A walk along the river.
Length: 288km Start: Near Kemble, Gloucestershire (the source of the River Thames) Finish: Thames Barrier, Woolwich, London
Terrain: Gentle level walking along the riverbank through farmland, villages, towns and cities. Easy to follow.
Attractions: Good access by bus and train, many historic towns and houses along the way.
The trail follows England's best known river for 294 km / 184 miles as it meanders from its source in Gloucestershire through several rural counties and on into the bustle of the City of London. On its way the Path passes peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife, historic towns and many lovely villages, finishing at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. Easy to reach by public transport, the Thames Path is accessible for walkers 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.
- From the Countryside Agency