Kindly guest written for TEP by Anna Křížová, Camino Adventures.
One of the National Trails of England and Wales, the Thames Path follows one of the UK’s most eminent rivers from its source, across the serene countryside, all the way through the heart of London. The Thames Path passes many lovely villages, historic towns, and water meadows rich in wildlife, finishing at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.
Have you ever walked along the path? Find below information and recommendations for a great walk!
● Length: 184 miles
● Start: Thames Head, source of the river west of Cricklade
● End: Thames Barrier, Royal Borough of Greenwich
● Time required: 10 to 16 days
● When to walk: May to October
● Direction: West to east
● Difficulty: Easy to moderate
How long does it take to complete the Thames Path?
Officially, the trail is comprised of 15 stages. That said, you can divide the stages however you like. If you walk 15 miles a day on average and add a couple of rest days to your itinerary, you will complete the trail in 14 days. But there is no pressure to do it quickly. Walk at the pace that suits you; don’t hesitate to take frequent breaks, relax, and enjoy the scenery along the trails.
● 1st Stage: Thames Head to Cricklade – 12.3 miles
● 2nd Stage: Cricklade to Lechlade – 11 miles
● 3rd Stage: Lechlade to Newbridge – 16.4 miles
● 4th Stage: Newbridge to Oxford – 14 miles
● 5th Stage: Oxford to Abingdon-on-Thames – 10 miles
● 6th Stage: Abingdon-on-Thames to Wallingford – 13.5 miles
● 7th Stage: Wallingford to Tilehurst – 14.8 miles
● 8th Stage: Tilehurst to Henley-on-Thames – 12.3 miles
● 9th Stage: Henley-on-Thames to Marlow – 8.7 miles
● 10th Stage: Marlow to Windsor – 14.3 miles
● 11th Stage: Windsor to Shepperton – 13.7 miles
● 12th Stage: Shepperton to Teddington – 10.9 miles
● 13th Stage: Teddington to Putney – 14 miles
● 14th Stage: Putney to Tower Bridge – 10.3 miles
● 15th Stage: Tower Bridge to Thames Barrier – 10 miles
The walk is gentle for the most part, with just a few natural slopes, with an elevation change of 360 feet. Graded as easy, the Thames Path is suitable for adventurers of all ages and abilities. But if you choose to cover greater daily distances, the Thames Path will allow you to test your stamina.
Highlights of the Thames Path
● Windsor Castle
● New Brewery Arts Centre
● Hampton Court
● Kew Garden
● North Meadow National Nature Reserve
● Kelmscott Manor
● Penton Hook Island
● Putney Bridge
● Wonderful wildlife