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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.
First paragraph, second line: the Pizza Lounge has been demolished.
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.
The new phone number is 01932 221094. The fare includes a cup of tea or coffee in the Nauticalia shop on the left bank.
There is a tea shop at Hurley Lock open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm.
Refreshments: There is a tea shop at Sonning Lock open Apr-Oct 11am-5pm.
At King's Lock there is a shelter with table and chairs suitable for a picnic stop.
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.
Accommodation: Campsite on right bank at Northmoor Lock; open Fri & Sat only; 07974 309958 barefoot campsites.co.uk
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.
The fifth paragraph headed 'To reach Kemble Station’ should begin ‘Go left’.
In the third paragraph: The stile has been replaced by steps and the squeeze stile by a small gate set in the main gate.
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.'
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|