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184 MILES
• Rises in the Western Cotswolds.
• An ever changing, diverse countryside.
• Passing villages in Gloucestershire and
Wiltshire.
• Through historic cities such as Windsor and
Oxford.
• Past large cities, Swindon, Reading and
Staines.
• and finally of course through the Capital.

When this happened the commissioners provided a navigation ferry with a ferry crossing point. THAMES PATH TIME LINE 1800s The Thames Commissioners were responsible for establishing the tow path back in the late 18th Century. and every so often the tow path met some obstacles either natural or man-made. . at a time where the river was playing a crucial role within the new canal systems. To get around this the commissioners would change the tow path to the opposite side of the bank. However the Thames is no canal but a living River.

1930s Canal system fallen into a state of disrepair. . However! Thames Councils get together with the idea of utilising the Thames Path.

The Ridgeway. Offa’s Dyke Path and the Thames Path. the Pennine Way was opened in 1965. • National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The Pilgrims Way – known as the North Downs way. and give something back to the returning servicemen of WWII. The South Downs Way. • The six recommended inland paths were The Pennine Way.55. In September 1947. sections 50A . . 1940s • After World War II the desire to keep areas of Britain special. • The first such route. the ‘Hobhouse Committee’ recommended the establishment of long distance and coastal routes (now called National Trails in England and Wales). to protect these areas.

1950s-1990s .

Lobbying to create The Thames Path .

1996 .

NATIONAL TRAILS .

Now Natural England’s New Deal for National Trails. Centred around forming a Partnership of interested organisations Environment Agency Highway Authorities River Thames Society River Thames Alliance Chilterns AONB North Wessex Downs AONB Thames Landscape Strategy Transport for London Thames Estuary Partnership (growing list) .

nature and historic features within the trail corridor. Contribute to the enhancement of the landscape.creates opportunities for local businesses to benefit from the use of Trails. The 4 E’s Experience .make constant improvement to the Trail and its associated routes. .enable as many people as possible to enjoy a wide variety of walking and riding experiences along National Trails and through the English landscape Enhancement . Engagement . Economy .build and sustain a community of interest in caring for the Trail and the landscape through which it passes.

THAMES PATH WEBSITE www.uk/thames-path .nationaltrail.co.

WEBSITE HITS Average hits 50.000 per month .

THAMES PATH ON-LINE MARKET RESEARCH Would you recommend the Thames Path to other users? .

What did you enjoy most about your visit .

How much did you spend per visit to the Thames Path .

Did you use public transport to and from the trail? .

running and dance are beneficial. • Lack of information about opportunities to walk • Psycho-social barriers – for a variety of reasons many people are not keen to walk. games. gym-type exercise. . walking has the greatest chance of making the greatest difference to the greatest number of people’ What stops us from walking? • Problems in the quality of the physical environment. WHY WALK? WALK THIS WAY ‘While all the forms of physical activity such as sports.

(That’s more than the population of Cricklade and Lechlade – The first Towns on The Thames!) . BENEFITS TO BEING ACTIVE CONDITION RISK REDUCTION All Cause Mortality 20-35% Heart Disease & 20-35% Stroke Type 2 Diabetes 35-50% Colon Cancer 30-50% Breast Cancer 20% Hip Fracture 36-68% Depression 20-30% Alzheimer’s Disease 60% Obesity is responsible for 9000 premature deaths each year in England and reduces life expectancy by. on average nine years.

National Research shows that for every £1 invested in increasing walking and improving public access to green spaces £7 is saved in NHS expenditure through Health and Well being benefits Former Chief Medical Officer for England ‘If a medication existed which had a similar effect to physical activity. it would be regarded as a ‘wonder drug’ or a miracle cure’ .

• We want to engage with businesses along the trail to see how we can work together to help future proof the trail. FUTURE • To be an inclusive trail for all and help break down barriers that stop us from walking. . • To get as many people out enjoying their river trail.

JULY 2016 .