The River Thames Guide - A user friendly guide to what the Thames
and its surrounding areas have to offer in the way of boats and boating, entertainment,
food and drink, and tourist information.
thames cruises, thames boat hire,
thames hotels, thames restaurants,
boats for sale uk, thames
property, corporate entertainments
london, thames pleasure cruises, the
Thames (Roman, Tamesis), river in southern England, the longest and most important
river in England. It rises in four headstreams the Isis (or Windrush),
the Churn, the Coln, and the Leach on the south-eastern slope of the Cotswold
Hills, in Gloucestershire, near Cheltenham. The streams converge on Oxford and
flow generally south-east to Reading, through a gap in the Chiltern escarpment.
The Thames thereafter follows a generally eastern course through London, and
a few kilometres below Gravesend it expands into a wide estuary and enters the
North Sea. It is about 340 km (210 mi) long. At London Bridge (see London's
Bridges) the width of the river is about 265 m (870 ft); at thames cruises
Woolwich, 448 m (1,470 ft); at Gravesend pier, 732 m (2,400 ft); 5 km (3 mi)
below Gravesend, 1,180 m (3,870 ft); at Nore Light, 10 km (6 mi); and at its
mouth, between Whitstable and Foulness Point, the estuary is 29 km (18 mi) across.
The Port of London and Docklands. The area designated as the Port of London
extends from Teddington Lock, which is about 16 km (10 mi) west of the city
and the limit of the tidal water, downriver to the outer limit of the Tongue
light vessel, a distance of thames boat hire 150 km (93 mi). Ocean-going
vessels navigate to the upper part of the river through Tower thames pleasure
cruises Bridge: these are mainly cruise ships.