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Thames Walks

Strolls along the River Thames

This section was written by Jeannette Briggs based on her many years experience of walking and boating on the Thames. She also ran a cub pack for several years so knows a thing or two about walks for all ages!

England’s best known river offers many golden opportunities for enjoying a gentle afternoon stroll.

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Some excellent Towpath destinations:

Bourne End - a Gentle Walk by the river

Charing Cross +The Adelphi - a Gentle Stroll

Clifton Hampden - A Gentle Walk by the River

Hammersmith - a Gentle Stroll

Henley - A Gentle Walk by the River

Lambeth - a Gentle Walk by the Thames

London Bridge - A Gentle Walk by the Thames

Marlow - A Gentle Walk by the River

Pangbourne - A Gentle Walk with a difference

Staines - A Gentle Riverside Walk

Sutton Courtenay - Gentle Riverside strolls

The Tower of London - more Gentle Walks

Wallingford - a Gentle River Walk

Waterloo - A Gentle Walk + Views of the City

Waterloo to Blackfriars - a Gentle Stroll

Westminster to Waterloo - a Gentle Stroll

Wittenham Clumps

IWA (Guided Towpaths Walks)

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England's best known river offers many golden opportunities for enjoying a gentle afternoon stroll, a bike ride, or a serious walk with map and compass, or even a full-scale trek lasting several days. The River Thames passes through rich and contrasting countryside on its 215-mile journey from the Cotswolds to the sea at Southend. The River Thames provides the perfect location for some memorable gentle walks. To whet your appetite we suggest a few routes and locations in this section of The River Thames Guide.


For most of its length the River Thames is easy to reach by train, bus or boat, and is a unique resource for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Whether you are thinking of a seriously challenging weekend out, or just contemplating a gentle stroll with the children and your dog, The River Thames provides the perfect location for some memorable walks and bike rides. To whet your appetite we suggest a few routes and locations on the following pages of this section of The River Thames Guide.

If you would like more information if you are thinking of cycling the Thames please click here.