Walking the Thames Path
‘In 54 B.C., Julius Caesar crossed the river he called the ‘Tamesis’. In 1215, near the Thames, 25 barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede. Oxford University came into being on the river’s north bank. Conspirators gathered at Henley-on-Thames to plot the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that overthrew Catholic King James II and brought Protestant William and Mary to the throne. Dozens of kings and queens were born, lived and died along the river, at the castles of Hampton Court, Placentia and Windsor.’
With 134 bridges, 44 locks, 20 major tributaries and countless untold stories, this river is a saga unto itself … an historical pageant worth experiencing … and we did. Join us.
About 20+ years ago, I read an article in a travel magazine about walking the Thames Path from its headwaters in the tiny village of Kemble, England in the Cotswolds along its circuitous 215 mile course to its outlet to the sea at the Thames Barrier in London. It sounded like an interesting adventure … and really, only 184 miles of it is actually walked. I clipped the article and put it in a file for later reference. I referred to it a few times and somewhere in the last two decades, the article was lost or misplaced … but not the notion of walking it. I read another article in Smithsonian (2012) from which I gleaned the quote above and it piqued my interest once again. It’s been on my bucket list for a long, long time. In September 2018, we walked the Thames Path and documented our trek day by day. One bucket list item checked off.
Thames Path Stats:
20 walking days – 184 miles from the Thames Barrier to the Thames Source
231 total miles walked
An average of ~11.5 walking miles per day
509,843 steps, if you’re keeping track (which we do!)