FAQs

We guessed you may have a question or two about our challenge. If we haven’t covered all you need to know below please send us an email

How long will the walks take?

Each walk was designed to take from between 2 to 3 hours, including looking for clues. However, we found that there were so many things to stop and look at on the way, discussions to be had and rests to be taken it took us longer.

Are there toilet facilities on the route?

We are assembling a list of public toilets. If you come across one please send us an email so we can include it on the route webpage.

Is it really suitable for wheelchairs?

Each route varies, but we have tried to make them so that as many people as possible can take part. As a wheelchair user you will be aware that what may seem like a small obstacle can be potentially very difficult – even disabled ramps can be too steep to use without help. Levels of capability also vary hugely – we may not all be hardened ramblers! For these reasons we commissioned a wheelchair user to complete the route along with a member of our staff and an accessibility report is available on each route page.
Each route varies but we have tried to make them so that as many people as possible can take part. As a wheelchair user you will be aware that what may seem like a small obstacle can be potentially very difficult- even disabled ramps can be too steep to use without help. Levels of capability also vary hugely – we may not all be hardened ramblers! For these reasons, we commissioned a wheelchair user and a member of TET staff to complete the routes and help compile an accessibility report, these are available on each route page.

Can I walk the route after sunset?

In theory the routes could be completed at any time as they are self-guided, however some clues require daylight to see the answers – the name on a building etc. so they should be completed in daylight hours.

Why do you need to know my level of fitness on the sign up form?

One of our funders is interested in helping people to get fitter. Having a rough idea of fitness levels tells us if we are catering for everyone.

In the sign up form it asks us to comment on our fitness level. We are a group, how can we do this?

Just estimate an average of your group’s fitness.

Can we share the booklet?

It’s really important for us to gauge how successful the routes are through recording the number of sign ups, so we ask you not to share the booklets with anyone who is not included in your sign up number ie if you said 30 people were taking part please only share the booklet with 30 people.

Are the booklets copyrighted?

The booklets and their contents are the hard work of several people at Thames Explorer Trust, as well as people outside of the organisation. The contents are the property of Thames Explorer Trust.

Do you share my information?

No. The only identifying information we have from you is your email address which is necessary to sign up. We will not distribute your email address or contact you using it unless you contact us directly by email first – eg. to let us know of something interesting you have come across on one of the routes.

We were unable to complete the route as the path was blocked.

The routes take place on public footpaths which do from time to time, and for a number of reasons, get closed. If this happens to you please let us know so that we can update the news feed or even the map if it persists.

Do I need a smart phone to complete this?

You will need access to a computer to sign up and download the route booklets and to familiarise yourself with the general route (we recommend this). Beyond this we do not encourage people to use smart technology during the walk for several reasons but chiefly to spend some non-screen time and experience one of the finest cities in the entire world.

I don’t have a printer.

Printing ink can be wildly expensive. Public libraries usually have printers available for people to use.

Do I have to complete the route in one go?

No. You can come back to it as many times as you like and complete it over a number of days. Don’t submit your answers until you have got answers to all the clues.