Hammersmith Return Via The Wetland Centre
A nature walk: The London Wetland Centre, picturesque Barnes Village & Riverside.
Approximately 5 Miles / 8 Km
Fast fitness walk around 1 hour 30 minutes,
Start and End Hammersmith. District, Circle, Piccadilly & Hammersmith & City Lines (Green, Dark Blue, Yellow & Pink - On the tube map)
Highlights Include: The London Wetland Centre, St Mary’s Church, Barnes Village, The Leg Of Mutton Nature Reserve. Hammersmith Bridge.
All the Hammersmith walks involve a small amount of duplication at the river - see the Hammersmith return via Barnes Bridge – 1 Minute Walks.
A: Hammersmith Tube Station
At Hammersmith Station take any exit and look for the crossing to St Paul’s Church on Hammersmith Bridge Road. Head south for Hammersmith Bridge
This part of the Thames is home to some famous rowing clubs and some very popular pubs. As you are crossing the bridge you can see the tidemarks on the embankment. At high tide the water comes right up the embankment wall. There’s around 5 metres or a 16-foot difference in depth between tides. Hammersmith Bridge was built in 1887. It’s 700 feet (210 m) long and 43 feet (13 m) wide.
Walk over the left side of the bridge and take the steps down to the river and turn left towards Putney. After about 1 mile (1.6 Km) you will come to a ‘T’ junction. Turn right following the signs to Barnes and The WetlandsCentre. Walk beside the playing fields for about 500 metres then the path turns into a pavement on Queen Elizabeth Walk. The London Wetland Centre is on the right.
B: London Wetland Centre
I love being surrounded by interesting wildlife particularly so close to the centre of the city. The London Wetland Centre is an amazing facility and it is one of London’s most interesting destinations. The World Wildlife Trust has created a wonderful park with excellent hides and attractions that will keep both adults and children charmed and entertained for several hours. The otter feeding at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm is always popular with children as are the zip wires, dinosaurs and an excellent play area. The cafes are recommended. Check the website for special seasonal events and admission details.
Exit the Wetland Centre and turn right on Queen Elizabeth Walk. At the main road cross onto Church Road you are now in Barnes. On your right is the Olympic Cinema. It’s famous: it used to be Olympic Studios where The Rolling Stones and many other world-renowned bands recorded. Carry on until you get to the church.
C: St Mary’s Church Barnes
The Church of St Mary, Barnes dates from around the time of the Doomsday Book (1086) In 1978 the church was largely destroyed by fire and the new design has won many architectural awards and cleverly incorporates what remains of the old church. The churchyard is very pretty.
Exit the church and turn right.
D: Barnes Village
Barnes has managed to retain its village atmosphere despite being so close to the centre of London. The Sun Inn and the duck pond are at the heart of the village. People come to Barnes for high quality independent shops, restaurants, cafes, picturesque pubs and art galleries. On Saturdays there is a very popular farmers’ market.
From The Sun Inn continue west towards the river.
The next section of the walk is also included in the Hammersmith Return Via Barnes Bridge 1 Minute Walk .
E: Barnes Terrace
When you reach the river you are on picturesque Barnes Terrace to admire the Georgian houses turn left towards Barnes Bridge and after approximately 100 metres you will see a blue plaque. The Planet Suites composer Gustav Holt lived here. When you reach Barnes Bridge Station, cross over the road and turn right towards Hammersmith following the river.
F: The Bull’s Head
This pub is a famous Jazz and Blues venue. Mick Jagger has been known to make 'surprise' guest appearances. See the website for details.
Carry on along the path and through the amusingly named Small Profit Dock Garden. Historically this part of the Thames was full of barges taking local fruit and vegetables into central London.
G: The Leg of Mutton Nature Reserve
When the Garden narrows down to the Thames Towpath keep left and look out for the entrance to the Nature Reserve. This free reserve is a real gem. It’s packed with wildlife, parakeets, Egyptian Geese, Woodpeckers, Kestrels and lots of Herons.
At the end of the reservoir take the exit and rejoin the towpath, turn right towards Hammersmith. When you cross the bridge you can return up Hammersmith Bridge Road to Hammersmith Tube.
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