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
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...