Thames Path Passport
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Thames Path Passport . Your personal passport can be stamped by a number of select “stamping stations” that are working with us on this initiative. Collect one stamp per page of your passport and we will send you a completion certificate! The passport is now available to purchase in our online shop.
Here’s a list of our stamping stations together with opening hours and directions if off the Path.
- Thames Head Inn 1
Whilst technically not on the Path, there's nowhere closer to the source of the Thames than this pub. Hopefully either your first or last stamp! There is a footpath leading from the pub, which lies on the A433, to the source about 0.7 miles away. OPEN DAILY FROM 11am
- Red Lion, Cricklade 12
The first pub you will see in Cricklade and the only one directly on the Path. OPEN MON-FRI lunch and evening; SAT all day from 12am; SUN 12-4pm
- Red Lion, Castle Eaton 17
Castle Eaton is a great place to stop for lunch if walking from Cricklade and no detour required. OPEN FROM 12am. CLOSED MON-TUES.
- Church of St John the Baptist, Inglesham 22
Step inside this tiny church and you will go back in time to the 17th century . This building is managed by the Churches Conservation Trust who have agreed to host our stamps. Do please be generous and leave a donation. The stamp should be on the table inside the church (not in the foyer). OPEN ALL DAY EVERY DAY.
- Cotswold Christmas Shop 23
One of the more unusual sites along the Thames Path is Father Christmas standing outside a shop in Lechlade on a summer's day. The shop is in the town. From the Thames Path, cross the bridge and turn left at the traffic lights. The shop is a few yards on your right. CLOSED: TUES-WEDS.
- Buscot Tea Room 25
At the lock, cross the river and follow the track into the village. The tea room is on your left after the National Trust car park. Distance off route: 0.3 miles. OPEN DAILY 10am - 4.30 pm. CLOSED TUESDAY'S
- Rose Revived, Newbridge 39
No detour needed to reach this stamping station. The Path runs right past the pub. OPEN ALL DAY EVERY DAY.
- Ferryman, Bablock Hythe 43
A ferry used to run here taking walkers across to the towpath on the other side. The Path leaves the river at the Ferryman which is OPEN DAILY FROM NOON
- Talbot, Swinford Bridge 47
At Swinford Bridge, go over to the other side of the bridge and follow the road for a quarter of a mile. The Talbot is on your right. OPEN DAILY FROM NOON BUT CLOSED MON-FRI FROM 2-4.30.
- Paper Boat Cafe, Folly Bridge 54
We've chosen this location carefully as, whether you walk through the town or along the Thames Path, you are sure to pass Folly Bridge where the Paper Boat Cafe awaits you. The cafe is on the Oxford side of the bridge and can't be missed. CLOSED MONDAY'S.
- Annies at the Boathouse, Abingdon 63
Step down off the bridge to reach this lovely tea shop. OPEN DAILY 9am - 5pm
- Shillingford Bridge Hotel 72
The Thames Path takes follows the left bank to Shillingford BrIdge. A short walk across the bridge will take you to the hotel with arguably the nicest garden terrace on the Thames. Or, if you're following our recommended Shillingford detour, you'll go right past it! OPEN DAILY.
- Town Arms,Wallingford 76
You will see this pub as soon as you turn away from the river in the centre of Wallingford. CLOSED Mon-Tues.
- Garden Cafe, Pangbourne 87
A couple of minutes walk from the Thames Path and into Pangbourne will take you to the Garden Cafe. Just opposite the George. OPEN DAILY FROM 9am TO 4pm
- Mad Duck Cafe, Purley 89
Although slightly off the Thames Path, by visiting this cafe you will get the best views of Mapledurham House. When the Thames Path turns right away from the river (after Mapledurham Lock), carry on alongside the river. At the end of the meadow take the next turn right. The cafe is almost immediately on your right. OPENING HOURS: OPEN DAILY EXCEPT WEDNESDAYS . To rejoin the path, carry on along the same road until you reach a gate which takes you onto Mapledurham Drive which happens to be the Thames Path!
- The Baskerville, Shiplake 100
Another pub/hotel that you will pass whilst walking. Stop by for food or beverage. They'd love to see you.
- Museum of River and Rowing, Henley 102
This museum is a must for all Thames Path walkers as it is dedicated to the river. As it is in Henley there is a particular emphasis on rowing.
- Corazon del Rio, Bourne End 114
A slightly different venue as this is a restaurant/cocktail bar. .However, they're quite happy to serve something less strong. The view from the terrace is not to be missed. ,
- Bel and the Dragon, Cookham 115
Seasoned walkers will be familiar with this inn which offers exquisite accommodation. No need to stay the night if passing.Drop in for a drink or some food.
- Visitors Centre, Windsor 125
You'll have to walk into town to collect this stamp. But it's well worth it. You pass the castle on the way. The stamp is found in the Guildhall, where Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were married. It's also home to the museum.
- National Trust Visitors Centre, Runnymede 130
No better place for a stamp than at the visitors centre which, by the way, has a tea shop!
- Nauticalia, Shepperton 139
You can't miss this place as you'll need to come here to cross the river by ferry!
- Molesey Lock Cafe 144
Just as you approach Hampton Court, there is a lovely outdoor cafe on your right. Enjoy the cakes!
- Tides Table Cafe, Richmond 152
You can't get much closer to Richmond Bridge than this. The cafe sits right under the bridge's arches on the Richmond side.
- Bull's Head, Strand on the Green 157
This iconic pub can be found along the Thames Path on the left bank just past vKew
- Southwark Cathedral 169
We are blessed to have Southwark Cathedral host our stamps. Although the current building dates back to 1212, it has only been a Cathedral since 1905 when the Diocese of Southwark was created, taking over a number of parishes from Rochester.
- Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe 173
What could be more apt than to get your passport stamped at the Brunel Museum, dedicated to the man who, probably more than any other, stamped his mark on the river: by this time you will have passed his bridges and tunnels. The museum is located at the site of the right bank entrance to the Thames Tunnel, the first ever tunnel under a navigable river, designed and built by Marc Brunel and his son, Isambard.
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