A pictorial guide to the River Thames

The River Thames seeps out of the earth in a Gloucestershire field near Cirencester. Two hundred and fifteen miles and six counties later, it is swallowed by the North Sea.

How long is the River Thames?

In comparison with major rivers of the world, the Thames is a very small river. It has a total length of just 346 km (215 miles) and is the longest river wholly in England.

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Near the source
Looking across the mouth of the Thames.

The river runs from west to east, beginning life as a gentle stream.

Being such a short river, and having a gentle gradient from the source to sea, the Thames does not have the variety of features found in bigger rivers. It is slow and meandering for most of its length. At certain points, its meanders are so exaggerated that it nearly turns back on itself.

We now have two versions of our virtual tour of the River Thames from source to sea. Please select one of the following for your journey down the Thames:

Winnie the Pooh sails the Thames1. Virtual tour of the River Thames from source to sea next page

2. Shorter Pictorial Guide to River Thames next page

Visit our contents page if you prefer to visit a certain place along the river.

See also

Winnie the Pooh and friends explore the River Severn

Winnie the Pooh sails the ThamesWe took Winnie-the-Pooh and his boat to find the source of the River Thames in April 2007. Two months later, Pooh had sailed all the way down the Thames to the North sea.


Swan Upping - The annual Swan Census on the River Thames


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