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|The Crown and Twickenham Riverside|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 17 Mar 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Middlesex, St Margaret's|
|A 2.5 mile circular pub walk from The Crown in St Margaret’s near Twickenham. The Crown is a friendly and individually styled community pub, where you can enjoy delicious food with friends or maybe just a drink with your four-legged friend in the bar. The walking route explores a stretch of the nearby River Thames as well as several beautiful local gardens and parks, including Marble Hill Park, Orleans Gardens and York House Gardens. |
The walk is almost entirely flat and follows surfaced paths throughout. There are no gates or stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate a number of flights of steps. There are a couple of stretches of walking on quiet access roads so take care of any traffic at these points. Dogs are welcome within all the parks and gardens. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at The Crown at the junction between Richmond Road and Orleans Road in St Margaret’s. The best way to arrive is by public transport. The pub is just a 5 mins walk from St Margaret’s rail station and many buses run along Richmond Road. If you are coming by car, The Crown does have a very small car park. Approximate post code TW1 2NH. If you wish to use this, please arrive in the morning ready to complete your walk for lunch at The Crown when food service begins at 12pm. Alternatively, there is an English Heritage pay and display car park at Marble Hill Park (Waypoint 1) which costs £3.50 for 3 hours (correct March 2016). This is accessed via the vehicle entrance gate for Marble Hill Park, just a little further east along Richmond Road, approximate post code TW1 2NN.
|Start to Marble Hill Car Park|
Start point: 51.4513 lat, -0.3189 long
Standing on the front pavement with your back to The Crown, turn right and follow the pavement passing the mini-roundabout and continuing along Richmond Road. Cross over the side road, Montpelier Row, and immediately afterwards turn right through the gates leading into Marble Hill Park. A few paces in, turn left to join the tarmac path heading through the trees, running parallel with Richmond Road across to your left.
|Marble Hill Car Park to Thames Path|
Start point: 51.4514 lat, -0.3129 long
Continue on the tarmac path, heading south (signed to Marble Hill House). Across to the right you will be able to see the old coach house. Ignore the path on the right which leads to the house, simply keep ahead passing some fenced woodland areas on your right.
|Thames Path to Champions Wharf|
Start point: 51.4482 lat, -0.3106 long
Turn right along the Thames Path, with the river running on your left. Across to your left, on the opposite river bank you will be able to see Ham House. As you reach a wall ahead, go straight on through the gateway into Orleans Gardens. Continue ahead through these gardens, still following the line of the river on your left.
|Champions Wharf to Church Street|
Start point: 51.4466 lat, -0.3247 long
When you have finished at Champions Wharf, continue along the access road (ignoring the side road, Church Lane). Join the riverside promenade and you will find an information board on your left about Eel Pie Island. The island was a major jazz and blues venue in the 1960s. The Who and The Rolling Stones are just two of the bands that performed on this tiny island.
|Church Street to Japanese Garden|
Start point: 51.4465 lat, -0.3279 long
Follow Church Street, leading you through a range of small shops. At one time, this would have been the main street in the town. Just before you reach St Mary’s Church, turn right along Church Lane, passing the church on your left. St Mary’s was in existence before 1332 and is the burial place of Alexander Pope.
|Japanese Garden to Lebanon Park|
Start point: 51.4473 lat, -0.3231 long
Beyond the bridge, follow the path as it swings left to reach a junction by a circular floral border. Bear right and follow the path as it swings left, leading you directly ahead along the edge of the garden (with a flower border and wall running on your right). As the path opens out into a vehicle access area, keep ahead passing the ornate metal urinals on your left. You will come to the tennis courts ahead.
|Lebanon Park to End|
Start point: 51.4474 lat, -0.3211 long
Cross over and turn right along the pavement, heading back towards the Riverside. Turn left along the Riverside access road, signed towards Marble Hill. Follow the road as it dog legs right then left, passing back under the metal footbridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn left to enter the grounds of Orleans House.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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