Walking London’s Thames Path has been listed as one of the world’s ultimate adventures in a new title from Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures presents 100 top ten lists of adventure activities and destinations that are perfect for thrill seekers and active travellers. This is the third title in the 1000 Ultimate series, following on from the success of 1000 Ultimate Experiences and 1000 Ultimate Sights.
The book, which is available from mid-September, lists the Thames Path as one of the top ten city hikes on the planet. The walk is described as “a London highlights reel”, as it passes a number of London’s most iconic landmarks.
Walk London describes the Thames Path as the main artery that runs through the vibrant centre of London. While the National Trail stretches westwards to the source of the River Thames in the Cotswolds, the London section covers a magical 40 miles (64 km) of easy, level walking on both sides of the river from Hampton Court Palace, through the heart of London to the East India Dock, on the North Bank and the River Darent on the South Bank.
The world’s best city hikes as featured in the book are:
1. Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro
2. Thames Path, London
3. Great Coastal Walk, Sydney
4. Hoerikwaggo Trail, Cape Town
5. Berlin Wall Trail, Berlin
6. Seawall, Vancouver
7. South Mountain Park, Phoenix
8. Coast to Coast Walk, Auckland
9. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
10. Hong Kong Trail, Hong Kong
London’s Tower 42 also features in the book as one of the ‘Best Tower Running Races,’ and London’s very own Underground themed fun run, The Underround, is listed as one of the world’s ‘Freakiest Foot Races.’