The River Thames Society publishes Thames Guardian, the colourful quarterly magazine which looks at all aspects of the river. Each issue includes several pages of news, features reflecting life and traditions on the river, a comprehensive diary of events and activities, and regular reports from the Society and its five branches. All members receive each issue through the post.

Thames Guardian is produced in full colour and always includes high quality photographs, including pictures from the archives and images from some of the varied riverside events and festivals. Whatever your interests - history and heritage, wildlife and environment, people and places, boating and rowing, or simply enjoying a stroll by the water – you’ll always enjoy reading our magazine.

Click here to read 'The Victorian Thames', published Winter 2011.

Thames Guardian also helps publicise the Society’s campaigns, and recent articles have supported efforts to halt the proposed sale of lock-keeper’s houses and have promoted plans for major riverside clean-ups. Each issue describes the varied work of the Society’s members and supporters and readers can enjoy their regular tales from the riverbank.

Editor: Sarah Henshaw


Thames Rivers Trust (TRT) and the River Thames Society (RTS) have collaborated to produce the first ever guide to the green spaces accessible to the public along the entire length of the river. ‘Exploring the Thames Wilderness’ contains a wealth of information on more than 150 of the best places along the river to see wildlife and enjoy natural beauty. Illustrated with maps and photos, the guide gives all the information needed to visit each site, including how to get there, what plants and wildlife to look out for, car parking, toilets and activities that you can do. The guide costs just £14.99 for a handy paperback and is available through most usual outlets.  The book will also be on sale at all events where RTS has a stand.  Royalties on each copy sold go to help TRT and RTS in our work to protect and improve the Thames and its tributaries. Our thanks go to Thames Water for sponsoring the production of this guidebook.


RTS Chairman, Peter Finch, has produced a report - Access to the River Thames:  Steps, Stairs & Landing Places on the Tidal River.  The access points include historic watermen's stairs and drawdocks, together with more modern sites.  They are listed by local authority, working downstream, and include fifteen London boroughs and five in Essex and Kent.  Click here to see the full report. 

Golden Lane Stairs

It appears that the authorities are getting the message about keeping these important access points accessible - this is Golden Lane Stairs, in front of Greenwich Power Station.

Thames Guardian Winter 2011 


















Media of Exploring the Thames Wilderness