So the last month has been a little hectic, moving house will never be an easy, smooth-running task. But I did – miraculously – still manage to get out and about during January.
My first excursion was to walk along the River Thames from Twickenham to Richmond. Every time I had been down to the Riverside in Twickenham, I had seen the path, but hadn’t the time to explore. However, with a visit from my cousin as motivation, I finally walked it – and it was definitely worth the aching feet that evening.
First stopping at the Barmy Arms for some lunch, we warmed our hands before stepping out into the freezing mid-January wind. The walk was easy, with lots of beautiful scenery to see. Families were in abundance, especially around popular Marble Hill House (another one for the bucket list). Yet, I had never felt more relaxed.
We saw waders and mallards minding their own business in the shallows. Squirrels were calling to each other in the trees and we stopped for a while musing on the species of birds around Richmond Bridge.
Upon crossing the bridge, we decided to see where the path on the opposite side of the bank went. However, after wandering for half an hour, we soon came across the mud. With the light fading, we decided it was time to head back – but not before a failed attempt at finding a seat in the White Cross. Next time…
The walk back blessed us with an amazing orange sunset over the water, which I attempted to capture – badly!
This is definitely a walk to do many times, at all times throughout the year, and we will be coming back to tackle the opposite bank – wherever it goes…