Thames Path Complete (21 Days & 20 Nights)21 Days & 20 Nights 4.2 Read 9 reviews
- Follow the Thames Path from its Cotswolds source into the heart of London
- Iconic sights such as Windsor Castle, Runnymede & Hampton Court Palace
- Contrasting landscapes from tranquil meadows to the bustling city
- Admire London’s skyline from the South Bank including Westminster Palace
- Walk through the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Solo Travelers, First Timers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
- National Parks & Trails
Activity Level & Terrain
Generally this is easy walking as you are, for the most part, walking alongside the Thames and therefore the elevation gains and losses are minimal. However walking the complete Thames Path in one stretch is not easy, as you will be walking fairly long distances everyday, especially on the 17 day tour. Therefore the 17 day complete trip is rated moderate, simply due to the daily walking distances. The 21-day itinerary has at times been split into shorter sections and is therefore graded easy to moderate. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and an excellent level of physical fitness.
The Thames Path is a walk of contrasting terrain, from countryside trails and small country roads, to towpaths, riverside paths, plus some city streets, the further into London you get.
Please note that depending on where you spend the night, the distances may be at times more or less that listed every day. So please be prepared for longer or shorter walks than listed when necessary. Also the distances listed may not be exactly the same as in the guidebook as different gps units do not measure the distances the same (its not an exact science).
The Thames Path is relatively well waymarked. We provide a Thames Path guidebook to assist you in finding your way and GPX tracks are accessible on the Macs Smartphone App, so you can simply follow the route on your phone. We also provide detailed maps.
You will experience a variety of accommodations on this tour from small B&B's and guesthouses, to inns, hotels and comfortable pubs with rooms. Some will be quite simple depending on where they are located and what is available. However, they all offer warm welcomes and traditional hospitality. In the heart of London, we will be using chain-style hotels. If you request a booking when there is an event on in London, or it is particularly busy, you may be asked to pay a supplement.
On the Thames Path, accommodation choices can be limited along the trail, so if we cannot secure a reservation for you in a particular place you may have to spend 2 nights in one place and we will include a transfer to or from the beginning/end of the walk, whatever is appropriate.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo walkers on the Thames Path, although you should, of course, take extra care in the outdoors when walking alone.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.
If you wish to add additional nights along the trail or at the beginning and end of your itinerary please contact us. You may choose to add some rest days, or extra days where there is plenty of opportunity for sightseeing.
- Overnights in B&B’s, guesthouses, inns, hotels & pubs with rooms
- Luggage transfers
- Detailed Information Pack, Guidebook and maps
- Access to the GPX tracks via the Macs Smartphone App
- 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
- Travel to Kemble
- Travel from Greenwich
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Local ferry
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you wish to skip a stage
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Extra nights
When To Go
You can start your Thames Path Complete walk anytime between the end of April and beginning of October. It is advised not to walk the beginning sections of the Thames Path too early in the year as there is a risk of flooding on some of the paths as they are next to the river.
Please note that if you are doing the complete Thames Path walk it is best to book a long way in advance due to potential availability issues in central London.
Getting to the Start
You can fly into any of the London Airports and easily make your way from any of them (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted) into the centre of London. From London Paddington Station, there is a direct train to Kemble which takes approximately 1H15. For further information on train travel please visit either the Trainline or National Rail websites.
Getting from the End
In Greenwich, there is an overground train station and from here you can make your way to any of the major train stations, generally changing trains at London Bridge and then taking an underground train. To plan your travel in London, visit the Transport for London journey planner.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
We suggest if you are doing the Thames Path Complete that you book as far in advance as possible due to potential availability issues in central London.
Generally this is easy walking as you are, for the most part, walking alongside the Thames and therefore the elevation gains and losses are minimal. However walking the complete Thames Path in one stretch is not easy, as you will be walking fairly long distances everyday, especially on the 17 day tour. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and an excellent level of physical fitness.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
Spring, summer and autumn/fall are good times to walk this National Trail. However spring and autumn/fall will be less busy that in July and August.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport, bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Kemble & overnight
The village of Kemble is about 2.5 km from the start of the Thames River source, so is the best place to begin your walk. It is easily accessible and only a 1h 15min train ride from central London. Kemble’s Norman church is its main attraction and dates from 1250.
The Thames Head Inn is a unique Gloucestershire pub with rooms, serving excellent food in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The rooms are set in a converted barn providing four bed and breakfast en-suite guest bedrooms. They serve food every day.
The Barrel Store is a stylish boutique hostel style property in the centre of Cirencester. Part of Cirencester's former brewery, the 19TH Century Cotswold stone Barrel Store has been beautifully and creatively transformed into up to date accommodation; it is light and in deference to its owner, New Brewery Arts next door, has crafted touches throughout. Though simple, this accommodation has style and flair and has been built to meet Passivhaus standards.You are assured the warmest of welcomes at this walker friendly accommodation and while essentially a hostel, the rooms are en suite and come complete with bedding, towels, shampoo, and shower gel. There are no TVs, but there is free WiFi throughout. Located in the centre of Cirencester, The Barrel Store is close to all the shopping, eating and heritage amenities offered by this beautiful and historic market town.
Well Cottage is a 200 year old Cotswold cottage which has been extended to provide comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation with all the latest facilities including en suite shower rooms with power showers and LCD televisions. If you need to stay in contact with the internet, they provide free superfast Wi-Fi coashaccess.
Walk in the serene Cotswolds as you pass through the small hamlet of Ewen. At first there is no water to be seen but you soon pass the Lyd Well, the spring from where the Thames first shows itself. Keep following the trail till you arrive in Ashton Keynes.
This B&B accommodation is set in a distinctive Grade 2 listed house dating back to the 17th century. Ideally situated on the Thames Path in the picturesque Cotswold village of Ashton Keynes. The 4 guests bedrooms have complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
Wheatley’s Farm B&B is located on the edge of Ashton Keynes Village, one of the first on the Thames Path. Guests are welcome to use the garden to enjoy afternoon tea, relax with a favourite book, or watch the sun set with a drink in the evening. There are two spacious and comfortable rooms.
Today the trail wanders through meadows passing from the county of Gloucestershire into Wiltshire. Crickdale is your destination where Alfred the Great fortified the town against the Danes.
The Red Lion Inn is situated just off the Thames path as it passes through historic Cricklade. The pub dates back to the early 1600s and has 5 newly decorated en-suite bedrooms. You can eat dinner here or in the town where there is plenty of options.
The White Hart is located in the centre of Crickdale and offers rooms with free WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities and home-cooked food. Continental breakfast is included.
The Old Bear Inn is a traditional country inn located in the centre of Cricklade. The accommodation is located in a converted barn and has all the amenities you require for a comfortable overnight stay. For breakfast, you can have a traditional English, continental or vegetarian breakfast upon request. All breakfasts come with handcrafted artisan bread. There is a courtyard where you will be able sit and enjoy the weather during the summer months.
This stage strays away from the river but you will still be walking through meadows and along country lanes. Arriving into Lechlade, an overnight stop, you will see many boats on the river as it used to be a bustling port, Nowadays it is a pretty market town with lots of facilities.
The Swan Inn is a family run, traditional 16th Century pub with rooms in Lechlade. Debbie, Stuart and all the team offer a very warm welcome to all who visit this area with all its country charm and atmosphere. Located above the pub, the rooms at The Swan Inn have all the facilities required for a relaxing stay. Each room is en-suite with a shower and comes complete with a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The local shops, pubs and restaurants of Lechlade are within a 5 minute walk. Food is served every day. The menu is varied with all dishes home made on the premises with locally sourced ingredients where available. As the food is freshly made then any changes or allergies can be accommodated where possible.
The New Inn Hotel is ideally situated on the banks of the River Thames in the market town of Lechlade-on-Thames. It has a traditional bar where you can relax by the log fire. The hotel also boasts an A la Carte restaurant which serves a wide variety of sumptuous dishes. Each of their thirty bedrooms are furnished with Sky TV, wireless internet, tea and coffee making facilities, access to an ironing board and en-suite bath or shower room.
During this section of the Thames Path the river widens and becomes a lot bigger, but it is also the most isolated part of the trail. Your only companions here are the swans on the river which makes for very tranquil walking. From Lechlade the river becomes navigable so you will see quite a number of locks en route. Pass through the charming village of Buscot and at Radcot see the oldest bridge on the Thames with its Gothic arches.
Steeped in history yet with a thoroughly contemporary twist, The Trout Inn is a 17th century pub that provides a truly special setting to stay, dine and drink. With its stylish interiors, distinctive features, and links to literacy and historic greats such as Lewis Carroll, Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse, Rosamund the Fair, and King Henry II, this inn will open your eyes to a world of fascinating history and culture. Eat in their lovely restaurant this evening. Free Wifi and full breakfast.
Today you get back on the trail and pass through Shifford Loch before reaching Newbridge. This town has the second oldest bridge, which was originally built by monks to carry Cotswolds wool over the river, and is your overnight stop for the day.
Located right next to the river, this accommodation has nicely decorated and comfortable rooms. There are 7 rooms, free Wifi and a cooked breakfast. 2 of the rooms have a river view. You will be warmly welcomed.
Leaving Newbridge the path continues to follow the river closely. At Bablock Hythe (once an important crossing point between Oxford and the West Country), the path now diverts away from the river next to Wytham Woods. Pass nearby Godstow Abbey, built in 1133, the outer walls and the remains of the abbess’s chapel are the only parts still standing. Pass a few more locks with magnificent city of Oxford now in the distance.
Oxford is one of the world’s most famous university cities, the oldest colleges dating back to 1300. The university buildings are scattered throughout the city, generally honey-coloured and very elegant. This evening explore its narrow cobbled streets and tranquil courtyards. Restaurants and pubs are plentiful and this evening you can enjoy their ambience.
Located in central Oxford (just a stone’s throw from the City Centre) and with views over Queen’s College playing fields, the Oxford Town House offers B&B in two Victorian town houses, the interior design of the rooms is simple and relaxing, they have chosen different furniture designs for each room, so all rooms have something different to offer. The rooms have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay including air conditioning, WIFI and mini bar.
Tower House is a beautifully decorated 17th century guest house located in the heart of Oxford. Their eight uniquely decorated rooms will provide a relaxing haven in the bustling city centre. Their profits go to Oxford Hub a charity organisation that supports university students engaging in social action in both their local community and beyond.
Situated besides the river the well named Head of the River matches its food, drink and accommodation to the beauty of its surroundings. The Head of The River has 20 beautiful individually designed rooms, providing wonderful waterside accommodation in Oxford. The stylish bedrooms are comfortable, elegantly designed and appointed with a host of modern luxuries.
Leaving Oxford behind, embark on today's walk which will provide you with a sense of solitude. Pass the Iffley Meadows Nature Reserve, Sandford-on-Thames and the famous “Lasher” weir. This section of the river has fast and deadly undercurrents. Ironically one of the Lasher’s victims was the adopted son of JM Barrie and the inspiration for Peter Pan. Pass a couple more locks before arriving in Abingdon, a pretty and historic town with Iron Age, Roman and Saxon origins.
With a history dating back to 1605, The Crown & Thistle on Bridge Street re-opened its doors in 2013, following a restoration. This Grade II listed coaching inn comprises three individual buildings clustered around a cobbled courtyard, framed by 200-year-old wisteria. Having been sympathetically designed, many of the buildings’ original features, such as timber beams, open brickwork, and window frames that aren’t square, remain throughout the restaurant, extensive bar area, elegant function rooms and 18 boutique-style bedrooms.
Comfortable, attractive central Abingdon bed and breakfast accommodation in an historic house in East St Helen Street, described in Pevsner's Architectural Guide as one of the most interesting streets in England. The house and bedrooms have character and charm and the atmosphere is informal and friendly.
Today you will amble through quaint meadows and fields as you pass through some smaller settlements before arriving in Dorchester-on-Thames, your destination for the day.
The White Hart Hotel & Restaurant, originally a 16th century coaching inn, is located in the charming Oxfordshire village of Dorchester-on-Thames. There are 28 bedrooms including premier suites and four poster bedroom. All rooms are equipped with hospitality tray, telephone, hair dryer freeview flat screen TV, and complimentary WiFi.
While leaving Dorchester you can see the Sinodun Hills across the river and next to Benson peaceful meadows. Until 1652 this was the site of Wallngford Castle, one of the most intimidating fortifications in pre-Civil War England. Wallingford is a Saxon fortified town and one of the finest examples in England. This is where you will spend the night and if you have time to explore there is a museum. William the Conqueror lead his victorious army over the river at this very spot.
This unique building, one of the oldest in town, has been a pub for nearly two centuries. Today, it has 3 ensuite bedrooms which are all simply furnished but have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay. The pub serves real ales, lagers, ciders and wine and you can enjoy a rest in their beer garden on a nice evening.
You are assured the warmest of welcomes at the George Hotel, a splendid historic accommodation in the heart of Wallingford town. All bedrooms are en suite, and offer complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, TVs with Sky and radio channels, free broadband internet and WiFi, and hair dryers. The George has many stories to tell. Dick Turpin, the famous highwayman, is believed to have escaped the law on many occasions from his room above the courtyard.
The Royal Standard is located in the beautiful and historic market town of Wallingford, in the most southernmost tip of South Oxfordshire. This is a traditional pub with lovely accommodation, serving great food.
Today's walk to Pangbourne takes you through the Goring Gap, between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs. In the Ice Age the river’s way was blocked by glaciers but it found a weak spot in the chalk, permanently changing the river’s course. Also passing through Streatley (twinned with Goring) is an area of importance to early Britons; these towns are certainly worth a stop.
Pangbourne is next, famous as the place where Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows lived during his formative years. Jimmy Page, guitarist for Led Zeppelin also lived in the village. This is the final destionation for today's walk.
The Elephant Hotel in the bustling village of Pangbourne offers a return to the opulence of the Empire. Beautiful handcrafted Indian furniture, delicate fabrics and bedrooms individual in style but identical in attention to detail. Each and every one has all the mod-cons you have come to expect, WiFi, flat-screen TV with over 50 channels, DVD player with a selection of movies available, and not to mention the specialty tea and coffee or the bespoke soaps and bubble bath.
In picturesque Pangbourne, a short walk from the scenic River Thames, The George Hotel is a traditional hotel offering superior quality, boutique style accommodation. Set in a 17th-century traditional coaching inn, the cosy rooms at The George each have en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TV with cable channels, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers. The Village Bar offers real ales, fine wines and light snacks and is the perfect place to relax in.
Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and as you walk out of Pangbourne with constant views of the Chiltern Hills. Pass by some impressive locks and skirt the town of Reading before reaching Sonning, one of the Thames Path’s most striking villages.
The Bull Inn provides stylish and boutique accommodation in Sonning. With ensuite facilities, the 7 bedrooms provide both standard and superior rooms. A family friendly pub serving some of the best pub food around and only a few minutes walk from the river.
The Great House is a rural retreat in easy reach of the big city. An opportunity to escape and a space where you can feel at home and relax in comfort and in style.
Leaving Sonning you make you way to Henley, a historic market town is a delight and you will be warmly welcomed here by your B&B hosts. The town’s bridge over the river, built in 1786, is its most eye-catching feature and it’s world-renowned yearly Royal Regatta has definitely put it on the map.
There are 4 well furnished rooms including single, double and family rooms, most fully en suite, and a comfortable lounge. Wireless internet is available throughout the house and all rooms have satellite television. They aim to provide the very best English bed and breakfast experience. Located in this beautiful riverside town, famous for its Royal Regatta, The Paddock is just a few minute walk from the river, the railway station and the town centre. While close to the heart of Henley, it is set in a mature English garden with a large and private sunny patio.
Leander Club, located on the River Thames and by the bridge at Henley is world renowned as a rowing club. However, it also provides boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of Henley-on-Thames. Its well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, many of which have stunning views of the famous Henley Royal Regatta course, offer a very unique experience and a most comfortable stay. The rooms have Hypnos beds, TVs, mineral water, tea and coffee facilities and the accommodation also benefits from fast reliable WiFi.
Linda and Richard would like to welcome you to their comfortable family home, in historic Henley on Thames, home to the Henley Royal Regatta. The Gables bed and breakfast is conveniently situated within a mile of Henley town centre, which has a wide selection of restaurants, interesting shops and local attractions. All their bedrooms are well appointed, with comfortable king size beds, hair dryers and welcome trays with tea, coffee and biscuits. A delicious full english or continental breakfast will be provided to start your day. They also offer a snug area with open fire place and TV for relaxing, complimentary high-speed internet access and a drying room for your use after muddy walks.
As you leave Henley the river sweeps around and you cross into the county of Buckinghamshire and pass Hurley and Temple Locks before arriving in Marlow, a town with literary associations. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was penned here. Marlow is a really splendid riverside town and as this is your overngiht stop for the day, you will have plenty of time to explore it.
Glade End Guesthouse provides a stylish haven for walkers on the Thames Path. The accommodation has many distinctive touches which mark it out from the ordinary. With 8 luxury en suite bedroom, they all include the facilities to provide you with a most comfortable stay. All bedrooms have as standard; Flat screen digital TV's, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary water and wireless internet access. Bathrooms are tiled throughout and have a clean modern feel. A large bath and/or quality power shower offers perfect relaxation.
Herons Nest is located in the village of Marlow, close to the River Thames and surrounded by woodland. This charming property offers pretty, en-suite rooms. The 2-Michelin starred restaurant, The Hand and Flowers, is just a 10-minute walk away from the B&B. Each room at Herons Nest has pleasant décor with modern design and floral fabrics. All rooms include free WiFi, tea and coffee-making facilities and an en-suite bathroom. During the week, guests will receive a breakfast hamper. On weekends, guest are offered a full English breakfast made from locally sourced produce. A full English breakfast on a weekday can be arranged for an extra cost, if booked in advance.
You are assured a most comfortable night at The Chequers. The rooms are contemporary, stylish and cosy and are also perfect for resting and rejuvenating for the next stage of the Thames Path! The building itself dates back to the 16th century and while the décor honours the rich history the modern touches and facilities ensure that you are provided with everything required for an enjoyable stay. The Churchill Tap, next door to The Chequers main bar, is Marlow’s only Craft Beer Haven with constantly updated beer menus. This bar dates back to the 16th century where the original beams still remain.
The next stage has you walking on peaceful river paths and passing some places of historic significance, such as Bourne End, where Enid Blyton lived and Cookham, where the artist Stanley Spencer lived. The Thames River was a constant course of inspiration for artists and many lived by it and continue to do so. You also pass by Maidenhead, a significantly sized town.
As you walk the impressive outline of Windsor Castle gets ever closer. The royal palace of Windsor makes for a very interesting visit and its open all year. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the castle. Also pass Eton, famed for its public school and a quieter option to stay in than Windsor.
The Crown and Cushion has been an inn since 1753! is a delightful pub with 8 en-suite rooms and situated in Eton High Street, which is a stone’s throw from Windsor. Full English Breakfast is included. The building is full of character and is very quirky in places. Allegedly built from old ships timbers some of the floors are wonky and lots of the floorboards are creaky – but that is what makes it charming!
Langton House bed and breakfast located in the centre of Royal Windsor which is home to the Queen of England. Langton House has been providing great accommodation since 1979 and is family run and owned. Situated in a quiet leafy street only 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre,.the owners provide the warmest of welcomes and all that you would wish for to a comfortable stay in the finest bed and breakfast tradition. All rooms are large with high ceilings. Further all rooms have large TV’s with Freeview channels, central heating, hair dryers, access to a small kitchen area with fridge, toaster, microwave and tea and coffee making facilities with complimentary biscuits. Langton House is only a short 10 minutes’ walk from the castle, walking through the main local shopping area which retains the Victorian charm and architecture, on the way toward the Castle entrance. Langton House is also close to the Trinity church, built in the mid 1800’s with money from Queen Victoria as a garrison church for the troops guarding the Royal Windsor castle.
Located opposite Windsor Castle, The Harte and Garter Hotel is perfectly placed in the centre of Windsor. Built in the 14th century, the hotel and spa offers old world charm and historic character, with modern amenities such as free WiFi throughout. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated and include period features to enhance the historic ambiance. The view across to Windsor Castle are simply splendid also! Originally two inns, the hotel is made up of the main building which overlooks the Castle and Goswell House.
The next stage takes you firstly on a riverside stroll, which compared to the hustle and bustle of Windsor, is a nice contrast. Soon you switch riverbanks and walk to the village of Datchet, before switching banks again and entering the county of Surrey.
Then encounter Runnymede, the place where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. This important document was concerned with the English legal system and decreed that everyone in England, irrespective of their wealth of status, had access to courts of law. You can visit Runnymede en route if you wish as it is right next to the Thames Path. Next comes the small town of Chertsey, with its pretty streets. If you have time you might want to visit the Chertsey Museum, which keeps this town’s history nicely alive.
This hotel has 49 very comfortable and stylish bedrooms. It also has a restaurant, bar and outside seating area in which to relax. There is free Wifi.
The Bridge is perfectly situated overlooking the River Thames. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in one of the classic hotel bedrooms, and each en suite room comes with slumber worthy Hypnos mattresses, flat screen tv’s with Sky and big fluffy towels. You can escape the ordinary in a home away from home. Facilities include free Wi-Fi and complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.
The Hamilton's is a B&B in the village of Chertsey, Rooms at the Hamilton's feature bathrooms with electric showers in all Double and Single en-suite rooms, baths in the King Suite and luxury toiletries. Deep beds are covered with Egyptian cotton sheets and rooms include flat-screen TVs and wooden work desks. Rooms also have Tassimo coffee machines and homemade biscuits. A full breakfast menu is served in the restaurant throughout the week.
The next stage is the final one before entering London itself. At this point there is a ferry crossing from Shepperton to Weybridge Landing. You can choose to use the ferry or walk further if you wish to avoid it. Pass through Dumsey Meadow and Shepperton Lock, before reaching the London borough of Richmond and Hampton Court Palace, which is very worthy of exploration. The building of this palace began in 1514 and it is open all year round. Continue on to Kingston-upon-Thames/Hampton Wick which will be your final destination for the day.
This hotel situated right next to the Thames River is friendly and modern. All the 37 rooms are quiet, comfortable and well furnished. Also enjoy home-cooked food and a first choice range of beverages. Free Wifi is available.
Follow the riverside trail out of Kingston to Teddington Lock, at which point the river becomes tidal. From here continue to follow the trail south of the river and all the way to Putney. This is the preferred route as it is not only shorter, but is also more rural than the northern route.
Pass Kew’s Royal Botanical Gardens and the appealing town of Richmond which is recorded in the Domesday Book. From Kew Bridge the river then snakes past Kew and Hammersmith Bridge. The trail here is quiet even though evidence of the city is on your right hand-side.
This modern comfortable hotel is located in London Putney a busy little district in the southwest of the city. Numerous pubs and stores are just around the corner, as well as the bank of the Thames River. The Putney Bridge tube station is only a few walking minutes away. From here, the district line takes you to the heart of London in only 15 minutes. Room comfort without bouquets of flowers and heavy curtains: our rooms are characterized by clear structures and high quality materials. Free WiFi in the whole building: whether for reading at the breakfast table, working on the desk or surfing on the internet before going to bed.
The guestrooms have been carefully designed, offering an upscale level of comfort without compromising a genuinely cool feel. Velvets, brass, Maison Pierre Frey fabrics and bold colours mix with sumptuous beds, crisp white linen and goose down duvets. Graduating from Cosy to Classic, and Superior to Deluxe with a variety of twin-bedded, interlinking and Family rooms; all infuse chic décor with 21st century sensibilities. Bathrooms are in sleek porcelain stocked with rejuvenating products and fluffy white towelling. For extra convenience there is also fast dedicated Wi-Fi connection and an in-house gym.
It is here between Putney Bridge and Mortlake that the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race is held on a Saturday near Easter every year on a 4.2 mile (6.8km) stretch of the river. It first began in 1829. Up to 250,000 people watch the boat race from the banks and many more on the TV.
The next part of today’s walk takes you into the very heart of London, where you can see the famous skylines.
Take a unique mix of stylish design, indulgent comfort and a very warm welcome, and you’re close to what to expect at London Bridge Hotel. You’ll feel instantly at home in this boutique 4* hotel, where service comes first. They are positioned in one of London’s most diverse boroughs and with the bright lights of the city one way and the quirky stalls of the South Bank and Borough Market another, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do.
A modern hotel offering luxury comforts in the centre of London. Enjoy the abstract murals of Tower Bridge in their welcoming lobby and relax in comfortable rooms featuring mini bars, Nespresso machines and rainforest showers.
Now you will be walking through the heart of London’s docklands. At times you will follow the path next to the river and at times through suburban neighbourhoods. On this section there are interesting plaques with historical information.
Once you arrive in Greenwich, (home to Greenwich Mean Time) you will see the Cutty Sark, an historic British sailing ship built in 1869 for the great China tea races of the day. It is located next to the riverside path and the Christopher Wren-designed Old Royal Naval College. Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of history. However, you may want to continue the last few kilometres to the Thames Barrier and the end of your walk, as you can explore Greenwich later, because this is where you will be spending your final night. This barrier was completed in 1982 and was built to decrease central London’s vulnerability to flooding with ever-rising tides. On arrival at the Thames Barrier you can check out the Information Centre, before jumping on a local bus back to Greenwich.
Sitting in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel brings together a wealth of original features along with a modern style to deliver an inspiring setting. You are assured a very warm welcome at this splendid accommodation which offers all one would wish for with regard to a most comfortable stay. The hotel provides a perfect end to your walk along the Thames Path.
With 24 comfortable B&B hotel rooms in Greenwich, Greater London, including family suites, The Mitre (Innkeepers Lodge) will ensure you get a great night's sleep. Furnished to a high standard, the rooms are decorated in a traditional style reflective of the building’s history, with a warm welcoming ambience. They also offer a host of features and amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite facilities including plenty of towels and a hairdryer. Enjoy a continental buffet breakfast.
The Angerstein Hotel is a small family run Victorian Hotel with a traditional pub. Situated on the edge of Greenwich, near the London 02 arena, It is also a two Minute walk to Westcombe Park Train Station, which reaches London Bridge in 15 minutes. All rooms have a flat screen televisions and tea & coffee making facilities. There are no lifts so access to the rooms is via a staircase.
After breakfast your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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- Minimize your impact
- Maximize the benefit of your travel
- Challenge yourself & grow