This last walk describes a route from one end of the Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames to the other. It traverses many of the borough's parks and commons and shows how they can be linked by footpaths to form an impressive 15-mile country-style walk we proudly present as "Richmond's Green Trail".
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Facing Hammersmith Bridge from the Barnes side, turn right along the towpath in the Putney direction for just over a mile, passing the old Harrod’s Furniture depository, (now flats) and the Steve Fairbairn (founder of The Head of the River race), memorial. Where the Beverley Brook joins the Thames, (just after passing Fulham FC), leave the tow path turning right along a footpath signposted Beverly Brook Walk, (the path has a wire fence on its left). After passing flats, cross the brook by the footbridge, continue ahead through a wide gap in a row of trees and immediately go half right across the open common, keep to the right of a bench and follow the path left then right to reach the corner of Putney Old Cemetery. Meander through the cemetery and the turn sharp left on a on a tarmac path with lamp posts to reach Mill Hill Road past a cottage at the old gatehouse.
(1) Cross the road, go down the path ahead to a garden wall, turn right and keep on in this direction, crossing Common Road where it bends. Go through posts to reach a tarmac path in a few yards. Keep ahead and just before the road ahead, leave the tarmac path to fork left on an earthen path. Cross the top of a football pitch and turn right on a path which leads to Barnes Station. At the platform turn right and follow path through a tunnel and climb steps on the left to cross the footbridge over the platforms.
(2) Take the path on the right, which leads to the junction of Vine Road with Upper Richmond Road. Cross the main road, turn right for quarter of a mile. After crossing over Beverley Brook, turn left up Hertford Avenue, soon passing allotments on the left. Just before houses ahead, turn left on a fenced path through the allotments to reach Beverley Brook again. Follow the path beside it to the wall of Richmond Park and turn left to Roehampton Gate. Turn left at the mini roundabout for refreshments and toilets.
(3) To continue the walk & from Roehampton gate, take the path along the side of the road half right at the mini roundabout until it crosses the brook. Turn left along a grassy path to reach a narrow tributary stream where and take a path half right to climb up through trees towards the top of the hill to reach outbuildings at the back of White Lodge, the Royal Ballet School. Keep to the left of the house and when the drive splits take the right hand fork, then cross the next road and take the grassy track leading towards the lower Pen Pond. At the far end of the pond, bend round to the left and follow its banks to the causeway between the ponds. Keep on in the same direction with the upper pond on the left. Cross a riding track and continue on a rising path through the Park to reach the road near Ham Cross.
(4) Cross the road and turn left along the path parallel to the road for a few hundred yards then turn right down the path to leave the park via Ham Gate. Take the path on the left hand side of the road to go through Ham Common following a horse ride, keeping parallel with the road. Emerging at Petersham Road, (8 miles), you may elect to take the 65 bus to Kingston / Richmond and complete part 2 another day.
(5) To continue the walk, cross Petersham Road and walk along the right-hand side of the common for about 200 yards, passing Martingales Close on the right. Turn right down a broad footpath and bridleway between lodge gates signposted Ham and Petersham Tennis Club. Cross Sandy Lane and go forward on a track between lime trees to the wall of Ham House.
(6) Turn right, shortly left, then left again to pass in front of Ham House. Leave the grounds by the tarmac private road. Cross the public road to the playing fields opposite and cross them to the far right corner. Go across the next field too and keep ahead along the edge of woodland.
(7) Where the woodland curves left fork right across open grass and continue ahead until you emerge on the towpath shortly before the Thames Young Mariners Sailing Club. Continue along the towpath for about three quarters of a mile to Teddington Lock.
(8) Cross the river via the pedestrian suspension bridge, walk up to the traffic lights and cross the Kingston Road. (To cut short the walk here, take the R68 bus to Richmond, or walk up the High Street for the 33 bus to Richmond, Barnes and Hammersmith).
(9) Continue through Teddington to take the 5th turning on the left, Cedar Road. Cross Bridgeman Road and go down Blackmore Grove.
(10) After crossing the footbridge near Teddington Station, turn left down the passage and along Avenue Road. Cross Park Road and enter Bushy Park by the Teddington Gate a few yards to the right. Ahead is Chestnut Avenue and the walk can be shortened here also by continuing straight down it past the Diana Fountain to pick up the last part of the route at the penultimate paragraph. For the complete walk, do not follow the line of the avenue. Walk half left, passing a drinking fountain on the right and keeping to the left of a sports pitch. After about 500 yards (just past a dead, standing tree trunk) take the path half right. Cross a metalled track heading towards a couple of willow trees. Cross the bridge and skirt round to the right of the plantation ahead. On the far side of the wood take a path to keep the prominent office block on the horizon straight ahead. Make for the far right corner of the fence round the cricket ground. A broad grassy area between this fence and the park wall leads to an exit from the park. Pass through the gate and along an avenue with allotments to the left and sports pitches, etc. on the right.
::11: At the far end go through a second gate and turn right along Church Grove. Cross the main Hampton Court Road to the Old King's Head to enter Home Park on its left. Cross over a cattle grid and take a grassy path going half-right towards Hampton Wick Pond.
(12) Walk along the left-hand bank of the pond and at the end continue ahead along an avenue of trees with a view of Hampton Court Palace at the far end. Leave the park through Paddock Gate on your right about 100 yards before the Palace gates. Follow the path round until you emerge onto to Hampton Court Road.
(13) Turn left and then re-enter Bushy Park via Lion Gate on your right. From the left side walk half left through the trees. Cross the lime avenue which leads westward towards Hampton village.
(14) Pass the end of the Longford River and turn left to follow the water. When the river bends sharp left after about 300 yards, bear half right across open ground towards a red brick bridge between the two fenced woodland gardens. Do not cross the bridge but follow the path to enter the garden through a get on the left. Take the first turning on the left, cross a bridge over a small stream and then a second larger bridge to emerge opposite a pool. Go to the right of the pool and bend round to the right through rhododendrons. Keep right and emerge on a path by a waterfall. Pass this on the left, crossing the stream below it, and continue on the path to a lodge, and immediately after a gate.
(15) Take the left hand path opposite the gate and continue through trees to a right-angled bend in the Longford River. Continue half right along a clear path to a fence, turn right and beyond poplar trees go through a gate on the left, then left along a lane between hedges.
(16) Cross the bridge over the Longford and continue ahead, reaching Hampton High Street through Dukes Head Passage by the public house and the R68 to Richmond. Hampton village, church and the river are five minutes’ walk to the left. For Hampton BR Station, turn left but fork right down the narrow High Street, then right up Station Road for half a mile.(A)
D : km 0 - alt. 10m - Hammersmith Bridge
1 : km 3.93 - alt. 10m - Mill Hill Road
2 : km 7.2 - alt. 12m - Roehampton Gate
3 : km 10.82 - alt. 35m - Ham Cross
4 : km 12.4 - alt. 12m - Petersham Road
5 : km 13.42 - alt. 9m - Ham Avenue
6 : km 14.42 - alt. 8m - Woodland
7 : km 17.29 - alt. 12m - Cedar Road
8 : km 17.71 - alt. 11m - Railway
9 : km 21.16 - alt. 11m - Church Grove
10 : km 21.7 - alt. 9m - Hampton Wick Pond
11 : km 23.2 - alt. 13m - Hampton Court Road
12 : km 23.99 - alt. 10m - End of the Longford River
13 : km 25.14 - alt. 21m - River Lodge Car Park
14 : km 25.62 - alt. 15m - Bridge
A : km 25.98 - alt. 15m - High Street
Buses: 33, 72, 209, 283, R69 (Mon-Sat) to Hammersmith Bridge. Alight on the Barnes side in Castelnau. From Hammersmith Broadway (served by three Underground lines and many bus routes), walk up Hammersmith Bridge Road and cross the bridge.
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This linear London walk follows the River Thames upstream between Putney Bridge and Barnes Bridge.
The Thames Path provides easy walking and interesting surroundings. The section from Barnes to Richmond covered by this walk also includes the option to Visit Kew Gardens and enjoy the riverside 'attractions' at Richmond.
This walk has as its focal point the Leg o’ Mutton Nature Reserve (Formally Leg o’ Mutton" reservoir). The walk uses some of the intriguing network of paved footpaths lined with small terraced houses and cottages, which is characteristic of this part of Barnes and Mortlake. Next the Flood Wall Walkway provides excellent river views and leads on to the towpath. The return via pond, green and Mill Hill gives a taste of the village aspect of Barnes, also of the rural scenery of the Common.
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