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The river Thames walks

We are currently undertaking the walking of the River Thames. We have started in the London Area and currently to date have walked about 30 miles of the river. This is another project in progress but we hopefully should finish the greater and Central London part this year with any luck. I have done this page to help anybody who is planning to walk this great river and have provided details on transport etc to hopefully make it easy. The River in total is some 210 miles long and goes through some 45 locks and starts as a trickle in the Cotswolds .To make is easier there is a Thames Path covering 184 miles of the river you just got to work out the logistics .



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Transport help.

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We are lucky living about 55miles North of the capital, any further out and its going to cost a lot of cash to do the London parts time after time. Trains from Milton Keynes are about £22 each which is a cheap day return with all zones Tube ticket and you got to park your car another £7.50 - £51.50 a trip forget it! There is free parking in North London to be found usually from 6pm Friday till 06:00 Monday morning so just do some searches to find them (Email me for more info - don’t want to publish it), the one i use is 5 mins from the Tube station. At present you can only get all zone travel cards that are expensive at £12 each for one day, this covers you for Tubes, trains, buses inside the 6 Zones - however we find the cheapest way to Travel is to use the Visitor Oyster card. This in the long run works out cheeper and again covers you for all 6 zones , we find on average it takes about £15 for 2 days travel. You apply for this card online and top it up at any Tube station with a credit card and the balance stays on the card for next time and never runs out. Please see the following links for info on Travel/Oyster cards.



Route planning

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I will put the public transport stations you will need to take on the routes we have completed below, however there are many great little apps you can use on smartphone both Android & iPhone etc. The best app we use is one called City mapper this will show you what is best transport option to take to your destination and it even shows you bus numbers and when and where to pick them up. Also try the excellent transport for London route planner on their website which gives you all the facts and informs you of delays etc.



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Google Map showing combined Routes to date

Routes we have done to date.

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Walk 9 : From Bourne End to Henley-Upon-Thames : a 12 mile walk along good flat paths passing some great Towns & Villages. Easy rail links in Bourne End station and easy bus links to Henley make both start and finish point easy to get to. Please click this link to view page.

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Walk 8: From Bourne End to Windsor on nice easy paths. Public transport is easy for this walk using trains from bourne End station and just 2 changes are needed to reach windsor. Please click this link to view this walk.

Walk 7: From Windsor to Staines a 9 mile walk along easy paths. Public transport is easy using Windsor Riverside Train station and Staines Train Station if needed. Please see this link for details.

Walk 6: from Staines-Upon-Thames to Hampton Court a 12mile flat walk. Public transport links are ok with this walk using Hampton Court train station and Staines Train station, be careful at Staines as it is out of the Oyster card Zone. Click here for detailed info

Walk 5: From Richmond to Hampton Court : a 8.5 mile steady flat north, with easy public transport starting with Richmond Train station - and finishing at Hampton Court station both in Zone 6. For detailed information on this walk please see this link .

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Walk 4: From Kew to Richmond Bridge : a 9.38 flat walk with just 23m of elevation gain. nearest public transport for this walk - take Kew gardens station Zone 3/4 that serves both the District and London Overground lines click here for map please note this walk starts and finishes at same point. for detailed information on this walk visit our page.
Walk 3: From Kew to Chelsea harbour: a 11.5 mile walk with 35m of elevation gain. Nearest public transport for this walk is again start point at Key gardens (map) (district & London Overground) - with finish point at Imperial wharf station Zone 2 - for detailed info on this walk visit our page.


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Walk 2: From Chelsea Harbour to wapping : a 9.28 mile walk with 62m of elevation gain. Public transport start point is Imperial Wharf station London Overground Zone 2 - and finish point is Wapping Tube station London Overground Zone 2 : for detailed info on our walk please click this link.
Walk 1: From the Thames Barrier to Wapping : a ten mile easy walk. Public transport starting point is Pontoon Bridge on the DLR on Zone 3 and the finish point is wapping station on Zone 2 london Overground. For info on this walk please click this link.