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Thames Path: Thames Head to the Thames Barrier

by: Henry Stedman & Joel Newton


Updated information

Thank you to those who wrote in with the following updates including: Paul Chapman, David Schache and Janine Watson, Stuart Blackburne, Phil Robinson.


The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.


Updates relating to the 2nd edition

June 2021

p145 Map 38 Streatley
p146  Chaddleworth is a fabulous house in a very peaceful setting. Cake, such as a delicious banana bread, is served on arrival and breakfast is cooked on an Aga. Overall they can sleep up to six people but due to COVID they are not letting the non en suite room. However, they will for a group as then they can share the facilities. 
It is easy to reach Chaddleworth from the path - just walk diagonally (back on yourself if coming from the west) through the recreation ground and go through the gate when you reach the road and then turn right. It is signed as Cleeve Court.


p175, Map 55.    A walker sent us feedback: "The walking time from Boulter’s Lock to Maidenhead Bridge is given as 40–50 minutes.  Google Maps gives the distance as 0.8 miles and the walking time as 16 minutes.  We noticed that a number of the suggested walking times along this stretch of the river were longer than they should have been."

Updates relating to the 1st edition

July 2017

p144 Streatley. Chaddleworth B&B, Streatley, Reading, RG8 9PR. Two double rooms which can be set up as twins. Mobile: 07711 420 586. 


May 2017

p28, Camping.   Whilst there are no recognised formal campsites inside the M25, lists several locations close to the path where for a modest fee you can book a pitch in a private garden for a night or two.

pp77/9, Map 1. The Thames Head Inn campsite has been refurbished and is now flat and sheltered. There is a  toilet and shower combined into a single unit for use by campers. However the fee has increased to £20 per tent.
Kemble, The Tavern Inn now charges £7 for a one man tent, otherwise no significant changes under the new owners.
In Kemble there is a new housing estate "Old Manor Gardens"" north of Station Road beween the railway line and the village shop.
page 88, Map 9. Second Chance Touring Park campsite, Marston Meysey,  is undergoing a major refurbishment including the building of several lodges/chalets. The camping fee is currently unchanged at £6 pp. There is a public footpath, not shown on the map, from just north of the drainage ditch to the campsite entrance across the fields - shorter than walking via the roads.

November 2016

p78 Map 1. Two walkers  from Australia wrote they stayed at the Thames Head Inn and walked to the path along A433 which was very busy with traffic and no verge.   They recommend an alternative, safer way - which is to go over the back fence behind the car park of Thames Head and skirt around the edge of the field to the right and this brings you around to a gate with a legitimate site to cross directly over the rail line (with care) and another gate into next field, then along edge of that field to corner of stone fence and to path.  They also said the walk north from the Thames Head to the Thames - Severn canal and portal into the tunnel is well worth the detour - great bit of history / construction.

p113 Map 24. Existing note “go over bridge not under”   is actually “go over ROAD not under “   - as you don’t actually cross the bridge in a strict sense.

p125 Map 28. Some excellent seats at “Boat House” at 034 (near Radley)  to sit and eat.   Good to know if they are any good spots to stop for lunch coming up.  

p102 Map 16 Rushley Lock . There is now a new bitumen road to walk along from Rushley Lock to the road at Tadpole bridge.

p138 Wallingford. The Coach Makers Arms no longer doing evening meals.  

The Old Post Office. Offers evening meals and has good food and ambience. 

p92 Map 12 Upper Inglesham to Inglesham.   Two walkers reported they walked this section - and whilst not pleasant - it certainly wasn’t particularly unsafe (and not like the A433 at Thames Head), and the 2nd crossing at Inglesham needs particular care.

Re swimming, two walkers noted at Kelmscott a triathalon and they had swum in the river and  they noted a few spots on the stretch - Oxford to Abingdon with good safe access and they had a dip. 

Accommodation, London. Staybridge Suites, 100 Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth. Some walkers stayed here for one week and found it excellent accommodation and very close to the path - and central for walking everywhere in central London.


Thames Path: Thames Head to the Thames Barrier