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The River Thames User Groups

There are eight River User Groups covering the navigational waters of the non tidal Thames from Lechlade all the way down river to Teddington.

To encourage better understanding amongst river users, there are eight River User Groups (RUGs) covering the length of the river from Lechlade to Teddington. Members represent various river users, from clubs and sporting associations to commercial businesses. If you belong to a club that uses the river, encourage it to join the appropriate group.

The stretch covered by the groups is part of the longest river in England, it has 45 locks, is home to over 25 species of fish, has 3 areas of outstanding natural beauty and it is the only river in Europe to have a national trail follow its entire length.

Starting as a small trickle in the Cotswolds the River Thames travels over 210 miles through the heart of some of England’s most picturesque towns, right into the centre of London and eventually, out into the North Sea.

Whether you are a holiday-maker, a fisherman, boater or just in search of something to do at the weekend, you will find everything you need on the banks of the River Thames.

Before you go, please take note of our guide ‘Respect the River’ to

make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time on the River Thames.




Note: River overlay on the map above is approximate only

Keeping the River safe for the millions of people who use it, from anglers and naturalists to boaters, walkers and cyclists.