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Temple Footbridge crosses the River Thames west of Temple Lock near Marlow. It is closed due to safety concerns.

The Environment Agency closed Temple Footbridge on Monday 15 May 2023.

Temple Footbridge crosses the River Thames upstream of Temple Lock near Marlow. The nearest address is Temple Ferry Place, Mill Lane, Hurley, Maidenhead, SL6 5ND.

Some of the deck boards on the bridge are in poor condition. To keep pedestrians and river users safe, no one will be allowed to access the bridge.


The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for the non-tidal River Thames. We own many structures, including bridges. We carry out regular surveys of all our structures to assess their condition. This helps us plan any necessary remedial work.

On Temple Footbridge, the condition of the deck boards has degraded faster than expected. Some of the boards now have holes in them.

We need to assess what work is required to make the bridge safe again. The bridge must remain closed until the work is done.

Currently we do not know how long the work will take. We are aware of the inconvenience the bridge closure will cause to the local community. We aim to resolve the issue as soon as we can.


A diversion has been agreed with the National Trail. You can find full details of the Thames Path diversion on the National Trail website.

The diverted route follows:

Temple Lane

Marlow Road

Bisham Road

The diversion rejoins the Thames Path:

At The Causeway in Marlow

Near Temple Footbridge. Photo by Motmit, Wikimedia commons.