Richmond to Hanwell

Distance: 8.5 miles / 13.5 km
 
Starting from Richmond Station, we cross Richmond Green and pass the old Palace Gateway with its attractive buildings to reach the Thames, where we follow the tow path all the way to Kew Bridge. We pass Richmond lock, the final lock on the river going downstream, while on the opposite side of the riverwe will see Syon House and Park, once the home of Lady Jane Grey. Meanwhile on our side there will be glimpses into Kew Gardens and of the Japanese Pagoda. On crossing the Thames at Kew Bridge, we enter Brentford, (once described by John Gay as ‘a tedious town …. for dirty streets and white legged chickens known’, although fortunately, it has changed). Our next section takes us across a recreation ground to reach the Brent River, long since converted into a stretch of the Grand Union Canal. We follow the tow path to the north, passing several locks before leaving the canal where the River Brent diverges. Passing over a meadow and through a small wood, we finish the walk at Hanwell Station.