London Spring walks: Richmond
The days are getting longer and the daffs are out – Spring is here! Time for a mini-series on Spring walks in London. Over the next couple of months I’ll post some ideas for places to get out and about and make the most of the Spring sunshine in London. Let me know in the comments section if there is an area of London you would like featured.
Starting with South West London, here’s a great walk for sunny Spring day in Richmond.
Start at Richmond station and walk down George Street through the town centre to the river. It’s a lovely walk along the river, lots of pubs and cafe to stop off at and enjoy the sunshine. Tide Tables cafe underneath Richmond Bridge is a great place to stop off for a coffee or lunch and watch the world go by.
Continue to walk along river on the Thames Path to Petersham Meadows. Nearby is Petersham Nurseries, where you can stop to look at the plants or for tea.
Continuing along the river past the meadows you will reach Ham and Ham House, a National Trust property from the 17th Century, with formal gardens as well as and the wilderness garden and kitchen garden. Inside the house is a collection of textiles, furniture and paintings.
To get back to Richmond station walks back towards Petersham Meadows and walk back to Richmond via Star and Garter Hill and Richmond Hill rather than along the river. At the highest point are the Terrace Gardens which have a great view over Thames Valley. If you need another cuppa stop at Hollyhock Cafe in the gardens. From the Terrace Gardens it’s a short walk back into Richmond centre down Hill Rise.