Active Travel

You can hike the entire Thames River & get free accomodation along the way

Matthew Holt does an eight-night hike along the 294km official length of the famous English river

30 June 2019 - 22:00 By Matthew Holt

The Thames is my favourite river. Steeped in history, it takes you through the heart of England. And, more pertinently, if you're thinking of following its course, it's a manageable length. Having already rowed and kayaked stretches, I decided to hike its banks. After all, as the German poet Johann Goethe wrote, "You've only really been where you've walked."

Handily, there is a public footpath - based on old towpaths - accompanying the river for most of its journey...

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