Kew Gardens to Hammersmith.
Two of the world’s great botanical gardens and one of them is free!
Approximately 6.8 Miles / 11 Km
Fast fitness walk - 2 hours
Start: Kew Gardens. District Line (Green - On the tube map).
End: Hammersmith. Circle, Piccadilly, District, Hammersmith & City Lines (Yellow, Dark Blue, Green, Pink)
Highlights Include: Kew Gardens, Strand On The Green, Chiswick House and Gardens, Old Chiswick, The Dove, Hammersmith Riverside & Bridge.
This is a great day out! Allow a full day to explore both Kew and Chiswick House Gardens.
A: Kew Gardens Station
Exit the station and walk to the junction with Kew Gardens Road. Turn right and then left into Litchfield Road. Walk to Kew Road and Kew Gardens entrance is opposite.
B: Kew Gardens
Kew is probably the most famous Botanic Garden in the world. The site is vast and there is a lot to see. My favourites are The Palm House, The Princess of Wales Conservatory (amazing orchids), the tree walk and the pagoda. See the website for special events and details.
Exit Kew Gardens onto Kew Green keep left past the Cricketers Pub and walk towards the main road.
C: Kew Bridge
Cross the South Circular Road and turn left on the bridge. Carry on until you reach the steps down to the towpath on the north (far) side of the river. Head east.
D: Strand On The Green
Strand On The Green is a very quaint picturesque part of London. Imposing 18-century houses and pubs including The City Barge and The Bulls Head overlook the footpath. After the Bulls Head the towpath runs out and leads you on to Thames Road which leads onto Grove Park Road – continue left on Grove Park Road at the mini roundabout and then the T junction turn left (It’s still Grove Park Road).
E: Chiswick Railway Station
When you reach some small shops look for a large Pub called the Station House. Chiswick railway station is behind the pub on Station Approach. At the station, cross the footbridge and turn left onto Burlington Lane. Continue until you reach the park entrance of Chiswick House and Gardens
F: Chiswick House and Gardens-Free Admission To Gardens
These Gardens are one of London’s hidden treasures. Nearly three centuries ago Lord Burlington and architect William Kent created this magical garden that was inspired by Italian classical paintings and the architecture of the Grand Tour. These gardens have inspired the designers of some of the world’s great parks including New York’s Central Park. Spread over 65 acres there is much to see: lakes, waterfalls, romantic bridges and the camellia collection is considered the best in the western world. The house is worth visiting but opening times are subject to change. Check the website for details The Café is recommended
Exit the gardens from where you came in and cross the road to Grantham Road opposite. Walk down past the cemetery and turn left on to Pumping Station Road. At Lattimer Place turn right and when you reach the Thames Path turn left to Hammersmith. As the path turns left into Chiswick Mall continue straight on into Church St.
Those of you who have done The Hammersmith, Chiswick & Barnes River walk will recognise this section back to Hammersmith.
This is the oldest part of Chiswick village, which dates back to before 1100 AD. The currant St Nicholas Church was built in 1882. Return to Chiswick Mall and turn left to Hammersmith. At Chiswick Lane South turn left for the brewery. Fullers Griffin Brewery Chiswick Fullers have been brewing great beer at the Griffin Brewery Chiswick for more than a century.. The Griffin Brewery tour is highly recommended.. The numbers are limited so booking in advance is essential. Check the website for more availability and prices.
Rejoin Chiswick Mall and turn left and admire some more beautiful houses.
This House was the home of Victorian textile designer, William Morris. Morris is famous for tapestries, wallpaper, fabrics and stained glass windows. The museum in the coach house is open Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Check the website for details.
Exit the museum and turn left
The Dove is one of London’s most famous pubs – in the 1670’s King Charles II wooed his mistress Nell Gwynn here. Rule Britannia was composed here and one of its bars is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest in the world.
Exit and turn left. Walk past the house boats and Furnivall Gardens.
This part of the Thames path is home to some famous rowing clubs and some very popular pubs. The Blue Anchor has been serving pints since 1792.
When you reach the Blue Anchor you have a great view of the Bridge and the Thames. This part of the Thames is tidal At high tide the water comes right up the embankment wall. There is 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. At the bridge go under and immediately take the footpath up to Hammersmith Bridge Road then continue up past St Pauls Church. Hammersmith Tube is in front of you.
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