THE WALKS

  • ASKEW ROAD
  • BEDFORD PARK 
  • BISHOP'S PARK
  • BROOK GREEN
  • CHISWICK RIVERSIDE 
  • FULHAM
  • HAMMERSMITH RIVERSIDE
  • HOLLAND PARK ARTISTS  NEW FOR 2018
  • HOLLAND PARK - The Park    
  • NOTTING DALE 
  • PALACE WALKS   
  • PORTOBELLO ROAD
  • PUTNEY RIVERSIDE AND OLD TOWN   NEW FOR 2018
  • RAVENSCOURT PARK 
  • RICHMOND ON THAMES  NEW FOR 2018
  • SHEPHERD'S BUSH 
  • STAMFORD BROOK 
  • WALK THE BOAT RACE  
  • PRIVATE WALKS

The length of each walk varies depending on the pace of the walkers so the time given is just an indication. I will be introducing new walks during the year so do keep an eye on my web site. The cost of the walks varies between £5 and £10, depending on their length.


ASKEW ROAD

For those who live in and around Askew Road, this is definitely the walk for you. Is your road built on former brickfields, was your house a laundry and where would you have bought your bread in 1900?

Time:  Just over two hours


BEDFORD PARK

Now regarded as the world's first garden suburb with many of the houses designed by the famous architect of the late nineteenth century, Richard Norman Shaw, come and explore the streets of this unique part of Chiswick which over the years has been home to artists, writers and poets.

Time:  Two hours 


 

BISHOP'S PARK

Overlooking the river, this delightful park complete with Margate Sands continues to give pleasure to residents and visitors alike.  It is overlooked by Fulham Football Club's stadium, the former summer palace for the Bishop of London and the church of All Saints.   Close by are some charming almshouses and the last kiln of The Fulham Pottery.

Time:  One and a half hours


BROOK GREEN

Once known as 'Pope's Corner', this hidden green in Hammersmith has been the home for many famous residents ranging from artists to highway men.   The walk also takes in surrounding streets and you will discover what business flourished where Olympia now stands and the building where the D Day invasion was planned.

Time:  One and three quarter hours 


CHISWICK RIVERSIDE

Chiswick Mall has some of the finest riverside houses in west London. On this walk you will visit one of the smallest squares in London, see where the first torpedo boats were built and find the final resting place of some famous artists.

Time:  One and a half hours


FULHAM

Explore 'lion' country, visit the site of a former polo ground, learn about market gardens which supplied grand houses with exotic plants and trees and where women prisoners were housed in the nineteenth century.

Time: Two hours


HAMMERSMITH RIVERSIDE

Rowing clubs and artists studios, fine houses and fishermen's cottages, schools and industry have all jostled for space along this beautiful stretch of the river Thames.  Discover where Queen Catherine of Braganza entertained her guests and William Morris wove his Hammersmith Carpets.

Time:  One and three quarter hours


HOLLAND PARK ARTISTS

At one time six high profile Victorian Royal Academicians and one Associate lived next door to each other in the area around Melbury Road.    Their houses were designed by the top architects of the day and the area continues to be home to artists in different creative spheres today.

Time:  One and three quarter hours

 


 

HOLLAND PARK - THE PARK

Hidden in this lovely park are the remains of a Jacobean mansion and an entire Japanese garden.... and much more.   

Time: One and a half hours


 

NOTTING DALE

As the hill slopes down from Notting Hill Gate to Shepherd's Bush lies Notting Dale where crowds once came to enjoy a day at the Hippodrome Race Course.   It was also known for it's piggeries and potteries - the pigs have long gone but there is still a reminder of it's pottery history.

Time:  One and three quarter hours


PALACE WALKS

Every year I organise one or two central London walks which take in some of the city's lovely palaces.   For 2018 I shall repeat two favourites, one which starts at St. James's Palace, passes Buckingham Palace and ends at Kensington Palace.   It can be done in one go, but a break for lunch by the Serpentine makes it a more leisurely walk.   Time:  Three hours, plus lunch break

The second one wends through the wonderful hidden gardens along the Embankmemnt running from Westminster (Palace) to Somerset House (a former palace) and there are the sites of a couple more en route.   The gardens are lovely all year and especially in the spring time.    Time:  Just under two hours.


PORTOBELLO ROAD

Learn why the road is so named, how the now famous market has grown over the last 150 years and where one of the country's well known authors once lived.

Time:  One and three quarter hours


PUTNEY RIVERSIDE AND OLD TOWN

The walk takes in Putney’s riverside where Thomas Cromwell was born in 1485 and grand houses stood in Tudor times.   Former country lanes leading to the  river have now been absorbed into picturesque Victorian streets whilst alms houses have been in the same location since the 17th century.   Learn about The Putney Debates, the history behind the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and the lasting legacy given to Putney by a generous Victorian publisher.

Time:   Two hours

 


 

RAVENSCOURT PARK

For five centuries Ravenscourt was a private house set in the middle of a vast estate. A king's mistress, Lord Mayor of London and Dutch builder have all owned the land, developing gardens around the house which have helped to create the park we know today.

Time: One and a half hours

 


 

RICHMOND ON THAMES

Enjoy the beautiful Richmond riverside, see the remains of a former palace which was a favourite with many of our monarchs, there are almshouses tucked away in quiet roads and finally that famous view from Richmond Hill.   It is a lovely walk and there is so much to enjoy, a real gem.

Time:   Two and a half hours


SHEPHERD'S BUSH

After exploring the Green, the walk takes us to the site of the 1908 Olympics, through a hidden Japanese Garden and to Lime Grove where many films and television programmes were made and Charles Dickens saved some 'fallen women'.

Time:  Two hours and a quarter


STAMFORD BROOK

During this easy stroll around Stamford Brook you will pass the home and studio of a famous French painter, see where horses that pulled trams were stabled and cricket was once played a hundred years ago.

Time: One and a half hours


WALK THE BOAT RACE

Keep your feet dry on this walk (though they might get a little muddy on the tow path) as you follow the course of the annual University race from Putney to Mortlake. On the river's banks you will pass a former furniture depository, tapestry factory and several breweries.

Time:  Two and a half hours


PRIVATE WALKS

If you would like a private walk on a day and time to suit you and friends, I am very happy to do this, just get in touch with me.


 

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