South West Spectacular: Thames and Gardens

Date

Sun Jul 10th

Organiser

Sally M

Cost

Free to members, £10 supplement for attendees from Meetup

Activity

This 9 mile linear walk (no hills!) takes in the Thames Path, Teddington, Bushy Park and free entrance to all of Hampton Court Gardens (a rare opportunity). The walk initially follows the Thames Path to Teddington Lock, touches on Teddington life in the High Street, before heading into Bushy Park's Woodland Gardens (a beautiful oasis of vibrant plants, towering trees and shimmering waterways). Then onto Hampton Court via Sir Christopher Wren's Chestnut Avenue and Diana Fountain (1637). Today, Hampton Court has its entire gardens open for free - including The Great Vine and Mantegna Collection (Triumphs of Caesar). Fabulous! Last leg is Thames Path to Kingston - ending at All Saints Church (where they crowned the Saxon Kings) and the historic town square. Note dogs are not allowed in some gardens; walkers with dogs can avoid these sections and meet us later.

Refreshments

Pubs at Teddington Lock, other cafes en route. We plan a picnic at Bushy Park (shops on way.) All Saints Church café at end.

Travel

Richmond is on District, Overground and mainline rail lines. Kingston (finish) is on mainline, with regular trains to Wimbledon, Richmond and Clapham Junction for onward connections. Also the 65 bus goes to Ealing from Kingston.

Start

10:30am prompt at tables on riverside terrace at Tide Tables Café, Richmond Bridge, postcode TW9 1TH

Finish

Around 5:00pm at All Saints Church, Kingston, KT1 1JP. Kingston station is 5 minutes walk away.

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