Thames Path National Trail


Thames Path National Trail

You may remember the programme by Tony Robinson called the Great River where he followed the Thames from its source in The Cotswolds through to our Capital.

  • Start: source of the Thames, Cotswolds
  • End: Woolwich, London
  • Length: 185 miles (298 km)

There is a dispute as to where the actual source of the Thames actually is. Thames Head is a group of seasonal springs that appear near the village of Coates. One or more of these springs are traditionally identified as the source of the Thames.

What is easier to find is the start of the path for the national trail which is just the road from Cotswold Mill and a hundred yards or so down the road towards Kemble.

The Thames Path is a long distance walking trail, following England’s best known river for 185.2miles (298 km) as it meanders from its source in the Cotswolds through several rural counties and on into the heart of London. On its way the Trail passes peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife, historic towns and cities and many lovely villages, finishing in Woolwich just a few miles from the sea.

The best months to visit are spring through to the end of autumn. If you’re interested in wildlife there are always a range of birds present on and around the river but they’re at their most active and visible during April and May whilst establishing territories and finding mates. If you’re keen on wildflowers, then April to September is the time to visit, and if insects such as butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies are the things you’d most like to see choose June to September.


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Thames Path National Trail

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