List of crossings of the River Thames

The River Thames is the second-longest river in the United Kingdom. It is crossed by over 200 bridges, 27 tunnels, six public ferries, one cable car link, and one ford along its 215-mile (346 km) course.

London Bridge, in central London
Newbridge, in rural Oxfordshire

Barrier and boundaryEdit

Until sufficient crossings were established, the river provided a formidable barrier for most of its course – in post-Roman Britain during the Dark Ages Belgic-Celtic tribal lands and Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and subdivisions were defined by which side of the river they were on. When English counties were established, the river formed a boundary between the counties on either side. After rising in Gloucestershire, the river flows between, on the north bank, the historic counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex and Essex; and on the south bank, the counties of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, and Kent. However the many permanent crossings that have been built over the centuries have changed the dynamics and made cross-river development and shared responsibilities more practicable.

In 1911 Caversham, on the north bank, was transferred into Berkshire. In 1965, with the creation of Greater London, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames united areas formerly in Middlesex and Surrey; and at the same time two urban districts in Middlesex (united in 1974) became part of Surrey. Further changes in 1974 moved some of the boundaries away from the river. For example, much of the north west of Berkshire including Wallingford, Abingdon and Wantage became part of Oxfordshire, and some southern parts of Buckinghamshire became part of Berkshire, including Slough, Eton and Wraysbury. The number of county councils has dwindled (as well as their area) in south-east and central southern England in favour of increased localisation.[note 1] Despite these changes, in the sports of rowing and skiffing the river banks are still referred to by their traditional county names, and in sports such as football and cricket historic county areas are sometimes used.[note 2]

History of crossingsEdit

Wallingford Bridge (Oxfordshire)

Many of the present road bridges over the river are on the sites of earlier fords, ferries and wooden structures. The earliest known major crossings of the Thames by the Romans were at London Bridge and Staines Bridge. At Folly Bridge in Oxford the remains of an original Saxon structure can be seen, and medieval stone structures such as Wallingford Bridge, Newbridge and Abingdon Bridge are still in use. Kingston's growth is believed to stem from its having the only crossing between London Bridge and Staines until the beginning of the 18th century. Proposals to build bridges across the Thames at Lambeth and Putney in around 1670 were defeated by the Rulers of the Company of Watermen, since it would mean ruin for the 60,000 rivermen who provided ferry services and also provided a pool of naval reserve.[1]

An engraving by Claes Van Visscher showing Old London Bridge in 1616

During the 18th century, many stone and brick road bridges were built – from new or to replace existing structures – in London and further up the river. These included Westminster Bridge, Putney Bridge, Datchet Bridge, Windsor Bridge and Sonning Bridge. Several central London road bridges were built in the 19th century, most conspicuously Tower Bridge, the only bascule bridge on the river, designed to allow ocean-going ships to pass beneath it. The most recent road bridge sites are the bypasses at Isis Bridge and Marlow By-pass Bridge and the motorway bridges, most notably the two on the M25: Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and M25 Runnymede Bridge.

The development of the railways resulted in a spate of bridge building in the 19th century, including Blackfriars Railway Bridge and Charing Cross (Hungerford) Railway Bridge in central London, and the spectacular railway bridges by Isambard Kingdom Brunel at Maidenhead, Gatehampton and Moulsford.

The world's first underwater tunnel was the Thames Tunnel by Marc Brunel built in 1843, designed for horse-drawn carriages but used as a pedestrian route; since 1869 the tunnel has carried trains on the East London Line. The Tower Subway (1870) was briefly used for a railway; later came all the deep-level tube lines. Two road tunnels were built in East London at the end of the 19th century, the Blackwall Tunnel and the Rotherhithe Tunnel; and the latest tunnel is the Dartford Crossing.

Many foot crossings were established across the weirs that were built on the non-tidal river, and some of these remained when the locks were built – for example at Benson Lock. Others were replaced by a footbridge when the weir was removed, as at Hart's Weir Footbridge. Around the year 2000, several footbridges were added, either as part of the Thames Path or in commemoration of the Millennium. These include Temple Footbridge, Bloomers Hole Footbridge, the Hungerford Footbridges and the Millennium Bridge, all of which have distinctive designs.

Some ferries still operate on the river. The Woolwich Ferry carries cars and passengers across the river in the Thames Gateway and links the North Circular and South Circular roads. Upstream are smaller pedestrian ferries, for example Hampton Ferry and the Shepperton to Weybridge Ferry; the latter is the only non-permanent crossing that remains on the Thames Path.

Note on the listingEdit

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The list starts at the downstream (estuary) end and follows the river upstream towards the source. A few of the crossings listed are public pedestrian crossings using walkways across lock gates and bridges above or adjacent to the adjoining weirs. Most of the other locks on the River Thames also have walkways across their lock gates and weirs, but these either do not completely cross the river, or are restricted to authorised personnel only, and are therefore not listed. Crossings listed in italics are inaccessible to the public. Besides the ferry crossings listed, there are commuter boat services operating along the river in London, and tourist boat services operating both in London and upstream. Whilst the principal purpose of these services is not to carry people across the river, it may be possible to use them to do so.

North Sea to LondonEdit

Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes
Thames Cable Tunnel Utility tunnel 51°26′35″N 0°24′22″E / 51.443°N 0.406°E / 51.443; 0.406 (Thames Cable Tunnel) 1970 Carries two 400kV circuits;[2][3] accessible by authorised personnel only
Gravesend–Tilbury Ferry Passenger ferry 51°26′55″N 0°22′3″E / 51.44861°N 0.36750°E / 51.44861; 0.36750 (Gravesend - Tilbury Ferry) 1571 or before[4]
High Speed 1 tunnels Rail tunnel 51°27′46″N 0°17′37″E / 51.46278°N 0.29361°E / 51.46278; 0.29361 (High Speed 1 tunnels) 2007 Two 2.5 km tunnels, 7.15 m internal diameter, between West Thurrock (Essex) and Swanscombe (Kent)
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge Road bridge 51°27′52″N 0°15′31″E / 51.46444°N 0.25861°E / 51.46444; 0.25861 (Queen Elizabeth II Bridge) 1991 Cable-stayed bridge - the southbound element of the Dartford Crossing
Dartford Tunnels Road tunnels 51°27′55″N 0°15′27″E / 51.46528°N 0.25750°E / 51.46528; 0.25750 (Dartford Tunnels) 1963 and 1980 The northbound element of the Dartford Crossing
Dartford Cable Tunnel Utility tunnel 51°28′5″N 0°14′58″E / 51.46806°N 0.24944°E / 51.46806; 0.24944 (Dartford Cable Tunnel) 2005 Carrying electrical cable; accessible by authorised personnel only


The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed road crossing, located east of the Dartford Crossings and Gravesend, close to the Thames Cable Tunnel. Currently in the Planning stages, the tunnel is planned to open in 2027/28.[5]

East LondonEdit

Emirates Air Line cable car link
Thames Tunnel in the mid-19th century
Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes
Barking cable tunnel Utility tunnel 51°30′43″N 0°6′33″E / 51.51194°N 0.10917°E / 51.51194; 0.10917 (Barking cable tunnels) about 1925[6] Carries four 33 kV electricity circuits from Barking substation to Sewell Road substation, Thamesmead[7]
Docklands Light Railway tunnel Rail tunnel 51°29′55″N 0°4′31″E / 51.49861°N 0.07528°E / 51.49861; 0.07528 (Docklands Light Railway tunnel) 2009 Between King George V and Woolwich Arsenal stations
Crossrail tunnels Rail tunnel 51°29′48″N 0°3′50″E / 51.49667°N 0.06389°E / 51.49667; 0.06389 (Crossrail tunnels) Planned for 2022 Completed in 2014,[8] these will open to the public with the opening of the Elizabeth Line
Woolwich foot tunnel Pedestrian tunnel 51°29′47″N 0°3′45″E / 51.49639°N 0.06250°E / 51.49639; 0.06250 (Woolwich foot tunnel) 1912
Woolwich Ferry Vehicle ferry 51°29′47″N 0°3′44″E / 51.49639°N 0.06222°E / 51.49639; 0.06222 (Woolwich Ferry) 1889
Thames Barrier Flood barrier with pedestrian tunnel 51°29′49″N 0°2′14″E / 51.49694°N 0.03722°E / 51.49694; 0.03722 (Thames Barrier) 1984 Service tunnel accessible by authorised personnel only
Emirates Air Line Gondola lift 51°30′05″N 0°0′45″E / 51.50139°N 0.01250°E / 51.50139; 0.01250 (Emirates Air Line) 2012
Millennium Dome electricity cable tunnel Utility tunnel 1999[9] Accessible by authorised personnel only
Jubilee line tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′17″N 0°0′31″E / 51.50472°N 0.00861°E / 51.50472; 0.00861 (Jubilee line tunnels) 1999 Between North Greenwich and Canning Town stations.
Blackwall Tunnel (eastern) Road tunnel 51°30′19″N 0°0′7″W / 51.50528°N 0.00194°W / 51.50528; -0.00194 (Blackwall Tunnel (eastern)) 1967 For southbound vehicular traffic only
Blackwall Tunnel (western) Road tunnel 51°30′13″N 0°0′14″W / 51.50361°N 0.00389°W / 51.50361; -0.00389 (Blackwall Tunnel (western)) 1897 For northbound vehicular traffic only
Jubilee line tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′1″N 0°0′19″W / 51.50028°N 0.00528°W / 51.50028; -0.00528 (Jubilee line tunnels) 1999 Between Canary Wharf and North Greenwich stations.
Greenwich foot tunnel Pedestrian tunnel 51°29′6″N 0°0′35″W / 51.48500°N 0.00972°W / 51.48500; -0.00972 (Greenwich foot tunnel) 1902
Docklands Light Railway tunnel Rail tunnel 51°29′5″N 0°0′37″W / 51.48472°N 0.01028°W / 51.48472; -0.01028 (Docklands Light Railway tunnel) 1999 Between Island Gardens and Cutty Sark stations.
Deptford cable tunnel Utility tunnel 51°29′11″N 0°1′18″W / 51.48639°N 0.02167°W / 51.48639; -0.02167 (Deptford cable tunnel) Carries 30 11 kV electricity circuits[10]
Jubilee line tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′2″N 0°1′48″W / 51.50056°N 0.03000°W / 51.50056; -0.03000 (Jubilee line tunnels) 1999 Between Canada Water and Canary Wharf stations.
Canary Wharf – Rotherhithe Ferry Passenger ferry 51°30′19″N 0°1′47″W / 51.50528°N 0.02972°W / 51.50528; -0.02972 (Canary Wharf - Rotherhithe Ferry)
Rotherhithe Tunnel Road tunnel 51°30′23″N 0°2′55″W / 51.50639°N 0.04861°W / 51.50639; -0.04861 (Rotherhithe Tunnel) 1908 Single carriageway in each direction, with footways on each side. Built originally for horse-drawn carriages. Pedestrians, riders, cyclists are permitted, but advised to use alternatives due to fumes and speed.
Thames Tunnel Rail tunnel 51°30′11″N 0°3′16″W / 51.50306°N 0.05444°W / 51.50306; -0.05444 (Thames Tunnel) 1843 The world's first underwater tunnel, linking Wapping to Rotherhithe. Originally designed as a road tunnel for horse-drawn traffic, the necessary access ramps were never built and it was opened as a pedestrian tunnel. It was converted to a rail tunnel, reopening in 1869 and becoming part of the London Overground network in 2010.
New Cross to Finsbury Market Cable Tunnel Utility tunnel 51°30′7″N 0°3′44″W / 51.50194°N 0.06222°W / 51.50194; -0.06222 (New Cross to Finsbury Market Cable Tunnel) 2017 Carries three 132 kV electricity circuits[11]

Under constructionEdit

  • The Silvertown Tunnel began construction in August 2020[12] and should be completed in 2025.[13] This will relieve the Blackwall Tunnels between the Greenwich Peninsula and West Silvertown and to allow larger HGVs and double-decker buses to cross the river at this point.


Central LondonEdit

Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes
Tower Bridge Road bridge 51°30′20″N 0°4′32″W / 51.50556°N 0.07556°W / 51.50556; -0.07556 (Tower Bridge) 1894
Tower Subway Utility tunnel 51°30′24″N 0°4′46″W / 51.50667°N 0.07944°W / 51.50667; -0.07944 (Tower Subway) 1870 Formerly an underground railway - now used for water mains and telephone cables and accessible only by authorised personnel
Northern line (Bank branch) tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′28″N 0°5′13″W / 51.50778°N 0.08694°W / 51.50778; -0.08694 (Northern line (City branch) tunnels) 1900 Between London Bridge and Bank
London Bridge Road bridge 51°30′28″N 0°5′16″W / 51.50778°N 0.08778°W / 51.50778; -0.08778 (London Bridge) 1973 Other bridges have stood on or near this site since around AD 50
City & South London Railway tunnels Disused rail tunnel 51°30′29″N 0°5′20″W / 51.50806°N 0.08889°W / 51.50806; -0.08889 (City & South London Railway tunnels) 1890 This railway's original crossing of the river between Borough and King William Street; abandoned in 1900 when the Northern line City branch tunnels were opened on a new alignment
Cannon Street Railway Bridge Rail bridge 51°30′30″N 0°5′31″W / 51.50833°N 0.09194°W / 51.50833; -0.09194 (Cannon Street Railway Bridge) 1982
Southwark Bridge Road bridge 51°30′32″N 0°5′39″W / 51.50889°N 0.09417°W / 51.50889; -0.09417 (Southwark Bridge) 1921
London Millennium Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°30′35″N 0°5′55″W / 51.50972°N 0.09861°W / 51.50972; -0.09861 (London Millennium Footbridge) 2000
Bankside Cable Tunnel Utility tunnel 51°30′35″N 0°5′56″W / 51.50972°N 0.09889°W / 51.50972; -0.09889 (Bankside Cable Tunnel) c.1947 East of Blackfriars rail bridge, 132 kV and 33 kV electricity circuits[15]
Blackfriars Railway Bridge Rail bridge 51°30′35″N 0°6′12″W / 51.50972°N 0.10333°W / 51.50972; -0.10333 (Blackfriars Railway Bridge) 1886
Blackfriars Bridge Road bridge 51°30′35″N 0°6′16″W / 51.50972°N 0.10444°W / 51.50972; -0.10444 (Blackfriars Bridge) 1869
Waterloo & City line tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′35″N 0°6′20″W / 51.50972°N 0.10556°W / 51.50972; -0.10556 (Waterloo & City line tunnels) 1898 Between Waterloo and Bank
Waterloo Bridge Road bridge 51°30′31″N 0°7′1″W / 51.50861°N 0.11694°W / 51.50861; -0.11694 (Waterloo Bridge) 1945
Northern line (Charing Cross branch) tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′23″N 0°7′10″W / 51.50639°N 0.11944°W / 51.50639; -0.11944 (Northern line (Charing Cross branch) tunnels) 1926 Between Waterloo and Embankment
Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges Rail and pedestrian bridges 51°30′22″N 0°7′13″W / 51.50611°N 0.12028°W / 51.50611; -0.12028 (Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges) 1864 and 2002 Rail bridge flanked by newer pedestrian bridges
Bankside – Charing Cross cable tunnel Utility tunnel 51°30′22″N 0°7′13″W / 51.50611°N 0.12028°W / 51.50611; -0.12028 (Bankside – Charing Cross cable tunnel) Underneath Hungerford Bridge[15]
Bakerloo line tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′20″N 0°7′14″W / 51.50556°N 0.12056°W / 51.50556; -0.12056 (Bakerloo line tunnels) 1906 Between Waterloo and Embankment
Jubilee line tunnels Rail tunnel 51°30′4″N 0°7′18″W / 51.50111°N 0.12167°W / 51.50111; -0.12167 (Jubilee line tunnels) 1999 Between Waterloo and Westminster
Westminster Bridge Road bridge 51°30′3″N 0°7′19″W / 51.50083°N 0.12194°W / 51.50083; -0.12194 (Westminster Bridge) 1862
Lambeth Bridge Road bridge 51°29′40″N 0°7′21″W / 51.49444°N 0.12250°W / 51.49444; -0.12250 (Lambeth Bridge) 1932
Vauxhall Bridge Road bridge 51°29′15″N 0°7′37″W / 51.48750°N 0.12694°W / 51.48750; -0.12694 (Vauxhall Bridge) 1906
Victoria line tunnels Rail tunnel 51°29′14″N 0°7′39″W / 51.48722°N 0.12750°W / 51.48722; -0.12750 (Victoria line tunnels) 1971 Between Vauxhall and Pimlico
Wimbledon – Pimlico cable tunnel Utility tunnel 51°29′10″N 0°7′42″W / 51.48611°N 0.12833°W / 51.48611; -0.12833 (Wimbledon – Pimlico cable tunnel) Electricity cables[16]
Battersea steam tunnel Utility tunnel 51°29′03″N 0°8′31″W / 51.48417°N 0.14194°W / 51.48417; -0.14194 (Battersea steam tunnel) 20th century Between Battersea and Pimlico is a single tunnel carrying four pipes, two 30" Thames Water mains and two 11" pipes feeding the Pimlico District Heating system, originally powered by Battersea Power Station.[17]
Battersea exhaust tunnels Utility tunnel 51°29′02″N 0°8′48″W / 51.48389°N 0.14667°W / 51.48389; -0.14667 (Battersea exhaust tunnels) 20th century Between Battersea and either side of Victoria are two tunnels. Tunnels are labelled 'A' and 'B'; A splits further to become 'C' under Ranelagh Gardens.[citation needed]
Grosvenor Bridge Rail bridge 51°29′5″N 0°8′50″W / 51.48472°N 0.14722°W / 51.48472; -0.14722 (Grosvenor Bridge) 1859 Also known as Victoria Railway Bridge



South West LondonEdit

Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes Photo
Chelsea Bridge  Road bridge, suspension bridge51°29′5″N 0°9′0″W6 May 1937[23] 
Albert Bridge  Suspension bridge, beam bridge, Ordish–Lefeuvre system, steel bridge, road bridge51°28′57″N 0°10′0″W[24]1873 
Battersea Bridge  Arch bridge[25], iron bridge[25]51°28′52″N 0°10′21″W21 Jul 1890Replaced an earlier bridge, opened in 1771. 
Battersea Railway Bridge  Steel bridge, arch bridge51°28′24″N 0°10′48″W[24]2 Mar 1863West London Line. Also called the Cremorne Bridge. 
Wandsworth Bridge  Cantilever bridge, steel bridge, road bridge51°27′54″N 0°11′17″W25 Sep 1940 
London Power Tunnels  Tunnel, power cable51°27′47″N 0°11′35″W / 51.463°N 0.193°W / 51.463; -0.193 (London Power Tunnels Wimbledon - Kensal Green)2018Wimbledon - Kensal Green
Fulham Railway Bridge  Railway bridge, footbridge, truss bridge51°27′57″N 0°12′35″W3 Jun 1889 
Putney Bridge  Road bridge51°28′0″N 0°12′48″W[24]1729Replaced an earlier bridge, known as Fulham Bridge, opened in 1729.
This is the downstream limit of the Thames towpath.[26]
Hammersmith Bridge  Suspension bridge[27], road bridge51°29′20″N 0°13′47″W[24]1827As of August 2020, Hammersmith Bridge is closed, with river navigation beneath also prohibited. 
Barnes Railway Bridge  Truss arch bridge, steel bridge, arch bridge, railway bridge, footbridge51°28′22″N 0°15′14″W1895 
Chiswick Bridge  Road bridge, reinforced concrete bridge, arch bridge51°28′23″N 0°16′11″W3 Jul 1933 
Kew Railway Bridge  Railway bridge, truss bridge, girder bridge51°29′2″N 0°16′46″W1 Jan 1869 
Kew Bridge  Arch bridge, stone bridge, road bridge51°29′13″N 0°17′15″W1903 
Dahlia Bridge  Footbridge51°29′4″N 0°17′51″W2012Crosses to Lot's Ait in the middle of the Thames. 
Richmond Lock and Footbridge  footbridge, arch bridge, Lock51°27′44″N 0°19′2″W1894 
Twickenham Bridge  Arch bridge, road bridge51°27′38″N 0°18′52″W3 Jul 1933 
Richmond Railway Bridge  Steel bridge, arch bridge, railway bridge51°27′36″N 0°18′49″W1848 
Richmond Bridge  Arch bridge, stone bridge, road bridge51°27′26″N 0°18′26″W1777 
Hammerton's Ferry  Ferry route51°26′48″N 0°18′50″W1909From Marble Hill House, Twickenham to Ham House, Ham. 
Teddington Lock Footbridges  Iron bridge, suspension bridge, girder bridge, footbridge51°25′50″N 0°19′18″W1889The Thames Path crosses these bridges; downstream there are paths on both sides of the river until the Greenwich foot tunnel. 
Kingston Railway Bridge  Arch bridge, railway bridge51°24′49″N 0°18′30″W1863 
Kingston Bridge  Stone bridge, road bridge, arch bridge, toll bridge51°24′40″N 0°18′31″W[24]17 Jul 1828The Thames Path crosses this bridge. 
Hampton Court Bridge  Wooden bridge, steel bridge, road bridge, arch bridge51°24′14″N 0°20′33″W1933From Hampton Court to East Molesey. The Thames Path crosses this bridge. 
Hampton Ferry  Ferry route51°24′43″N 0°21′45″W1519From Hampton to Hurst Park, East Molesey. 


London to WindsorEdit

Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes Photo
Walton Bridge  Road bridge51°23′15″N 0°25′52″W2013 
Shepperton to Weybridge Ferry  Passenger ferry51°22′57″N 0°27′25″W16th centuryThe only ferry specifically part of the Thames Path and the most upstream operating ferry 
Chertsey Bridge  Road bridge51°23′20″N 0°29′11″W[24]1785 
M3 Chertsey Bridge  Highway bridge51°23′39″N 0°29′12″W1971Carrying the M3 motorway 
Staines Railway Bridge  Railway bridge51°25′50″N 0°30′40″W1856Built by the London and South Western Railway. Carries the Waterloo to Reading Line. 
Staines Bridge  Road bridge51°26′0″N 0°31′1″W1832Bridges continuously recorded near this site since 1228. 
M25 Runnymede Bridge  Highway bridge51°26′15″N 0°32′5″W1961Carrying the M25 motorway and, on the older part of the bridge, the A30; widened in 1983 and 2005. 
Albert Bridge  Road bridge51°28′17″N 0°35′3″W1927Replaced a cast-iron bridge built in 1850-51. 
Victoria Bridge  Road bridge51°29′16″N 0°35′29″W1967Replacing an 1851 bridge. 
Black Potts Railway Bridge  Railway bridge51°29′33″N 0°35′49″W1850 
Windsor Bridge  Footbridge, bicycle bridge51°29′9″N 0°36′30″W1850Formerly used as a road bridge. 
Windsor Railway Bridge  Railway bridge51°29′11″N 0°37′5″W[24]1849 
Queen Elizabeth Bridge  Road bridge51°29′12″N 0°37′23″W1966 


  • The Datchet Bridge, built in 1707, was demolished in 1848, and replaced by the Albert and Victoria bridges.

Windsor to ReadingEdit

Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes Image
Summerleaze Footbridge  Wooden bridge, footbridge51°29′59″N 0°40′54″W1992 
M4 Thames Bridge  Highway bridge51°30′24″N 0°41′9″W1961Carrying the M4 Motorway; incorporates a footbridge 
Maidenhead Railway Bridge  Railway bridge51°31′16″N 0°42′6″W1838Carrying the Great Western Main Line. 
Maidenhead Bridge  Bridge51°31′26″N 0°42′7″W1777Bridge recorded 1280. 
Taplow Bridge  Footbridge51°32′0″N 0°41′55″W2018Newest Thames crossing.
Cookham Bridge  Road bridge51°33′44″N 0°42′21″W1867 
Bourne End Railway Bridge  Railway bridge, footbridge51°34′30″N 0°42′51″W1895Footbridge added onto the rail bridge specifically for the Thames Path. 
Marlow By-pass Bridge  Road bridge51°33′58″N 0°45′43″W1972 
Marlow Bridge  Road bridge51°34′2″N 0°46′23″W[24]1832Replaced bridge built in 1530. 
Temple Footbridge  Footbridge51°33′7″N 0°47′49″W1989Temple Footbridge was built in 1989 specifically for the Thames Path. 
Hambleden Lock  Lock, footbridge51°33′37″N 0°52′24″W1884 
Henley Bridge  Road bridge51°32′15″N 0°54′1″W1786Earlier bridge dates from at least 1232. 
Shiplake Railway Bridge  Railway bridge51°30′7″N 0°52′41″W1897 
Sonning Bridge  Road bridge51°28′33″N 0°54′50″W[24]1775Earlier bridge recorded 1530 and one in 1125. 
Sonning Backwater Bridges  Road bridge51°28′36″N 0°54′57″W1986 
Caversham Lock  Lock, footbridge51°27′39″N 0°57′51″W1875 
Reading Bridge  Road bridge51°27′39″N 0°58′5″W1923 
Christchurch Bridge  Footbridge, bicycle bridge, cable-stayed bridge51°27′44″N 0°58′13″W30 Sep 2015 
Caversham Bridge  Road bridge51°27′57″N 0°58′38″W1926Earliest bridge on site recorded in 1231. 


  • A footbridge was built in 2012, for the London Olympics, to enable spectators of the rowing events held at Dorney Lake to gain access from Windsor Racecourse. It was removed after the Olympics.[28]

Reading to OxfordEdit

Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes
Reading Festival Bridge Pedestrian bridge (intermittently present) 51°28′2″N 1°0′43″W / 51.46722°N 1.01194°W / 51.46722; -1.01194 (Reading Festival Bridge) 2008 Temporarily erected each year on permanent footings for the period of the annual Reading Festival; accessible to festival ticket-holders and other authorised personnel only
Whitchurch Bridge Road bridge 51°29′13″N 1°5′6″W / 51.48694°N 1.08500°W / 51.48694; -1.08500 (Whitchurch Bridge) 1902 Toll bridge
Gatehampton Railway Bridge Rail bridge 51°30′42″N 1°7′40″W / 51.51167°N 1.12778°W / 51.51167; -1.12778 (Gatehampton Railway Bridge) 1838
Goring and Streatley Bridge Road bridge 51°31′23″N 1°8′33″W / 51.52306°N 1.14250°W / 51.52306; -1.14250 (Goring and Streatley Bridge) 1923
Moulsford Railway Bridge Rail bridge 51°33′29″N 1°8′33″W / 51.55806°N 1.14250°W / 51.55806; -1.14250 (Moulsford Railway Bridge) 1838
Winterbrook Bridge Road bridge 51°35′18″N 1°7′25″W / 51.58833°N 1.12361°W / 51.58833; -1.12361 (Winterbrook Bridge) 1993
Wallingford Bridge Road bridge 51°36′3″N 1°7′14″W / 51.60083°N 1.12056°W / 51.60083; -1.12056 (Wallingford Bridge) 1809 Bridge recorded 1141.
Benson Lock bridge Lock and pedestrian bridge 51°36′59″N 1°6′55″W / 51.61639°N 1.11528°W / 51.61639; -1.11528 (Benson Lock bridge)
Shillingford Bridge Road bridge 51°37′27″N 1°8′22″W / 51.62417°N 1.13944°W / 51.62417; -1.13944 (Shillingford Bridge) 1827 Replaced bridge built 1763.
Little Wittenham Bridge Pedestrian bridge 51°38′14″N 1°10′49″W / 51.63722°N 1.18028°W / 51.63722; -1.18028 (Little Wittenham Bridge) 1870
Day's Lock bridges Pedestrian bridges 51°38′19″N 1°10′47″W / 51.63861°N 1.17972°W / 51.63861; -1.17972 (Day's Lock bridges)
Clifton Hampden Bridge Road bridge 51°39′16″N 1°12′38″W / 51.65444°N 1.21056°W / 51.65444; -1.21056 (Clifton Hampden Bridge) 1867
Appleford Railway Bridge Rail bridge 51°38′38″N 1°14′25″W / 51.64389°N 1.24028°W / 51.64389; -1.24028 (Appleford Railway Bridge) 1929
Sutton Bridge Road bridge 51°38′59″N 1°15′56″W / 51.64972°N 1.26556°W / 51.64972; -1.26556 (Sutton Bridge) 1807
Footbridges at Sutton Pools Footbridges 51°38′45″N 1°16′24″W / 51.64583°N 1.27333°W / 51.64583; -1.27333 (Footbridge) Linking four islands in the river course
Culham Lock bridges Pedestrian bridges 51°38′58″N 1°16′24″W / 51.64944°N 1.27333°W / 51.64944; -1.27333 (Culham Lock bridges) A bridge across the weir on the Culham Cut, west of Culham Lock; further south, other bridges cross the main river channel
Abingdon Bridge Road bridge 51°40′7″N 1°16′46″W / 51.66861°N 1.27944°W / 51.66861; -1.27944 (Abingdon Bridge) 1416
Abingdon Lock Lock and pedestrian bridges 51°40′15″N 1°16′11″W / 51.67083°N 1.26972°W / 51.67083; -1.26972 (Abingdon Lock)
Nuneham Railway Bridge Rail bridge 51°40′9″N 1°14′27″W / 51.66917°N 1.24083°W / 51.66917; -1.24083 (Nuneham Railway Bridge) 1929
Sandford Lock Lock and pedestrian bridges 51°42′30″N 1°13′58″W / 51.70833°N 1.23278°W / 51.70833; -1.23278 (Sandford Lock)
Kennington Railway Bridge Rail bridge 51°43′16″N 1°14′32″W / 51.72111°N 1.24222°W / 51.72111; -1.24222 (Kennington Railway Bridge) 1923
Isis Bridge Road bridge 51°43′30″N 1°14′29″W / 51.72500°N 1.24139°W / 51.72500; -1.24139 (Isis Bridge) 1962
Iffley Lock Lock and pedestrian bridges 51°43′46″N 1°14′24″W / 51.72944°N 1.24000°W / 51.72944; -1.24000 (Iffley Lock)
Donnington Bridge Road bridge 51°44′8″N 1°14′31″W / 51.73556°N 1.24194°W / 51.73556; -1.24194 (Donnington Bridge) 1962
Folly Bridge Road bridge 51°44′46″N 1°15′23″W / 51.74611°N 1.25639°W / 51.74611; -1.25639 (Folly Bridge) 1827 Stone bridge built 1085
Grandpont Bridge Pedestrian bridge 51°44′49″N 1°15′39″W / 51.74694°N 1.26083°W / 51.74694; -1.26083 (Grandpont Bridge) 1930s
Gasworks Bridge Pedestrian bridge 51°44′46″N 1°15′49″W / 51.74611°N 1.26361°W / 51.74611; -1.26361 (Gasworks Bridge) 1882 Originally built to carry a rail line to the Oxford Gasworks, which closed in 1960.
Osney Rail Bridge Rail bridge 51°44′49″N 1°16′1″W / 51.74694°N 1.26694°W / 51.74694; -1.26694 (Osney Rail Bridge) 1850 and 1887 Two adjacent bridges
Osney Bridge Road bridge 51°45′9″N 1°16′21″W / 51.75250°N 1.27250°W / 51.75250; -1.27250 (Osney Bridge) 1885

Oxford to CrickladeEdit

The ford at Duxford
Crossing Type Co-ordinates Date opened Notes
Medley Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°45′50″N 1°16′49″W / 51.76389°N 1.28028°W / 51.76389; -1.28028 (Medley Footbridge) 1865
Godstow Bridge Road bridge 51°46′47″N 1°17′59″W / 51.77972°N 1.29972°W / 51.77972; -1.29972 (Godstow Bridge) 1792 A previous bridge was held by the Royalists in 1645.
A34 Road Bridge Road bridge 51°46′51″N 1°18′11″W / 51.78083°N 1.30306°W / 51.78083; -1.30306 (A34 Road Bridge) 1961
King's Lock Lock and pedestrian bridge
Eynsham Lock Lock and pedestrian bridge Permissive
Swinford Toll Bridge Road bridge 51°46′28″N 1°21′33″W / 51.77444°N 1.35917°W / 51.77444; -1.35917 (Swinford Toll Bridge) 1777
Pinkhill Lock Lock and pedestrian bridge 51°45′37″N 1°21′52″W / 51.76028°N 1.36444°W / 51.76028; -1.36444 (Pinkhill Lock)
Hart's Weir Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°42′24″N 1°23′36″W / 51.70667°N 1.39333°W / 51.70667; -1.39333 (Hart's Weir Footbridge) 1879
Newbridge Road bridge 51°42′35″N 1°25′2″W / 51.70972°N 1.41722°W / 51.70972; -1.41722 (Newbridge) 1250[29]
Duxford Ford and Shifford Lock Cut footbridge Ford and pedestrian bridge 51°41′55″N 1°27′58″W / 51.69861°N 1.46611°W / 51.69861; -1.46611 (Duxford Ford) and 51°42′18″N 1°28′14″W / 51.70500°N 1.47056°W / 51.70500; -1.47056 (Shifford Lock Cut footbridge) The ford crosses the original river channel to an island formed on its other side by the Shifford Lock Cut, which is crossed by a footbridge. There is no footbridge across the original river channel, which must be forded by pedestrians.
Tenfoot Bridge Pedestrian bridge 51°41′38″N 1°29′23″W / 51.69389°N 1.48972°W / 51.69389; -1.48972 (Tenfoot Bridge) 1869
Tadpole Bridge Road bridge 51°42′5″N 1°31′2″W / 51.70139°N 1.51722°W / 51.70139; -1.51722 (Tadpole Bridge) 1784
Rushey Lock Lock and pedestrian bridge 51°41′54″N 1°32′4″W / 51.69833°N 1.53444°W / 51.69833; -1.53444 (Rushey Lock)
Old Man's Bridge Pedestrian bridge 51°41′59″N 1°34′5″W / 51.69972°N 1.56806°W / 51.69972; -1.56806 (Old Man's Bridge) 1868
Radcot Bridge Road bridge 51°41′36″N 1°35′19″W / 51.69333°N 1.58861°W / 51.69333; -1.58861 (Radcot Bridge) 1787
Eaton Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°41′6″N 1°38′41″W / 51.68500°N 1.64472°W / 51.68500; -1.64472 (Eaton Footbridge) 1936
Buscot Lock Lock and pedestrian bridge 51°40′52″N 1°40′6″W / 51.68111°N 1.66833°W / 51.68111; -1.66833 (Buscot Lock)
Bloomers Hole Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°41′15″N 1°40′31″W / 51.68750°N 1.67528°W / 51.68750; -1.67528 (Bloomers Hole Footbridge) 2000 Built in 2000 for the Thames Path
St. John's Bridge Road bridge 51°41′22″N 1°40′44″W / 51.68944°N 1.67889°W / 51.68944; -1.67889 (St. John's Bridge) 1886
Halfpenny Bridge Road bridge 51°41′32″N 1°41′34″W / 51.69222°N 1.69278°W / 51.69222; -1.69278 (Halfpenny Bridge) 1792 The upstream limit of the navigable Thames
Round House Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°41′18″N 1°42′16″W / 51.68833°N 1.70444°W / 51.68833; -1.70444 (Footbridge) The original towpath extends upstream to this point, by the connection with the now disused Thames and Severn Canal
Hannington Bridge Road bridge 51°39′48″N 1°44′57″W / 51.66333°N 1.74917°W / 51.66333; -1.74917 (Hannington Bridge) 1841
Castle Eaton Bridge Road bridge 51°39′39″N 1°47′33″W / 51.66083°N 1.79250°W / 51.66083; -1.79250 (Castle Eaton Bridge) 1893
Water Eaton House Bridge Pedestrian bridge 51°38′39″N 1°49′21″W / 51.64417°N 1.82250°W / 51.64417; -1.82250 (Water Eaton House Bridge)
Eysey Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°38′43″N 1°50′18″W / 51.64528°N 1.83833°W / 51.64528; -1.83833 (Eysey Footbridge)
A419 Road Bridge Road bridge 51°38′34″N 1°50′43″W / 51.64278°N 1.84528°W / 51.64278; -1.84528 (A419 Road Bridge) 1988
Cricklade sewage works bridge Road bridge 51°38′36″N 1°51′5″W / 51.64333°N 1.85139°W / 51.64333; -1.85139 (Cricklade sewage works bridge) Access road to sewage works, accessible to authorised personnel only
Cricklade Town Bridge Road bridge 51°38′40″N 1°51′17″W / 51.64444°N 1.85472°W / 51.64444; -1.85472 (Cricklade Town Bridge) 1852

Cricklade to the sourceEdit

Not all of the bridges above Cricklade are listed below. For example, there are a number of small agricultural bridges allowing access between fields, and bridges to properties in Ashton Keynes that are not mentioned.

Crossing Type Co-ordinates Notes
Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°39′5″N 1°52′31″W / 51.65139°N 1.87528°W / 51.65139; -1.87528 (Footbridge)
Midland and South Western Junction Railway bridge Pedestrian and cycle bridge 51°39′5″N 1°52′31″W / 51.65139°N 1.87528°W / 51.65139; -1.87528 (Midland and South Western Junction Railway bridge) Formerly a rail bridge
Footbridge at Hailstone House Pedestrian bridge 51°38′57″N 1°53′11″W / 51.64917°N 1.88639°W / 51.64917; -1.88639 (Footbridge at Hailstone House)
Manor Farm bridge Road bridge 51°38′24″N 1°54′10″W / 51.64000°N 1.90278°W / 51.64000; -1.90278 (Manor Farm bridge) North of Manor Farm, Waterhay
Brook Farm bridge Road bridge 51°38′23″N 1°54′14″W / 51.63972°N 1.90389°W / 51.63972; -1.90389 (Brook Farm bridge) North of Brook Farm, Waterhay
Waterhay Bridge Road bridge 51°38′17″N 1°54′53″W / 51.63806°N 1.91472°W / 51.63806; -1.91472 (Waterhay Bridge)
Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°38′20″N 1°55′25″W / 51.63889°N 1.92361°W / 51.63889; -1.92361 (Footbridge)
Bridge on High Road, Ashton Keynes Road bridge 51°38′25″N 1°55′51″W / 51.64028°N 1.93083°W / 51.64028; -1.93083 (Bridge on High Road, Ashton Keynes)
Bridge on The Derry, Ashton Keynes Road bridge 51°38′30″N 1°55′56″W / 51.64167°N 1.93222°W / 51.64167; -1.93222 (Bridge on The Derry, Ashton Keynes)
Bridge on Gosditch, Ashton Keynes Road bridge 51°38′42″N 1°56′7″W / 51.64500°N 1.93528°W / 51.64500; -1.93528 (Bridge on Gosditch, Ashton Keynes)
Bridge on Church Walk, Ashton Keynes Road bridge 51°38′48″N 1°56′10″W / 51.64667°N 1.93611°W / 51.64667; -1.93611 (Bridge on Church Walk, Ashton Keynes)
Bridge on Church Lane, Ashton Keynes Road bridge 51°38′48″N 1°56′14″W / 51.64667°N 1.93722°W / 51.64667; -1.93722 (Bridge on Church Lane, Ashton Keynes)
Bridge on B4696, Ashton Keynes Road bridge 51°38′46″N 1°56′31″W / 51.64611°N 1.94194°W / 51.64611; -1.94194 (Bridge on B4696, Ashton Keynes)
Bridges Road bridge and pedestrian bridge 51°38′46″N 1°56′56″W / 51.64611°N 1.94889°W / 51.64611; -1.94889 (Bridges)
Bridge Road bridge 51°38′43″N 1°57′38″W / 51.64528°N 1.96056°W / 51.64528; -1.96056 (Bridge)
Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°38′48″N 1°57′46″W / 51.64667°N 1.96278°W / 51.64667; -1.96278 (Footbridge)
Bridge Road bridge 51°38′51″N 1°57′58″W / 51.64750°N 1.96611°W / 51.64750; -1.96611 (Bridge)
Bridge Road bridge 51°38′52″N 1°58′2″W / 51.64778°N 1.96722°W / 51.64778; -1.96722 (Bridge)
Bridge Road bridge 51°38′54″N 1°58′8″W / 51.64833°N 1.96889°W / 51.64833; -1.96889 (Bridge)
Footbridge Pedestrian bridge 51°38′59″N 1°58′17″W / 51.64972°N 1.97139°W / 51.64972; -1.97139 (Footbridge)
Bridge Road bridge 51°39′2″N 1°58′24″W / 51.65056°N 1.97333°W / 51.65056; -1.97333 (Bridge)
Neigh Bridge Road bridge 51°39′6″N 1°58′29″W / 51.65167°N 1.97472°W / 51.65167; -1.97472 (Neigh Bridge)
Bridge south of Ewen Road bridge 51°40′27″N 1°59′44″W / 51.67417°N 1.99556°W / 51.67417; -1.99556 (Bridge south of Ewen)
Parker's Bridge, Ewen Road bridge 51°40′31″N 2°0′25″W / 51.67528°N 2.00694°W / 51.67528; -2.00694 (Parker's Bridge, Ewen)
A429 Road Bridge Road bridge 51°40′47″N 2°0′53″W / 51.67972°N 2.01472°W / 51.67972; -2.01472 (A429 Road Bridge) Demolished bridge on the currently closed Cirencester Branch Line ran over the road. Part of the Beeching Axe legacy.
A433 Road Bridge, Fosse Way Roman Road Road bridge 51°41′24″N 2°1′21″W / 51.69000°N 2.02250°W / 51.69000; -2.02250 (A433 Road Bridge) At Thames Head

The river splits as it passes through Ashton Keynes. An alternative route to that listed above crosses High Bridge at 51°38′13″N 1°55′46″W / 51.63694°N 1.92944°W / 51.63694; -1.92944 (High Bridge, Ashton Keynes) and Three Bridges at 51°38′18″N 1°56′21″W / 51.63833°N 1.93917°W / 51.63833; -1.93917 (Three Bridges, Ashton Keynes).

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