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River User Guidance Documents

These guidance documents promote safe working practices on the tidal Thames 

Tidal Thames Recreational Users Guide

This easy-to-use guide is a two-sided map of the River Thames provides a practical and informal method of highlighting key points of interest for leisure users. Information contained includes: practical guidance, marine and leisure activity areas, danger zones, Vessel Traffic Services information and port VHF channels, speed limit areas, marina and yacht club information, useful contact details and a summary of local port rules and regulations.

The guide is in two parts to cover the 95-mile length of the tidal Thames, PDF download links are provided below. 

Teddington to Broadness

Broadness to Sea Reach


The guide is also available as a two-sided waterproof map of the River Thames free-of-charge by post (the PLA reserves the right to charge for orders in excess of six copies). To order a hardcopy please use this enquiry form.  

The Tidal Thames Recreational Users Guide was last updated by the Port of London Authority in late 2018, which remains current until the next edition due in 2021.

Mariners' Guide to Bridges on the Tidal Thames


The Mariners' Guide to Bridges on the Tidal Thames (2nd Edition) is now available for purchase.  The book provides an overview of navigating London's bridges, and highlights the safety issues associated with this challenging environment. 

For more information click here.


Guidance To Berth Operators On The Thames 2012 (as amended)

This guide highlights the responsibilities and obligations placed upon berth operators by national legislation, the Port Marine Safety Code and local and national Codes of Practice.









Houseboat Mooring Guidance - First Edition

This guidance contains advice and best practice for the mooring of houseboats on the tidal Thames, which has been reviewed and commented on by the PLA Wash Forum.