From the outskirts of Greater London, the River Thames passes Hampton Court, Kingston, Teddington, Twickenham, Richmond (with the famous view of the Thames from Richmond Hill), Syon House and Kew before flowing through central London. Richmond upon Thames is the only London Borough to straddle both sides of the Thames.
Of course that does at times cause problems when the water levels rise - see our blog post about Richmond and Flooding.
However, when the River is not quite so high one of the best walks in Richmond upon Thames starts by Richmond Bridge on the town side and meanders down to Teddington Lock. It takes about an hour and you'll pass Ham House and Marble Hill House on the way.
The River is such a great asset for Richmond residents and visitors - whether you're rowing a boat on it, eating by it, or running along side it!
There's more info on Richmond boat hire below!
Queens Promenade, Portsmouth Road, Kingston, KT1 2ND
The Parr family has been operating boats on the Thames for several generations. They offer a cruise called the Richmond...
Richmond Bridge Boathouses
1-3 Bridge Boathouses, Richmond, TW9 1TH
Hire a rowing boat for up to seven people on Richmond Riverside (just by the Bridge)
Thames River Boats
Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JH
Although they're based outside of the Borough, Thames River Boats offers cruises along the Thames from Kew to Hampton Court
Town End Pier, 68 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HN
Turk Launches is a 300 year old river boat company that cruises along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames...
Marble Hill Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3BL
Marble Hill Park to Ham House. 1 Feb31 Oct, MonFri, 10amdusk, SatSunpublic holidays 10amdusk. 1 November31 Jan weekends only, 10dusk....
Thames Street, Hampton, TW12 2EW
Opp Bell Inn, Hampton to Hurst Park (East Molesey). March to October, 116pm at weekends, on demand, 8.00am6pm weekends.
Richmond Bridge was built in 1777 to replace an earlier ferry boat crossing across the Thames. It was a toll bridge until 1859 and widened in 1937-39. Did you know that in the 17th and 18th Centuries it was quite normal for the River Thames to freeze over during the winter?The River Thames is 215 miles long and drains a catchment area of 4,994 square miles.
The River Thames Boat Project is a registered charity that aims to give people the chance to access the Thames, to discover this fascinating river and learn about its environment.
Tide Tables, from the Port of London Authority
>> British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
>> Teddington Lock information for boat owners
>> Walk along the Richmond River Thames Path
>> The Swan Sanctuary - if you find an injured swan
for canoe clubs, sailing clubs and other water-based sports, see our page on other Richmond sports