The Thames Path follows England’s best known river from its source in the rural Cotswolds into the heart of the pulsating city of London, combining tranquil rural walking with iconic sightseeing attractions.
Spanning 184 miles, the trail takes in vibrant riverside towns and picturesque countryside, finishing at the impressive Thames Barrier, a few miles from the sea.
The west section of the Thames Path begins at the source of the River Thames in the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passing through peaceful scenery on its way to Oxford. This idyllic section travels through beautiful rural landscapes and picture-postcard villages, with plenty of opportunities for a traditional pub lunch.
The central section of the Thames Path runs from the medieval city of Oxford to impressive Windsor Castle, taking in three picturesque English counties. The route is a perfect introduction to long-distance walking and captures the finest of rural landscapes and loveliest of riverside towns, which have inspired authors like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The east section of the Thames Path starts at Windsor Castle, before meandering its way into the beating heart of London. For those interested in history, this stage provides a unique opportunity for sightseeing along the riverbank. Highlights include Westminster Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and maritime Greenwich.
Our team are passionate about the great outdoors and are constantly seeking new discoveries. Read about our adventures on the Thames Path in our blog posts below.
Starting in the historic city of Oxford, the central Thames Path follows the river through an idyllic corner of England before finishing near Windsor Castle - the largest occupied castle in the world. Pippa from the Absolute Escapes team set off on a riverside ramble along the Thames Path - Central.
Beginning in the historic town of Windsor, the Thames Path - East follows the river through peaceful countryside, vibrant riverside towns, and the incredible city of London, to end at the Thames Barrier. Pippa from the AE team set off to discover whether a walking holiday on the Thames Path is the ultimate way to experience London...