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Richmond Lock

The Thames Path walking 2 day trip - london 28th & 29th May 2016

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Day 1 Kew to Richmond Bridge & back

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A lot of traveling to get to the starting point on this walk as we had to make our way to the station at Kew gardens. This was to be the start point for both days with the first walk doing a round back to the starting point. We first hit the Thames path at a point just to the side of Kew gardens down Ferry lane, the weather was warm for a change and for the first time this year we had our coats off. This part of the Thames is used by a lot of rowing clubs and you will find the club houses all along this walk and Walk 2. Its a shame we had no time to visit Kew Gardens on this walk, but we always find somewhere else to explore. The views inside the gardens are blocked a bit due to high trees and fences but you get good views on the North side of the river. You will pass the suburbs of Brentford, Isleworth & St Margarets north of the River with Kew and Richmond south side with some nice riverside dwellings to look at also. After the half way point at Richmond Bridge which opened to the public in 1777 we made our way along the other side first going through Isleworth where we found a nice pub called the London Apprentice and then through Syon park (details below). Then end of the walk took us over Kew Bridge opened in 1903 then back through the suburb of kew back to the station. Problems then happened when the tube shut down due to signal failure so we had to catch a bus to Hammersmith , however we finally made our way back home, a good walk - take a nice picnic for when you get to Richmond its worth a nice sit down as the place looks excellent .

Richmond Lock.
is a lock and pedestrian bridge, situated on the River Thames in south west London, England and is a Grade II* listed structure.[1] It is the furthest downstream of all the Thames locks and is the only one owned and operated by the Port of London Authority. It was opened in 1894 and is situated close to the centre of Richmond in the south western suburbs of London. It connects Richmond on the east bank with the neighbouring district of St. Margarets on the west bank during the day, but is now closed at night to pedestrians - after 19:30 GMT or after 21:30 when BST is in use.
Syon Park
Syon House, and its 200-acre (80 hectare) park, Syon Park, is in west London, historically within the parish of Isleworth, in the county of Middlesex. It belongs to the Duke of Northumberland and is now his family's London residence. The family's traditional central London residence was Northumberland House. The eclectic interior of the house was designed by the architect Robert Adam in the 1760s.

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Chelsea Harbour

Day 2 from Kew to Chelsea harbour

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Day 2 again we started from Kew gardens tube station making our way down ferry lane to the start point of yesterdays walk. Suburbs North of the river we walked passed were Gunnersbury, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Fulham and Chelsea Harbour. Southside suburbs of Kew, Mortlake, Barnes, Putney, Wandsworth and probably a few more I haven’t mentioned . The Thames path on this bit is again both sides of the river however we took the south side due to the North taking a few more detours inland into the suburbs, don’t forget the thames path is not all accessible so follow a good map such as OS mapping just to make sure. A good point of interest on this walk and a place I am very fond of is the Fullers Brewery in Chiswick (Details below) this made us thirsty so we made a detour across Hammersmith bridge into the Old city arms public house where a pint was sampled for testing . A good look at Hammersmith bridge is recommend at this point , the current bridge opened to traffic in 1887 and has some great history attached to it (details below) . Onwards through Fulham passing Craven cottage football ground and Fulham palace once the residence of the Bishop of london and under Putney Bridge the only bridge in britain to have a church at both ends. The walk terminates in Sands End and around Chelsea Harbour here you will find Imperial Wharf station and back into the city, a great walk all on the flat and about 11 miles in distance.

Fullers Brewery.
Fuller's Brewery (Fuller, Smith & Turner plc) is an independent family regional brewery founded in 1845 in Chiswick, West London .John Fuller's Griffin Brewery dates from 1816; in 1845, his son, John Bird Fuller was joined by Henry Smith and John Turner to give the company its full name. The company's beers include London Pride. Fuller's owns and operates over 380 pubs, inns and hotels across the south of England..
Hammersmith Bridge
Hammersmith Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the River Thames in west London. It allows road traffic and pedestrians to cross from the southern part of Hammersmith in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, on the north side of the river, to Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, on the south side of the river. The current bridge, which is Grade II* listed and was designed by the noted civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette, is the second permanent bridge on the site.

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