A view across the river from the Thames Path

Trail Manager's Blog: Update on Trail & Thames Path Event Organiser workshop

14th February 2020

Every year thousands of people enjoy being on the Thames Path. It’s an ideal route for charity fund-raising walks and runs, as well as providing a fast, challenging course for ultra-runners.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Thames Path Event Organiser workshop on 4 February to hear about our work coming up this year. Here’s a quick stroll through some of Thames Path National Trail manager Steve’s slides and photos.

To help us maintain the Thames Path to National Trail standards, event organisers donate £1 per participant to the Thames Path to help pay for maintenance on the route.

The Trail has used some of these funds to buy new rechargeable electric machinery so that volunteers can cut back overgrown vegetation around gates and other narrow sections of the path. This helps open up the pinch-points around gates and allows damaged surfaces to recover. The new equipment also cuts our carbon footprint!

There’s a new route in Lower Shiplake which takes the Path riverside. Volunteers are installing new signs later this month (weather permitting!) Steve has negotiated the route with the landowners to open up this section and give everyone a better view of the river and Wargrave on the opposite bank.   

Flooding this winter means that a long section of the Path north of Abingdon is very muddy and will need to be repaired. If funds are raised funds from local authorities and funders, a recycled plastic boardwalk will be put down. This will transform a section of the Thames Path so that more people can enjoy it.  

Other stretches of Thames Path that could do with improving due to recent flooding are coming to light and we are currently working with partners to create a programme of improvement works for action when permissions are in place and ground conditions allow.

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Thames Path volunteer at work
 new route in Lower Shiplake