The 29-mile stretch of the Thames Path between Kingston and Greenwich has come second in the Lonely Planet’s book listing top ten city trails. It’s described as “a London highlights reel, passing Kew Gardens, Battersea Park and power station, Westminster and Big Ben, the Millennium Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe and so on”.
The Thames Path beat off some impressive competition to attain second place with the Great Coastal Walk in Sydney and Berlin Wall Trail falling further down the list. When you consider that you not only pass the sights above, but also pass the Thames Barrier, Tower Bridge and Hampton Court Palace, you can see why it’s so highly rated.
If you’d like to try the path out, then for a real challenge, you could hike the whole length in a day, but it’s probably more enjoyable split into sections to allow you time to enjoy the sights along the way.
For a longer-term challenge, the full route of the Thames Path covers some 184 miles running from the river’s source in the Cotswolds to almost the North Sea. The National Trail passes through historic towns, water meadows and lovely rural villages. You can find out more about the route on the National Trail website.
The full list of top ten city hikes was:
- Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro
- Thames Path, London
- Great Coastal Walk, Sydney
- Hoerikwaggo Trail, Cape Town
- Berlin Wall Trail, Berlin
- Seawall, Vancouver
- South Mountain Park, Phoenix
- Coast to Coast Walk, Auckland
- Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
- Hong Kong Trail, Hong Kong