This section has been written by Jeannette Briggs based on her many years experience of walking and boating on the Thames She also has run 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, 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.

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.