The Richmond Ultra Route Directions

Final Leg of the Thames Challenge / Richmond Ultra



Start to CP1

After leaving the campsite bear right on path by river (G/R 178 708).

At 0.8 miles (G/R 167 715) by a blue pedestrian bridge signed Thames Path North to the left, continue forward on T/P.

At 0.9 miles (G/R 166 716) pass Teddington Lock.

At 2.3 miles (G/R 169 731) reach Eel Pie car park on your right.

At 3.1 miles go through k-g and continue along river past Richmond Canoe Centre.

At 3.6 go under bridge (G/R 177 745) and at 4.0 miles under railway bridge, then soon under Twickenham Bridge.

At 4.2 miles pass Richmond Lock & Weir.

At 6.0 miles go past car-park on right (G/R 182 773).

At 6.6 miles go under Kew Bridge (G/R 190 776)

At 7.6 miles go past Putney Town Rowing Club on the right (G/R 200 765)

At 7.8 miles go under bridge (G/R 201 762) the route goes away from river along footpath for a while then past The Ship pub at 8.0 miles back on the river path.

At 8.7 miles go under railway bridge (G/R 213 762)

At 10.5 miles go under Hammersmith Bridge (G/R 228 780)

At 11.5 miles go past Barn Elms Boat House, cross footbridge soon to Park Area (G/R 234 762) and at 11.8 miles pass Imperial College Boat House (G/R 236 761).

Reach Putney Bridge, cross road and TP continues just right of St Mary’s Church, continue on this line between buildings, follow TP signs.

At 12.5 miles go under railway bridge (G/R 243 754) and continue on footpath till soon you reach the 13.1 miles go under a white arch sign posted ‘Riverside Walk’ which is CP1.

Navigational Notes:
Very well sign posted ‘Thames Path’
CP Distance = 13.1 miles



CP1 – CP2

Continue along the Riverside Walk, and at 0.4 miles TP goes right (G/R 251 753) at Riverside Quarter then immediate left, right again then left again all TP signed. Then at 12.9 miles TP goes left on road, soon cross two bridges TP continues along road footpath.

At 0.8 miles TP goes left into Waterside Path (G/R 257 752) and back to the river at Nichols Walk.

At 1.0 miles (G/R 258 754) TP goes right, immediate left then at road (The Ship pub) go right immediate left and at Wandsworth bridge go down steps and continue along river.

At 1.7 miles TP goes right (G/R 265 760), immediate left, soon right then left at road, then left again before the Falcon Wharf and back to the river.

At 2.0 miles TP goes right (G/R 267 763), immediate left and left again under railway bridge to river.

At 2.4 miles TP continues on road footpath then at (G/R 267 768) left by St. Mary’s Church, then immediate left back to the river. At 2.7 miles cross to the other side of the river at Wandsworth Bridge and continue along river the other side TP. Continue under Albert Bridge.

At 3.9 miles continue same side of river over Chelsea Bridge and then under railway bridge.

At 4.4 miles TP continues on footpath (G/R 292 778) past Shell garage till 4.7 miles (G/R 298 779) TP goes right back to river.

At 4.8 miles pass Vauxhall Bridge, continue along with river on your right and at 5.1 miles pass Millbank Millennium Pier.

At 5.3 miles continue past Lambeth Bridge towards grass area with Houses of Parliament ahead. Here the TP goes left away from the river, around the Houses of Parliament, back to the river bridge and continue along with the river on your right TP.

At 6.1 miles go under railway bridge (G/R 303 803)

At 6.3 miles pass the Embankment Cafe on your left (G/R 304 804), soon going under Waterloo Bridge.

At 7.0 miles take ramp down to go under Blackfriars Bridge, reaching North Bank Restaurant and Zorita Kitchen (G/R 320 808), at this point TP goes left signed ‘Riverside Walk East’ (RW), reach road go right on footpath under bridge then right to river path.

At 7.6 miles go up steps to Southwark Bridge continue over same side of river (RW).

At 7.7 miles reach The Banker pub (G/R 325 806), (RW) goes left then immediate through Steelyard Passage.

At 8.2 miles go under bridge and at 8.5 miles (G/R 332 806) reach road go right and all the way around the Tower of London to Tower Bridge then continue same side of the river past Tower Bridge House, continue on footpath down to river.

Past Starbucks Café, over footbridge following footpath past Devon House and Tower Bridge Wharf, then TP sign goes right at 8.9 miles soon re-joining the river.

At 9.5 miles reach wall (G/R 344 800) and go left to road then TP right passing Town of Ramsgate pub which is CP2 (G/R 344 801) at 9.5 miles.

Navigational Notes:
Very well sign posted ‘Thames Path’
CP Distance = 9.5 miles
Total Days Race Distance = 22.6 miles


CP2 to Finish

Continue on road, passing Wapping Station TP goes right at 0.4 miles (G/R 350 802) – gates may appear lock but will push open. Soon go left, reach road TP goes right then first right ‘Wapping Wall’, past The Prospect of Whitby pub on your right then immediate right TP through gate. Continue around by canal, over bridge at 0.9 miles (G/R 354 805) then TP right before playground.

At 1.1 miles leave river bank again (G/R 359 808) and go around building back to river, then reach junction with Spert St and continue ahead, soon TP on right back to river.

At 1.3 miles (G/R 362 807) over bridge on road footpath past Paper Mill Wharf, ahead you will see a building on the right with a large arch, go through arch TP (G/R 368 807), through gate which may seem closed, and back to river, soon cross a small bridge (G/R 369 804) exit up steps on left then go right around new dock works where TP returns to the river bank by shops (G/R 371 800).

At 2.6 miles (G/R 370 792) TP goes left to road then reach main road with Arnhem Primary School on right, then turn right continuing on road footpath past shops, TP goes back to the river. Soon pass Burrells Wharf Square on your left.

At (G/R 380 782) TP goes left away from the river then at The Ferry House go right into street, continue on footpath.

At 3.8 miles (G/R 383 783) reach a domed building by the river which is the entrance to The Thames Tunnel – take this to the other side of the river.

Exit tunnel going left, at 4.3 miles (G/R 386 781) TP goes behind the Trafalgar pub, then at 4.8 miles pass the Cutty Sark pub (G/R 389 783) on your right.

Continue along the Thames Path which effectively has the Thames River to your right all the way and past the O2 Arena.

At (G/R 404 791) continue through gravel works and ahead to the Thames Barrier.

Reach the Thames Barrier and yiou shoulkd be able to go through a tunnel to reach a grass play area where your finish line is straight ahead. If you find the gate to the tunnel is closed you simply go right around it, returning to the river and a short distance to the grass area next to the Thames, just below the View Café at 8.8 miles (G/R 417 793) which is the finish point for The Thames Challenge.

Navigational Notes:
Very well sign posted ‘Thames Path’
CP Distance = 8.8 miles
Total Days Race Distance = 31.4 miles