Thames Path Walk: Wandsworth to Twickenham - Saturday 14th June
You're welcome to join me for a scenic riverside walk along the Thames Path in London on Saturday 14th June, starting at Wandsworth Town station and ending at Twickenham station. The total distance is 12.5 miles, but there are plenty of shorter walk options for those who don't want to do the full length. Despite being an urban walk, there are lots of green and leafy stretches with many varied river views along the way and at every turn.
And being in London with a multitude of public transport options, please feel free to drop out at any time (and suitably equipped with your London A-Z!)
Starting off with a short walk to Wandsworth Bridge and the first views of the River Thames, we'll pick up the Thames Path and follow its course on the south bank, meandering through some industrial bits surrounding the River Wandle and into Wandsworth Park. Backstreets then bring us to Putney Bridge and Putney Pier and the proper start of the riverside path (as well as the starting point for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race). The slipway and rowing clubhouses give way to the tree-lined towpath, over the Beverley Brook and all the way up to Hammersmith Bridge. We'll cross over the much photographed suspension
bridge (rebuilt in 1887) to the north bank and follow the historical riverside malls of Hammersmith and Chiswick, with its many fine Georgian buildings and elegant mansions and past the island of Chiswick Eyot. The riverside terrace gives way to open grass down to Barnes Bridge, which is then crossed back to the south bank and Barnes village for a lunch stop after 5.5 miles.
After lunch, we stay on the south bank and follow it past riverside villas into Mortlake, where old industry has been transformed into modern waterfront living. After Chiswick Bridge, the towpath carries on with views across the Thames to Strand-on-the-Green with its pretty cottages. Once under Kew Bridge, the towpath skirts the grounds of Kew Gardens with views of Brentford docks opposite. This seemingly countrified stretch has leafy views across the river towards Syon House and Old Isleworth, along with the wooded Isleworth Ait
complete with its screeching birdlife. Eventually, we come to Richmond Lock after skirting the Old Deer Park and onwards to the popular waterfront of Richmond. Crossing Richmond Bridge back to the north bank, the final leg takes us past scenic views towards Richmond Hill and alongside the lawns of Marble Hill Park to more fine Georgian houses and the busy riverside promenade of Twickenham with Eel Pie Island. A short walk then brings us to Twickenham station for the train back to London (and, perhaps, after a stop for a well
deserved drink... )
Moderate yet relaxed pace with frequent stops. Easy-going atmosphere, perhaps not suitable for faster or impatient walkers? Walking boots can be replaced by suitable shoes since we'll be walking mostly on tarmac, pavement and gravel. As ever, we go whatever the weather cares to throw at us...
Stopping in Barnes for a pub or cafe, sometime around 1 pm. Alternatively, bring your own packed lunch and we'll find somewhere suitable to sit down.
WANDSWORTH TOWN station, by ticket office at station entrance on Old York Road (downstairs from the platforms) from 10.20 am and we'll move off promptly at 10.30 am (I'll have a sign with "CLOG" written on it). I will meet you at Wandsworth Town station. If you just happen to miss us then we will be heading on the Thames Path on the south bank towards Putney (just follow the Thames Path signs!) Alternatively, we'll be passing Putney Pier, just past Putney Bridge on the south bank at around 11.15 am, before heading onwards to Hammersmith Bridge.
Frequent trains run from LONDON WATERLOO station stopping at Wandsworth Town station: The one to go for departs London Waterloo at 10.07 am (destined for Hounslow), stopping at Vauxhall 10.11 am, Clapham Junction 10.17 am and arriving at Wandsworth Town 10.20 am.
Numerous buses stop nearby with routes 28 and 44 stopping at the station. (District Line from Earl's Court to Wimbledon via Putney will be suspended)
Usual train service stuff can be found under:
Either a One-Day Travelcard to cover Zones 1-5, or a day return to wherever you want to drop out or just use your Oyster card.
Shorter Walk Options:
Approximately 1.5 miles to Putney (that's short!), 3.5 miles to Hammersmith, 5.5 miles to Barnes, 7.5 miles to Kew Bridge and 10.5 miles to Richmond. If wishing to join us just for the afternoon stretch, then make your own way to BARNES BRIDGE station (direct services from London Waterloo station) and meet us at the station entrance at 2 pm, moving off shortly afterwards. (Train departs London Waterloo 1.37 pm and arrives at Barnes Bridge 1.59 pm but if running late, then catch up with us on the south bank heading towards
Chiswick Bridge and Kew Bridge... )
Aiming to get to Twickenham by around 5.30 pm for direct train services back to London Waterloo station. But we're not in a rush... Frequent trains run back to London, usually taking around half an hour.
For any new folks to CLOG, no need to book - just turn up as you feel like it.
PS. I'm also considering a follow-up walk from Richmond to Walton-on-Thames later in the summer, with shorter walk options to Kingston and Hampton Court...