Thames Path - East

Route

This is our suggested itinerary to walk the Thames Path between Windsor and the Thames Barrier. Click on Itineraries & Prices to see all route options.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Windsor
The Thames Path adventure begins in the historic town of Windsor. Home of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, Windsor is certainly worth exploring before you embark on your walking holiday alongside the River Thames.

Day 2: Windsor to Shepperton (14 miles / 22.5 km)
You will enjoy excellent views of Windsor Castle as the Thames Path skirts around the edges of the Windsor Estate. Pleasant riverside walking then leads you to Runnymede - the historic site of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

You will then continue to the riverside village of Shepperton, your overnight stop this evening.

Day 3: Shepperton to Richmond (15 miles / 24 km)
This morning you will take the only ferry crossing on your walk - a five-minute ferry from Shepperton Lock to Weybridge will transport you to the south banks of the Thames. Do take the time to visit the impressive Hampton Court Palace en-route!

Your accommodation this evening is in the leafy Borough of Richmond, close to Kew Gardens, and full of vibrant restaurants and pubs.

Day 4: Richmond to Putney (9 miles / 14.5 km)
Today's shorter walking distance will allow you to visit Kew Gardens. From Kew, the Thames snakes back and forth between Chiswick and Hammersmith.

Your overnight stop will be Putney, on the outskirts of central London. Putney is the site of the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Day 5: Putney to Tower Bridge (9 miles / 14.5 km)
Today you will make your way into central London and discover some of the city’s iconic attractions. While you may be slowed down by the number of people along the trail, this will give you a good opportunity to appreciate London’s wonderful sights such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, the Tower of London, as well as the twenty bridges that cross this stretch of the Thames.

Your accommodation is ideally located near Tower Bridge to allow you to explore all that London has to offer.

Day 6: Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier (10 miles / 16 km)
The trail continues east away from central London, passing old warehouses and renovated industrial buildings. At historic Greenwich, you may wish to explore the Cutty Sark - the historic tea clipper which once transported tea from Asia to Victorian Britain, the fascinating National Maritime Museum, or the Royal Observatory which gives its name to Greenwich Mean Time.

From Greenwich, the path circumnavigates the O2 Arena and the Greenwich peninsula, before arriving at the impressive Thames Barrier where your walk will come to an end. From here, you will make the very short journey back to Greenwich where you will stay overnight.

Day 7: Onward travel