The rural Thames, with houses ordinary people can afford to live in, and yachts affordable by people without 6-digit annual incomes turned more and more posh the closer I got to Windsor. I had given myself the challenge of taking landscape pictures without having brought a wide angle lens.
Part four of the Thames Path took me from Kingston, past Hampton Court Palace (no pictures), via a charming small four-minute ferry at Shepperton to Chertsey. Having learnt the lesson from the previous day, the walk was only 11 glorious miles of pretty river side and friendly people. A great hike!
The third part of The Thames Path from Putney to Kingston saw the asphalt and high-rise be replaced with with gravel or grass paths, boat houses, row boats, dutch barges and the occasional yacht. It didn’t feel at all like being close to the centre of a major metropolis.
Stage two of the Thames Path walk takes me from Putney Bridge, via the high rise buildings of Wandsworth, past the Peace Pagoda and Battersea Power Station, past MI6 in Wauxhall and Big Ben in Westminster, along South Bank with its crowd of spectacles and spectators to the glass and steel towers of the City and to Tower Bridge.
The Thames Path follows the Thames from its spring in rural Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier and the estuary. I’ve decided to walk it in stages, starting at the Barrier and ending at the source (just ‘because’, okay?). This first stage takes me from the centre of London, past Surrey Docks Farm (yes!) and Canary Wharf to Greenwich and the O2. I made sure to take plenty of pictures!