Discover England's Most Legendary River on Foot

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.

Thames Path – West

Kemble to Oxford, 54 MILES / 87 KM

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.

Thames Path - Central

Oxford to Windsor, 73 MILES / 117.5 KM

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.

Thames Path – East

Windsor to the Thames Barrier, 57 MILES / 91.5 KM

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.

Thames Path Route