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 [email protected] by Easter.