A summary map of this section can be downloaded below. The south bank route is 10.5 miles (16.8km) long and the north bank route is 10.3 miles (16.5km) long.
The Thames Path offers a choice of walking routes either side of the river from Teddington footbridge as far as Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs opposite Greenwich. This allows you to design walks that stick to just one side of the river, using the excellent public transport system in London to get back to your start, or circular walks that cross from one bank to the other using the many bridges.
Along this section there are an unequalled 16 bridges giving numerous opportunities to design short or long walks that explore some of the fascinating locations, attractions and history found along the river in the centre of London.
A useful walking guides to this section of the Thames Path can be downloaded from Walk London's website - click on 'leaflets' on the left side of the page.
Your walk starts in Wandsworth where there have been huge changes to the riverfront in the last 10 years. Much development has taken place providing wide, modern promenades for walkers alongside the river. Further developments have started, or are planned, but until they are complete the Thames Path in places has to divert away from the river.
Battersea Park provides a welcome green space before the Path passes behind the old Power Station (due for development soon) and on to the real heart of the city between Vauxhall and Tower bridges. There's far too much along this stretch to list here, but some of the treats include: wonderful views of the Houses of Parliament, a chance to see the whole of the city from the London Eye, and a leisurely stroll along the 'South Bank' with all its theatres and galleries to enjoy.
After a short detour away from the river and through Hurlingham Park you soon come to elegant Chelsea, home previously to many famous literary and artistic people. The Embankment gives great views across the river and takes you through Westminster, around the Houses of Parliament and on towards the financial square mile of the City of London. This section culminates in front of the dramatic Tower of London and Tower Bridge.