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|Along the Thames: Hammersmith Bridge to Richmond Bridge|
|Author: NickC, Published: 06 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This pleasant stroll along London's river takes you from the outer edge of the western part of the city into the beginnings of suburbia, although hugging the edge of the water means you may not notice until you get there. Although nearly seven miles, this is an easy walk, with plenty to see along the way, taking in a section of the Thames Path National Trail. Some of the features along the way include a river lock, Syon House and the site of the original Meridian. Allow a good three hours to complete. It is also a linear walk, although public transport connections are excellent, and follows made up path along its stretch. The walk will appeal to both the born Londoner and the out of towner, as taking the time to amble through the city is often the best way to really appreciate some of what it has to offer.|
The easiest way to get to the start point is via the tube, arriving at Hammersmith station on the Piccadilly or District lines. Cross under the Hammersmith Flyover and cross over the bridge via Hammersmith Bridge Road. The walk starts immediately the other side (nearest postcode SW13 9QT). Richmond is also on the tube (District Line only), from where it's seven stops back to Hammersmith.
|Start to Barnes Bridge|
Start point: 51.4877 lat, -0.231 long
Head west (right if you have your back to the river), following the clearly defined towpath, leaving Hammersmith Bridge behind you. This bridge was built in the 1820s by William Tierney Clark, who also built Marlow Bridge further along the Thames (which, as it happens, is also exactly the same as the bridge linking Buda and Pest in the Hungarian capital). The river bends south west, past the grounds of St. Paul's School, with Chiswick partially visible across the water, obscured by Chiswick Eyot (one of the names used for an island in the Thames).
|Barnes Bridge to Kew Bridge|
Start point: 51.4722 lat, -0.2529 long
Pass under Barnes Bridge, shortly after which the road diverts away from the river and along the Mortlake waterfront. Pass the finishing post for the annual Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race to pass under Chiswick Bridge, after which there are some boat houses on the opposite bank.
|Kew Bridge to Isleworth Ait|
Start point: 51.4862 lat, -0.2871 long
If the end of the previous section lacked a little in greenery, don't worry, you will be repaid in spades along this next section, which follows the edge of both Kew Gardens and the Old Deer Park. Leave Kew Bridge behind you (although it's a little known fact that it was re-named Edward VII Bridge when the King opened the current bridge in 1903, although the name never quite stuck), and take note of the various islands in the river, including Brentford Ait (another name for an island here).
|Isleworth Ait to Richmond Bridge|
Start point: 51.4688 lat, -0.3186 long
After Isleworth Ait, the river bends south east, still running alongside the Old Deer Park, which is marked here by trees. Half way between the bend and Twickenham Bridge, which you should now be able to see, is Richmond Lock, the first (or last, depending on your direction) lock on the river. This saves Richmond from a draining away of water during low tides.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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