The River Thames flows through southern England. It is the longest river in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom. While it is best known because its lower reaches flow through central London, the river flows alongside several other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Windsor, Kingston upon Thames and Richmond. The river gives its name to several geographical and political entities, including the Thames Valley, a region of England around the river between Oxford and west London, the Thames Gateway, the area centred on the tidal Thames, and the Thames Estuary to the east of London. The tidal section of the river is covered in more detail under Tideway.
Open Water Swimming
- The Thames is site of numerous open water swimming events and competitions including a stage swimming camp run by SwimTrek and the Thames Open Water Swim Series.
- The Henley Mile is a 1 mile open water swim down the River Thames in the United Kingdom held annually in July. It is part of the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series.
- Lewis Pugh swam the length of the River Thames in 2006.
Henley Mile Videos
7 km per day starting at Buscot Lock, England in July.
- Smooth Swimming In Henley
- Harry Hinken Proved Nothing Great Is Easy
- Swimming Down The River Thames, Lewis Pugh In 2006
- F3 events website
- Henley On Thames River Swim information
- Open Water Swimming UK website
- Open Water Swimming website
- Marlow River Swim information
- BIG SOUTH Eton Swim information
- Bray Lake Swimming website
- SwimTrek website
- The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
- Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames
- Downstream Facebook page
- Swimming Downstream, A Book & Talk By Caitlin Davies
- Thinking While Swimming In The Open Water
- How Do You Swim From New York To London?
- Which Was My Toughest Swim?
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- First Recorded Swim In The News, London 1791