Walking on the Thames

Other than the Thames Path there are several signed walking routes that run alongside or near to the River for part of their course

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 River Thames Cycle Routes
Beeches Way16 miles
(25 km)
Follow the Beeches Way through the Chilterns AONB from the River Thames at Cookham to the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
You start off at Cookham and head east to the wooded Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. The walk then passes through Fulmer before a lovely stretch through Black Park Country Park and Langley Park Country Park. The final stretch takes you around the lakes in Colne Valley Regional Park before finishing on the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
Beverley Brook Walk7 miles
(11 km)
This walk follows the Beverley Brook from the River Thames at Putney to New Malden. The trail passes through Barnes Common, Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, exposing you to some of South London's most attractive countryside.
Walk highlights include the Beverley Meads and Fishpond Local Nature Reserve where Kingfishers and Mandarin Ducks may be seen. At Barnes you will pass near to the splendid Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, where you can see a wide variety of wildlife including lapwings, little ringed plovers, great crested and little grebes, gadwall, mallards, pochards and tufted duck broods. There is also a section through the delightful Richmond Park where you can look out for the resident deer.
The walk is easily accessible from the train station at New Malden or from the nearby East Putney Tube or Putney train station.
Capital Ring78 miles
(126 km)
This 78 mile circular walk takes you on a tour through London passing many of its most famous landmarks and through some of its most attractive parks and green areas.
The route officially starts at Woolwich foot tunnel by the Thames Barrier and first heads south passing through Eltham, Beckenham and Tooting before reaching Wimbledon with its famous common and windmill. You continue through Richmond deer park to Richmond where a pleasant stretch along the Thames takes you past the popular gardens at Kew. Soon after you join the Grand Union Canal for more pleasant waterside walking, passing Brentford and Hanwell on your way to Harrow. The route then turns east passing Brent Reservoir, Wembley Stadium, Hampstead and Finsbury Park. The final section takes you through the delightful Lee Valley Park, through Stratford and back to the Woolwich foot tunnel.
Chalkland Way40 miles
(64 km)
This circular walk takes you on a tour of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds around Pocklington, where the walk starts and ends. You will pass through Britain's most northerly chalk outcrop while also visiting a series of pretty villages including Great Givendale, Thixendale, Fimber, Wetwang and Huggate.
Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop28 miles
(45 km)
This walk runs from the outskirts of High Wycombe to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames. The route includes several long sections along the River Thames where you will pass a series of delightful riverside towns and villages. These include Cookham and then Henley on Thames, home to the famous annual regatta. The path also includes a couple of lovely wooded sections through Mill Wood and Cayton Park with the Chitern Hills providing a beautiful backdrop for the duration of the walk.
Doncastrian Way33 miles
(53 km)
This is a circular walk through the countryside and woodland around the Yorkshire town of Doncaster. The walk includes lovely waterside stretches along the River Don and the River Torne, while there are also pleasant woodland sections through Edlington and Wadworth Wood. The path passes the villages of Wadworth, New Rossington and Auckley.
Thames Down Link15 miles
(24 km)
This walk links the Thames Path and North Downs Way National Trails. It starts in Kingston upon Thames and heads south through Epsom Common, Horton Country Park and Mickelham Downs. The route finishes at Westumble near the pretty Box Hill Country Park in Surrey.
The Ridgeway86 miles
(139 km)
Step back in time on this wonderful 85 mile route which follows an ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man The trail starts at Overton Hill in Wiltshire on the edge of the Marlborough Downs and heads east through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.
Highlights on this fascinating route include a series of iron age forts, the beautiful Chiltern Hills and a lovely stretch along the River Thames at Goring-on-Thames.
The Swan's Way65 miles
(105 km)
The Swan's Way long distance bridleroute runs from Salcey Forest in the north to Goring on Thames in the south, a distance of 65 miles (105km). From the Northants border, the route crosses the Vale of Aylesbury to meet the Ridgeway near Princes Risborough and then follows the chalk slopes of the Chilterns to the Thames at Goring. It passes through varied countryside from beech woods on chalk scarp to low vales and ancient woodlands.
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Wokingham Way55 miles
(89 km)
This circular walk follows the Wokingham Borough unitary boundary visiting Reading, Bracknell and Henley on Thames. The walk takes you through Wokingham's most delightful areas including : Bracknell Forest, Trilakes Country Park, Wellington Country Park, the Iron Age hill fort at Crowthorne Wood and the deer park at Cudham Court. The walk also includes a long riverside section along the River Thames through Reading and Henley on Thames.

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