Walking the Thames Path

From London to the River's Source in Gloucestershire

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 about accommodation, facilities, refreshments and transport links for each stage of the route. It is crammed with fascinating details about the places and features passed along the way. A separate pocket-sized map booklet is also included showing the full route on 1:25,000 scale OS maps, providing all the mapping needed to complete the trail.

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

Peter Aylmer

Peter Aylmer was born in, and still lives in, London east of the River Lea – in other words, in east London.

Peter’s rich understanding of the London and Essex countryside started young, visiting his uncle’s farm in the Rodings. Since discovering hiking as a pastime when a young man, he’s since climbed many hills and hiked many long-distance paths all over Britain, but still relishes the surprise on people’s faces when he tells them that some of his favourite hiking is in London's green spaces and his home county.

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  • OS 1:25,000 map booklet included with the guidebook saves having to carry several maps
  • Highlights all the riverside attractions through London and the Southern counties
  • The only guide describing the route from the sea to the source of the Thames