Thames Path Guidebooks and Maps
Click on a guidebook of your choice below to see more information, the option to buy online, and view other guidebooks:
Click on the images for more info and the option to buy:
There are at least two requirements of a guidebook. One is the functionality of navigating the route; the other is to make the walk more enjoyable and give information on accommodation, geology, local history, natural history, etc. We advise 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.
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Notes on Thames Path Guidebooks
We recommend buying two different Thames Path guidebooks. One will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc. The cost of the additional guidebook is very little compared to the cost of the walk. The National Trail guidebook includes the relevant sections of Ordnance Survey “Explorer” maps, but the Trailblazer guide has detailed large-scale Wainwright-type maps, and includes a wealth of additional info such as accommodation, camping, and where to eat and drink. We recommend buying both these books, and maybe just the Harvey map.
“Practical Trailblazer British Walking Guide to the Thames Path National Trail running for 184 miles from the river’s source at Thames Head near Kemble, Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier in London. The path leads from the start of the river in a meadow in the Cotswolds through Oxford, and further historic towns, churches, abbeys and castles including Lechlade, Abingdon, Wallingford, Henley, past Runnymede, the site of the signing of Magna Carta, and Windsor Castle. Passing by so many ancient sites, this is as much a walk through history as an easy ramble along a river bank. The route through London – particularly along the south bank – remains relatively countrified, at least as far as Putney, from which the approaching sights of Westminster and Tower Bridge offer vistas as impressive as any others along the river’s green and scenic upper reaches. Leaving central London, the regenerated dockland areas of East London lure you to your journey’s end at the Thames Barrier and the conclusion of a most enjoyable and easy ramble. Includes * 90 large-scale walking maps and 10 town plans. * Public transport information showing all access points on the path. * Accommodation and places to eat with reviews. * 30 colour photos including 4pp colour flower guide. * Extra colour mapping – stage maps (one page per stage) and profiles. * New guide in the classic Trailblazer style – In many walking guides the reader has to read a route description then try to relate it to the map. Our guides are easier to use because walking directions, tricky junctions, places to stay and eat, points of interest and walking times are all written onto the maps themselves in the places to which they apply. With their uncluttered clarity, these are not general-purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers. Downloadable GPS waypoints also included. * The largest scale walking maps available – At just under 1:20,000 (8cm or 31/8 inches to 1 mile) our maps are bigger than even the most detailed walking maps currently available in the shops.”
– Product description for the Trailblazer Thames Path Guidebook.
Thames Path Maps
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
For those who prefer a physical map, we display the excellent AZ Adventure Atlas:
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
- Youth Hostels
- Campsites (seasonal opening)
- Public Houses
- Cafes (seasonal opening)
- Petrol Stations
Unlike OS sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlasincludes 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.