Worth watching out for.
 — John Cleare

Thames Path: Thames Head to the Thames Barrier

Thames Path: Thames Head to the Thames Barrier

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Contents


Contents | Introduction | About the Thames Path | Planning your walk | Using this guide | Sample route guide


Introduction

History of the path 8 – How difficult is the path? 11 – How long do you need? 11 – When to go 12 – Best day and weekend walks 16

Part 1: Planning your walk

Practical information for the walker
Route-finding 17 – Accommodation 18 – Rates 21 – Food and drink 22 – Money 23 – Information for foreign visitors 24 – Other services 26 – Walking companies 26 – Walking with a dog 27

Budgeting 28

Itineraries
Which direction? 29 – Suggested itineraries 29 – Festivals and events 29 – Village and town facilities 32

What to take
Keep your luggage light 39 – Footwear 39 – Clothing 40 – First-aid kit 41 – General items 41 – Camping gear 42 – Money 42 Maps 42 – Recommended reading 44 – Facts & figures about the Thames 44 – Sources of further information 48

Getting to and from the Thames Path
National transport 49 – Getting to Britain 50 – Local transport 53 Public transport map 54 – Public transport table 56

Part 2: The Environment & Nature

Flora and fauna
Insects 59 – Butterflies 59 – Birds 60 – Mammals 62 – Reptiles & amphibians 63 – Fish 64 –Wild flowers & shrubs 64 – Trees 65

Part 3: Minimum Impact & Safety

Minimum impact walking 67

Outdoor health and safety 71

Part 4: Route Guide and Maps

Using the guide 75

Kemble 77

Thames Head to Cricklade 79 (Ewen 79, Somerford Keynes 80, Ashton Keynes 80, Cricklade 84)

Cricklade to Lechlade 86 (Castle Eaton 88, Upper Inglesham 88, Lechlade 91)

Lechlade to Newbridge 94 (St John’s Lock 98, Kelmscott 98, Radcot 100, Rushey Lock 100, Tadpole Bridge 100, Shifford Lock 100, Newbridge 106, Standlake 106)

Oxford to Abingdon 122 (Iffley Lock 122, Sandford-on- Thames 122, Radley 124, Abingdon 124)

Abingdon to Wallingford 129 (Culham 132, Clifton Hampden 132, Day’s Lock 132, Dorchester-on-Thames 134, Shillingford 135, Benson 136, Crowmarsh Gifford 136, Wallingford 138)

Wallingford to Pangbourne 140 (Moulsford 140, Goring & Streatley 144, Pangbourne 146)

Pangbourne to Henley-on-Thames 149 (Mapledurham Lock 150, Caversham 152, Sonning 154, Lower Shiplake 155, Henley-on-Thames 156)

Henley-on-Thames to Marlow 162 (Aston 164, Hurley 164, Marlow 166)

Marlow to Windsor 168 (Bourne End 170, Cookham 170, Maidenhead 173, Dorney Reach 173, Eton 174, Windsor 178)

Windsor to Chertsey Bridge 181 (Datchet 183, Old Windsor 183, Runnymede 184, Bell Weir Lock 184, Egham 186, Staines 186, Laleham 186, Chertsey 188)

Chertsey Bridge to Kingston upon Thames 191 (Shepperton Lock 191, Shepperton 192, Walton-on-Thames 192, Molesey
Lock 192, Hampton Court/East Molesey 192, Hampton Wick 198, Kingston upon Thames 200)

Kingston to Putney Bridge 202 (Southern bank: Richmond 203, Mortlake 207, Barnes 210, Putney 212; Northern bank: Teddington Lock 214, Twickenham 214, Isleworth 215, Brentford 216, Strand on the Green 216, Hammersmith 217, Fulham 218)

Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge 218 (Southern bank: Wandsworth 219, Battersea 221, Lambeth 222, Southwark 222, Tower Bridge 225; Northern bank: Chelsea 226, Pimlico 228, Westminster 228, City of London 228, Tower Bridge 230)

Tower Bridge to Greenwich/Thames Barrier 230 (Northern bank: Wapping 231, Limehouse 231, Canary Wharf 232, Isle of Dogs 232); Southern bank: Bermondsey 235, Rotherhithe 235, Greenwich 236); Greenwich to the Thames Barrier (Charlton 238)

Appendices

A: Walking with a dog 240 B: GPS waypoints 242 C: Map key 245 D: Distance charts 246

Idex 248

Overview Maps 257

Thames Path: Thames Head to the Thames Barrier

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