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Trail Guide to the Body: A hands-on guide to locating muscles, bones and more

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Andrew has all the information you need here but, for breaking the trip down to easy day stages, we followed thames-path.org.uk. It was written around 2004 but what little has changed is well signed. We didn’t bother carrying any maps or guidebooks. If staying in London, you may find it easier to stay in the same place for a couple of nights, and use the capital’s excellent public transport to get to and from your accommodation. Accommodation Booking Services and Baggage Transfer Because there are so many options, we’ve not produced a series of specific itineraries, but instead split the trail up into a number of “sections”. Some of these sections are longer than others, and in most cases you will probably want to combine multiple “sections” into a single days walk. I am organising a small group who live “on the continent”. I plan to split the walk into 3 separate weeks, spread over 1 or 2 years.

Thanks Chris for the warning about the path after Ewen. I attempted it today on my first leg of the walk hoping it might have dried out but I think without wellies you’d come a cropper. I took your advice and took the parallel road instead. My wife and I traveled from Australia to walk the Thames Path. We had the luxury of 18 days walking from the Source to London during September 2018. We had rest days in Windsor and Oxford. And not a drop of rain the entire journey. Although the eastern end of the Thames Path National Trail is at the Thames Barrier, you don’t need to end there as the Thames Path Extension carries on another ten miles to Crayford Ness. This is fully waymarked and generally referred to as the Thames Path on signposts, but uses a picture of a Thames Sailing Barge as a logo instead of the National Trail acorn. It is shown on the map above in green.The guide includes an extension from Erith to the barrier which is worth doing – there is still some industry going on in this stretch (when I walked past a large ro-ro ship was onloading vehicles from the Ford Dagenham works on the north bank) and you can see the big yellow containers containing domestic waste arriving at the incineration plant at Belvedere after their journey from Battersea). If you like that sort of thing, of course! The one section that is an exception to this is the section from the source to Oxford. Unless you live locally, this is likely to require a four day trip to complete this section as there are no railway stations on the route, and whilst there are some buses – like the Stagecoach 66 bus that runs from Swindon to Oxford that mostly follows the A420 – you’ll need to be prepared to make detours of a couple of miles from the trail. Extending your walk

Is it well signposted ? I am currently doing the London Loop using ‘Go Jaunty’ but one doesn’t really ‘see’ anything as I’m always looking at the screen. At the time of writing, four weeks in, I’ve got as far as Kingston. The only mild disappointment so far is that quite a lot of the towpath between Putney and Richmond has its views obscured by foliage – I wasn’t able to spot either Marble Hill or Ham House from the towpath at all – but these are minor gripes. Do you know how far ‘up’ the Thames I would be able to navigate the towpath on a bicycle? For example, I know that from Southwest London it is possible to get a clear run as far as Windsor. I also know that going the other way you can pretty much ride all the way to Westminster, if you can’t do it on the south side then you can always cross over and ride the Chelsea embankment. You’re not really meant to cycle through central London but you can still pretty much go along the Southbank to Greenwich, and beyond. Thanks to good paths, the vast majority of the Thames Path can be walked all year round. There may be times where there may when flooding may cause problems, however should this occur, generally there are plenty of options for bypassing any problematic areas that arise.I am planning to walk the TP in Sep on my own,doing weekly day trips from London; I’m female /65: do you think it will be safe walking?

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