Links with: The Ridgeway
This glorious riverside trail shows off England’s most famous river, from its origin in the Cotswolds to the capital itself, taking in beautiful countryside and bustling urban areas such as Oxford, Henley, Windsor and Greenwich.
Although a path along the Thames was first proposed by the Hobhouse Committee in 1948, it did not become a National Trail until 1996. David Sharp, a passionate volunteer with the Ramblers, wrote a guide to the Path in 1981 and has long been one of its best advocates.
It should take between 12 and 14 days to complete the trail but thanks to its fantastic transport links and overall accessibility this is definitely a long distance trail that can be done in sections.
A ten mile extension to the path at its terminus at the Thames Flood Barrier onwards to Crayford marshes, connects the Path to the London Loop. This part, although not officially part of the national trail, is accessible to all users.
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Did you know the Thames Path takes an average of 14 days to complete?
Ramblers member David Sharp pioneered the Thames Path and campaigned to safeguard walkers’ enjoyment while using the trail. Local authorities also adopted his recommendation that planning permission for developments shouldn't be granted without access to the riverside.