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|Brentford to Marble Hill House|
|Author: Gallop, Published: 23 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This linear walk goes from the little town of Brentford, where the Brent River meets the Thames, along the Thames Path to Twickenham. It passes Syon House and Marble Hill House with views of Ham House across the river, a reminder of the time when this stretch of the river was home to many grand houses.|
This route starts on Brentford High Street. For public transport access from central London travel from Waterloo to Syon Lane Station or go to Hammersmith by tube and then catch the 267 bus. The walk finishes at St Margarets Station from where you can make your onward journey.
|Start to Railshead Road|
Start point: 51.4819 lat, -0.3139 long
From the Brent Lea bus stop, walk about 50m west and turn down a pedestrian path between brick walls, signposted to Syon House. On the left, as the path turns right, you have views into the Syon House garden with its large glass dome of the Great Conservatory.
|Railshead Road to Glover's Island|
Start point: 51.4652 lat, -0.3231 long
Go down Railshead Road and then follow the towpath which will take you past Richmond Lock. The name Railshead has nothing to do with trains but dates from at least the 15th century and refers to the stakes (or rails) at the head of a weir. Richmond Lock is a kind of tidal weir which can be raised and lowered depending on the tide and flow conditions. You can cross over to join the towpath on the other side of the river or continue ahead.
|Glover's Island to End|
Start point: 51.45 lat, -0.3063 long
To the right you will soon see Marble Hill House. This little gem of a house is a Palladian style villa built in the 1720s by Henrietta Howard, who helped to make Twickenham famous for intellectual society, being a friend of both Horace Walpole and Alexander Pope. She had also been mistress of the Prince of Wales before he became George II.
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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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