There’s no better way to wash away the stress of a working week in London than a walk along the River Thames!
With around 184 miles of pathway, us Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to a walk along the river, but there is a particular area which I find myself drifting back to again and again.
When thinking of the Thames, the first thing that often springs to mind is Tower Bridge or the London Eye, and of course, the iconic Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, but there is a section of the Thames which is so, so different, and somewhat undiscovered.
Armed with my much loved and much worn Dubarry Boots, I headed to the banks of the River Thames in Twickenham, just a short walk from the bustling high street.
It soon becomes apparent this beautiful area of London is not only the home of England Rugby, but also the home of beautiful scenery.
Upon arriving into York House Gardens, I was immediately captivated by its beauty, from the picturesque naked ladies statue and water cascade, to the grandeur of York House, a historic stately home which dates back to the 1630s.
The house is available for venue hire, so, much to my disappointment, I could not simply just walk in, but the gardens and surrounding grounds are free and open to explore.
And explore I did!
It felt like I had stumbled upon a little secret of Twickenham, as within the beautiful gardens, apart from myself, there were only two or three other people, I had the place to myself, like it may have even been my own house and grounds…ha…I wish!
Turning away from the house, I walked towards the river, stumbling upon the understated naked ladies statue which adorns a water cascade.
Looking left, I see the River Thames, and the start of my walk to Richmond.
Walking with the River Thames on my right, I left one stately home behind, to find, much to my delight, a second house emerging in front of me, Ham House (the secrets of which I will delve into in a separate post), before stumbling upon another grand building on my left.
I mean, seriously, it’s like a competition of how many stately homes you can fit along one stretch of the river, but I wasn’t complaining!
Walking down the river here, you would barely believe you were in the centre of our capital city – the buzz of the traffic is just a distant hum, and as for the views, well, it truly feels like being plucked out of the city and dropped into the countryside.
There are certainly more hidden gems to discover along this walk, but I will let you find those for yourselves!
The walk is around 2 miles long, but don’t worry, there are plenty of riverside pubs waiting with their arms wide open in Richmond – a sit down with a double G&T was certainly my first point of call!
Maybe give it a try and let me know what you think?
Thanks for reading!