Thames Path Guidebooks and Maps
RambleFest displays the best Thames Path guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online
Click on a guidebook of your choice below to see more information, the option to buy online, and view other guidebooks:
“Practical, all-in-one guide to walking the Thames Path National Trail from the Costwolds to the Thames Barrier in London, including large-scale trail maps, places to stay, places to eat and public transport information. The Thames Path’s National Trail runs for 184 miles (294km) from the river’s source at Thames Head near Kemble in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier in London. The scenery is magnificently varied ranging from wild and lonely sections of the upper reaches of the river to equally impressive urban vistas. Passing so many ancient sites – Oxford, Lechlade, Abingdon, Henley, Runnymede, Windsor and London – this is as much a walk through history as an easy ramble along a river bank. *Includes 99 walking maps – the largest-scale maps available. At a scale of just under 1:20,000 (8cm or 3-1/8 inches to one mile) these are bigger than the most detailed walking maps currently available. *Unique mapping features – walking times, directions, tricky junctions, places to stay and eat, points of interest. These are not general-purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers. *Itineraries for all walkers – whether hiking the 184-mile route in its entirety or sampling the highlights on day walks or short breaks. *Includes detailed public transport information for all access points. *Practical information for all budgets – what to see, where to stay with reviews, where to eat with reviews: pubs, hotels, B&B, camping, bunkhouses, hostels. *GPS waypoints. These are also downloadable from the Trailblazer website. * Stage maps in full colour show gradients. * Overview maps – 14 in full colour. * Colour flower guide – 4pp.”
– Thames Path (Trailblazer British Walking Guide)
“The official guide to the riverside path from its Gloucestershire source all the way to the outskirts of London.
With the London Thames now covered by Aurum’ s separate new guide, a companion volume can concentrate on the appeal of the full 150 miles of the country Thames, which winds all the way from its Gloucestershire source near Cirencester to Hampton Court on the edge of the London conurbation.
This new edition has a wealth of new information about the many sights and places of interest along the way, from Wittenham Clumps that Paul Nash used to paint to Heston Blumenthal’ s Fat Duck restaurant at Bray, as well as full walking tours of historic Oxford and Windsor & Eton. There are sections on Stanley Spencer at Cookham, and Cliveden and the Cliveden Set, as well as on handsome and interesting towns like Henley and Abingdon. There is also a new section on the wildlife and natural history of the Thames, and plenty of extra information on transport links to and from individual sections.”
– Thames Path in the Country (National Trail Guides)
“Guidebook and Ordnance Survey map booklet to walking the Thames Path National Trail. The 180-mile route from the Thames Barrier to the river’s source near Cirencester, passes from central London through Windsor, Henley, and Oxford, and rural countryside.
* Described in 20 sections, of between 4 and 16 miles (6.5-32km), it is a mainly flat route with good access by public transport and typically takes two weeks to walk. On its way it passes historic sites such as Greenwich, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court, Runnymede, Windsor Castle and Oxford.
* This guidebook features complete OS 1:50,000 scale mapping of the route and comprehensive information about accommodation, facilities, refreshments and transport links for each stage of the route. It is crammed with fascinating details about the places and features passed along the way.
* A separate pocket-sized map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps shows the full route, providing all the mapping needed to complete the trail. The route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized.”
– The Thames Path (Cicerone)
Notes on Thames Path Guidebooks
The National Trail guidebooks (one covers the route to the edge of London; the other from the edge of London to the Thames Barrier) include the relevant sections of Ordnance Survey “Explorer” maps.
The Trailblazer guide covers the whole route and has detailed large-scale Wainwright-type maps, and includes a wealth of additional info such as accommodation, camping, and where to eat and drink.
The Cicerone guidebook covers the whole route, and has 1:25,000 scale map booklet included (the map booklet can also be bought separately – see below).
We recommend buying two different guidebooks; one will complement the other in terms of Thames Path accommodation and other services, route description, back-up info, photographs and diagrams, etc., and the additional cost is little compared to the cost of the walk.
Thames Path Maps
We include the excellent AZ Adventure Atlas as well as the aforementioned Cicerone map booklet.
“The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey’s Explorer mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey’s most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000 showing public rights of way, open access land, national parks, tourist information, car parks, public houses and camping and caravan sites. The Thames Path is a National Trail which covers 296km (184 miles) and follows the length of Englands longest river, the Thames, from its source in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier in Greenwich, London. This A-Z Adventure Atlas of the Thames Path features 60 pages of continuous Ordnance Survey mapping providing complete coverage of the Thames Path. Clearly highlighted in yellow, the route is easy to identify and shows both north and south bank alternatives. In addition mileage markers have been introduced to the map making it easy to gauge distances when planning your own sections of the walk to enjoy. A route planner is also included providing distances between places and the amenities available, featuring: Information Centres, Hotels/B&Bs, Youth Hostels, Campsites (seasonal opening), Restaurants, Public Houses, Cafes (seasonal opening), Shops and Petrol Stations. Unlike OS sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlas includes a comprehensive index to towns, villages, hamlets and locations, natural features, nature reserves, car parks and youth hostels, making it quick and easy to use. Each index entry has a page reference and a six figure National Grid Reference. With a book size of 240mm x 134mm it is the same size as a standard OS Explorer map when closed. Also featured is advice on safety and security when walking, details of Tourist Information Centres and a selection of QR codes linked to useful web sites. This A-Z Adventure Atlas has the accuracy and quality of OS Explorer mapping indexed within a book, making it the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.”
– Thames Path Adventure Atlas
Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value. Click on the link:
Ordnance Survey Maps Online