Address: Thames Embankment, London

Address: Thames Embankment, London

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With London being one of the most interesting cities in the world, as expected, a walk along the River Thames takes you through some fascinating places and past some historic landmarks.

The ‘Thames Path’ is a designated route and runs from Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier, near Woolwich. The pictures shown are from the London part of the Path, running from the Thames Barrier to Hampton Court, a distance of about 35 miles. The walk goes past all London bridges.

Walking upriver from the Thames Barrier, the first landmarks you reach are the O2 Arena, then the Old Naval College which lies on the edge of the Thames in Greenwich. Other Greenwich landmarks are Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.

Canary Wharf dominates the skyline as you make your way up to Tower Bridge and from there you soon find yourself approaching some of the best landmarks in central London. Whilst plenty of sites are visible, most notably The Shard, when walking along the south side of the Thames, you actually walk past a few. You pass the entrances to Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, Golden Hinde and the London Eye, with the views across the river including the Tower of London, The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, Cleopatra’s Needle, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

There are a host of bridges and these get decidedly more infrequent the higher up the river you go.

When out of central London, the water starts to appear calmer and the river traffic becomes more sedate. You pass Kew Gardens, as well as golf courses, marinas, boat clubs, mansions and a host of other things. The walk at times is idyllic.

The Thames is tidal up to Teddington Lock which, with Richmond Lock, is one of two locks that you encounter up to Hampton Court.

The designated path is almost always riverside and in good weather it would be hard to find a more interesting walk.

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