The Thames Path London: Richmond upon Thames to Greenwich
Richmond upon Thames to Greenwich in 3 Days Walking Code: TPL4
We offer two options on the London section of the Thames Path. Choose between 2 or 3 days walking, starting in Richmond upon Thames and finishing at the Thames Barrier, the end point of this charming National Trail. There’s plenty of historical interest on this part of the walk, not least of all the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London.
Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.
The Thames Path National Trail ends at the Thames Barrier. From here, you will take a bus the short distance back to Greenwich for your final night's accommodation.
Averaging less than 10 miles a day, this is a great way to soak up some of the history and heritage of the capital at a leisurely pace.
|Day 1||Travel to Richmond upon Thames for your first nights accommodation|
|Day 2||Richmond upon Thames to Wandsworth||9||14|
|Day 3||Wandsworth to Covent Garden||7||11|
|Day 4||Covent Garden to Thames Barrier then bus transfer to Greenwich||11||18|
|Day 5||Depart from Greenwich after breakfast|
Richmond upon Thames to Greenwich
The path follows the edge of the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens to Kew Bridge before snaking its way past Mortlake and Hammersmith Bridge. The boathouses of the many rowing clubs greet you as you approach Putney with its famous Bridge. Putney Bridge boasts at church at either end, with All Saints on the north side and St Mary’s on the south. The gentle walk through Battersea Park is pleasant ahead of the buzz of London’s Southbank, home to the National Theatre and the Tate Modern among many other tourist attractions. There are fabulous views across the river to Westminster and the Tower of London. HMS Belfast, now permanently moored as a museum ship, and operated by the Imperial War Museum sits between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Leaving Tower Bridge and the tourists behind the path winds its way through the Docklands and onto Greenwich. The official end of the path is beyond Greenwich at the Thames Barrier. Spanning 520 metres it is protector to 125 square kilometres of central London from potential flooding caused by tidal surges. Perhaps more immediately important to you the walker, it marks the end of your Thames Path Journey.
Easy to Moderate
Of the National trails we cover, this is one of the easiest. It is a gentle trail which is suitable for people with a wide range of abilities. The route journeys across obvious broad promenades to grassy paths.
Terrain: Mostly flat with well defined paths.
What’s it like underfoot? You may be walking on an obvious trail, path or pavement and occasionally on a path across a field just visible in the grass. The terrain when dry is often compact and easy going, however, when wet it can be muddy in sections.
How much up and down? If you start at the source the route spends the majority of the walk losing height. After you pass through Goring Gap there is a short climb up the chalk hills and steep descent to negotiate at Coombe Park before you reach Pangbourne.
Signposting: Good signposting, signs are marked with a white acorn to indicate the National Trail.
Navigation: Pretty straightforward, keep your map and guidebook to hand.
|Accommodation||Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs.Full English or Continental breakfast.|
|Guidebook||A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information.|
|Information of Services Along the Route||A comprehensive Service Info sheet, including services such as cash points, banks, post offices, village shops, inns, cafes and taxis.|
|Maps||A waterproof 1:40000 map from Harvey Maps covering the whole route.|
|Personal Itinerary||A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.|
|Emergency Telephone Support||If you get in to difficulties during your holiday, we are always available to help, even out of office hours.|
|15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors||We will issue you with a 15% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores, and online, for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.|
|Luggage Transport||We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop – if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s walk.|
| Packed Lunches
||Provided for each day’s walking and recommended on this holiday as there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.|
|Off Road Parking||If you are travelling by car we can usually arrange off road parking for the duration of your trip. (There may be a small charge for this).|
|Arrangement of return transport||We can also arrange your transfer back to your car, (or advise you when public transport is a better option)!|
What’s not Included
|Evening Meals||Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each evening meal in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant, or where there is good food available at the accommodation, we’ll book that for you. Allow about £20.00 per night.|
|Transport to the Start & Away from the Finish||Have a look at the “Travel Info” tab above for suggestions. If you’re still struggling, get in touch and we’ll help you sort it out.|
|Travel Insurance||Even if you are based in the UK travel insurance is worth having.|
Good accommodation and friendly hosts are an essential part of any holiday. We understand this and go out of our way to find the best. We put a great deal of effort into hand picking our accommodation and matching it to individual customer requirements. As well as visiting the accommodation ourselves, we ask all our customers to complete a short evaluation on each night’s accommodation, which then gives us an insight in to the day-to-day operation, and lets us spot any potential issues before they become a problem.
We use a variety of accommodation, including small country house hotels, guest houses in market towns, bed and breakfasts in farm houses, country cottages and Victorian town houses. In selecting the accommodation we look for helpful, friendly hosts with good quality, characterful accommodation close to the trail. For example, over the course of your trip you might stay in a village inn, a bed and breakfast in a converted barn, a Victorian guest house, on a working farm, and in a Georgian hotel.
We always try to arrange en suite accommodation, i.e. rooms with their own bathrooms for each night of your stay. However, in some of the more remote locations accommodation is limited and occasionally we may have to book rooms with shared bathrooms for one or two nights of your holiday, (especially if the booking is made at short notice), but we will always let you know if this is likely to be the case.
General travel information for the Thames Path walk will be in your holiday pack.
Detailed instructions on getting to your first night’s accommodation by car, or on foot from the nearest train or bus station, will also be included in the holiday pack on individual accommodation maps.
If you require secure car parking whilst walking this route, please contact us for information.
By Air: The nearest International Airport to the trail is London Heathrow. Trains run frequently between London Heathrow (Terminal 1, 2 and 3) and Richmond-upon-Thames changing at London Victoria and Clapham Junction (1.5 hours).
By Public Transport: There is a railway, an overground and an underground station at Richmond-upon-Thames. Richmond station is located on the South Western Main Line with frequent trains to and from London Waterloo (approx’ 30 mins). The underground station is located at the end of the District Line with frequent trains operating across London. Richmond-upon-Thames is also located at the end of the overground, with frequent trains operating around central London to Stratford. To view up to date travel news and to plan your journey through London please visit https://tfl.gov.uk/
By Road: Richmond is located just off the M4/M3 motorways. At the end of the M4, exit the roundabout onto the A205. South of the River Thames bear right onto the A307 following signs into Richmond. At the end of the M3 at Junction 1 continue on to the A316 along Country Way. Continue along the A316 over the River Thames and into Richmond.
Leaving from Greenwich:
By Public Transport: There is a railway station at Greenwich. Greenwich Railway Station (GNW) is located on the Greenwich Line between London Bridge (South Eastern Mainline) and Cannon Street and on the Docklands Light Railway Line. ThamesLink trains also stop at Greenwich Station and Cutty Sark Underground Station on the Jubilee Line is also convenient for Greenwich town centre. There is a taxi rank at Greenwich station.
By Road: The A2 runs through Greenwich. Following the A2 east of London will lead you to junction 2 on the M25.
Richmond upon Thames
We would recommend a rest day in Richmond to allow you the time to visit the spectacular Kew Gardens. You can easily while away a day in these famous botanic gardens. Visit the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world and wander around the extensive grounds with its multitude of exotic trees and plants. The largest Royal park in London, Richmond Park, is also close by with free roaming deer and extensive woodlands. For the hustle and bustle of the city you are only a short tube ride away from central London with its many museums, galleries and attractions.