The Thames Path National Trail
The Thames Path is one of 19 officially recognised national trails in the UK. Each trail is designed to offer excellent walking, cycling or riding and they cover over 2000 miles in total. The first trail was the Pennine Way opened in 1965. More information can be found about the National Trails at the official National Trails website.
Unlike the other trails, the Thames Path can be accessed very easily via public transport throughout almost its entire length and due to the general nature of rivers (!) it is basically flat, so walking and cycling the path could not be easier. It soaks up fantastic contrasts from quiet, sleepy meadows to steamy, smelly industrial landscapes passing by some of the richest property in the country and many of the world's premier tourist attractions along the way. At 184 miles (294 km), the path can be walked from start to finish in one to two weeks depending upon your fitness level however it lends itself very well to completion in a series of stages. Alternatively it is ideal as a source of Sunday afternoon strolls with the family and/or dog.
More information can be found about the Thames Path at: nationaltrails.gov.uk. And don't forget - come back here when you're done!