|Walking with a friend we started today's walk at Barnes Bridge|
|I am now on map #2 of this walk. So far I have walked on the South bank of the river. There is a path on the North bank but it is not continuous. Further along the walk, the path changes from one side to the other.|
Herons were plentiful today.
Chiswick Bridge, one of three bridges opened in 1933 as part of a scheme to relieve traffic congestion west of London. The bridge is probably known as being close to the finishing point for the Oxford and Cambridge boat race. The boat race has been held between Putney and Chiswick since 1845. It is 4 miles and 374 yards upstream but with the flow of the tide. Before getting to the bridge you walk by the Ship inn.
Across from the Ship is the remains of the eight storey block of the old Mortlake brewery
Once across Chiswick bridge the path opens out, taking you past Putney Town Rowing Club.
Just beyond the path is another new development.
This is Kew rail bridge. It was opened in 1868 and has wrought iron lattice work girders. You just get a glimpse of them through the trees.
After pruning the trees on the island or ait in the middle of the Thames, the large branches are being loaded onto a barge
There are large pools of water separating Kew Gardens and Thames path.
This is Richmond Lock and Weir. It was built in 1894 to prevent the water in the Upper tidal Thames draining away when the tide went out.
Asgill housebuilt in 1758. In the grounds is the beech tree, one of the great trees of London.
We were going to walk to the railway station about a mile away to get back into town but then we had a brainwave. We could get the boat back as it has to stop at the lock on its way back from Hampton Court to Westminster.
According to the map we had walked 10.5 miles today. Altogether I have now walked over 33 miles.