Thames Path: Richmond and Teddington Circular walk
A lovely section of the Thames: Ham House, Marble Hill House, New Orleans Gallery, a sculpture garden, riverside pubs
6.6 miles (10.5km).
|Toughness||1 out of 10 (flat)|
This is a lovely Thames Path walk through one of its prettiest stretches through London. It follows long arcs of the river giving sweeping views, and is surprisingly rural for inner London. The return leg is on its opposite bank. You cross Richmond Bridge at one end, and a pedestrian bridge by Teddington Lock at the other. Along the way it passes several attractions - some grand historic houses, some local riverside city parks with a cafe, and a pub crawl of riverside pubs.
The attractions include Richmond (an upmarket riverside town), Ham House (National Trust, entrance fee), Marble Hill House (English Heritage, free), Orleans House Gallery (free), York House gardens and riverside sculpture garden (free), Teddington Lock, Eel Pie Island. Just off route is Strawberry Hill House
The only fly in its ointment, is one section of the river that doesn't have a riverside towpath - about 1 mile or so of residential road walking. No alternative for drivers doing a circular walk, but, for public transport users, there is an option to avoid it.
Twickenham to Kingston
This completely avoids the 'no riverside path' section. It starts at one end of it, but rather than crossing at Teddington Lock (but do, briefly, for the pub), it continues along the riverbank to Kingston station instead
The Twickenham (west) side - clockwise from Teddington
The Ham (east) side
On the Kingston extension
Kew Gardens - further north along the Thames from Richmond
Richmond Park, a large Royal deer park.
Strawberry Hill House, in the 'no riverside path' section.
Car drivers can park by Teddington Lock for free
Public Transport users can choose between Richmond (Tube), or Richmond, Twickenham, Kingston train stations (train from Waterloo). Contactless should work out fine, otherwise, if doing the linear walk, a return from Waterloo to Twickenham is valid to return from Kingston
After the walk, we would love to get your feedback
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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