It will come as a surprise to many that the Thames Path is about to be extended thanks to the England Coast Path.
There is already an unofficial start to the Thames Path at Erith which is eight miles downstream from the official start at the Thames Barrier.
Soon it will be possible to start at Grain on the so-called Isle of Grain in Kent.
This continuous extra 42 miles is expected to open in 2020.
The distance from the Thames Barrier to the river’s source at Kemble in Gloucestershire is 180 miles.
The distance from Grain in Kent to the source at Kemble will be 230 miles.
The Thames Estuary Partnership is encouraging walkers to let Natural England know if you think that this new stretch in Kent should also be called and signed ‘Thames Path’ or maybe ‘Thames Path and England Coast Path’.
Views should be sent to SouthEastCoastalAccess@naturalengland.org.uk by Easter.
The Christmas holiday has seen a further improvement on the path between Vauxhall and Chelsea Bridge.
The new route does not yet follow the riverside at Battersea Power Station but it does take the walker away from the unpleasant continuation of Nine Elms Lane known as Battersea Park Road.
ROUTE UPDATE: Vauxhall to Chelsea Bridge
It is now possible to stay by the river between Vauxhall Bridge and Heathwall Pumping Station at Nine Elms. On the way you pass close to the new USA Embassy where there is new seating.
The path turns inland to join Nine Elms Lane opposite Waitrose which had a handy toilet and cafe.
From here go right along the main road for short distance to turn back towards the river, passing between two tall buildings, and join Tideway Walk with its houseboats.
Pass the new glass Nine Elms Tavern (left). Where the path comes up against a wall go inland down Kirtling Street and left into Cringle Street to return to the main road.
Turn right along the busy Battersea Park Road passing the other end of Kirtling Street (right) and the giant Bookers Wholesale (left).
Look out on the right for the gated Pump House Lane.