*Walks* Here’s a short 2-mile circular wander around Richmond and Twickenham with a stop off at a Tapas bar overlooking Richmond Bridge pictured above. The structure was built in 1777 and is the oldest surviving Thames bridge within Greater London still in use today.
You can start this walk from Richmond Railway Station in the town, but we parked at the free car park close to Ham House.
This historic trail takes in the National Trust Ham House, English Heritage Marble Hill House, and the tiny Hammerton’s Ferry. We took the 1-minute ferry across the river for £2 one way. It’s close to Ham House, and we met a friendly cat who lived on a barge, when we alighted.
Marble Hill House as viewed from the Thames. This is the front of the house. The interior is open to visitors and it’s interesting to see it from this angle. “Marble Hill was built in the 1720s for Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II when he was Prince of Wales, as a retreat from court life.”
We passed an unusual building on the Twickenham side of the river. This once directly overlooked the Thames but now has other homes in front. I’m not sure what the tower is, but probably a viewpoint. This isn’t a chapel. Built around 1835 – now called Willoughby House.
We crossed the river again at Twickenham Bridge, this time by foot, heading towards Richmond, and saw this lovely iron Railway Bridge.
As we headed back we saw this fascinating semi-derelict hotel that faces the river on one side. It was a private 18th-century home originally. The bricked-up windows are unusual.
On the way back to the car you can stop off at Ham House.
Below is the route we took, showing a small detour around the shops at Richmond.
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