8th February 2015: Thames Path South Bank from Kew Bridge to Putney

This was a very straightforward Thames-side walk on a cool but very sunny day. We met at Kew Bridge station but then crossed the river to the south side and waited for Nigel, who had had to go to Kew Gardens station instead.

On the Thames foreshore at Mortlake

On the Thames foreshore at Mortlake

Reflecting the beautiful day, the path was crowded with cyclists and runners, but after Chiswick Bridge the very low tide meant we could get away from them by walking on the foreshore.

Swans, geese, ducks, gulls -- and the Lifeboat

Swans, geese, ducks, gulls — and the Lifeboat

We stopped for lunch after Hammersmith bridge, and it was still only 1.30 when we got to Putney bridge — the whole walk of 5.6 miles plus lunch took two and a half hours. We would probably have carried on for another couple of miles, but the next stretches on both the south and north banks involved substantial stretches away from the river, so we all went home from Putney Bridge station.

Humphrey

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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