River Walk from Kew Gardens to Putney Bridge and Battersea Park - 6 or 8 miles

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Kew Gardens Station

Richmond, TW9 3BZ · London

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Meet from 1:00 pm at the exit of Kew station (Kew Gardens side)next to Tap on Line Pub for the walk to start at 1:15 pm. My number is 07581666250

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Join us for this classic river stroll from Kew Gardens to Putney with the option to carry on to Battersea Park. We'll walk from Kew Gardens Station (District line, Overground) to Putney Bridge. There will be a stop there at the Rocket, a riverside pub, for a quick drink and toilet break.

We'll then walk to Battersea Park and visit the tropical gardens. The walk finishes at the Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station.

Walk length is 6 miles/9.5km approx., linear. form Kew Gardens to Putney Bridge or 8 miles/13 km approx. to Battersea. This is a relaxed walk, though you need to be able to walk at a normal pace. The end time may be earlier or later in function of the weather and pace.

On our way, we'll see the following:

MORTLAKE BREWERY
Built on the site of two former smaller breweries in 1869, this eight-storey high brewery closed in 2015. It belonged to Courage and was sold, shortly before its closure. In the 1960s, Mortlake Brewery employed around 1,400 people. There are now proposals for the redevelopment of the Mortlake Brewery site, strongly opposed by local residents and small businesses They formed the Mortlake Brewery Community Group (MBCG) https://www.mbcg.org.uk

LEG O' MUTTON (LONSDALE ROAD RESERVOIR)
Built in 1838 for Thames Water, this reservoir provided water locally until 1960 and became disused. Housing was planned on the site, but local residents fiercely opposed it. The Council purchased the site in 1970 and it became a local Nature Reserve in 1990, now Grade 1 importance for nature conservation. http://www.barnes-ca.org/leg-o-mutton-reservoir/
At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at The Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station (8 min. walk approx.), bus 345 (2 min. walk) takes you to Clapham Common Underground (Northern) or South Kensington (District, Piccadilly).

BATTERSEA PARK SUB-TROPICAL GARDENS
In the age of Darwin and exploration of the natural world, weird and colourful exotic plants became a must-have and in 1863, Battersea sub-tropical gardens were created. John Gibson, Battersea Park's first superintendent had been sent earlier to India in 1835 by the Duke of Devonshire who wanted wild orchids.

The gardens were destroyed during WW2, to provide allotments to feed the population. In 2004, a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund helped restore the gardens to their former glory. Plants are covered with fleece and straw, and flowers kept in greenhouses during the winter. https://www.batterseapark.org

If you wish to drop off in Putney, the Rocket pub is near East Putney station (District line, 6 min. walk), bus 337 from East Putney to Clapham Junction Station.

At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at The Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station (8 min. walk approx.), bus 345 (2 min. walk) takes you to Clapham Common Underground (Northern) or South Kensington (District, Piccadilly).

Comfortable walking shoes with ankle protection and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/20970392/Weather_Policy/)-Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/21683392/Walking_Policy/)

My number is Beatrice -[masked]

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Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day.

This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London and https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials

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