A view across the river from the Thames Path

Welcome to the Summer Thames Path Blog

21st June 2019

I think we have a busy summer ahead of us keeping the trail open and improving it. As always, a huge thank you for all the effort and time our volunteers put into keeping our riverside trail open. The grass cutting is in full swing but do keep the reports coming in if there are any new enclosed sections of riverbank that have been missed out from our cutting regime. Following on from your monitoring reports and inspections over the winter we’ve got a full programme of access improvement works to deliver on. These include

Surfacing works in Wallingford, Shillingford, Cerney Wick, Radcot, Marlow, Pangbourne, Maidenhead and Cookham. Revetment works in Shillingford and Northmoor, numerous bridge repairs up and down the Thaames alongside our on-going grass cutting and tow path gate maintenance regime. Do keep the reports coming in .. you are our eyes and ears along the trail.

Several previous large-scale works are now completed including the Oxford City reaches surfacing, widening and revetment works and the Marlow Higginson Park to Temple lock revetment and surfacing works below are some photos of these works. It is amazing how many complaints we receive when we are forced to close and divert the trail when such works take place, it really does demonstrate how important and popular our Thames Path is to the many users with the local communities and both national and international tourists. A good example of this has been the closure of Temple bridge between Hurley and Marlow – the bridge the crosses the river between the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Buckinghamshire. The Environment Agency had to close the bridge to undertake essential survey and maintenance to the structure, whilst we do publish all know diversions and closures on our website interactive map here  https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path/plan with regular social media updates, we still received large  numbers of correspondence about the closure. As we all know it does take a lot of commitment and work to keep out trail open for all to enjoy..

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