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Covid-19 and Walking on the Thames Path

Current advice for walkers

The Thames Path National Trail is a great way to enjoy the countryside beside the river, but is often very narrow. This makes it difficult for people on the path to stay safely 2m apart from other people.

  • If you’re walking, running or cycling (where permitted) on the Thames Path, please be considerate of other users and take the required action to maintain 2m distance from people as you pass each other.
  • Do not congregate around gates and areas where boats are moored.
  • Please be respectful of boat users. If you’re on a towpath or beside moorings then you’re probably within 2m of the people living on the boats.
  • The Canal and River Trust has issued useful advice for boaters and people using towpaths. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/coronavirus
  • For Environment Agency update visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-waterways-coronavirus-covid-19-update
  • Here’s advice from London’s Parks and Green Spaces https://www.london.gov.uk/coronavirus/london-parks-and-green-spaces-covid-19-guidance
  • Remember to stay safe and well by following the Government’s statements https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The Thames Path volunteer scheme has been put on hold for the duration of the Covid-19 restrictions. This means that our volunteers are not able to monitor all 184 miles of the trail and report on safety issues including obstructions, erosion, damaged signs, fallen trees. If anyone does spot anything that would be a risk to the safety of people using the Path, please report the location, giving OS coordinates if possible, to Thames.Path@oxfordshire.gov.uk and we will do our best to work with partner Highway Authorities, the Environment Agency and landowners to resolve the problem.

The Thames Path National Trail will still be here for you to enjoy after the current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.