Thames Path Long Distance Path Directory

River Thames near Teddington Lock
River Thames near Teddington Lock

The Thames Path is 184 miles long and follows the river downstream from its source at Thames Head near Kemble to the Thames Barrier in the city of London. It is a splendid and popular riverside trail leading from the rural Cotswolds to the capital through beautiful countryside and fascinating urban areas such as Oxford, Henley, Windsor and Greenwich. A path along the Thames was among the original list of long distance routes proposed by the Hobhouse Committee in 1948 and was subsequently keenly supported by the Ramblers' Association, who published David Sharp's first guide to the route in 1981. It was finally opened as a National Trail in 1996.

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The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
National Trails of Great Britain Comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.
The best web sites for Guided Walking:
None available at present.
The web sites that organise accommodation and/ or baggage transfer:
Xplore Britain Full range of self guided walking services.
Instep Holidays Independent company providing a full self guided service.
Contours Full self guided service for the western part of the path.
Thames Path Transfers A dedicated luggage transfers service.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort by price, postcode or rating.
The best personal journals of the walk:

Keith Pauling An inspirational online journal penned by Keith which when read will make you want to do the walk.
The essential sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
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