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Thames Path, London

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The Thames Path is a National Trail following the River Thames from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton, south east London. It is about 184mi long. A path was first proposed in 1948 but it only opened in 1996.
The path's entire length can be walked, and some parts can be cycled. Most of the path is on the original towpath but in some places it is not possible at several points where towpath traffic crossed the river using ferries. but apart from Shepperton to Weybridge Ferry The ferries no longer operate and in places such as Shiplake, Whitchurch-on-Thames and Moulsford, there are diversions away from the towpath. At other places, there are replacement connections such as at Hurley, where the Temple Footbridge was built in 1989.
Some parts of the Thames Path, particularly west of Oxford, are subject to flooding during the winter. The river is tidal downstream from Teddington Lock, and parts of the path may be under water if there is a particularly high tide.
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  • I like to explore cities on foot so the Thames path formed a natural part of my trip. You can see rags and riches along the path so it’s a little insight into London.  more »
  • Was early for Kew Gardens so went for a short stroll, starting at Kew Bridge in the direction of Richmond. What a pleasant place to walk. Much of the portion I walked was shaded by trees. Folks were o...  more »
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