South West Spectacular: Thames and Gardens


Sun Sep 15th


Sally M


Free to members, £10 supplement for attendees from Meetup


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.


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


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.


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


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


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