Thames Camping

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Thames Camping

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I'm planning on a trip down the Thames, and I'm looking at camping options (lock camping and wild camping). There have been posts on this forum indicating that the Thames license allows legal camping between the bank and the footpath. I've searched around the internet for any confirmation of this - and I've drawn a blank. Can anyone point me at some documentation on this right?

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Re: Thames Camping

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This tells you where the EA are happy for you to camp:
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/st ... un2010.pdf
An older version, which more usefully includes a map:
http://www.oxfordrivercruises.com/docum ... thames.pdf

I doubt there are any "rights" to wild camping, but it may be accepted if you're minimal impact.
http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... d-or-Wales

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When I was a kid I lived a couple miles away from the Thames near Maidenhead and we used to camp in all sorts of places whilst fishing or generally being kids, I imagine theres plenty of Islands further upstream and I wouldnt even bother asking, there are plenty of shops at all the locks in Berkshire area with water and toilet facilities if needed. I bet that would be a great trip, have fun!
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Yep- I'm aware of the camping at the locks and there are numerous opportunities to 'wild camp', but I was particularly interested in the statements that have been made on the forum that indicate it's covered in the Thames license just to pitch up on the riverbank.

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Post by ruralweb »

I looked at doing the Thames a couple of years ago and was under the impression that camping on the river bank by the locks was not allowed. Most of the river bank and islands are private so "wild camping" was problematic.

There are quite a few campsites along the way and I was planning to stay at those rather than run the risk of upsetting landowners.
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Re: Thames Camping

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Thanks all. I've come to the conclusion that the 'right' to camp by the river is a herring rouge. I'll go with my previous option of booking sites.

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Re: Thames Camping

Post by Mal Grey »

blurpup wrote:Thanks all. I've come to the conclusion that the 'right' to camp by the river is a herring rouge. I'll go with my previous option of booking sites.
There is a school of thought that camping from a canoe on the Thames is similar to mooring overnight. This school of thought may not extend to all landowners though! However, it has allowed us to overnight in Windsor on the island by the park. We were willing to pay a mooring fee (£5) but nobody came to collect, possibly because there were about 15 of us looking scruffy and ill kempt.

Paddled the Oxford Canal, and British Waterways were happy for us to camp on the fringes of the towpath as long as we didn't block it. This came from phoning them, so may extend to all BW managed water, but is not conclusive and it wasn't me who rang so I may be slightly misquoting.

Realistically, you'd have no problem in most areas above Reading if you're discreet.

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