the squeeze stile by a small gate set in the main gate.

June 2016 

On page 123 the last paragraph’s first sentence should read: 'Here, until waymarking indicates otherwise, leave the towpath by going right through a gate.'


February 2016

In the Introduction under the heading of Maps, 'OS Explorer Maps (1:50,000)' should read 'OS Explorer Maps (1:25,000)'.


Towpath to National Trail
The Path today
Looking after the river
Accommodation and transport
Using this guide
The Thames Path
Stage 1 Thames Barrier to Tower Bridge
Stage 2 Tower Bridge to Putney
Stage 3 Putney to Kingston
Stage 4 Kingston to Chertsey
Stage 5 Chertsey to Staines
Stage 6 Staines to Windsor
Stage 7 Windsor to Maidenhead
Stage 8 Maidenhead to Marlow
Stage 9 Marlow to Henley
Stage 10 Henley to Reading
Stage 11 Reading to Pangbourne
Stage 12 Pangbourne to Goring
Stage 13 Goring to Wallingford
Stage 14 Wallingford to Dorchester
Stage 15 Dorchester to Abingdon
Stage 16 Abingdon to Oxford
Stage 17 Oxford to Newbridge
Stage 18 Newbridge to Lechlade
Stage 19 Lechlade to Cricklade
Stage 20 Cricklade to the Source
Appendix A Optional Prelude: Erith to the Thames Barrier
Appendix B Further reading
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