Thames Path

   
  • Route:
    Putney bridge to Lechlade
  • Grade:
    Easy Flat, Walking on Towpath
  • Distance:
    156 Miles (251Kms)

  • Walking Days:
    13-15 Days, Walking 12-14 Miles A Day. This can be arranged as two separate weeks if required.

This great river runs through London starting near the old London Docks with a recent addition, "The Globe Theatre" across the river, which was rebuilt near the original site to an almost identical layout including the stage and the pit still exposed to the skies for Shakespearean plays. Our starting point is Putney Bridge the home for the famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race in the spring. As the walk progresses you will pass the famous Kew gardens. Then Hampton Court palace built by Cardinal Wolsey for Henry VIII the gardens have been restored, also the medieval kitchens. Soon the towpath reaches Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed, now overlooked by the Kennedy Memorial. Windsor is the next landmark and Windsor castle, where the Queen lives for part of the year. At Henley-on-Thames international rowing events take place each year. After Reading the landscape changes with more fields trees, locks, and bridges. You may like to stay a while in the university town of Oxford. The route is even more rural after Oxford. From Swinford the path switches from North to South and at times is diverted away from the river. After Lechlade the path follows minor roads to Cricklade then it winds its way through the Cotswold water park to Thames Head and the official end of the walk.
Always something to see on the towpath

Always something to see on the towpath

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