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Thames Path in the Country National Trail Guide

Thames Path in the Country National Trail Guide

by: David Sharp and Tony Gowers
Rising in rural Gloucestershire, winding through Oxfordshire, past the pageantry of Windsor and Hampton Court, to dive into the teeming hubbub of the metropolis, the Thames is truly a mighty river, and the long-distance footpath that follows its bank all the way from its source is one of Britain's most varied and accessible National Trails.

This official guide takes you the full length of its country section, from the river's rise south of Cirencester nearly 150 miles to Hampton Court. In its western stages the Path is an idyllic stroll among tranquil meadows, with rowers and swans for companions. Nearer London it visits handsome and vibrant towns like Abingdon, Henley and Marlow.

Throughout its length, as this compendious and engrossing book shows, a walk along the Thames Path is a journey through history just as much as landscape, taking in everything from Oxford University to MG cars, and from Eton College to the artist Stanley Spencer or the Cliveden Set.

The guide splits the route into 12 convenient day-walk sections and the clear instructions are supported by Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer mapping with the route highlighted. Details of transport links for the start and finish of each stage are included. A fascinating introductory chapter provides comprehensive information on history, wildlife and places of interest and there are additional facts plus lots of colour photographs throughout the book. Circular walks around Oxford and Windsor and Eton are included.

The chapter route sections are as follows:
Source to Cricklade - 12.25 miles
Cricklade to Lechlade - 11 miles
Lechlade to Newbridge - 16.75 miles
Newbridge to Oxford - 14 miles
Oxford to Abingdon - 9.75 miles
Abingdon to Wallingford - 13.5 miles
Wallingford to Tilehurst - 14.75 miles
Tilehurst to Henley-on-Thames - 12.25 miles
Henley-on-Thames to Marlow - 8.5 miles
Marlow to Windsor - 14.25 miles
Windsor to Shepperton - 13.25 miles
Shepperton to Hampton Court - 6.25 miles

ISBN 9781845137175 Pages 165 (2012) 130mm x 210mm

Price: 9.95