Walking the London Outer Orbital Path from Uxbridge to Hatch End on 7 July 2019. Sections 12, 13 and 14 are each relatively short and so can be done in one long-ish day. These sections start by more or less following the canal, then turn off through some countryside and into the woods and through a golf course. The Rose & Crown is a nice pub in Hertfordshire, and there was old US military lorry in a field, a fox on the path and then some horses as Wembley stadium and London came into view.
Walking the London Outer Orbital Path from Kingston to Hayes – sections 9 and 10 – on 25 May 2019. Bushy Park is very nice. The environs of Heathrow airport… less so.
A trip on the Woolwich free ferry in London.
Two new boats built by Polish company Remontowa at cost of £20m the pair replaced the old fleet in early 2019 as part of an upgrade of the ferry service. This one is named Ben Woollacott. It has a capacity of 150 passengers (there were about 10 foot passengers on my trip), with 210 metres for vehicles across four lanes as well as dedicated cycle spaces. It is suprisingly quiet in operation.
A walk along the section of the Thames Path National Trail, heading upstream from Putney to Richmond, on 11 March 2018.
It turned out that the annual Head of The River Race rowing competition was underway, so there were lots of boats on the river, and hundreds of spectators on the path between Putney and Mortlake.
My only experince of rowing is watching the Boat Race, so it was quite strange to see so many people who were out on the banks of the River Thames for the actual sport rather than just for the beer…
Apparently the race was a dead heat.
This section of the Thames Path path follows the river bank all the way, with no diversions around blocks of flats, building sites or gravel handling facilities.
There is the option to follow either either bank of the river, but the general consensus in the guide books seemed to be that the south side is the better choice, so that is the one I went for. It is also not insignficantly shorter, thanks both to the curvature of the river and following the bank more closely.
There is little risk of geting lost on this section of the Thames Path, even without signposting.
Passing the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
A view to Syon House on the opposite bank of the river.
Much of the route is lined with trees, although aircraft heading for Heathrow airport are rarely out of earshot.
Richmond comes into view.
That’s a more stylish way to travel. Lilian is a motor yacht built 1916 by Pettersson in Stockholm.
Richmond is reached. I had planned to keep going on along the river to Kingston, but this seemed far enough for one day.