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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Thames Walks – Twickenham to Richmond

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.

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Thames Walks – Twickenham to Richmond

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.

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Marble Hill House

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.

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Richmond Bridge

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…

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Heron perched at Richmond

The walk back blessed us with an amazing orange sunset over the water, which I attempted to capture – badly!

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Sunset on return

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…

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Sunset across River Thames

Moving to Twickenham

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Twickenham Green

Three weeks ago, I up sticks and moved to Twickenham. I’d been staying with relatives in North-West London previously, but with the procurement of a new job the opposite side of the city, Twickenham seemed the obvious choice.

It’s quite a luxury to live under ten minutes away from where you work, especially when your walk there takes you past Twickenham Green.

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Twickenham Green

I keep snapping pics most days as, somehow, it seems to be different every day. Plus, there have been some pretty gorgeous sunsets recently.

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Twickenham Green

I have spent most weekends exploring the area with my first point of call the River Crane Walk. The walk itself is very popular with lots of people out on a Sunday afternoon. But then, I guess it is the perfect Sunday afternoon stroll.

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River Crane Walk

Mainly flat and surrounded by trees, it’s quaint and simple with some gorgeously carved benches along the way.

The map shows that there is a nature reserve along the route, yet as dusk drew in, I didn’t quite get that far – a trip for earlier in the day perhaps. Still, it was lovely to be surrounded by so much greenery so close to my house.

A couple of weeks later, I decided to do a little Christmas shopping so wandered through the town. A colleague at work had taken me to the Riverside off Church Street one afternoon, and as I wandered I suddenly found myself looking over the River Thames again.

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Twickenham Riverside

The colours this time of year really add to the scene and I realised that there are walks along the river all the way to Richmond and beyond – which I will have to explore sometime soon!

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Eel Pie Island Twickenham

I had noticed a bridge when I had first visited the Riverside, so decided to cross it. I found myself on Eel Pie Island.

It’s beautiful and felt like a different world to the centre of town. There are some absolutely gorgeous houses with the Twickenham Rowing Club off to one side – a lovely walk even if I did have the distinct feeling I may have been trespassing. It was a whole community by itself, separated in the middle of the Thames, almost completely cut off from everything.

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Twickenham Riverside

I know there’s still so much more to see around the area, but I guess this is a start! I’ll keep you posted as I find more corners of the world.