The Thames Path west London, from Hampton Court Palace to Kew Bridge, passes through some of the most affluent and historic suburbs of the city.
The impressive Tudor building of Hampton Court Palace was built by Cardinal Wolsey (first image), chief advisor of Henry VIII, who later took over the Palace for himself. It was extended in the 17th century in reign of William and Mary (second image) and is now a major tourist attraction.
Further along the trail is the Royal Borough of Kingston-on-Thames, an ancient market town where Saxon kings were crowned. Then Richmond Park, created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park and the larges of London’s parks.
The Thames Path west London also passes by Teddington Lock, constructed at the junction between the tidal and non-tidal river. On the Saturday morning when I was walking there were many rowing boats on the river upstream of the Lock and downstream seagulls and other seabirds were much more common.