Top 5 walks around Richmond upon Thames

After having lived in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames for the last seven months, I thought I would share my top 5 walks around the area.

  1. River Crane Walk
River Crane Walk
River Crane Walk

This was the first walk I did when I moved to Twickenham in November last year. It was fairly late in the afternoon with the winter nights drawing in fast, but it was beautiful to see the orange sun shining through the trees and listen to the bird’s evening chorus.

The walk is pretty easy and can be accessed from the Staines Road in Twickenham via Meadway. We turned left onto the footpath which follows the river along to Hounslow. There are plenty of benches with intricate carvings along the way as the path meanders along the riverside and it is perfect for an evening stroll. Read more here.

Bench along the River Crane Walk
Bench along the River Crane Walk
  1. Teddington to Kingston

The walk between Teddington and Kingston (via Teddington Lock) is a must for the summer. With sweeping views of the River Thames and the shade of trees, there are plenty of places to sit and relax or enjoy a picnic by the river. The walk itself is flat and paved for the most part and, at only 1.5 miles, it is an easy walk for all the family. Follow the signs to Teddington Lock from Teddington high street and turn right after crossing the bridge to reach the path. I decided to turn back upon entering the outskirts of Kingston, but you can continue into the town centre for plenty of cafes and shops. Read more here.

The walk towards Kingston
  1. Bushy Park
Bushy Park
Bushy Park

Whilst living in Teddington, I was amazed to find that I could walk for 10 minutes down Park Road and suddenly be in open countryside. The road takes you to the gates on Chestnut Avenue from which you can explore the entire park along various paths. Following the road, you will eventually find yourself at Hampton Court Palace (somewhere I still need to explore). However, I tend to take the right fork through the trees that takes you either round to open parkland if you turn right onto Cobblers Walk, where I have watched beautiful sunsets, or towards The Pheasantry café and woodland gardens if you continue straight. Whichever way you choose to go, the park is teaming with wildlife, including the many deer that call it home.

  1. Twickenham to Richmond

Despite exploring this route in the depths of winter (gloves and scarves at the ready), it still amazed me how beautiful Richmond looks as you approach along the Thames walk. It was mid-afternoon as we neared the town, its red brick blazing in the late winter sun. The path itself is encased in trees and a little rough in areas but otherwise very walkable. We walked from Staines Road, Twickenham to the opposite bank towards Ham House, but turned back here as it was rather muddy and we were losing the light. The view along the Thames is incredible and well worth the 3 mile walk from Twickenham and is easily accessible from Twickenham riverside off Church Street. Both Twickenham and Richmond have pubs and restaurants in abundance, so there are also plenty of options to refuel along the way. Read more here.

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View from Richmond Bridge
  1. Teddington Lock to Ham House

Teddington Lock tops my list mainly because of my experience getting lost and wandering forever along the banks of the Thames in beautiful sunshine. The walk takes you through an overhanging of trees and is the least busy of all the walks listed, allowing for you to completely immerse yourself in your surroundings. Again following the signs to Teddington Lock from the high street, turn left upon crossing the bridge taking the path along the Thames to Ham House. The path is easily traversed with a couple of benches for pit stops and emerges from the trees to wonderful views across to Richmond – once again shining orange in the sun. You can continue along this path to Ham House and on to Richmond joining the Thames path to Twickenham, which can make a nice circular walk I intend on attempting soon. Read more here.

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Looking toward Richmond along the walk to Ham House

Do you know of any other walks in this area? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 5 things to do in Lancaster

For the last three years, my home was Lancaster – a small town up north which, to the unfamiliar eye, looks pretty uninteresting. Yet, I had the best years exploring every inch of the place and a recent trip back to see old friends reminded me of all those little corners. So, I decided to write about my Top 5 things to do in Lancaster.

5. Lancaster Castle and Roman Baths

Image of Lancaster SunsetLancaster Castle stands proud above the town, and truly is beautiful – I had a fantastic view from my bedroom window as the sun set in the background. However, I always felt £8 was a little extortionate for a tour around a disused prison!Image of Lancaster Roman Baths But the view from the castle walls and footpath through the woodland nearby are fantastic. The public footpath, which you can get to via Long Marsh Road, leads along past the Priory Church and Quay Meadows towards the Millennium Bridge and St. George’s Quay. Along the way, you can turn off to view Lancaster’s Roman Baths – they’re not much but were quite a find to stumble across one day!

Image of Aldcliffe Marshes

4. Aldcliffe Marsh

From Lancaster Canal, you can follow the road to Aldcliffe. Taking a left from the main road and a right onto the Millennium Cycle path, you can walk for miles along the banks of the River Lune. With detours through marshes and mini nature reserves plus some pretty good pubs, it’s a great walk for warm summer’s days.

3. Lancaster University Woodland Walk

During my time on campus, Lancaster University’s Woodland Walk was a little sanctuary from the world of books and essay writing. Despite being surrounded by two motorways, the woodland felt a million miles away and is a lovely walk at all times of year – and great for a midnight run…

Image of Williamson Park2. Williamson Park

It was a tough call between Williamson Park and Lancaster Canal for first place, they were both special to me during my university years. But in the end, the canal won out.
Williamson Park is brilliant for picnics with the family, disappearing into the trees or admiring the butterfly house. There’s plenty for everyone and lots of different walks so you never quite get bored of wandering around time and time again. Image of Williamson Park - Aston Memorial My favourite memory of Williamson Park was watching the most amazing sunset after leaving my bag on a bench and running back as the light faded. Something about the unexpectedness of it all – especially the little mouse scurrying across my shoes!

1. Lancaster Canal
Image of Lancaster CanalSo, Lancaster Canal is my number one. Despite my love of Williamson Park, it is incredibly popular and you rarely get the place to yourself. Lancaster Canal, on the other hand, has its own little solitary
havens.Image over Lancaster from Lancaster Canal Once you get past the stretch which follows the road, you can either leave the canal and follow the road to Aldcliffe and the marshes, or continue along through beautiful countryside until reaching Lancaster University. Another detour from the canal across the green bridge (first after the railway line) takes you up the hill and gives a fantastic view across the town, where on clear days you can see all the way to the Lake District – another of my favourite places in Britain!