There can't be many London walks better than this. Steeped in history, people watching in posh London, magnificent views, a deer park, stately home and a saunter along the Thames. The walk is from 'Walking London' by Andrew Duncan - Thirty Original walks in and around London and 4 1/2 miles.
How to Get There
Easy, jump on the train at Harringay Green Lanes, then catch the Richmond train at Gospel Oak, takes about an hour.
Tea and Cake
Where do you begin? We stopped off at Pembrook Lodge in Richmond Park.
The walk starts from Richmond station - the red dot.
It would be easy to just wander down the high street, chocker with designer stores and miss the history. Instead, out the station, cross the road , through an arch and turn left toward Richmond Green, a Tudor jousting ground. This was the place to have your royal palace when the Thames was London's main highway, Westminster palace an hour down stream and Hampton Court a few bends up.
The green is surrounded by lovely Georgian houses, after you turn right along another side of the green you come across houses for the maids of honour. Just after, you can see the remains of the old palace, here since the medieval period. Elizabeth I was the last royal to use the place. As you go into old palace yard, the building which housed the royal wardrobe is on the left. Out the other side of the yard and turn left into old palace lane and down to the river.
Left along the tow path until you get to the bridge, up the steps, continue up to a roundabout, turn right and take the fork up the hill. As you climb the hill you come to Terrace Gardens with views of the river.
|The Thames from Terrace Gardens Richmond|
|St Paul's in the distance from Richmond Park.|
|Basement Bathroom at Ham House|
|Delft Tile at Ham House|
|The Thames looking towards Richmond|
|Richmond's Georgian Bridge and others beyond.|